Graduate Teaching and Learning Program

GTLP Level 1 January 2019 Workshop Schedule


Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019

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

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m
Room: ECHA 2-190

Overview: In this session, you will learn about the Graduate Teaching and Learning Program offered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. 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, Acting Director, Professional Development and Community Volunteer, Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research, University of Alberta

Session 2: Mindfulness in the Classroom (Option Workshop - PD Credit 1 hour)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019
Time: 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m
Room: ECHA 2-190

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

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

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019
Time: 12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m
Room: ECHA 2-190

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

Session 4: Effective Teaching in the Lab (Option Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019
Time: 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Room: ECHA 2-190

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

Friday, Jan. 4, 2019

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

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Friday, Jan. 4, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m
Room: ECHA 2-190

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 as 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 on an interest topic in your field).

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

Session 6: Student Motivation (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Friday, Jan. 4, 2019
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Room: ECHA 2-190

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

Session 7: The Fundamentals of Grading and Assessment (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 2 hours)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Friday, Jan. 4, 2019
Time: 1:15 p.m. - 3 :15 p.m.
Room: ECHA 2-190

Overview: Assessment is an integral part of teaching any course. This session aims to provide you with some of the skills needed to discuss and apply different assessment techniques in post-secondary education. Participants will explore ideas including formative assessment, evaluation and grading, designing course assessment plans, 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

NEW Session 7.1: From the First Class: Creating a Positive Tone in Campus Classrooms (Option Workshop - PD Credit 1 hour)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Friday, Jan. 4, 2019
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Room: ECHA 2-190

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. 

In this interactive session Joanne and Stephen will share a multitude of successful teaching tips and rapport building strategies from their experience as campus instructors, as well as lessons learned from “less than successful teaching experiences.”

Presenters: 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

Monday, Jan. 7, 2019

Session 8: Code of Student Behaviour in the Teaching (Core Requirement Workshop - Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Credit 2 hours)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Monday, Jan. 7, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Room: ECHA 2-190

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

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Monday, Jan. 7, 2019
Time: 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Room: ECHA 2-190

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 UA'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

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019

Session 10: Dealing with Difficult Situations and Students (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019
Time: 2 p.m. -  3:30 p.m.
Room: CCIS L1 160

Overview: In this session the topics of the "difficult student" or "difficult situation" will be explored. Various archetypes of students will be described through group discussions and reflection of personal experiences. Exploring reasons why certain archetypes might have particular behaviours that may appear to be difficult will be discussed along with ways of recognizing behaviours that may lead to classroom disruptions. Relevant codes and policies will be reviewed regarding what to do in difficult situations with potentially difficult students.

Presenter: John Nychka, PhD, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Alberta

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019

Session 11: Ethical Principles in Teaching (Core Requirement Workshop - Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Credit 1.5 hours)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]
Two Pillars of Ethics Handout [PDF Document]
STHLE Ethical Principles in University Teaching Handout [PDF Document]

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019
Time: 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Room: ECHA 2-190

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 John Nychka, PhD, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

Session 12: Identifying, Helping, and Referring Students in Distress (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1 hour)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019
Time: 2 p.m. -  3 p.m.
Room: CCIS L1 160

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.

Presenter:  Jasmine Bajwa, Satellite Psychologist, Faculty of Engineering and Suman Varghese Clinical Psychologist, Student Services - Counselling & Clinical Services, University of Alberta

Session 13: Lesson Planning (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1 hour)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019
Time: 3:15 p.m. -  4:15 p.m.
Room: CCIS L1 160

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, GTL Program founder, Professional Development Director (Secondment), Postdoctoral Fellows Office, University of Alberta

Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

Session 14: Teaching and Learning: Context Matters (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Friday, Jan. 11, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Room: ECHA 2-190

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.

Presenters: Neil Haave, PhD, Associate Director, SoTL, Centre for Teaching and Learning and Professor, Department of Science, Augustana Faculty

Session 15: Leading Discussions (Option Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]
Leading Discussions Handout [PDF Document]

Date: Friday, Jan. 11, 2019
Time: 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m
Room: ECHA 2-190

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

Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

Session 16: Social Location and Unconscious Bias in the Classroom (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1.5 hours)

Presentation Slides [PDF Document]

Date: Monday, Jan. 14, 2019
Time: 1:30 p.m. -  3 p.m. 
Room: ECHA 2-190

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: Barb McLean, MA, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Education Advisor, Human Resource Services, University of Alberta

Session 17: Circular Communication in the Classroom (Core Requirement Workshop - PD Credit 1 hour)

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

Date: Monday, Jan. 14, 2019
Time: 3:15 p.m. -  4:15 p.m.
Room: ECHA 2-190

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