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Welcome to the Teaching Commons!

A short video introduction to the Teaching Commons

 About the Teaching Commons

The Teaching Commons brings together like-minded individuals who are interested in exploring and sharing teaching and learning innovation across York University. The Teaching Commons team is based in TEL 1050 and maintains a virtual presence via our website and Moodle courses. More than a presence, we are a network of colleagues, collaborations and projects, working across and within Faculties and Support Services.

Upcoming Events

We are delighted to announce our new Teaching Commons Space in TEL 1050.
The newly refurbished area provides a space for all who teach at York (contract faculty, tenure stream faculty, TAs, new and experienced) to meet to share ideas, to discuss teaching related topics and to meet with like-minded individuals.
We will be holding a series of events, but we encourage you to suggest events and meetings you would like to host in the space via

York University's First Year Experience Summit

york university first year experience

The Office of Vice-President Academic & Provost, in collaboration with the Teaching Commons and the Division of Students, cordially invites you to join your peers at the Summit on the First-Year Experience in the Classroom: Rethinking Retention.

This event takes place on May 1, 2014 in Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East (8:30 to 4:30pm)  RSVP by April 25

The keynote speaker is will be Dr Vincent Tinto, Distinguished University Professor at Syracuse University and chair of the higher education program. He has carried out research and has written extensively about higher education, particularly student retention and the impact of learning communities on student growth and attainment. More>>

TIF registration Deadline Poster

Join us for York's 2nd Annual Teaching in Focus (TIF) Conference on May 22, 2014.

The theme is 'Educational Innovation &  Transformation'. This conference is for all who teach or support student learning at York. We hope you will consider sharing an aspect of your teaching with your colleagues!

To register to attend TIF, please complete the form by May 08, 2014 at

Good practices of adapting a face to face course to a blended/online course -- Samples from LAPS and Health AIF projects

Four faculty members adapted their individual face to face courses to blended/online courses in a jointly ran AIF project between the Faculties of Health and LA&PS in 2012-2013 academic year. They were invited to share their experience in designing, developing, and delivering these four highly rated courses in a recent one-hour seminar. During the seminar, each of them took about 15 minutes to describe their experiences, their lessons learned about adapting their face-to-face course to a blended and/or fully online format, and respond frankly to questions posed by faculty members who attended the presentations.

GEOG 2030 The End of the Earth as We Know It: Introduction to global environmental change

Course director: Dr. Robin Roth, Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Deliver mode: blended, 60% online 40% face-to-face
Enrollment: 90-120
Copy and paste the URL to your browser to watch the presentation about this course:

GEOG 2030 blended

KINE4710: Psychology of Health and Chronic Disease

Course director: Dr. Lucia Gagliese, Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health
Deliver mode: blended, 70% online 30% face-to-face
Copy and paste the URL to your browser to watch the presentation about this course:

KINE4710 blended

MODR1760, Reasoning about Morality and Values

Course director: Dr. Cael Zorn, Contract Faculty, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
Deliver mode: blended (30% online,70% face-to-face) and online
Enrollment: 50 in blended section and 150 in fully online section
Copy and paste the URL to your browser to watch the presentation about this course: online:

MODR1760 blended and online

PSYC 2120 3.00 Social Psychology

Course director: Dr. Jennifer Steele, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Deliver mode: online
Enrollment: 160-190
Copy and paste the URL to your browser to watch the presentation about this course:

PSYC 2120 online

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