The discussion will take the form of an open meeting hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Naomi McPherson will provide her insights into teaching excellence followed by an open discussion. We encourage you to participate in this important topic.
Topic: Does Chalk and Talk lend itself
to Passive (or no) Learning!
Technology in the classroom has become de rigueur; a kind of blackboard bling intended to enhance learning by presenting material in a form familiar to the student, such as web pages, sound bites, colour, changing images, YouTube clips. Are we really catering to a viable learning process, or succumbing to the marketing hype and contributing to short attention spans, lack of ability to focus, and information as a substitute for knowledge.
Please take a few minutes to give us feedback and suggestions about future programming. Your assistance will help us plan for another successful year. The survey covers general use of CTL workshops, Mid-Winter Break planning and annual Learning Conference planning. Thanks in advance!
CTL Programming Survey
Centre staff are available for individual or group consultations for:
Formative development of teaching - Centre staff can work with you on specific or general teaching skills through observation and reflection, recording and discussion and other means that you choose.
Review and reflection of student evaluations of your teaching.
Discussion, research and implementation of innovative techniques for teaching and learning.
You may find it useful to talk to a teaching consultant at the Centre. Our consultants have teaching experience, have worked with dozens of faculty and taught/observed hundreds of classes. They can assist in your planning for successful student learning.
Hear about resources and contacts that could assist you in your research about teaching and learning.
Whether you are being reviewed or doing the review, come with your questions and suggestions for best practice in creating a successful peer review process.
If you incorporate team or group projects as learning activities, iPeer may be a useful tool as it allows students to deliver rubric based peer evaluations to assess individual and group performance. In this workshop we will review best practices for peer assessment and we will provide an overview of the iPeer application features and tools that make this an effective and efficient method for providing student feedback for group work and team projects.
This session will provide a baseline overview to help you get started with BlackBoard Connect, focusing on navigation, adding content, and communication tools. Great for instructors who are just starting to use BlackBoard Connect or who are preparing for next semester.
Turnitin continues to be used on our campus by faculty to reinforce a commitment to academic integrity and to help prevent plagiarism. The software underwent an upgrade this past term and now an increasing number of faculty are using the grademark and peer review features available. This session will focus on understanding the originality reports and how to use Grademark as a sustainable marking option as it reduces printing costs and saves time. You will never lose another student’s paper and you’ll have a permanent accessible record of progress and comments at your fingertips. It’s the perfect solution for courses with multiple markers.
This workshop will provide faculty with a hands-on introduction to the Groups and Collaboration tools available in Connect. Participants will be provided with an overview of how to facilitate collaboration within instructor established student groups using tools such as blogs and wikis. The ability for group members to exchange documents and submit group assignments will also be explored.
This workshop is intended for faculty who have Teaching Assistants marking student assignments. You are encouraged to bring your TA to the workshop. What aids/supports do TA.’s need to assist them in successfully grading student work? Come to share best practices to facilitate smooth and efficient marking processes.
This session will provide a hands-on overview of the Connect Grade Centre including basic functions such as adding, modifying and removing grade columns; weighing grades by item or by category; dropping the lowest grade(s) and providing feedback on assignments and tests. Training will also include creating smart views of Grade Center content and organizing Grade Centre columns.
Blackboard Connect Drop-In
Participants will learn to recognize and appreciate multiple learning preferences. They will acquire knowledge of different teaching methods/strategies for various learners in the classroom and they will be able to assist students in the classroom by applying appropriate learning strategies.
How can you use the goals and objectives of the course to provide useful written feedback to students. This workshop will provide an opportunity to consider the elements of constructive feedback as well as what data should inform it.
Teaching Assistant - Blackboard Connect Drop-In Times