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Sep
30
Wed
Teaching Students with Disabilities: Tips for Teaching Assistants
Sep 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Students with disabilities add to the diversity of the university community. As a TA at York you may encounter students with physical, learning, medical or mental health disabilities; often these students have academic accommodations. After a brief review of the university’s policies concerning academic accommodations, we will discuss strategies for maintaining an inclusive classroom by introducing universal design for learning. You will have the opportunity to brainstorm with your peers different ways to implement the principles of universal design for a particular scenario.

Join us Wednesday September 30, 2020, 11am-12am EST for this interactive webinar via Zoom. A link to the Zoom session will be emailed to everyone that registers below.

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

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Oct
5
Mon
Instructional Skills for Remote Delivery – October 5 to October 16, 2020 (am and pm sessions)
Oct 5 @ 12:00 am

Instructional Skills for Remote Delivery

During this 2-week online course (approximately 15 hours), participants will work collaboratively in a small group setting (e.g. 1 Facilitator: 6 Participants) to further develop their teaching effectiveness through remote delivery, as well as receiving feedback on teaching strategies and techniques. Through both synchronous and asynchronous sessions, participants will design and conduct two online lessons and receive reflective verbal, written and video feedback from the other participants who have been learners in the lessons.

**Note: this is a 2-week course. Participants MUST attend all synchronous sessions.

Follow the link to register:  REGISTRATION 

For additional inquiries, please contact Mandy Frake-Mistak mfmistak@yorku.ca

Oct
6
Tue
The Art of Online Conversation for TAs (ONLINE COURSE) – October 6 to November 6, 2020
Oct 6 @ 12:00 am – 1:00 am

Whether we teach in a traditional face-to-face classroom, a blended environment, or a fully online course, many of us make use of online forums to enhance student learning. Achieving an engaging online discussion, however, is easier said than done! In this fully online course, participants will learn by doing through ongoing participation in weekly discussion forums. We will explore strategies for creating effective prompts, apply best practices for facilitating vibrant and enriching online conversations of all types, and troubleshoot common challenges. We will explore how one’s approach to online discussion changes over the span of a semester- or year-long course, and integrate scholarship on eLearning into our understanding of effective online conversations.

This course is open to all teaching assistants at York and no previous experience with online discussion forums is required. Participants can expect to spend a total of approximately 4-8 hours engaging with course content and activities. The course is designed asynchronously, meaning that while there are weekly deadlines, participants can complete each week’s tasks at any time that is convenient to them. This course is actively facilitated by a Teaching Commons instructor, and participants will be able to ask questions and access further support and resources by email or through the course Moodle at any point.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, participants will be able to design and facilitate effective, pedagogically informed online discussion forums by:
-Integrating forums meaningfully into online assessment strategies and/or learning activities
-Applying strategies to support community building and/or communication
-Encouraging deeper learning through instructor participation in online forums
-Creating opportunities for students to practice self-directed learning through discussion forums

Course Dates: October 6 – November 6

NOTES:

  • Registration for this course closes on October 4th, 11:59 pm
  • There are limited spaces available, so please let us know if you are unable to participate by emailing teaching@yorku.ca so we may offer your spot to someone else
  • If you are unable to register below, please add your name to our WAITLIST so we can contact you when another section opens up.

All required course activities are asynchronous.  Please follow the link to register: REGISTRATION

Putting Together Your Teaching Dossier – October 6, 2020
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Putting Together Your Teaching Dossier Workshop

The teaching dossier or teaching portfolio is a condensed reflection of your teaching philosophy and accomplishments. It serves as a tool that will provide evidence of your teaching quality and effectiveness. This interactive workshop will provide you with the tools to establish, recognize, and reflect upon your own teaching practices . Whether you are contract faculty, tenure-track, or new faculty, the Teaching Commons can provide you with the tools needed to (re)write, develop, or update your dossier for evaluation purposes, and in the preparation of materials for teaching award submissions.

Date:  Tuesday, October 6, 2020 in room DB 1014 from 10am-12pm

Please visit the following link to register: REGISTRATION

Oct
8
Thu
Teaching Critical Reading Skills Workshop for TAs
Oct 8 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Having trouble getting your students to do the readings? Academic reading is central to academic success at university, so why is it so difficult to convince students to keep up with course readings? Effective academic reading is time-consuming, requires deep attention, critical reflection, the ability to connect readings to one another and to course objectives, and often requires approaching difficult readings more than once. Though experienced scholars understand this, students may not. This session focuses on “unpacking the skill set” required for effective academic reading and provides ideas about how to foster these skills in your students.

