Tune in to Teaching Week

All sessions will be hosted at CTSI in the Blackburn Room, 4th floor Robarts Library, 130 St. George St.

SETTING THE TONE FOR SUCCESS: THE FIRST DAY AND BEYOND

Megan Burnett, Associate Director, CTSI
Andrea Graham, Faculty Liaison Coordinator, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, CTSI

This session will provide strategies for getting your course off to a great start, including what to do in the first few classes, how to present the course objectives and syllabus to your students, how to initiate and sustain excitement about your discipline, and how to motivate and prepare your students for the requirements and responsibilities of the course. Participants will have the opportunity to generate a plan for their first class.

August 30
10am – 12 pm

 

GRADING: MYTHS and REALITIES

Megan Burnett, Associate Director, CTSI
Saira Mall, Manager, ACT Support, CTSI

In this session, we will discuss a range of myths and misconceptions about institutional grading procedures. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions through a facilitated dialogue on grading policies that will inform teaching practice. Topics include distribution of grades and assignments, managing grading with Teaching Assistants and posting student progress in UofT’s Learning Portal.

August 30
2pm – 4pm

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CREATING MORE EQUITABLE AND INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM, CONSIDERATIONS AND PRACTICES

Marie Vander Kloet, Assistant Director, TATP/CTSI
Jasjit Sangha, Faculty Liaison, Teaching and Learning, CTSI

In this interactive workshop, we focus on how to bring an equity lens to your work as an educator. Participants can expect to troubleshoot case studies in groups, write reflectively on one’s own and identify teaching practices to adopt this semester (together and individually). To do this, we will think through unconscious bias, the role of language and engage in deep listening to draw awareness to power relations in the classroom.

August 31
9:30am – 12pm

 

ASSIGNMENT DESIGN

Andrea Graham, Faculty Liaison, Coordinator, Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
Heather Buchansky, Student Engagement Librarian
Alexandra Motut, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream & WIT Program

Assignments are important teaching tools that can help students develop research, critical thinking, and writing skills as well as disciplinary knowledge. When assignments are well designed, students become more engaged in the learning process and instructors and TAs find the marking process more meaningful.

In this session we’ll focus on principles and strategies of effective assignment design that apply to all disciplines, including how to scaffold assignments throughout a course or term and how to provide useful feedback to students. Through hands-on activities and discussion we will explore how to build in proper supports and resources to help guide students through an assignment, foster academic integrity, and how to communicate evaluation criteria to students. Participants will analyze sample assignments and reflect on and brainstorm assignment ideas of their own.

August 31
2pm – 4pm

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GETTING READY TO TEACH WITH TECH: SUPPORTING ENGAGEMENT AND COLLABORATION WITH EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES

Saira Mall, Manager, ACT Support
Will Heikoop, Online Learning Coordinator
Mike Kasprzak, Faculty Liaison, Teaching, Learning & Technology

Are you wondering how technology can enhance student learning in your courses? Interested in exploring tech tools supported at U of T and the best practices for using them in your teaching? This session will discuss how to effectively integrate technology into courses to align with your course outcomes. We will explore student engagement and collaboration techniques, emerging teaching with technology trends in higher education, university guidelines for effective implementation, and considerations for the selection of supported tech tools.

September 1
9:30am – 12:30pm