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Centre for Teaching & Learning

Professional Learning Events

See below for our updated 2019-2020 offerings!

This year, the Centre for Teaching and Learning is offering a new series of Professional Development events:

If you have any ideas for programming you would like to see the CTL offer, let us know by emailing teaching@trentu.ca. If you have specific questions relating to online teaching, please reach out to online@trentu.ca.


Growth and Goals Sessions for Faculty and Instructors

In collaboration with the University of Ottawa, we are offering a professional development opportunity for faculty and instructors to learn how to incorporate the Growth and Goals Module Program into their courses.

The Growth and Goals module program was generated from a SSHRC funded study at the University of Ottawa by Dr. Alison Flynn and her research team. The module is specifically designed for students and is structured as a plug-in for faculty to add to their course through Blackboard. Students can learn about self-regulated learning (SRL), growth mindset, and metacognition in post-secondary education.

For an overview of the program see this video created by Dr. Alison Flynn's team.

Fall 2019

Thursday, October 17th, 2019 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Deborah Berrill Design Studio, Bata Library (BL 206)

Facilitators: Fergal O'Hagen, Alison Flynn, Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Register Here

Winter 2020

Friday, January 17th, 2019 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Deborah Berrill Design Studio, Bata Library (BL 206)

Facilitators: Fergal O'Hagen, Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Register Here


One Change Challenge Lunch and Learn

One Change Challenge lunch and learn sessions aim to bring new to the CTL faculty into our PD suite of offerings. Here we will ask One Change Challengers to come and host an informal lunch and learn session that highlights their teaching change so others can ask questions and hear more about their work. The goal of these sessions is to provide a casual and informal space sharing and exploring new ideas.

All offerings will take place from 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the Deborah Berrill Design Studio in Bata Library (BL 206) on the First Tuesday of Every Month

Pre-registration is not required for these events.

Fall 2019 Offerings

Lunch and Learn with David Beresford

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Focus: Teaching our students how to learn from what is in front of us.

Lunch and Learn with Melissa Pestill and Kim English, Nursing

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Focus: Supporting first-year students in nursing: Faculty's use of mind mapping, Apple TV and iPad during lecture.

Lunch and Learn with Rhonda Smith

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Focus: In-class experiential learning to support the transition to the workplace.


Winter 2020 Offerings

Lunch and Learn with Naveen Karla

Tuesday, January 7, 2019

Focus: Environmental Sciences: Issues in the learning of newer concepts/approaches pertaining to climate change

Lunch and Learn with Kevin Peters

Tuesday, February 4, 2019

Focus: Collaborative Test Taking

Lunch and Learn with Elizabeth Russell

Tuesday, March 3, 2019

Focus: TBA


Scholars' Table Writing Club

Based on participant feedback from last year's Scholar's Table event, the CTL will be offering a SoTL writing club. The club will meet at the same time each month and will be led by Robyne Hanley-Dafoe and the CTL's Teaching Fellows. The Scholars' Table Writing Club has an open invitation to all those who would like to gather casually and informally to write, ask questions, discuss challenges, get ideas, etc.

The Scholars' Table Writing Club does not require pre-registration and will take place from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm in the Deborah Berrill Design Studio in Bata Library (BL 206) on the dates below:

  • Fall 2019
    • Tuesday, September 24, 2019
    • Thursday, October 31, 2019
    • Thursday, November 28, 2019
  • Winter 2020
    • Monday, January 27, 2020
    • Monday, February 24, 2020
    • Monday, March 30, 2020

Instructional Pedagogy Workshops

These workshops will focus on various themes in teaching and learning and will provide faculty with new tools for use in the classroom.

