The GMCTL Fortnight is two weeks of exciting ideas about teaching, courses, and programs. Fortnight sessions vary in style, length, and scope - there is something for everyone!

Calendar of Events

Click on any of the sessions below for more information or to register!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

28

[9:30-9:55am] Online Pre and Post Class Quizzing

[10-10:25am] WebEx Video Conferencing

[10:30-10:55am] Eportfolios: What are they and how are they used?

[11-11:25am] Introduction to Wikis for Assessment

[11:30-11:55am] Two-Stage Testing

[1-1:25pm] Panopto: Your One-Stop Video App

[1:30-1:55pm] Using Discussion Boards in Blackboard

[2-3:20pm] Preparing and Personalizing Your Course Syllabus

29

[9:30-10:50am] Decoding Digital Information Literacy

[11:30am-12:50pm] Contributing to OER: Open Textbooks and Open Pedagogy

[1:30-2pm] Recent Research on Academic Integrity at the U of S

[2-2:50pm] Assessment Practices that Promote Academic Integrity

30

[All Day] New Faculty Orientation

[12-1:50pm] Just for STEM: Imagining How First-year Students can Research

31

[9:30-10:50am] Setting the Stage for Effective Group Work

[11-11:50am] Developing your Reflective Teaching Portfolio

[1-1:50pm] Teaching and Learning Using Video

[2:30-4:20pm] Top Hat: How to Get Set Up and Teach with Top Hat

1

[9-10:30am] Inclusive Teaching Strategies: Building an Effective Learning Environment for All

[11am-12pm] Inclusive Assessment Strategies

[1-2:20pm] Using Assignments & Rubrics in Blackboard

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

4

HOLIDAY - No Events

5

[9-11:30am] Consultations and Coffee: Drop-In Morning

[1-1:30pm] Intro to Indigenous Voices

[1:30-3pm] Indigenous People: Who Are We?

6

[9-11:30am] Consultations and Coffee: Drop-In Morning

7

[10-10:50am] The Assignment Planner: A New Tool to Help Students Through the Writing Process

[1:30-2:50pm] Copyright in Teaching

8

[All Day] TA Success Day


Monday, August 28

Online Pre- and Post-Class Quizzing

Time: 9:30-9:55am
Location:
GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Format:
Short & Snappy
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Ryan Banow

Have you ever wanted to implement pre or post class quizzes, but weren't sure how to do it? Luckily, both Blackboard Learn and Top Hat have the capabilities to offer online quizzes. This short session will give an overview of the capabilities of both systems as well as some tips on how to effectively implement the quizzes into your teaching.

WebEx Video Conferencing

Time: 10-10:25am
Location:
GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Format:
Short & Snappy
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Mark Behrend, Tyson Brown, and Ryan Banow

Instructors and students now have access to the Webex conferencing suite. It may be used for a variety of virtual events from one-on-one meetings, teaching classes, or virtual office hours. This short session will provide an overview of the capabilities of WebEx and how to access it.

Eportfolios: What are they and how are they used?

Time: 10:30-10:55am
Location:
GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Format:
Short & Snappy
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Wenona Partridge

​Join this short and snappy session to find out what an eportfolio is and how it has been used, using a currently offered graduate course as an example.

Introduction to Wikis for Assessment

Time:  11-11:25am
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Format: Short & Snappy
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Heather Ross

Using wikis in courses allows for active learning, student creation of resources, and collaboration. This session will provide an introduction to using wikis for assessment as well as where to find supports for both the technological and pedagogical sides of using these tools at the U of S.

Two-Stage Testing

Time: 11:30-11:55am
Location:
GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Format:
Short & Snappy
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Ryan Banow

“Two-Stage Testing” is becoming a popular teaching and learning strategy in North America. It involves writing an exam in two stages: an individual round followed by a group round. This strategy can be co-opted to be used for in-class review activities too. This session introduces “Two-Stage Testing” and will briefly explore how you could use it for exams or as an engaging in-class activity that has all students participating

Panopto: Your One-Stop Video App

Time: 1-1:25pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Format: Mark Behrend, Tyson Brown, and Ryan Banow
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Ryan Banow

​Panopto is a new video service at the U of S that encompasses everything that you would like to do with video in your teaching and learning! Potential uses include: recording screencasts, flipped teaching, lecture capture, student video assignments, in-video quizzing, and more. This session provides a quick overview of the capabilities and how to access Panopto.

Using Discussion Boards in Blackboard

Time: 1:30-1:55pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Format: Short & Snappy
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Wenona Partridge

​Join this short and snappy session to learn how to set up and maintain engaging online discussion forums in Bblearn's board.

Preparing and Personalizing Your Course Syllabus

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Format: Workshop
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Kim West & Heather Ross

Through this session, participants will learn about how to shape their course syllabi to not only include the elements required under the Academic Courses Policy, but also to provide students with a road map of their learning in the course, as well as who you, as the instructor, are as a person and educator.

