Graduate Teaching and Learning Program

GTLP Level 1 January 2020 Workshop Schedule

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Session 1: Graduate Teaching and Learning Program Orientation (Not for GTLP, PD, Ethics Credit)

Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Time: 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m
Room: Tory Lecture B-02

Overview: In this session, you will learn about the Graduate Teaching and Learning Program (GTLP) offered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR). The program is open to all graduate students for free, and has four levels. We will discuss the different components of Level One, Two, Three and Four; and how you can begin the program.

Presenter: Deanna Davis, PhD, Professional Development Instructional Design Specialist, Program Lead and Principal Instructor, Graduate Teaching and Learning Program, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

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Session 2: Teaching Presentation Skills (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Time: 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m
Room: Tory Lecture B-02

Overview: Teaching presentation skills are central to your competency in the classroom, impacting the effectiveness with which your material is presented and the extent to which students feel compelled to invest in the shared responsibility for learning. Failure to draw upon basic presentation strategies in combination with uncontrolled nerves can sabotage your efforts in the classroom, leaving you frustrated with your own performance and students unconvinced of your credibility as an instructor. This session will equip you with presentation basics and strategies for managing nerves - all of which is based on current and proven research - which, when put into practice, will allow you to look and sound like a teaching pro. This session is interactive and will provide the opportunity for you to receive feedback on your presentation skills. Participants of this session are asked to prepare a one minute talk on any topic (e.g., your elevator pitch, your favorite joke, a microtalk or an interest topic in your field).

Presenter: Stephen Leppard, PhD, teacher, administrator, university instructor, doctoral researcher, U of A Senator and public speaker

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Session 3: Fundamentals of Grading and Assessment (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 2 hours)

Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Time: 2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Room: Telus 150

Overview:
Assessment is an integral part of teaching any course and is a crucial tool for both instructors and students. It provides information about the degree to which learning outcomes have been met and outlines areas for growth. This session will equip you with the foundational skills required to discuss and apply different assessment techniques in post-secondary education. Participants will explore ideas including formative assessment, evaluation and grading, designing assessments, and best practices in assessment.

Presenter: Ellen Watson, B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Ed., PhD Candidate and Educational Developer, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Alberta

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Session 4: Code of Student Behaviour in the Teaching (Core Requirement Workshop - Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Credit Credit 2 hours)

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020
Time: 2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Room: Tory Lecture 11 [new room]

Overview: Knowing the “ins and outs” of the Code of Student Behaviour can enhance your ability both as a teaching assistant and as a student. This session will go through the Code of Student Behaviour, providing explanations and examples along the way.

Presenter: Deborah Eerkes, Director, Student Conduct and Accountability

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Session 5: First Class - Creating a Positive Tone in Campus Classrooms  (Option Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

[Not for GTL/PD credit for those who have taken Your First Class: How to Make it First Class]

 

Date: Friday, January 10, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m
Room: ECHA L1 490

Overview: The first class of each term is an opportunity to create a positive first impression with prospective students. While introducing yourself as a knowledgeable scholar is significant, is this the sole determiner of classroom success? As a 21st century campus-based educator, are you also intent on creating a Learning Community? The messages conveyed within the first class will provide students with information as to how you purposely intend to teach the course.

Presenter: Stephen Leppard, PhD, teacher, administrator, university instructor, doctoral researcher, U of A Senator and public speaker and Joanne Neal, PhD, Director, Exam Administration, Alberta Education

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Session 6: Mindfulness in the Classroom (Option Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

Date: Friday, January 10, 2019
Time: 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Room: ECHA L1 490

Overview: Research indicates that people spend approximately half of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they’re doing in the present moment—and this mind-wandering typically makes them feel unfocused and unhappy. Fortunately, mindfulness practice can help us bring our attention back to the present moment. In this session, you will learn about what mindfulness is, how it is practiced, how it can be integrated into your teaching experience, as well as how it connects to overall well-being. Short meditations will be discussed and practiced throughout the session.

Presenter: Justin Pritchard, MDes, CCDP, Team Lead and Career Coach, Transition to Career (T2C), Career Centre, Session Instructor, Department of Art and Design, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta and Past-President, U of A Mindfulness Meditation Group

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Session 7: Identifying, Helping, and Referring Students in Distress (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1 hours)

Date: Monday, January 13, 2020
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Room: ECHA L1 490

Overview: Do you think a student might be struggling? Not sure what to say or do? This workshop will help you learn about common indicators of distress and what you can do to help students.

Presenters: Jasmine Bajwa, Registered Psychologist, Counselling and Clinical Services & Suman Varghese, Registered Psychologist, Counselling and Clinical Services

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Session 8: Ethical Principles in Teaching (Core Requirement Workshop - Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Credit 1.5 hours)

Date: Monday, January 13, 2020
Time: 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Room: ECHA L1 490

Overview: Situations arise in teaching that sometimes test us on conflict of interest, conflict management, and ethical boundaries. Using a few case scenarios, we will look at different ways that people may interpret what has happened and how as teachers you may want to handle these situations. The objective of this session will be to build strategies to help resolve potential conflicts regarding instructor-student relationships.

Presenters: Chris Hackett, Student Conduct Officer, Student Conduct and Accountability and Bryan Hogeveen, PhD, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts

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Session 9: Indigenizing and Decolonizing the Academy (Option Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Time: 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Room: Tory Lecture B-02

Overview: How can graduate students supporting the curriculum and effectively support Indigenous students? How can we unpack educational practices and begin to decolonize and Indigenize our academic institutions (Battiste, 2013; Gaudry & Lorenz, 2018)? We need to transform learning, inform practice, engage in provocative conversations, and rebound from mistakes so that Indigenization is meaningful, systemic, and lasting. Building upon the Cree understanding of Wahkohtowin—relational accountability and reciprocity—we can positively impact student learning and engagement. In this session, we will build relationships, learn from each others’ experiences, and become aware of Indigenous histories and contemporary realities.