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

Facilitated by Cathy Boyd-Withers from Learning Skills Services

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Oct
14
Wed
The Dynamics of Teaching and Facilitating Discussion Online
Oct 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Are you new to the online environment, particularly teaching in this environment? In this session we’ll explore the difference between synchronous and asynchronous teaching. The main focus will be a facilitated discussion on facilitating discussion online (both synchronously and asynchronously).

During the session you will
– distinguish between synchronous and asynchronous discussion
– identify ways to build community and get discussions started
– identify ways to keep discussion going and providing feedback

This workshop will be offered remotely via Zoom, and connection information will be sent via email to those that register close to the workshop date of October 14, 2020.

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

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Oct
19
Mon
Online Assignments: Deep Learning through Engaging Assignments (ONLINE COURSE) Oct. 19 to Nov. 13, 2020
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 12:00 pm

While some assignments adapt relatively easily to the online environment, others present more challenges, ranging from the technical (managing group presentations online) to the pedagogical (ensuring students get timely and effective support). Rethinking assignments for online learning is a great opportunity to experiment with new approaches, streamline and polish assignment design, and consider how to use assignments to nudge student learning to the next level. In this fully online course, participants will learn by doing through ongoing participation in weekly mini-assignments. Together we will practice creative and efficient approaches to assignment design, apply best practices and pedagogical theory, and troubleshoot common challenges.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to effectively develop online assignments that engage students in deep learning by:

-Applying knowledge about engaging and motivating online learners to the design of course assignments
-Selecting an appropriate approach to course assignments from a range of options
-Creating opportunities to leverage peer-based learning through effective online group work
-Ensuring that assignments are both authentic & relevant assignments for students as well as for the course

This course is open to all course directors at York and no previous experience with online assignment design is required. Participants can expect to spend a total of approximately 4-8 hours engaging with course content and activities. The course is designed asynchronously, meaning that while there are weekly deadlines, participants can complete each week’s tasks at any time that is convenient to them. This course is actively facilitated by a Teaching Commons instructor, and participants will be able to ask questions and access further support and resources by email or through the course Moodle at any point.

Course Dates:  October 19 to November 13, 2020

REGISTRATION

Teaching Critical Research Skills Workshop for TAs
Oct 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This workshop, co-facilitated by a librarian and a writing/psychology professor, will highlight strategies, types of assignments, and resources that can be used by TAs to strengthen undergraduate students’ library research and information literacy skills for preparing papers and assignments.

Doing effective library research and engaging critically with information resources is not a simple, unitary activity. It involves mastery of a complex set of skills including the ability to understand key sources of scholarly information, appreciate varied disciplinary ways of knowing and doing, develop effective search strategies, evaluate information sources, and cite sources. This workshop will help participants imagine how to unpack these often taken-for-granted skills for their students; that is, techniques will be shared for making the implicit aspects of research explicit. Useful frameworks and pedagogical strategies to teach research/information literacy skills at the undergraduate level will be introduced. In addition to selected library guides and resources, the value of SPARK, an online modular tool designed to support development of academic literacies, will be highlighted by reference to selected modules, resources and quizzes.

This workshop will be offered remotely via Zoom, and connection information will be sent via email to those that register close to the workshop date of October 19, 2020.

This workshop is facilitated by Sophie Bury and Ron Sheese

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

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Oct
20
Tue
Dealing with Classroom and Student Conflict
Oct 20 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 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.

Join us Tuesday October 20, 2020, 11:30am-12:30pm EST for this interactive webinar via Zoom. A link to the Zoom session will be emailed to everyone that registers below.

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

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Oct
21
Wed
Webinar: Communication, Compassion and Community in eClass – October 21, 2020
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

In this webinar Dr. Carozza discusses i) the importance of embedding multiple communication mechanisms within a course learning management system (e.g. eClass), and ii) creating assignments that students can complete. Such features, practiced from the beginning of the course, can aid in i) the success of students in online courses, and also ii) cut down on the administrative tasks of the teaching team.

All are welcome. No previous experience or technical proficiency required.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday October 21, from 10:00am-11:30am via Zoom. Information on accessing the webinar will be emailed to everyone that registers.

**Please note that the session will be recorded so it can be shared with those that cannot be in attendance. We can stop the recording for the Q&A portion if anyone in attendance expresses this request.

Please follow the link to register:  REGISTRATION