Teaching Commons Monthly Webinar Series

The Teaching Commons  facilitate and organize 8 monthly Webinars during the Fall and Winter semester. These webinars will introduce and discuss latest good practices regarding the important teaching and learning topics as suggested by the York teaching colleagues. Webinars will be facilitated by the Teaching Commons’ staff and/or other colleagues at York. For further inquiries, contact Dr. Yelin Su ysu@yorku.ca.

Schedule and registration

Grading with Crowdmark

Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018, 10 am – 11.30 am 

Crowdmark (https://crowdmark.com/) is an online platform that supports instructors in managing and grading student assignments and exams alone or in teams. Crowdmark enables instructors to grade electronically submitted student assignments and also allows instructors to scan paper exams into the platform for online grading.

In this webinar, Dr. Tamara Kelly and Dr. Hovig Kouyoumdgian, will introduce the basics of the Crowdmark and discuss strategies and tips using Crowdmark.

Dr. Tamara Kelly,  Associate Lecturer & Undergraduate Program Director,  Department of Biology
Dr. Hovig Kouyoumdgian, Assistant Lecturer, Department of Chemistry

Registration: http://teachingcommonsforms.apps01.yorku.ca/forms/view.php?id=512457

Reflect back to reason forward: A SoTL framework (Cancelled)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 10:30am-12pm

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, or SoTL, is a process of systematic inquiry into the practice of teaching and learning in one’s own classroom.

In this interactive webinar, we will define SoTL, introduce participants to Peter Felten’s (2013) Principles of Good Practice of SoTL, and provide an overview of Hutchins taxonomy of questions in SoTL inquiry. Participants will be able to listen and engage with two SoTL scholars and graduates of EduCATE (a course offered by the Teaching Commons) as they share their own SoTL research. This webinar will furthermore take participants through a guided approach to doing their own SoTL inquiry.

Dr. Mandy Frake-Mistak,  Educational developer,  Teaching Commons
Dr. Alice Kim, Post Doctoral Visitor, Teaching Commons

Registration: http://teachingcommonsforms.apps01.yorku.ca/forms/view.php?id=500181

Technical requirements

We will use Adobe Connect, a web conference software supported by York,  in these webinars.  To attend our webinar, you DO NOT need to have an Adobe Connect Account. You can join the webinar by using the webinar URL you will receive after your registration.   Along with the webinar URL, you will also receive instructions about attending the webinar after your registration.

For technical supports regarding attending the Adobe connect meetings, please contact lts@yorku.ca

Past Webinars

Giving Feedback that Encourages a Growth Mindset

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 10:30am-12pm

Students with a growth mindset believe their abilities are malleable and can grow and change with effort and experience. They are resilient, persevere through challenges, work toward overcoming deficiencies and seek out feedback to learn from their mistakes. These are all qualities we want our students to have. So how can we help them to attain these qualities?

In this webinar, participants will reflect on their assessment process and the feedback they give to students, both verbally in class and in written form on assessments. Together we will brainstorm additional strategies you can use to assess learning and provide feedback to your students that encourages a growth mindset.

We encourage course directors to invite their TAs (should you have TAs with marking and grading duties for your course). Together you can review your assessments for your course and plan strategies for assessment and feedback that encourages a growth mindset.

Dr. Natasha May,  Educational developer,  Teaching Commons
Dr. Alice Kim, Post Doctoral Visitor, Teaching Commons

Recording: http://connect.yulearn.yorku.ca/pcmn4v80rdwn/

Use  Problem-based Learning in Class

Thursday, April 27, 2017 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.

Dr. Celia Popovic, Director, Teaching Commons
Dr. Yelin Su. Educational developer, Teaching Commons

Recording: http://connect.yulearn.yorku.ca/p2mzxkuicqf/
Additional resources:

Write syllabus for blended/online delivery

This webinar provides participants with syllabus elements, templates, suggestions, and samples of writing syllabus for blended/online courses.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:00pm
Dr. Lisa O’Neill, Educational Developer
Dr. Yelin Su, Educational Developer

Recording: http://connect.yulearn.yorku.ca/p4cbkodecpj/
Sample Syllabus
Syllabus Checklist

Copyright, Open Educational Resources, and teaching

This workshop provides participants with the opportunity to become familiar with common open education practices. Hopefully this overview will support you in building your courses using open resources and provide you with some ‘food for thought’ about to how properly license your resources to make them shareable. By the end of the workshop you should be able to:

  • Identify potential sources of open educational resources (OER’s) suited to your curriculum
  • Practice creating OER by posting educational media and assigning Creative Commons licensing

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 10:30 am – 12:00pm
Dr. Lisa O’Neill, Educational Developer
Dr. Yelin Su, Educational Developer

Recording: http://connect.yulearn.yorku.ca/p3reog09scs/

AIF Category II proposal development

This webinar is for faculty members who are interested in submitting an AIF Category II proposal. The workshop will detail the process of executing an AIF Category II grant and answer questions on AIF proposal writing, submission, and the project execution. Please kindly note the participants are expected to review the application guidelines (http://aifprojects.yorku.ca/apply/) and form and submit your key questions prior to the webinar at http://teachingcommonsforms.apps01.yorku.ca/forms/view.php?id=403073.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:30pm
Dr. Lisa O’Neill, Educational Developer
Dr. Yelin Su, Educational Developer
Kathiga Sandrasi, Teaching and Learning Officer

Recording: http://connect.yulearn.yorku.ca/p63rs4vcp3d/

Designing Assessment to Drive Learning

Assessment for learning can help instructors identify where students are in their learning, where they need to go, and how best to get there. This workshop will introduce effective strategies for encouraging a growth mindset through designing assessments that provide frequent and timely feedback to your students. Facilitators will also discuss how to tailor these strategies to your course format, assignments, and teaching style.

