Dealing with Classroom and Student Conflict
Nov 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Conflict can happen both in and out of the classroom. As a TA, what have been your experiences? What are your concerns? How can you be proactive and minimize conflict in your course? Can you identify the worrisome signs? If so, how do we deal with them?

In this workshop an emphasis will be put on prevention techniques and management tools, as well as providing resources. However, this is a “burning issues” discussion based on your needs or questions you submit confidentially in advance to the facilitators.  Bring your own questions, but be prepared to help answer others’ questions by sharing your own experiences and strategies.

This workshop will count towards the Teaching Commons ‘Record of Completion’ certificate

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Course Design Boot Camp – Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Dec 6 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

This is an intensive workshop to get you started designing or updating your course. We will cover principles of good course design, assessment and feedback, active learning and engagement strategies, and provide you with the resources you need to design great courses.

Participants will be introduced to the process and principles of course design and learn to write effective learning outcomes. They will consider how to structure a course based on those outcomes based on the principle of alignment of assessment and teaching activities with learning outcomes. They will also learn about the purposes of assessment as well as criterion-based assessment to measure learning.

All sessions will run from 9:30am to 2:00pm. *We will break for 30 minutes for lunch.

Date: December 6, 2017

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

EE Bootcamp – Friday, December 8, 2017
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The EE workshops are designed to support faculty who wish to incorporate Experiential Education into their teaching, either in the classroom or in the community. The Bootcamp combines the content of Introduction to Experiential Education and Experiential Education: Reflection and Assessment.

In the first half of the workshop, we will define EE and its three foci in the context of York, discuss the theory informing EE, and consider the critical role of structured reflection in experiential education. In the second half, we will brainstorm ideas for reflective activities and consider how to evaluate experiential learning. The workshop will be delivered via presentations, videos and hands-on activities designed to help participants develop an EE course that includes reflective learning and its assessment, for both in-class and community focused EE.  All bootcamps run from 10AM to 3PM.  

Date: Friday, December 8, 2017

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

ISW – Instructional Skills Workshop (3 Day Workshop) – December 14, 15 & 18, 2017
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm


The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is a Canadian, grassroots, certificate program. During this intensive three-day workshop (24 hours in total), participants will work collaboratively in a small group setting (e.g. 1 Facilitator: 5 Participants) to further develop their teaching effectiveness as well as receiving feedback on new teaching strategies and techniques. Participants will design and conduct three “mini-lessons” and receive reflective verbal, written and video feedback from the other participants who have been learners in the mini-lessons. Using an intensive experiential learning approach, participants are provided with information on the theory and practice of teaching adult learners, the selection and writing of useful learning objectives with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for eliciting learner participation, and suggestions for evaluation of learning.

The workshop encourages reflection and examination of one’s teaching practices with feedback focused on the learning process rather than on the specific content of the lesson. The ISW engenders participatory learning and the building of community that can transfer back into the classroom and the institution. Because this is a peer-based workshop, your success (and the success of others in your group) is entirely dependent upon your commitment to the process. It is imperative that you commit to the 3 days in their entirety.

ISWs are available for faculty (full-time and contract only) and Staff.

December 14, 15 & 18, 2017
 9am to 5:30pm
Location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building  DB 1014

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

The Writing Circle – December 15, 2017
Dec 15 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

The Writing Circle offers dedicated, on-going writing opportunities for the purpose of making progress on a writing project, preferably but not limited to being focused on teaching and learning in higher education. It is structured to enable writing and reflection about your writing and offers the opportunity for feedback among peers. It takes place one Friday per month, alternating between morning and afternoon.

Friday, December 15, 2017 from 9:30am-1:30m in the Teaching Commons Lounge in the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Bldg. Room 1050

To view dates and register for the December session, please follow link:  REGISTRATION

Marking and Grading Practices
Jan 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This workshop is designed for those who have received a Marker/Grader position as well as any Graduate Student (new or experienced) interested in developing sound assessment and grading practices.  This half-day session will give a brief overview of marking and grading principles, such as types of formative and summative grading practices, validity and reliability issues, as well as offer participants practical strategies for grading with rubrics.   Most of the workshop will be dedicated to marking and grading practices as participants will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge by grading sample assignments with their peers.   The focus will be on the process of grading, not  on content, as you may be asked to grade a piece of work common in your discipline (e.g. short answer questions, essays, lab reports) but not necessarily from your discipline.  This is a condensed version of the Marking and Grading Workshop for Graduate Students.

This workshop will count towards the Teaching Commons ‘Record of Completion’ certificate

Register for the Marking and Grading Practices Workshop

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) à Glendon – January 12, 19 & February 2, 2018
Jan 12 all-day

Le ISW est un programme intensif constitué de 24 heures (échelonnées sur 3 jours) de formation pratique en enseignement basé sur une approche expérientielle. L’atelier repose sur deux éléments essentiels : la préparation et l’enseignement de mini-leçons par chacun(e) des participant(e)s et la rétroaction par les pairs dans une atmosphère collégiale. Les participants approfondiront les théories et principes de l’éducation des adultes via trois ateliers thématiques offerts par la formatrice.

L’atelier met l’emphase sur la réflexion et l’examen des pratiques d’enseignement qui favorisent le processus d’apprentissage plutôt que sur l’enseignement d’un contenu spécifique. L’ISW encourage l’apprentissage en collaboration et le développement d’une communauté d’enseignement parmi les pairs.

La conclusion de l’atelier mène à l’obtention d’un certificat reconnu dans la plupart des institutions post-secondaires canadiennes de même qu’à l’international. Aux meilleures de nos connaissances, les ISW au Collège Glendon seront les premiers à être offerts en français au Canada!

Dates: Les 12 et 19 janvier et le 2 février 2018, de 9h à 16h

Veuillez noter que la présence est obligatoire aux trois journées complètes.

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Graduate Supervisors’ Workshops Winter Sessions – January 16 or 18, 2018
Jan 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Teaching Commons and the Faculty of Graduate Studies are pleased to offer two half day workshops for Doctorate and Masters Supervisors at York University.

The two workshops are complementary, one in the Fall and another in the Winter semester. Both workshops are offered on two different dates. Supervisors are encouraged to attend both workshops.

The learning outcomes for the workshops are:

Winter Workshop:

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Reflect on the common issues facing international graduate students and the support available
  • Articulate the support available for graduate students who are TAs and or those facing difficulties
  • Identify and use a range of means to obtain feedback from colleagues and students
  • Apply processes and approaches designed to ensure the timely completion of a graduate degree.

Winter workshops will take place on:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 9am to 12pm in room DB 1014
Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 1:30pm-4:30pm in room DB 1009

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

Journal Club – January 2018
Jan 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Teaching Commons is hosting its January Journal Club conversation on Tuesday, January 16 at 2pm. Join us at the Teaching Commons for an informal discussion of Improving student engagement: Ten proposals for action. Journal Club participants are asked to read the chosen article in advance and come prepared to discuss their ideas, reactions, and questions with fellow colleagues interested in exploring innovation in teaching and learning.

REGISTER to attend the January Journal Club meeting

Academic Integrity in the Classroom
Jan 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

As TAs you will find that many students are unsure about the “ins and outs” of academic integrity.  This session will give you the tools you will need to educate your students about academic integrity and help them understand issues of plagiarism, cheating, collusion, impersonation, aiding/abetting, and fabrication/falsification.  You will be given real cases that occur in academic and non-academic settings and will brainstorm ways to prevent these and other breaches of academic integrity from occurring.

This workshop will count towards the Teaching Commons ‘Record of Completion’ certificate

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