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Feb
23
Fri
eLearning – Using Technology To Facilitate Student Engagement – February 23, 2018
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Using Technology to Facilitate Student Engagement

This one day intensive workshop is designed to help colleagues who are interested in eLearning but have limited experience to start integrating technologies in teaching. This workshop introduces and demonstrates how faculty members can take advantage of technological tools in various ways to promote student engagement using various modes of eLearning delivery. You will have opportunities for hands-on work and to try out various eLearning tools, including some clever ones in Moodle you may not know exist! Faculty or staff who need to plan or build elearning elements or courses will find this useful. No prior experience required! Please kindly note that  lunch is NOT provided for this workshop.

All boot camps are from 10AM – 3PM

Please visit the following site to register:  REGISTRATION

The Writing Circle – February 23, 2018
Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 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, February 23, 2018 from 12pm-4pm in Room DB 1014

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

Feb
27
Tue
Reading Week is Over – Strategies to Maintain and Inspire Student Motivation
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Having trouble engaging, motivating and getting your students to participate in discussions in your classroom?  Join us for a one hour workshop where we will explore strategies to inspire and maintain motivation in the classroom.  Bring your ideas and be prepared to participate in a variety of activities designed to help you motivate your students.  After this workshop, you will have something new to try in your own class to help motivate your students.

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

Register for Reading Week is Over – Strategies to Maintain and Inspire Student Motivation

Planning and Implementing Effective Tutorials
Feb 27 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

In the social sciences, TAs have a great deal of control over the style of their tutorials and how effective they can be for students. What does an effective tutorial entail? What are some of the different strategies a TA can follow to provide a productive learning environment?

In this interactive workshop, we will define what exactly is meant by “effective” tutorial. We will then proceed by outlining and assessing a number of strategies, from planning to implementation, that allow TAs to foster a productive learning environment for students. We conclude the workshop by designing an effective tutorial, in small group activities. This workshop will engage participants in small group discussions.

This workshop is open to all TAs in the social sciences.

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

Facilitated by Rana Sukarieh, Senior Teaching Assistant in the Social Sciences

Register for Planning and Implementing Effective Tutorials

Mar
5
Mon
How do I Know I’m on the Right Track? Strategies to Evaluate my OWN Teaching
Mar 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

TAs usually ask themselves, “How well am I teaching?”. This should not be a rhetorical question because the practice of evaluation is already part of a culture of education widely recognized by students and teachers alike. For this reason this workshop aims to explore different strategies that TAs can use to evaluate their teaching practice with an opportunity for participants to experience some of these strategies and evaluate and discuss with others which will work best for them, or in which situation.

Please also see our TA Feedback Guide – a resource to help you with different strategies to evaluate your teaching.

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

Register for How do I Know I’m on the Right Track? Strategies to Evaluate my OWN

Mar
13
Tue
Journal Club – March 2018
Mar 13 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

The Teaching Commons is hosting its January Journal Club conversation on Tuesday, March 13 at 1:30pm. Join us at the Teaching Commons for an informal discussion of an article related to teaching and learning in higher education. 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. This entry will be updated when an article has been chosen for this month’s discussion.

REGISTER to attend the March Journal Club meeting

Mar
15
Thu
An Effective Framework for Organizing Engineering Tutorials
Mar 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Engineering tutorials mostly involve analysis and problem-solving, and conventionally assumes a traditional questions and answers framework. However, TAs have the power to organize tutorials and use other frameworks that can be more conducive to learning. This workshop will focus on the BOPPPS model incorporated with active learning strategies to organize engineering tutorials. Together we will learn
1. What is the BOPPPS model?
2. What are different active learning strategies we can utilize?
3. How will students benefit from the BOPPPS model?
4. How will the BOPPPS model help us as TAs to plan, run and improve tutorials?

Participants will also get a chance to share their own experience and concerns they wish to discuss with their peers. In small groups, participants will brainstorm how to apply the BOPPPS model to their own TA context and will produce a personalized framework for Engineering tutorials.

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

Facilitated by Sanjida Moury, Senior Teaching Assistant in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Register for An Effective Framework for Organizing Engineering Tutorials

Mar
20
Tue
eLearning @ York Course: Designing Blended Online Courses – Offering #3 – March 20 & March 27, 2018
Mar 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The eLearning @ York course is a blended learning experience comprising two two-hour face-to-face sessions and two online sessions. Through these sessions, participants are encouraged to reflect on their experiences as a student of eLearning to inform the development and design of their own blended or online course.

Individual consultation sessions, booked to follow the last face-to-face session, will be available to participants seeking support to complete the final assignment and receive course credit. A set of resource, grouped by topic, will also be available to participants who would like further detail beyond what the collaborative sessions provide. These resources/modules are optional, and self-paced.

Participants are expected to actively engaging in all course activities. Participants will spend, on average, 1-2 hours per day over 3-5 days to complete the course.

Offering 3:  Tuesday, March 20 2018, 1 pm – 3 pm in DB (formerly TEL) 1014 & Monday, March 27, 2018, 1 pm – 3 pm in DB (formerly TEL) 1014

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

Mar
23
Fri
The Writing Circle – March 23, 2018
Mar 23 @ 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, March 23, 2018 from 9:30am-1:30pm in Room DB 1014

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

Apr
5
Thu
Integrating EE into Your Course – Thursday, April 5, 2018
Apr 5 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

*This session was formerly titled Experiential Education Bootcamp

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. Integrating Experiential Education into Your Course 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 or course activity that includes reflective learning and its assessment, for both in-class and community focused EE.  All sessions run from 10AM to 3PM.  

Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION