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The Radical Hope - Book Club (4)

Join Educational Developers from the Office of Teaching and Learning for a Virtual Book Club discussing Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto (Gannon, 2020). Higher education has seen better days. Harsh budget cuts, the precarious nature of employment in college teaching, and political hostility to the entire enterprise of education have made for an increasingly fraught landscape. Radical Hope is an ambitious response to this state of affairs, at once political and practical—the work of an activist, teacher, and public intellectual grappling with some of the most...

GTC - Teaching Dossier Writing Café Session #3

Have you attended or will you be attending a Foundations workshop about Teaching Philosophy Statements or Teaching Dossiers? Feeling inspired to get started but haven't found the time? The Teaching Dossier Writing Cafés are for you! These sessions aim to provide a space for grad students to come together and work on developing their teaching dossiers, including their teaching philosophy statements. Using breakout rooms there will be space to either work quietly or to discuss your ideas with your peers. If you're not sure where to get started, we will also provide some prompts to help you...

Balancing High- and Low-Stakes Assessments in your Course

This workshop offers an opportunity to review the overall structure of your course assessments, including the balance and distribution of high- and low-stakes assessments and assessment workload. We’ll discuss strategies that can improve workload balance for you and your students, assignment transparency, and student effort. Ideal for faculty and instructors who: Would like to modify the overall structure and design of their course assessments using strategies that consider instructor and student workload, effort, and well-being Want to gather...

Transitioning Exams to Other Forms of Assessment

This workshop offers an opportunity to discuss the current challenges with your exams, explore alternative assessments that could replace your exams and align with your student learning outcomes, and share pros, cons, and strategies for different assessment approaches. Ideal for faculty and instructors who:  Want to explore different forms of assessment in their course instead of traditional closed-book exams Want to gather ideas and feedback from colleagues that have tried various assessment strategies and/or are considering similar...

GTC - SoTL Journal Club #25

This journal club counts towards the University Teaching Foundations program under the category of SoTL Journal Club (TLJC).  Join us for our online Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) journal clubs, where we discuss a recent teaching publication. If you missed previous meetings, do not worry! We will send an email with the paper in advance and it will also be posted on the Eventbrite page once available. Please read the paper and bring any questions, comments or critiques with you.  Intended Learning Outcomes  By the end of this journal...

Synchronous and Asynchronous Active Learning in In-Person, Virtual, or Hybrid/Blended Modes

This workshop offers a guided opportunity to review asynchronous and synchronous active learning strategies and consider which activities to add or modify for your upcoming courses to facilitate student engagement and learning. Our discussion will include active learning activities completed individually (e.g., polling, reflection, guided notes) and in groups (e.g., collaborative brainstorming, small group discussions, think-pair-share), and activities that are in-person, online/virtual, or a combination. Ideal for faculty and instructors who:  Want to...

Graduate Student University Teaching Days (GSUTD) 2021

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This will be the third annual Graduate Student University Teaching Days (GSUTD), which will again be offered in a completely remote format. This week is a series of teaching development days designed to support graduate students in improving their teaching skills and building connections with other instructors at the University of Guelph.  For more details visit the GSUTD webpage....

The Radical Hope - Book Club (5)

Join Educational Developers from the Office of Teaching and Learning for a Virtual Book Club discussing Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto (Gannon, 2020). Higher education has seen better days. Harsh budget cuts, the precarious nature of employment in college teaching, and political hostility to the entire enterprise of education have made for an increasingly fraught landscape. Radical Hope is an ambitious response to this state of affairs, at once political and practical—the work of an activist, teacher, and public intellectual grappling with some of the most...

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