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Centre for Teaching & Learning

Past Events: 2017-2018

FALL TERM- 2017

Trends on Class Attendance & Strategies for Student Engagement

facilitated by Cathy Bruce & Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, CTL & School of Education

New Location:  ESC B203 (Environmental Science , Room 203)

Wed, Sept 6, 2017 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Student attendance is directly related to student engagement and student success. However, we are seeing attendance for classes dwindling at rapid rates.  This informal round table discussion will review the research that explains why this is happening and explore what we can do at Trent to keep the students coming! 

 

Scholars' Table - ST

TSC 2.02 (Active Learning Classroom, Student Centre)

Thurs, Sept 7, 2017 from 9:30 am - 11:00 am

 

Establishing a Positive GTA Experience for You and Your Students - PL

facilitated by Anastasia Nepotiuk, Psychology

TSC 2.02 (Active Learning Classroom, Student Centre)

Mon, Sept 11, 2017 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Being a teaching assistant can be difficult and time-consuming, but also incredibly rewarding. Support offered by teaching assistants goes a long way in providing an effective learning environment for the students and is developed both within the classroom and beyond. This facilitation will cover common areas of difficulty for teaching assistants, strategies and tips for getting the most out of their position, as well as provide an opportunity for open-ended discussion about any other issues incoming teaching assistants may have.

 

Adding Interactivity to your Course - Voice Thread, Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate & Camtasia - PL

facilitated by Tully Privett, Trent Online

TSC 2.02 (Active Learning Classroom, Student Centre)

Tues, Sept 12, 2017 from 9:30 - 11:00 am

In this session we will explore how VoiceThread (An enhanced online discussion tool), Articulate Storyline (e-learning authoring software), Adobe Captivate (e-learning authoring software), Camtasia (screen capture software) and other easy to use and inexpensive programs can improve the learning experience of your course and engage your students on a whole new level.

 

The Art & Science of Teaching and Learning at Post-Secondary - PL - CANCELLED

facilitated by Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, CTL, Education & Psychology

Room 160 (Conference Room), DURHAM CAMPUS

Tues, Sept 12, 2017 from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

This session opens the discussion about the balancing act of knowing what to teach and how to teach it. We will explore theoretical frameworks and practical applications for successful collaborations between pedagogy and student learning. Participants will learning about research findings on effective teaching strategies and student engagement while discussing how these principles can be applied to their own teaching practice. Evidence based practices and measurable classroom changes will be reviewed.

 

The Art & Science of Teaching and Learning at Post-Secondary - PL

facilitated by Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, CTL, Education & Psychology

TSC 2.02 (Active Learning Classroom, Student Centre) 

This session opens the discussion about the balancing act of knowing what to teach and how to teach it. We will explore theoretical frameworks and practical applications for successful collaborations between pedagogy and student learning. Participants will learning about research findings on effective teaching strategies and student engagement while discussing how these principles can be applied to their own teaching practice. Evidence based practices and measurable classroom changes will be reviewed.

 

Special Panel:  Indigenous Knowledge & Pedagogies Working Group:  Best Practices for Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge into Non-Indigenous Courses - PD

Moderator:  Cathy Bruce; Panel:  Shari Beaver, Nicole Bell, Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Dan Longboat, David Newhouse

CHANGE IN LOCATION:  THIS SESSION WILL NOW TAKE PLACE IN THE GATHERING SPACE, FIRST PEOPLE'S HOUSE OF LEARNING

Mon, Sept 18, 2017 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

This session will be introducing the new Indigenous Knowledge & Pedagogies Working Group. The Centre for Teaching and Learning is honoured to be supporting this initiative. The main aim of the group will be to guide and assist the CTL and faculty in the design, or review and redesign of courses, and in the creation of new course offerings. Please join us for an interactive panel discussion about the best practices for incorporating Indigenous Knowledge in non-Indigenous courses and to learn more about other initiatives to enhance indigenous reconciliation at Trent.

 

What to Do When You're Not Lecturing:  Engaging Students in the Classroom - PL 

facilitated by Joel Baetz, English Literature

Room 160 (Conference Room), DURHAM CAMPUS

Tues, Sept 19, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lectures are necessary at a university; and when done well, they’re a fine way to deliver a lot of information to a large group. But they don’t always match students’ needs. In this workshop, we’ll discuss ways to structure a class, so that lecturing doesn’t become our default or singular classroom activity.  After a discussion of foundational adult learning theory, we’ll talk about ways to put that theory to good use, so that students are engaged in their own learning.