Fall 2019

Awards and Leadership

Facilitator: Adam Guzkowski, Higher Education Teaching Recognition Coordinator, CTL

Thursday, September 24, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Bata Library, Deborah Berrill Design Studio Room 206

Register Here


Decolonizing the Academy

Facilitator: Mitch Huguenin, Indigenous Pedagogy Designer, CTL

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Bata Library, Deborah Berrill Design Studio Room 206

Register Here


Cultivating Positive Critical Thinking Habits

Facilitator: Moira Howes, Philosophy

Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Bata Library, Deborah Berrill Design Studio Room 206

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Teaching Sensitive or Controversial Topics

Facilitator: Byron Stoyles, Philosophy

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Bata Library, Deborah Berrill Design Studio Room 206

Register Here


Winter 2020

Awards and Leadership

Facilitator: Adam Guzkowski, Higher Education Teaching Recognition Coordinator, CTL

Tuesday, January 21, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Bata Library, Deborah Berrill Design Studio Room 206

Register Here


Test Taking in the Sciences

Facilitators: Aaron Slepkov, Physics and Wesley Burr, Mathematics

Monday, March 2, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Bata Library, Deborah Berrill Design Studio Room 206

Register Here


Panel Discussions

Each year the CTL will be hosting a series of Teaching and Learning panel discussions.

Universal Instructional Design

Moderator: Cathy Bruce

Panellists: Jennifer Lund, Barbara Wall, Catherine Thibeault, & Ann-Mary Celestini

Focus: This panel discussion will explore strategies for incorporating the principles of universal design for learning in course offerings at Trent. Receptions of the Wickerson Foundation Fund will share their experiences in re-designing high enrollment first-year courses with the goal of generating discussion about innovate new ideas and how they can apply to all teaching and learning happening at Trent.

Monday, February 10, 2019 | 10:00 - 11:30 am

Bata Library, Deborah Berrill Design Studio Room 206

Register Here


Trent Online Sessions for Online Faculty/Instructors

Trent Online offers a variety of workshops and clinics that will help Trent faculty and instructors become acquainted with teaching in an online setting.

Fall 2019

*Winter 2020 schedule of offerings will be released in November 2019.

Online Course Delivery Prep - Drop-in Clinics

At each drop-in clinic, Trent Online's eLearning Technologist will be available to answer questions and provide hands-on assistance with the preparation of online course content including migrating content from previous course versions, and/or the formatting and configuration of communication and assessment tools in the Blackboard Learning Management System. Additionally, our eLearning Technologist can assist with trouble-shooting the set-up of certain integrated tools such as Voicethread and YuJa. NOTE: Trent Online is unable to provide technical support for publishers integrated tools and platforms).

All clinics will take place in Bata Library, Deborah Berrill Design Studio Room 206 and no registration is required.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | Virtual Clinic (by video call) - contact online@trentu.ca to book a 30-minute session

Thursday, August 29, 2019 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm


Online Exam Prep - Drop-in Clinics

At each drop-in clinic Trent Online's eLearning Technologist will be available to answer questions and provide hands-on assistance with the format and settings for fully online final exams in Blackboard. Additionally, our eLearning Technologist can clarify any issues or concerns that might arise with respect to proctored final exams and provisions for students who declare the need for virtual invigilation.

All clinics will take place in Bata Library, Deborah Berrill Design Studio Room 206 and no registration is required.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 | Virtual Clinic (by video call) - contact online@trentu.ca to book a 30-minute session

Thursday, November 28, 2019 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm


Facilitation and Communication Strategies in Online Courses

Facilitators: Linda Rutledge, Assistant Professor, Biology, and Maureen Glynn, Senior eLearning Designer, Trent Online

Description: Ongoing and effective communication is key to building a successful community of learners in an online course. This workshop will introduce strategies, templates, and tools to assist you in providing clear and engaging facilitation for your students.  From the session, you can expect to take away a pro-active communication and facilitation plan that will support a productive course experience for all.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm 

Bata Library, Deborah Berrill Design Studio Room 206

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Approaches to Instructor and Student Presence in Online Courses

Facilitators: Paula Sherman, Director, Indigenous Studies Ph.D. Program, and Maureen Glynn, Senior eLearning Designer, Trent Online

Description: While online learning may take place “at a distance”; it is still possible, and very important to encourage meaningful presence within a course community.  This workshop will examine how, when, and where to develop your presence as an online instructor. The session will also offer ideas on how to encourage students to cultivate their own presence within the context of your course. A range of tools and examples will be shared so that you can easily visualize and apply these approaches in your teaching.

Monday, October 21, 2019 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Bata Library, Deborah Berrill Design Studio Room 206

Register Here