New to University of Alberta Onboarding of Teaching

New to the University of Alberta? Teaching your first course at the U of A? Join the Centre for Teaching and Learning’s “New to University of Alberta Onboarding of Teaching” Program!

If you are a new sessional or faculty hire at the University of Alberta or have been hired in the last two years, CTL has programming specific to your needs. Join other instructors who are preparing to teach or are teaching their first courses at the U of A to share experiences and to learn more about teaching at the U of A.

Whether you are teaching a course in-person, online, or hybrid from any of the five campus locations, or you are teaching in a classroom, lab, studio, or field placement in the community, CTL's Team Members welcome you and are ready to partner with you for the development of your teaching practice.

Instructors are invited to attend all of the programming listed below, or you can register for only the sessions you need this semester.

If you have specific questions about the New to U of A Onboarding of Teaching, please contact us at and we will be pleased to assist you.

Additional CTL workshops can be viewed on our Events page.

Past Fall 2023 Programming

Learning from Your Teaching Experiences: Multifaceted Evaluation of Teaching (November 23, 2023)

Thursday, November 23, 2023 | 10-11 a.m. | Online via Zoom

Brad Ambury (Lead Educational Developer, Assessment and Evaluation) and Graeme Pate (Lead Educational Developer, Instructional Practice and Academic Development) will introduce the Framework for Effective Teaching (UAPPOL Teaching, Learning and Evaluation Policy) and strategies for gathering multifaceted information on your teaching growth and improvement over time.

Staying in Touch with Your Learners Needs Throughout the Course (November 1, 2023)

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 | 12-12:50 p.m. | Online via Zoom

Dr. Dalbir Sehmby (Educational Developer, Writing and Multimodal Communication Pedagogies) and Bradon Valgardson (Data Analyst) discuss the importance of formative feedback including using course data strategies such as eClass moodle data, surveys, and open ended questions that get you the information you need to hear from your students.

Active Learning Pedagogies for Online and Hybrid Teaching (October 26, 2023)

Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Hybrid (This means you can attend in-person OR remotely via Zoom. If you are attending on-site, please join us at Cameron Library Basement B-12)

Active learning is an evidence-based teaching strategy linked to positive learning outcomes for students. Join Anita Parker (Lead Educational Developer, Online and Hybrid Instruction and Strategy) and Mauricio Rivera-Quijano (Educational Developer, Online Design and Delivery) for fun and innovative ways to plan and deliver engaging and collaborative student-centered experiences in online and hybrid modalities.

Active Learning Pedagogies with Large Classes (October 4, 2023)

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 | 12-1 p.m. | On-site: Cameron Library Basement B-12

Dr. Dalbir Sehmby (Educational Developer, Writing and Multimodal Communication Pedagogies) and Graeme Pate (Lead Educational Developer, Instructional Practice and Academic Development) demonstrate how to get learners active in pair work, group work, and, discussion, as well as share strategies to engage reluctant or shy learners.

Diversity and Accessibility of Teaching and Learning Materials (September 19, 2023)

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | Online via Zoom

Mandy Penney (Lead Educational Developer, Digital Pedagogies and Access) and Lori Ireland (Educational Developer, Indigenous Curriculum and Pedagogy) lead a thoughtful discussion and activities on including multiple perspectives in teaching and learning materials using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.

Setting Expectations and Creating Classroom Community (August 29, 2023)

Tuesday, August 29, 2023 | 1-3 p.m. | Online via Zoom

CTL’s Mandy Penney (Lead Educational Developer Digital Pedagogies and Access) will share ideas for designing (or co-designing) community engagement guidelines that clearly communicate the responsibilities the members of the classroom community have toward each other in creating learning spaces where all students feel welcome and supported to take risks and learn.

Artificial Intelligence and Assessment (August 22, 2023)

Tuesday, August 22, 2023 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | On-site: Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) 2-420

Welcome from U of A Vice-Provost, Learning Initiatives, Dr. Karsten Mündel and on behalf of the Provost’s Taskforce on Artificial Intelligence and the Learning Environment. Then, CTL’s Brad Ambury (Lead Educational Developer Assessment and Evaluation) and Dr. Dalbir Sehmby (Educational Developer, Writing and Multimodal Communication Pedagogies) will provide examples of how AI can be harnessed in learning and used in teaching.

Teaching Technologies - eClass and Zoom set up for Fall Term (August 14, 2023)

Monday, August 14, 2023 | 1-3 p.m. | On-site: Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) 2-430

The Information Services and Technology (IST) eClass Support Team will help you navigate the University's learning management system (eClass/Moodle) and get your course site set up for the Fall term. Please bring your own device to ECHA 2-430. You’ll also have the opportunity to:

  1. Set up U of A Zoom account
  2. Practice Yuja or YouTube to create videos in your course
  3. Differentiate between centrally supported and third-party software at the U of A 

Extra optional one-to-one support time with IST eClass Support Team will take place from 3-4 p.m.

Welcome (August 14, 2023)
Monday, August 14, 2023 | 12:30-1 p.m. | On-site: Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) 2-430

Welcome from Dr. Tommy Mayberry, CTL Executive Director, and Dr. Cosette Lemelin, CTL Assistant Director. Come meet other new instructors and CTL Team members in classroom 2-430, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) Level 2!

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