Tuesday, August 29

Decoding Digital Information Literacy

Time: 9:30-10:50am
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Format: Workshop
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Angie Gerrard & Heather Ross

Novice students often encounter obstacles, or bottlenecks, to learning which expert instructors can often be blind to.  In this session we will uncover potential digital information literacy bottlenecks in your discipline and identify available supports to help your students (and you) overcome these obstacles.

Contributing to OER: Open Textbooks and Open Pedagogy

Time: 11:30am-12:50pm
Location: TBD
Format: Incubator

Session Leads: Heather Ross

This is an invitation only gathering for those working on the creation / adaption of open educational resources, those integrating open pedagogy into their teaching, or those who have expressed strong interest in doing either. Lunch will be provided.

Recent Research on Academic Integrity at the U of S

Time: 1:30-2pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Format: Short & Snappy
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Sean Maw

In 2016, engineering students and staff at the Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina were surveyed regarding their views and experiences as they related to academic dishonesty.  Join this session to hear a report on research on the self-reported rates and view points of U of S engineering students.  Consider registering for the session that follows this one on assessment practices that promote academic integrity.

Assessment Practices that Promote Academic Integrity

Time: 2-2:50pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Format: Workshop
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Susan Bens & Heather Ross

Approaches to assessment directly impact what students do to learn.   In this session, learn about selected best practices known to point students down academically honest learning paths.   Come ready to ask questions, share ideas, and to add to or adjust your assessments for an upcoming course.  Consider registering for the session that precedes this one on recent academic integrity research at the UofS.

Wednesday, August 30

Just for STEM: Imagining How First-year Students can Research

Time: 12-1:50pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Format: Just for You

Session Leads: Ryan Banow, Daryl Janzen, Xulin Guo, and Kara Loy

How can first-year STEM students do research? How can authentic research experiences be integrated into first-year STEM courses?

In this session, we will from Dr. Daryl Janzen (Physics and Engineering Physics) and Dr. Xulin Guo (Geography and Planning). They will both share their experiences and strategies of incorporating course-based research experiences into three different first-year STEM courses. Kara Loy from the Office of the Vice-President Research will also be on hand to share the details and successes of the U of S's Undergraduate Research Initiative. In addition to these presentations, there will be ample opportunity to ask questions, share ideas and concerns, and make connections among colleagues.

Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, August 31

Setting the Stage for Effective Group Work

Time: 9:30-10:50am
Location: Murray Library G3
Format:Workshop
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Susan Bens

​Using group projects, assignments for presentations next term?  Join a discussion of strategies for developing student teams that learn better together.

Developing your Reflective Teaching Portfolio

Time: 11-11:50am
Location: Murray Library G3
Format: Incubator
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Wenona Partridge

​Join this interactive session to either get started on, or further develop your reflective teaching portfolio, either online or using a binder. Please bring a laptop or note book, as well as any artifacts you have available such as your teaching philosophy statement, teaching evaluations or informal feedback from students, or materials you feel exemplify your teaching style.

Teaching and Learning Using Video

Time: 1-1:50pm
Location: Murray Library G3
Format: Incubator
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Ryan Banow & Tyson Brown

​This incubator session is for those that have been using video in their teaching and those that are interested in starting to use video. The session is an opportunity to share strategies and ideas and to ask questions. Gwenna Moss Centre and ICT staff will be on hand to field questions and to gather feedback from you. This session is especially exciting as we embark on using our new Panopto video service!

Top Hat: How to Get Set Up and Teach with Top Hat

Time: 2:30-4:20pm
Location: Murray Library G3
Format: Workshop
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Ryan Banow & Tyson Brown

Top Hat student response system is a great way to increase student engagement and to quickly gathering feedback from a large number of students. It is available to use at the U of S free of charge to instructors and students. This session will be presented in two main parts:

Part 1: an interactive demonstration of how to teach with Top Hat. You will experience all of the features of Top Hat as a student. Please bring an electronic device (phone, tablet, laptop) to participate in the demonstration.

Part 2: a walkthrough of the process of setting up your professor account, creating your classes, building questions, inviting your students to participate, delivering questions, and setting up a Top Hat grade book. To make the most of this portion of the session, you will need to bring a laptop computer.

Friday, September 1

Inclusive Teaching Strategies: Building an Effective Learning Environment for All

Time: 9-10:30am
Location: Murray Library G3
Format: Workshop
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Tereigh Ewert-Bauer

For many years, the concept of "inclusive teaching" was framed in a reactive mode.  As instructors, we would learn about the different needs/experiences/strengths/experiences, etc. of our students, and would try to adjust our teaching to make sure that these students felt included.  The practice of inclusive teaching is moving more toward a pro-active approach-- designing our courses, choosing our materials, and designing learning activities that naturally improve the learning environment for all students.  In this session, we will explore student complexity and some proactive inclusive teaching strategies.

Inclusive Assessment Strategies

Time: 11am-12pm
Location: Murray Library G3
Format: Workshop
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Tereigh Ewert-Bauer

When we speak of inclusive teaching strategies, we often overlook our assessment approaches.  In this session, we will explore the three most common approaches to diverse assessment; the contingent, alternative, and inclusive approaches, with an emphasis on the latter.