 

Blackboard Tips and Tricks - There's Gotta be a Better Way! - PL

facilitated by Ian Thomson, Information Technology

TSC 2.02 (Active Learning Classroom, Student Centre)

Wed, Sept 20, 2017 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Description:  This session will feature Blackboard tips and tricks aimed at making your day to day use of the system easier. We’ll talk about sorting the gradebook using Smart Views, working with notifications and groups, and using the retention center to help determine who may be having course difficulty. Additionally this session will feature a QA time for you to ask questions about things that commonly effect your Blackboard usage

 

Cultivating Positive Critical Thinking Habits - PL & Durham

facilitated by Moira Howes, Philosophy

TSC 2.02 (Active Learning Classroom, Student Centre) & via Zoom Media Conferencing in Room 160 / Durham Conference Room 

Monday, September 25, 2017; 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Research suggests that students find it difficult to apply critical thinking techniques on an ongoing basis, even after they have taken courses in the subject. In part, this is because critical thinking requires on-going support and active cultivation of a specific kind. In this workshop, we will cover methods that can be used in any course to support critical thinking and cultivate positive critical thinking habits. We will also consider some of the emotional, rhetorical, and rational characteristics of environments that best support critical thinking as an engaged practice.Mon, Sept 25, 2017 from 

 

Trends on Class Attendance & Strategies for Engagement - PL

facilitated by Cathy Bruce & Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, CTL & Education

Room 160 (Conference Room), DURHAM CAMPUS

Tues, Sept 26, 2017 from 10:30 - 12:00 pm

Student attendance is directly related to student engagement and student success. However, we are seeing attendance for classes dwindling at rapid rates.  This informal round table discussion will review the research that explains why this is happening and explore what we can do at Trent to keep the students coming! 

 

Dealing with Sensitive Topics in Your Courses - PL

facilitated by Byron Stoyles, Philosophy

TSC 2.02 (Active Learning Classroom, Student Centre)

Tues, Sept 26, 2017 from 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Much of my teaching and research is focused on philosophical puzzles relating to topics that can be upsetting to students—puzzles surrounding the nature and value of death, end-of-life decision making, abortion, and miscarriage to name a few.  I will draw on my experience teaching controversial and sensitive topics to share some of my strategies for helping students engage with ideas and theories they might find initially controversial, upsetting, or even offensive.  

 

Flipped Classrooms as Active Learning - CP

facilitated by Jane Mackie, Trent / Fleming School of Nursing

CCN 303 (Morton Reading Room, Champlain)

Thurs Sept 28, 2017 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Are you interested in incorporating flipped classroom approaches into your teaching, or have you already done so? These interactive sessions will allow instructors to share their experiences and ideas about flipped classroom approaches. Topics will include why flip the classroom, successes and failures for people to date, how these approaches can support active and meaningful learning, differences between approaches to small and large classes, and what supports are need to flip a classroom.

 

Special Panel:  Complexities of 21st Century Learning - PD

Moderator:  Gillian Balfour

Panel:  Michael Eamon, Jennifer Lund, Kate MacIsaac, Stephanie Muehlethaler

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Wed, Oct 4, 2017 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

This panel discussion will explore 21st century skills and developing trends of 21st century students. The aim is to share ideas about how we can support our students and faculty with incorporating new practices to respond to the changing needs of today’s student.

 

First Year Caucus - FY

CCN 303 (Morton Reading Room, Champlain)

Thurs, Oct 5, 2017 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am

 

Blackboard Ate My Homework!  How do you Know When a Student has a Legitimate Technical Issue or Not? - PL

facilitated by Ian Thomson, Information Technology

TSC 2.02 (Active Learning Classroom, Student Centre)

Tues, Oct 10, 2017 from 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Description:  How do you know when a student has a legitimate technical issue or not? This session will talk about the IT support process and how you can help students get results quickly when issues do occur, but also how use Blackboard logging tools to determine what happened when a student indicates that they’ve had a technical failure.