Presenter: Jennifer Ward, PhD Student, Faculty of Native Studies, Educational Developer, Indigenous-focus, Centre for Teaching and Learning

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Session 10: Circular Communication in the Classroom (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1.25 hours)

Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 (NEW DATE AND TIME)
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Room: ED N2-115

Overview: In this session, students will learn how to develop effective pathways of communication both in and out of the classroom, understand instructional best practices, create insight about verbal and non-verbal cues, and engage with technologies to encourage participation beyond the traditional lecture sessions.

Presenter: Kat Danser, PhD, Faculty Member, Centre for Arts and Communication, MacEwan University and instructor for the Graduate Teaching and Learning Program at the University of Alberta; Graduate Student Teaching Award winner, GSA Graduate Student Primary Instructor Award winner, University of Alberta

 

 

Session 11: Dealing with Difficult Situations and Students in the Classroom (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 (NEW DATE AND TIME)
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Room: ED N2-115

Overview: One of the greatest sources of anxiety for instructors is the encounter with emotionally-charged classroom situations. Let’s face it, student learners face incredible pressures to succeed and while most have the capacities to self-regulate their thoughts and feelings, some simply do not have those skills yet. We are cognitive and behavioural role models for all students. In this session, self-reflection and group discussion will assist in identifying various behavioural archetypes that we will encounter with students. Recognizing possible disruptions on a continuum will assist in determining the level of action required from a human and institutional point of view. Relevant codes and policies will be reviewed regarding what to do with the most extreme of situations.

Presenter: Kat Danser, PhD, Faculty Member, Centre for Arts and Communication, MacEwan University and instructor for the Graduate Teaching and Learning Program at the University of Alberta; Graduate Student Teaching Award winner, GSA Graduate Student Primary Instructor Award winner, University of Alberta

 
 

Session 12: Teaching and Learning | Context Matters (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Room: Tory Lecture 11 [new room]

Overview: In this session, we will consider how our learning experiences inform our own approach to teaching. We have all had excellent and heinous learning experiences. How can we use these experiences to inform how we teach? Critically reflecting on our own learning and teaching experience is one of the four critical lenses that Stephen Brookfield suggests we use to develop our own teaching praxis. We will discuss these lenses and how we can use them to become critically reflective teachers. Finally, teaching (and learning) is highly context-dependent – the teaching strategies we use need to consider our students' prior experiences and the learning culture in which they are embedded. This session will culminate in thinking through how context matters to teaching and how that results in teaching and learning being different for every instance we teach.

Presenter: Neil Haave, PhD, Professor, Sciences, Augustana Campus, Associate Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Alberta

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Session 13: Copyright in the Classroom (Core Requirement Workshop - Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Credit 1 hour)

Date: Friday, January 17, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Room: Telus 150

Overview: What are the copyright implications of scanning a book chapter and uploading it to eClass? What can you do when you find your (or your course coordinator’s) lecture slides in a fee-based course content aggregator like OneClass or Course Hero? This session will introduce the University of Alberta's Use of Copyright Materials Policy and help participants make decisions about copying, presenting, and distributing resources for instructional purposes.

Presenter: Amanda Wakaruk, MLIS, MES, Copyright Librarian, Copyright Office, Learning Services, University of Alberta

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Session 14: Lesson Planning (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1 hour)

Date: Friday, January 17, 2020
Time: 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Room: Telus 150

Overview: Why are some instructors able to create engaging classes that always seem to perfectly fill the time allotted? Experience is certainly one factor but creating a lesson plan is a critical step to having a positive teaching outcome and for students to have a good learning experience. In this session, we will cover principles to consider in making your lesson plan.

Presenter:
Renee Polziehn, PhD,  Director, Professional Development, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta

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Session 15: Supporting and Environment for Student Motivation (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1.25 hours)

Date: Monday, January 20, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Room: ECHA L1 490

Overview: A common trap that we as instructors can fall into is the belief that students are either motivated or they are not. In reality, the issue of student motivation is not this straightforward. This session will explore the factors that influence student motivation and the role that the instructor plays in supporting engaged, enthusiastic students who are prepared to take responsibility for their own learning and play a positive role in the classroom environment.

Presenter:
Deanna Davis, PhD, Professional Development Instructional Design Specialist, Program Lead and Principal Instructor, Graduate Teaching and Learning Program, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

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Session 16: The Policy and Practices of Classroom Inclusion (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1.75 hours)

[Not for GTL/PD credit for those who have taken Social Location and Unconscious Bias in the Classroom]

Date: Monday, January 20, 2020
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Room: ECHA L1 490

Overview: In this session we will explore how an ethic of equity can inform pedagogy. We will discuss the salience of the Discrimination, Harassment and Duty to Accommodate Policy and relevant procedures. There will be a focus on human rights, accommodation, and equity and their role in fostering inclusion.

Presenter:
Evelyn Hamdon, PhD, Advisor, Safe Disclosure & Human Rights, University of Alberta

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Session 17: Learning Objectives and Outcomes (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2019
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m
Room: Tory Lecture B 2

Overview: Learning outcomes play a central role in course design and delivery and serve as the guiding light for virtually every instructional decision you will make in the classroom. During this workshop you will learn how to write SMART learning outcomes that will support instructional decisions related to lesson planning and assessment.

Presenter: Deanna Davis, PhD, Professional Development Instructional Design Specialist, Program Lead and Principal Instructor, Graduate Teaching and Learning Program, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

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