Events

New Professor Teaching Orientation

When: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Where: Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA)1-182

The Centre for Teaching and Learning is pleased to offer the New Professor Teaching Orientation for professors new to the University of Alberta. This orientation aims to inform participants about teaching at the University of Alberta as well as the supports available for those with teaching responsibilities. Participants will have the option to choose from session topics including course assessment and alignment, introduction to eClass, educational technologies, peer consultation, and graduate student supervision. The day will conclude with a panel discussion on teaching evaluation and culture at the University of Alberta and provides an excellent opportunity to network with your colleagues.

Prior to this orientation event, if you would like to arrange a meeting with one of our CTL staff to assist or provide advice on your course syllabus, teaching or assessment strategies, assistance in setting up your eClass, or anything else teaching and learning related, please contact our office at ctl@ualberta.ca.

Pre-registration is expected for this event to ensure appropriate provisions are ordered. If you would like to register for this event, please email ctl@ualberta.ca for more information.


New to Teaching Orientation

When: Thursday, August 16, 2018 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Where: Cameron Basement B-12

New to university teaching? While scholars have expertise in an aspect of their discipline or professional field, most university instructors start teaching with little to no formal training in education. If you are feeling unprepared, keep calm and read on.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning invites you to join other faculty members or adjunct faculty** who are new to teaching at the New to Teaching Orientation on August 16th at Cameron B-12.

At this orientation day, you will participate in sessions on the basics of university teaching and mentoring of graduate students:

  • What can you expect in the first year of teaching?
  • How do you establish objectives for your teaching and your students' learning?
  • What kinds of classroom management strategies are useful with today's students?
  • What assessments are best for my course?
  • What do I need to know about teaching and learning online?
  • I feel like I was a graduate student just yesterday and now I need to mentor graduate students! How can I be an effective advisor to my graduate students?

**Please note that the New to Teaching Orientation is intended for faculty (instructors and adjunct), not graduate students. Graduate students' needs are served by the FGSR's Graduate Teaching and Learning Program.

Register here.


FAQ's

1. Are the New Professor Teaching Orientation and the New to Teaching Orientation the same or different? If different, then do you recommend new professors doing both or one (and if one, then how might one choose between the two)?

The topics covered are not the same for both orientations. The New Professor Teaching Orientation on Aug 14 (ECHA) is for tenure track faculty only. We recommend new tenure track faculty attend the Aug 14th orientation. The session on Aug 16th is also for tenure track faculty, additionally sessional instructors and adjunct are also welcome to attend.

 

2. Are these sessions strictly available for professors, etc new to the University of Alberta, or would professors, etc. who have taught for a few years (but perhaps are having some challenges) welcome? If the latter, then what would you suggest is an appropriate cut-off (i.e. Assistant Professor level, sessional instructor teaching for less than 5 years)

The New Professor Teaching Orientation on Aug 14 will focus on Ualberta Specific Policies. Anyone who has started within the past 12 - 16 months would be appropriate for this session. Beyond that, the information may be repetitive. The sessions at the New to Teaching Orientation on Aug 16 will be aimed at those with very little teaching experience, even someone who has taught one full year will be beyond these topics and would be better suited for CTL's workshops throughout the year. 

**Please note that the New to Teaching Orientation is intended for faculty (instructors and adjunct), not graduate students. Graduate students' needs are served by the FGSR's Graduate Teaching and Learning Program.

 

3. Both of these sessions are (effectively) all-day long. Is it the expectation that attendees commit to the entire day, or is it possible to attend those particular sessions that the person feels would be most useful?

Yes the expectation is that participants attend the entirety of the day on August 14, as this is to build community as well as provide information. For August 16, the morning will focus on those new to teaching and in the afternoon tenure track faculty will turn their attention to graduate student supervision while sessional instructors will be given the chance to prepare for their upcoming courses. Participants are welcome to only attend the morning or the graduate student supervision afternoon, however, to participate in the afternoon course participation we do require sessionals attend the morning session.