 

How to Deal with Difficult People - PL

facilitated by Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, CTL, Education & Psychology

TSC 2.02 (Active Learning Classroom, Student Centre)

Wed, Oct 11, 2017 from 11:00 - 12:30 pm

Many of us have encounters with people we find difficult. Perhaps it is that they are difficult to talk with, work with or to lead.  Many times the variables are outside our control. This session is specifically designed to provide an overview of strategies and techniques to help you to further develop your skill in dealing with difficult conversations and individuals. The workshop will have practical and interactive discussions as well as take-away templates for preparing for difficult conversations.

 

Innovative Assessment Practices - PL

facilitated by Ralph Shiell, Physics

CCN 303 (Morton Reading Room) - please note that this session has had a room change and is in a different location than most sessions

Mon, Oct 16, 2017 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Over the past few years we have gained extensive experience with answer-until-correct multiple-choice testing tools within classrooms and also exam settings. We have incorporated these tools across disciplines such as physics, chemistry, business and nursing; and within individual and also collaborative exams. In this session I will relate some of our experiences from these endeavours, and share with instructors who are intrigued by this format some tips, tricks and traps that may help them to decide whether to implement this approach. The particular tool we adopt is a scratch-card called the Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique card, or IF-AT card, and I will relate some specific characteristics of this format, and describe how we have extended their use into testing superstructures called integrated testlets, to effectively assess higher-level and more interconnected learning.

 * work completed in collaboration with A. Slepkov & A. Vreugdenhil (Trent), and T. McCurdy (McMaster).

 

Managing for Academic Integrity:  Insights from Behavioral Ethics - PL

facilitated by Sheldene Simola, Business Administration

SC W4 - PLEASE NOTE THE ROOM CHANGE

Mon, Oct 16, 2017 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

This presentation draws upon the burgeoning field of behavioral ethics highlighting a dual processing framework on academic dishonesty and providing additional and sometimes counterintuitive practical insights into preventing this predicament.   Themes from within behavioral ethics are elaborated on and practical insights for supporting academic integrity are provided.

 

Community Based Education - CP

facilitated by Stephen Hill, School of the Environment 

CCN 303 (Morton Reading Room, Champlain College)

Thurs, Oct 19, 2017 from 10:00 - 11:30 am

Are you interested in engaging with the community in your teaching? These facilitated sessions will build a community of practice for instructors to share their experiences and ideas about community-based education and teaching. Topics will include syllabus language, assignment design, assessment strategies, prioritizing community need, and building long-term community relationships.

 

Information Security for Instructors - PL

facilitated by Ian Thomson, Information Technology

TSC 2.02 (Active Learning Classroom, Student Centre)

Wed, Oct 25, 2017 from 9:30 am - 11:00 am

The internet of today is a scary place. Malware, Ransomware and Viruses are an ever present problem when using technology. This session will overview the concepts of information security and how to protect yourself and the student data that you have access to from being exploited online.

 

Teaching Portfolios - PL

facilitated by Cathy Bruce (Faculty) & Robyne Hanley-Dafoe (GTA's), CTL & Education

OC 134 and OC 142

Wed, Nov 1, 2017 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm 

Our teaching portfolio is evidence of our teaching philosophy, pedagogy and practice.  This session will introduce the different types of teaching portfolios and their strengths and uses.  We will also provide participants with criteria for: 

collecting resources and material for your teaching portfolio
selecting the most relevant evidence, and 
writing brief reflections to frame those samples

Discussions regarding the collection, selection and reflection of samples will focus on teaching, but will also address evidence of research abilities.

 

Flipped Classrooms as Active Learning - CP

facilitated by Jane Mackie, Trent / Fleming School of Nursing

CCN 303 (Morton Reading Room, Champlain College)

Thurs, Nov 2, 2017 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Are you interested in incorporating flipped classroom approaches into your teaching, or have you already done so? These interactive sessions will allow instructors to share their experiences and ideas about flipped classroom approaches. Topics will include why flip the classroom, successes and failures for people to date, how these approaches can support active and meaningful learning, differences between approaches to small and large classes, and what supports are need to flip a classroom.

 

Remote Teaching Practices and Technology - PL

facilitated by Jeff Gardiner, Information Technology & Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, CTL & Education

TSC 2.02 (Active Learning Classroom, Student Centre)

Wed, Nov 15, 2017 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Remote learning (or video conferencing) is increasing in applications at the post-secondary level whether for remote class instruction between campuses or for a thesis defense.  This session will explore the technology behind the remote learning classrooms.  We will also be discussing how to maximize instructional pedagogy and student engagement in remote locations based on empirical best practices.