Using Assignments & Rubrics in Blackboard

Time: 1-2:20pm
Location: Murray Library G3
Format:Workshop
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Janis Shirriff

Would you like to stop having students submit assignments on paper or through email? Would you like to be able to assess and return assignments to students electronically? Do you want to begin using a rubric to assess your students' work? It is time to explore the Blackboard Assignment Tool!

In this hands-on session, the participants will: create assignments in Blackboard; work with the grade centre; recognize the different types of rubric grading schemes; build a rubric for use in a course; and add the rubric to an assignment.

Monday, September 4

Holiday - No Events

Tuesday, September 5

Consultations and Coffee: Drop-In Morning

Time: 9-11:30am
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Format: Drop-In Help
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Drop in for coffee or tea and a muffin or cookie, and ask any questions you may have as the Fall term approaches!

Example questions you may want to ask:
  • Is there anything missing from my syllabus?
  • Is my syllabus clear and easy to read?
  • Are my assignment descriptions clear?
  • What should I do on the first day?
  • How do I create an inclusive classroom?
  • How can I learn my students' names?
  • What are some effective ice-breakers?
  • Why should I consider using an ice-breaker?
  • How can I set the classroom expectations with my students?
  • How do I use Top Hat in the classroom?
  • How do I get students into my Top Hat course?
  • How do I find open educational resources to use in my class?
  • How do I set up effective group activities and/or group assignments?
  • How can I get my online course off to a great start?
  • How can I get students to participate in online discussions?
  • What can I do to make my academic integrity expectations very clear?
  • What resources could I point my students to for help with referencing and scholarly writing?

*Registration is not required.

Intro to Indigenous Voices

Time: 1-1:30pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Format: Short & Snappy

Session Leads: Stryker Calvez

This is a brief session developed to provide a quick overview about Indigenous Voices as professional development and education program and to allow people to ask questions. ​

Indigenous People: Who Are We?

Time: 1:30-3pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Format: Workshop

Session Leads: Stryker Calvez

Before one can talk about indigenizing the University of Saskatchewan and building reconciliation in Canada, one must better understand who are the Indigenous people of Canada. This presentation is designed to allow people to ask questions as we explore the complex realities and identities of Indigenous people. This is a fundamental starting point for anyone who wants to engage in the indigenization conversations taking place across the campus, so come join us.

Wednesday, September 6

Consultations and Coffee Drop-in Morning

Time: 9-11:30am
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Format: Drop-In Help
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Drop in for coffee or tea and a muffin or cookie, and ask any questions you may have as the Fall term approaches!

Example questions you may want to ask:
  • Is there anything missing from my syllabus?
  • Is my syllabus clear and easy to read?
  • Are my assignment descriptions clear?
  • What should I do on the first day?
  • How do I create an inclusive classroom?
  • How can I learn my students' names?
  • What are some effective ice-breakers?
  • Why should I consider using an ice-breaker?
  • How can I set the classroom expectations with my students?
  • How do I use Top Hat in the classroom?
  • How do I get students into my Top Hat course?
  • How do I find open educational resources to use in my class?
  • How do I set up effective group activities and/or group assignments?
  • How can I get my online course off to a great start?
  • How can I get students to participate in online discussions?
  • What can I do to make my academic integrity expectations very clear?
  • What resources could I point my students to for help with referencing and scholarly writing?
*Registration is not required.

Thursday, September 7

The Assignment Planner: A New Tool to Help Students Through the Writing Process

Time: 10-10:50am
Location: Murray Library G3
Format: Workshop
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Liv Marken, Angie Gerrard, & Heather McWhinney

Students can use the Assignment Planner to start working on their papers earlier, and to go through a more efficient and effective research and writing process.  Students enter their due date, and then follow step-by step progression with recommended tips and resources along the way.  At each stage, students can write a few notes to update their instructors on their progress. The Assignment Planner currently consists of a research paper tool as well as the option for instructors to create their own assignments. This session will focus on the potential uses of the Assignment Planner for instructors to create and annotate assignments.

Copyright in Teaching

Time: 1:30-2:50pm
Location: Murray Library G3
Format: Workshop
This session is also offered live online via WebEx

Session Leads: Kate Langrell & Heather Ross

This interactive session will help you to gain a better understanding of what you can show in class, what you can post in a learning management system such as BlackBoard, and what you can photocopy to hand out to your class. Your presenters are Kate Langrell, the U of S's Copyright Coordinator, and GMCTL Educational Developer Heather Ross. They will provide you with practical information on copyright legislation and guidelines, Open Educational Resources, and any other copyright-related matters that you would like to ask about during the session.

Friday, September 8

TA Success Day

The TA Success Day is a full-day of sessions focused on developing specific skills and knowledge relevant to teaching as a TA. Some topics include marking effectively, lesson planning, and facilitating labs, problem-set tutorials and seminars.

Come for the full-day or select specific sessions to attend once schedule is posted. Please register to allow for accurate prediction for lunch.

For more information and to register, click the button below!

Contact Us

If you are having any trouble registering, or have any other questions or concerns regarding the Fall Fortnight or the GMCTL, please email gmctl@usask.ca