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CTL April 2021 Newsletter

What We Do!

CTL's newly published video provides a brief introduction to the Centre’s mandate. Learn more about how the Centre for Teaching and Learning supports instructors and programs. Watch here

Call for Proposals: Festival of Teaching and Learning 2021

The Festival of Teaching and Learning is an annual event where all members of the University of Alberta teaching and learning community can share, demonstrate, explore, and debate diverse approaches to university teaching, with the goal of enhancing the teaching and learning environment across the institution.

Because the past year was a unique, exciting, and challenging time of transition in teaching, the Festival Steering Committee is calling for proposals answering ONE of the following questions:

  • What is one new teaching strategy you have adopted and why?
  • How might instructors design learning experiences which provide students agency in their own learning?
  • What have you learned about your students in the last year?
  • How have you created learning experiences that build connections and allow for collaboration?
  • What strategy or approach will you continue after the pandemic has ended and why?

Learn more or submit your proposal

Webinar: Fun & Effective Forums

April 14 (2 p.m. - 3 p.m.)
Presenters: Jennifer Ward & Graeme Pate

Learn pedagogical strategies to create engaging forums which entice, encourage, enlighten and excite students. In this webinar, you’ll learn how audio, video, text and other modalities can be incorporated into your online course. We’ll also be discussing the wider impact of forums such as workload, online safety, potential rules of engagement and blending Indigenous ways of learning. Register

Webinar: Facilitating Group Work Online

April 28 (2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Presenters: Anita Parker & Krysta McNutt

Can student group work done in a physical classroom under normal circumstances be replicated online? How can video conferencing and other digital tools support collaborative learning? In this webinar, participants will engage with the what, why bother, and how of synchronous group work pedagogy. They will experience three different breakout room contexts using Zoom and Google Meet spaces, each followed by a debrief. Open pedagogy approaches such as renewable assignments and co-designed inquiry will be explored within each breakout room. Register

Teaching Plus Podcast: Reflecting on Teaching with Dr. John Nychka

Dr. John Nychka, Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and the Vice Provost Learning Initiatives at the University of Alberta, discusses reflecting on teaching. John shares his own experiences in becoming a reflective practitioner and provides reflection strategies that can lead to personal and professional growth. Listen here at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Reflecting on Your Teaching - Introducing the Effective Teaching Framework

To reflect is to learn from one’s own professional experience as a teacher. However, simply thinking about teaching from time to time isn’t the same thing as reflecting. A reflective practice is a far more regular and deliberate process. 

CTL's newest section, "How to Reflect on Your Teaching" explores how instructors can engage in the process of reflection in a more regular and deliberate way. Learn more

Invitation: Open Education Feedback Cycles

CTL is seeking contributors to a series of feedback cycles specific to instructor-oriented materials on open education (including open educational resources and open pedagogy). Multiple feedback cycles will be facilitated between June and December 2021. The process will include opportunities for both written feedback and community calls for discussion.

To participate, please submit your email here.

Openness can mean different things to different people and the pedagogical benefit of such practices will differ with each instructor and class. Open teaching and learning is "complex, personal, and contextual; it is also continually negotiated.” (Cronin, 2017)

To explore our ever expanding material on openness in teaching, start here.
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