Wednesday, October 19, 1-2:30pm
Dr. Natasha May, Educational Developer
Lisa Endersby, Educational Developer

Recording: http://connect.yulearn.yorku.ca/p7ab3d7ew76/
PPT: Designing Assessment to Drive Learning

Effective Online Instruction with Moodle

Moodle is the University supported learning management system. It is a robust system integrating many flexible tools  to complement, support, and enable active students’ engagement in face-to-face, web-enhanced, blended, and fully online courses. This workshop will introduce effective techniques for quality online instructions and how to set them up in York University Moodle.

Thursday, April 28, 10-11 am
Dr. Yelin Su, Educational Developer
Mr. Sairam Chinnam, Learning Technology Support Specialist, Learning Technology Services
Recording: http://connect.yulearn.yorku.ca/p3kbgjvvpc2/
PPT: Effective online instructions with Moodle

Effective online assessment strategies using Moodle

Literature has suggested that effective online assessments are forwarding looking, having clearly explained criteria and standards, creating opportunities for students to engage in self-assessment, and providing student meaningful and timely feedback on a regular basis. Using a well-designed assessment rubric has been highly valued by instructors and students among other effective assessment techniques. In this one hour webinar, we will introduce several effective online assessment techniques that can be easily included in Moodle with a focus on setting up and using an assessment rubric.

Thursday, March 31, 2-3 pm
Dr. Yelin Su, Educational Developer
Mr. Sairam Chinnam, Learning Technology Support Specialist, Learning Technology Services

Recording: http://connect.yulearn.yorku.ca/p5wok8patci/
PPT: Effective online assessment strategies using Moodle
Resource: Carnegie Mellon University: Creating and Using Rubrics

Active learning strategies

Graduates of programs in higher education are expected to acquire both professional and social competencies in order to be successful in the knowledged-based society. As such, teachers in higher education institution are instrumental in the development of these competencies, critical thinking and inquiry, and collaboration with peers or colleagues. To facilitate in these developmental processes, university teachers may incorporate new methods and strategies to enhance learning and invite students to participate actively in their own learning (Duarte, 2015; Kaplan et al., 2010). Join the Teaching Commons webinar to discuss and dialogue active learning strategies and to explore what can be done that will make both small and large classes interactive and engaging. For more ideas and suggestions on active learning strategies, please visit our Teaching Strategies link within the resources section of our website.

12pm – 1 pm, Thursday, February 25, 2016
Dr. Mandy Frake-Mistak
Dr. Yelin Su, Educational Developer

Duarte, P. (2015). The use of a group blog to actively support learning activities. Active
Learning in Higher Education, 16(2) 103–117
Kaplan, M., Piskin, B., and Bol, B. (2010). Educational blogging: Integrating technology
into marketing experience. Journal of Marketing Education, 32(1): 50–63.

Recording: http://connect.yulearn.yorku.ca/p48ryplyqu9/
PPT: active learning strategies
active learning techniques
beyond the classroom active strategies
Does Active Learning Work_Prince

Make your lecture class interactive with technology

Empirical studies suggest that increased student engagement in the classroom might lead to improved student achievement. Classroom lecture can be engaging and interactive if students are asked to actively interact with the instructors and peers and apply the information that they’ve received rather than simply watching, listening, and taking notes. This workshop will introduce a couple of easy-to-use classroom technologies to help integrate different activities into classroom lectures to engage students with their peers, instructors, and materials actively.
10 am – 11 am, Thursday, January 28, 2016
Dr. Yelin Su, Educational Developer
Dr. Genevieve Maheux-Pelletier, Educational Developer

Recording: http://connect.yulearn.yorku.ca/p3xsdi8fzce/
Webinar PPT
Webinar Material

Using turnitin as a teaching tool II

12 pm -1.30 pm, Thursday, November 26, 2015
Mr. Sairam Chinnam, Learning Technology Services
Dr. Yelin Su, Educational Developer

Recording: http://connect.yulearn.yorku.ca/p6czkcaqpef/

Using turnitin as a teaching tool I

12 pm -1 pm, Thursday, October 29, 2015
Hosted by The Teaching Commons and facilitated by Mr. Sairam Chinnam, Learning Technology Services

Thursday, October 29, 2015 Webinar recording: http://connect.yulearn.yorku.ca/p17ycumx6io/

Including and assessing reflective learning

10 am -11 am, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Dr. Genevieve Maheux-Pelletier, Educational Developer
Dr. Yelin Su, Educational Developer

September 24, 2015 Webinar recording: http://connect.yulearn.yorku.ca/p64haw2ykuj/

Webinar September 24 2015 PPT Final

Webinar September 24 Handout

EE rubrics