Graduate Student University Teaching Day(s) GSUTD 2021

This will be the third annual Graduate Student University Teaching Days (GSUTD), which will again be offered in a completely remote format. This week (Monday August 23rd – Thursday August 26th, 2021) 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.

Whether you are a graduate student, teaching assistant, or sessional lecturer, we invite you to attend our week-long programming to learn with and from others as we all prepare for the upcoming academic year. Each day of the week features two teaching workshops to choose between, one plenary session, one round table discussion, and one networking event. This week has been designed to allow you to attend as much or as little as you would like so that we can accommodate the various schedules and needs of graduate students.

Full session descriptions are available in the pdf linked at the bottom of the page.

Learning Outcomes for GSUTD:

By the end of GSUTD, successful participants should be able to:

  1. Feel more confident and prepared as a teaching assistant in higher education
  2. Identify and implement diverse evidence-based teaching strategies
  3. Connect with teaching peers to develop a teaching community for support, advice, and a network for sharing teaching challenges and successes
  4. Locate resources to support teaching assistantship work, growth, and success at the University of Guelph

Register for GSUTD 2021

Please note: Registration will be capped at 300 participants. However, there is a waiting list enabled so you can add your name to the waiting list and will get the opportunity to register if a spot becomes available. Registration closes at 11:59pm on Wednesday August 18th, 2021.

If you are interested in receiving the Foundations Waiver for your participation in the 2021 GSUTD (i.e., waiving the requirements for two Foundations workshops – the “Reflective and Career Readiness” and “Elective” workshop requirements), you will need to participate fully in a minimum of four workshops throughout GSUTD in addition to completing the GSUTD response paper, which will be emailed to eligible participants after GSUTD is complete. Please note that you can only receive the GSUTD Foundations Waiver once; if you have used this waiver previously, we still encourage you to attend and participate in GSUTD this year, but it will not waive any additional Foundations workshops.

GSUTD 2021 Schedule

Workshops are divided into two streams, stream A for new Teaching Assistants (TAs) and stream B for TAs with previous teaching experience; however, you are welcome to attend any workshop you like. After every workshop, facilitators will keep Zoom calls open for an additional 15 minutes for further questions and discussion (this extra time is not shown in the tables below).

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

     Time     Type of Session Session Name / Topic Presenter(s) and/or Facilitator(s)
9:00–9:30am Plenary Opening Ceremony Dr. Dale Lackeyram
9:30–10:30am Plenary Spotlight Speaker Series Drs. Carolyn Creighton, John Dawson, and Jeni Spencer
10:45–11:45am Workshop 1A – New to TAing? We’ve Got You! Eamonn Corrigan
12:00–1:00pm Round Table Discussion Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Classroom Dr. Dale Lackeyram
1:30 –2:30pm Workshop 1B – Learning From and About Your Students Dr. Jennifer Reniers
3:00 –4:00pm Networking Reflecting on the Year Eamonn Corrigan

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

     Time     Type of Session Session Name / Topic Presenter(s) and/or Facilitator(s)
9:00–10:00am Workshop 2A – Grading and Feedback Eric McCutcheon
10:30–11:30am Networking Teaching Assistant Connections Mara Goodyear
12:00–1:00pm Round Table Discussion Indigenous Pedagogy Jessica Notwell
1:30 –2:30pm Plenary Experienced TA Panel Sahar Golshan, Dr. Andrew Gravelle, and Shelby Law
3:00 –4:00pm Workshop 2B – Designing Teaching and Learning for Everyone Madison Wright

Wednesday, August 25th, 2021

     Time     Type of Session Session Name / Topic Presenter(s) and/or Facilitator(s)
9:00–10:00am Networking TA Scrapes and Band-Aids Madison Wright
10:30–11:30am Workshop 3B – Active Learning Strategies Dr. Christie Stewart
12:00–1:00pm Round Table Discussion Power in the Classrom Madison Wright
1:30 –2:30pm Workshop 3A – Facilitating Discussions Mara Goodyear
3:00 –4:00pm Plenary Microteaching Masters Kim Barton, Aiyu Liu, and Todd Martin

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

     Time     Type of Session Session Name / Topic Presenter(s) and/or Facilitator(s)
9:00–10:00am Workshop 4B – Turning Motivation Research into Strategies You Can Use Dr. Sara Fulmer
10:30–11:30am Workshop 4A – Student Mental Health and Wellness Sarah Birk
12:00–1:00pm Round Table Discussion Pedagogy of Care and Pedagogy of Kindness Janet Wolstenholme
1:30 –2:30pm Networking Trivia Eric McCutcheon
2:30 –3:00pm Plenary Closing Ceremony Janet Wolstenholme

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