CTL May 2022 Newsletter

Schedule Available!
Festival of Teaching and Learning: May 3–5

View the full schedule for posters, papers, teaching exhibitions, discussions, and more from U of A instructors that align with the theme: "(Re)Imagining Post-Pandemic Pedagogies: Critical, Creative, and Affective Reflections on Where We Are Now, Where We've Come From, and Where We're Hoping to Go."

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Last-Minute April Events!

Tactics for Working Anyway: Re-imagining and Re-engaging in Academic Prose

Thursday, April 14, 2022 (3 PM - 4:30 PM)
In this talk, CTL Visiting Speaker Dr. Dale Pesmen will critique default imagery related to writing academic prose and examine tools that can be used not only to generate more compelling work, but to actually help take one’s thought processes beyond even important initial observations. She will offer some devices that may help navigate out of a “stuck” or “blocked” condition in both thought and writing.

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Drag Race Pedagogy about Communities of Care in Teaching and Learning Spaces

Friday, April 22, 2022 (12:15 PM - 1:15 PM)
In this session, Mandy Penney (Lead Educational Developer, Digital Pedagogies & Writing Across the Curriculum) will summarize her recently-published chapter in RuPedagogies, focusing on what the first pandemic season of RuPaul teaches us - in ways both productive and concerning - about ethical and sustainable teaching/learning in community. Attendees will be invited to participate in collaborative brainstorming on strategies for developing communities of practice and care at this challenging and complex global moment.

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Upcoming May Events

Rethinking Course Design, Redesign & Pedagogy: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Using an Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Lens

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 (2 PM - 2:15 PM)
The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) pedagogy is based on 3 principles: 1). Provide multiple means of engagement; 2). Provide multiple means of representation; and 3). Provide multiple means of action and expression. CTL's Everett Igobwa (Lead Educational Developer, Critical Pedagogies and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity) will outline UDL based on learner differences, diverse learning environments, the theory and practice of “expert learning,” and implementing the UDL guidelines for your courses.
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Collaborative Learning & Flipping the Classroom: Demystifying Team-Based Learning (TBL)

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 (2 PM - 2:15 PM)
Democratizing learning and teaching in especially large classrooms can be deconstructed using critical pedagogy. Collaborative learning using student-centred pedagogies may be navigated via Team-Based Learning (TBL). In the early 1980s, Emeritus Professor Larry K. Michaelson, University of Oklahoma, is credited for championing TBL in especially business and medical courses. CTL's Everett Igobwa (Lead Educational Developer, Critical Pedagogies and Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity) will discuss nurturing TBL in the classroom through collaborative learning, flipping the classroom, and using authentic assessments via the two-stage exam strategy.
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What is Hybrid Teaching? Strategies for Planning and Delivering a Hybrid Course

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 (2 PM - 2:15 PM)
Many courses at the U of A now have a hybrid delivery mode, perhaps located in a hybrid classroom. But what does hybrid mean? And how does it differ from online, blended, or in-person modes? In this session, CTL’s Anita Parker (Lead Educational Developer, Online and Hybrid Instruction and Strategy) will define and clarify these various teaching situations, highlight the opportunities provided by a hybrid format, and provide ideas for teaching successes in classrooms with remote and in-person students attending simultaneously.
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Teaching Plus Podcasts

Teaching Plus Podcast Series: Episode 27
Case-Based Instruction in Engineering

Case studies encourage students to learn through peer discussion about authentic, discipline-specific situations, instead of merely being exposed to, or having to memorize, information. In this episode, Dr. Ben Cheung shares his experience with case-based instruction in a recent fully online 600-level Mechanical Engineering course.

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Get to Know CTL Podcast Series: Episode 2
Meet Chris Borger, CTL's Instructional Designer

In this episode of the Get to Know CTL series, Instructional Designer Chris Borger shares how he brings his talents in education and performance to developing content for CTL's website, and what he cooks for dinner when the work day is done.

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