Resources for Teaching 1000-Level Courses
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The first year of university is a time of social and academic transition for all students and particularly so for “first gen” students who are the first in their family to attend university– of whom York has a significant number. How can Course Directors help their students to adapt and thrive in this new learning situation? York has a number of resources to support faculty and also extensive resources specifically designed to assist students to make a successful transition.

In this session, we will provide information on York’ s first year students and explore concrete strategies for simultaneously challenging and supporting them in their transition. You will hear from a panel of faculty who are experienced in teaching 1000 level courses; be introduced to York’s First Year Experience (FYE) toolkit; and learn about the services offered by the university library. You will also become aware of the resources at York so that you will be able to guide students to become more resourceful and to seek out appropriate supports as needed, e.g. York’s Learning Commons, and Student Accessibility Services.

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What is ‘Conflict’ and How Might it Arise in the Classroom?
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Together we will define what we each mean by “conflict” and explore a working definition for this workshop.  We will share potential sources or situations in which conflict may arise in the classroom, such as sensitive course content, most stressful times for students during the semester (perhaps centred around assessments and grades) etc.  The focus will be on our own power/privilege, particularly as teachers, but also personally, as well as focusing on biases, any example experiences of oppression and inequality.

Whether power/privilege, oppression and inequality are specific concepts covered in your course/discipline or not, they are present in every classroom, so this workshop aims to identify how they appear in each of your classrooms and help build awareness.  This workshop will include small group work, where participants will engage in an ice breaker activity and continue to work in the same small group to develop trust and work through and discuss the content of the workshop to achieve the outcomes.

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

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Preparing Students for Critical Reflection – October 25, 2018
Oct 25 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Preparing Students for Critical Reflection

As a distinctive characteristic of experiential education (EE), reflection is the mechanism leveraging seemingly ordinary experiences into teaching and learning moments. But incorporating structured reflection into a course and assessing the learning that occurs as a result can be a daunting task. This workshop is designed to support faculty in identifying strategies to support students in developing their ability to reflect as well as in designing structured reflective activities and a related assessment plan for an EE course. 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.

Date: October 25, 2018 from 1:30 to 4 pm
Location: DB 1014

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

The Writing Circle – October 26, 2018
Oct 26 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Writing Circle

The Writing Circle offers dedicated, on-going writing opportunities for the purpose of making progress on a writing project that is, preferably, related teaching and learning in higher education.  It takes place one Friday per month, alternating morning and afternoon. Each facilitated circle is structured according to the following blocks:


  • Introduction, ground rules, writing warm-up, and goal setting for the day
  • Writing
  • Break
  • Writing
  • Wrap-up

Session to be held on October 26, 2018 in room DB 1014 from 9:30am-12:30pm

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

Webinar – An Introduction to Using Podcasts in Teaching and Research – October 26, 2018
Oct 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Note: This is workshop I of the TC Podcast workshop series. The workshop II of the Podcast series is a face to face workshop scheduled on Thursday, November 23, 12:00 pm – 1.30 pm.  You can find information to the November workshop on

This webinar is workshop I of the TC podcast workshop series. It introduces the effective usage of podcast in teaching and research.  We will discuss various ways that you can use podcasts in teaching and present basics of getting started in podcasting using the Audacity® software. This is a hands-on workshop in which participants will have opportunities to practice using Audacity® to record their first Podcast!

No prior experience with podcasting and Audacity® is required. Participants will be asked to download and install the Audacity® software on a computer prior to the webinar. Audacity® is an easy-to-use free audio software. You can download it from For Audacity® system requirements, please refer to and

Please kindly note that Audacity® is not supported by York University.

Friday, October 26, 2018- from 12:00 pm – 1:30pm

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

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

Teaching Commons Journal Club – October 29, 2018 (eLearning)
Oct 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Teaching Commons is hosting its October Journal Club conversation on October 29, 2018 from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Join us at the Teaching Commons for an informal discussion of Implementation intentions during multimedia learning: Using if-then plans to facilitate cognitive processing. 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 event entry will be updated once an article has been chosen for discussion.

REGISTER to attend the October Journal Club meeting

Learn How to “DO” a Teaching Dossier
Oct 30 @ 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

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eLearning@York Course – November 1 and November 8, 2018
Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

eLearning @ York is an experiential learning course in which participants will combine pedagogical theories with first-hand experience to the design of fully online and blended courses. This hands-on course will have participants design different components of their online/blended course. By the end of the course, participants should be able to draft a course design blueprint for their course. In particular, upon completion of the course, participants should be able to apply sound learning theories and pedagogies to build various key components of fully online/blended modules.

This course will introduce a systematic process of designing a blended or fully online course. No design experience is required. This is a SEDA accredited course. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Teaching Commons (issued by request). Participants will also be awarded a SEDA Certificate for accomplishing additional SEDA assessment tasks. Please refer to the course guides (linked below) for Certificate of Completion and SEDA Certificate requirements.

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 1: Thursday, November 1, 2018, 10 am -12 pm in DB (formerly TEL) 1014 & Thursday, November 8, 2018, 10 am -12 pm in DB (formerly TEL) 1014

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

Teaching with Technology and in an Online Environment
Nov 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

When teaching in an on-line environment, TAs may face a number of challenges including the development of a student learning community, providing sufficient instructions, marking and grading online etc. This workshop will highlight and provide practical strategies for teaching online. We will further engage in discussions and activities about online learning environments, including social media and other technology and how it can be used in teaching at York. Throughout the activities participants will engage with some online learning tools and look at some of the specific strategies that can help us utilize the available e-learning tools to the advantage of both students and educators. Please note this is not a workshop for learning how to use Moodle. For workshops on using Moodle please visit:

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

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Using Active Learning Strategies in your Teaching
Nov 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Creating an active learning environment means utilizing appropriate strategies to engage students in how to think critically, creatively, work with a partner or in a group setting. Active learning helps a student to develop and apply their ideas and skills. This workshop will examine active learning strategies in higher education.  Participants will engage in some example activities to see how active learning can be applied in their own classroom.

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

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