Graduate Teaching and Learning Program

GTLP Level 1 August 2019 Workshop Schedule

 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

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

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m
Room: Telus 150

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 and Principal Instructor, Graduate Teaching and Learning Program, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta

Session 2: Your First Class: How to Make it First Class (Option Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019
Time: 10:15 a.m. - 11:55 a.m
Room: Telus 150

Overview: Students formulate impressions about the instructor and the course very quickly.The cliché that you only have one chance to make a first impression holds some truth. You have an opportunity to create your learning environment by design. This session will review some of the essential concerns that students bring to your first class and some suggestions about how to address those effectively to set yourself and your students off to a good start.

Presenter: Billy Strean, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation, 3M National Teaching Fellow, author of "Those Who Dare to Teach"

Session 3: Learning Objectives and Outcomes (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours) 

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]
Bloom's Taxonomy Action Verbs (Revised) [PDF Document]

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019
Time: 12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m
Room: Telus 150

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 and Principal Instructor, Graduate Teaching and Learning Program, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta

Session 4: Facilitating Discussions (Option Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]
Handout [PDF Document]

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Room: Telus 150

Overview: Discussion can be a fundamental part of how students process and integrate new information, build communication skills, and develop critical thinking. Classroom discussion, however, necessitates that the instructor surrenders a degree of control over the flow of information and requires students take responsibility for their own learning. The unpredictability of this environment can feel very intimidating for any instructor. In this session, you will learn how to overcome barriers to discussion and develop strategies for inspiring and facilitating a climate for effective classroom discussion.

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

Friday, August 23, 2019

Session 5: Teaching Presentation Skills (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours) 

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Friday, August 23, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m
Room: Telus 150

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, University of Alberta Senator and public speaker

Session 6: Circular Communication in the Classroom (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1 hour)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]
Communication Checklist [PDF Document]

Date: Friday, August 23, 2019
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Room: Telus 150

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

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Friday, August 23, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Room: Telus 150

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 8: Context Matters (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Friday, August 23, 2019
Time: 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Room: Telus 150

Overview: Have you ever heard of the expression, “we teach what we most need to learn”? Teaching then is as much about understanding who we are as people as it is about developing effective pedagogical skill sets. Critical reflection encourages developing a “teaching praxis” based on four critical lenses (Brookfield). In this session, you will learn how to develop critical reflexivity, develop teaching praxis skills, and meet the learning needs of students in various learning contexts.

Presenters: 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

Monday, August 26, 2019

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

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Monday, August 26, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Room: Telus 150

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

Session 10: Student Motivation (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Monday, August 26, 2019
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Room: Telus 150

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 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 and Principal Instructor, Graduate Teaching and Learning Program, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta

Session 11: Identifying, Helping, and Referring Students in Distress (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1 hour)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Monday, August 26, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Room: Telus 150

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 can you do to help students?

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

Session 12: Fundamentals of Grading and Assessment (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 2 hours)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Monday, August 26, 2019
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 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: Deanna Davis, PhD, Professional Development Instructional Design Specialist and Principal Instructor, Graduate Teaching and Learning Program, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Session 13: Code of Student Behaviour in the Teaching (Core Requirement Workshop - Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Credit Credit 2 hours) 

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Room: Education North 2-115

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

Session 14: Copyright in the Classroom (Core Requirement Workshop - Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Credit 1 hour)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]
Handout [PDF Document]

Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Time: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Room: Education North 2-115

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

Session 15: Ethical Principles in Teaching (Core Requirement Workshop - Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Credit 1.5 hours)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Time: 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Room: Education North 2-115

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.

Presenter: 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

Session 16: Lesson Planning (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1 hour)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Time: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Room: Education North 2-115

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, Professional Development and Community Volunteer Program Director, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Session 17: Social Location and Unconscious Bias in the Classroom (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Room: Education North 2-115

Overview: If you have a brain, you have unconscious biases! Bias is not always a bad thing; however, when it starts to show up in programs, policies, and practices in particular teaching, then students miss out. If you are involved in program development, facilitation or curriculum development, you should attend the session. By the end of the session, you will be able to explain: how our upbringing shapes our worldview, what bias is and where it comes from; and how it impacts on the people around us in the classroom and workplace. You will also learn practical techniques for acting more consciously and making an informed decision. This interactive workshop will be structured around four key adult learning principles: connection, exploration, practicing and evaluating.

Presenter:
Barb McLean, MA, Owner of Collective Insight Consulting

Session 18: Effective Teaching in the Lab (Option Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Room: Education North 2-115

Overview: If you are teaching a lab or hands-on activities with students, this session provides a great overview of how to make your teaching experience much better. This session will demonstrate effective strategies for teaching labs, primarily in the life sciences. We will explore ways to engage students as well as develop methods for guided inquiry in undergraduate laboratories.

Presenter: Carla Starchuk, PhD, Lab Coordinator, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Alberta

Session 19: Mindfulness in the Classroom (Option Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Friday, September 6, 2019
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Room: South Academic Building 321

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