Calendar

Apr
25
Tue
Teaching with Wikipedia Workshop – April 25, 2017
Apr 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Wikipedia is the world’s biggest repository of information, accessed monthly by half a billion people. Since 2010, hundreds of college and university instructors have implemented writing assignments for their students on Wikipedia. As an educational tool, writing articles about course-related topics allows students to create collaborative work with a visible impact on a global audience. It requires careful sourcing, involves classroom peer review, and spreads the knowledge taught in the classroom to people around the world. Wikipedia assignments help students develop critical media literacy and technical skills that they can apply to their future academic and professional lives.

Students who contribute to Wikipedia learn to navigate an increasingly complicated media landscape. They develop the skills necessary to make critical judgments about sources of information, such as whether a news headline is real or fake, and come to better understand the ways in which consuming information is not the same as producing it, and that they are two sides of the same coin.

In this session, Wiki Education staff and a professor who has taught with Wikipedia will show how students can undertake this real-world assignment to improve the world’s access to knowledge. Attendees will learn about best practices for using Wikipedia as a teaching tool. We will explore Wikipedia’s behind-the-scenes processes that have made it a successful project, and you’ll have an opportunity to discuss how this tool meets your student learning outcomes. Wiki Education staff will highlight how we can support you and your students as they share information about the world, with the world.

Everyone is welcome!  Refreshments will be served.

This session will be held on Tuesday April 25, 2017, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in DB 1014.

This session is co-sponsored by the Communication Studies Department

Unfortunately this workshop is full, but please add your name to the waitlist to help us organize another session and we will be in touch if a space opens up in this session or when the other session is scheduled.

Space is limited to 35 places so if you are unable to attend a booked session, please email teaching@yorku.ca immediately so we can offer your space to someone else.

==Speaker Bio==

LiAnna Davis is the Director of Programs and Deputy Director for Wiki Education. In her role, LiAnna is responsible for ensuring the core programmatic work (Classroom Program, Community Engagement, and Educational Partnerships) achieves high impact. She also oversees technical tools, communication materials, data science, and support from Content Experts.

With more than seven years’ experience in running programs connecting Wikipedia and academia, LiAnna is one of the world’s leading experts in teaching with Wikipedia. LiAnna has played a pivotal role in creating Wikipedia education programs in eight countries worldwide and supported the work of volunteers in more than 50 additional countries. She has a master’s degree in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s in Communication Studies from the University of Puget Sound.

Photo of LiAnna Davis

==Speaker Bio==

Jonathan Obar, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at York University. Dr. Obar has served as a Wikipedia Teaching Fellow since 2010, and served as a coordinator of the Canadian arm of Wikipedia’s Education Program from 2011-2015.

Apr
26
Wed
Journal Club – April 2017
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Teaching Commons is hosting its April Journal Club conversation on Wednesday April 26th at 2pm. Join us at the Teaching Commons for an informal discussion of Putting Literacy in Its Place. 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.

Apr
27
Thu
April Webinar: Use Problem-based Learning in Class
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Problem-based learning is a student-centred approach in which students learn via working on open-ended and contextualized problems collaboratively with their peers. This webinar will introduce problem-based learning, share how to use problem-based learning in class, and discuss potential advantages and disadvantages of using problem-based learning.

Facilitator:
Dr. Celia Popovic, Director, Teaching Commons

Registration: http://teachingcommonsforms.apps01.yorku.ca/forms/view.php?id=419587

Learn How to “DO” a Teaching Dossier
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The teaching dossier or teaching portfolio is a condensed reflection of your teaching philosophy and accomplishments. It essentially serves as a tool that will provide evidence of your teaching quality and effectiveness. This session is intended to provide you with the basics of creating and assembling your own teaching dossier as well as an opportunity to see examples of dossiers from others academia.  You will have the opportunity to interact with other participants to help you start thinking about, forming and writing your own teaching philosophy statement.  So,  please join us as we provide an overview of the must-sees of the teaching dossier and discuss its purpose, construction, and also the evaluation of teaching dossiers.

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

Register for Learn How to “DO” a Teaching Dossier

May
4
Thu
Introduction to Experiential Education – May 4, 2017
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This workshop is designed to support faculty who wish to learn about experiential education (EE) to incorporate it in their teaching, either in the classroom or in the community. After defining EE and its three foci in the context of York, we will discuss the theory informing EE and consider the critical role of structured reflection in experiential education. The workshop will be delivered via presentations, videos and hands-on activities that will help participants start developing an EE course.

This session will take place on May 4, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in room DB (former TEL building) 1014.

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

May
11
Thu
Experiential Education: Reflection and Assessment – May 11, 2017
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This workshop is designed to support faculty in developing structured reflective activities and a related assessment plan for an EE course they are planning.

We will think about how to design appropriate teaching activities around reflection and consider how to evaluate experiential learning. After being presented with some tools to facilitate reflection and its assessment, participants will engage in hands-on activities designed to help them develop their own plan for reflective activities and their assessment, for both in-class and community focused EE. Please note that participants should be familiar with EE when they sign up for this workshop.

This session will take place on May 11, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in room DB (former TEL building) 1014.

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

May
16
Tue
Introduction to Course Design Workshop for Graduate Students
May 16 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This 3-hour workshop is designed for Experienced Teaching Assistants who are interested in course design, preparing for their first Course Directorship or are looking to refine and develop their experience as a Course Director. Participants will be introduced to the stages, principles and good practices of systematic course design and will engage in reflection and discussions on teaching practices as well as hands-on activities. The focus will be on facilitating an evidence-based and learner-centered learning environment that promotes deep learning.

Facilitated by Natasha May

Register for Introduction to Course Design Workshop for Graduate Students

May
23
Tue
Applications of Course Design Principles Workshop for Graduate Students
May 23 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This 3-hour workshop is intended for Experienced Teaching Assistants who are actively designing and preparing a course.  Participants are asked to bring a first draft of their course syllabus and we will work together to further develop this syllabus and the design of your course.  We will review and apply the design principles learned in the Introduction to Course Design Workshop for Graduate Students, specifically the integrated course design approach (Fink, 2003) through individual and collaborative activities and worksheets.

Facilitated by Natasha May

Register for Applications of Course Design Principles Workshop for Graduate Students

Journal Club – May 2017
May 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Teaching Commons is hosting its May Journal Club conversation on Tuesday, May 23 at 2pm. Join us at the Teaching Commons for an informal discussion of Educational Development as Pink Collar Labor: Implications and Recommendations. 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.

May webinar: Use Peer Assessment in Class
May 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Facilitator:
Grace Ross, Undergraduate Program Director & Lecturer,  School of Nursing, Faculty of Health
Dr. Yelin Su. Educational developer, Teaching Commons

Registration coming up