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Professional Development Areas
The team at the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning (GMCTL) through the past year has been focused on providing professional development for remote teaching. In 2021, you will find most of our regularly offered workshops, short courses, and extended courses will resume. Below you will also see a continued but adapted focus on Indigenization that fits current interest.
Indigenization and Indigenous Education Professional Development
Contact Stryker.Calvez@usask.ca for more information
Indigenous Course (re)Design
- Instructors interested in building a curriculum that is more supportive of reconciliation will work as a collaborative cohort on their course (re)design. We will explore the concepts that support authentic engagement with Indigenization and focus on preparing students to become better contributors to an inclusive society in support of Indgienous Peoples.
The 4 Seasons of Reconciliation online modules
- These online modules are a direct response to the Calls to Action by the TRC. This online module teaches learners about the experiences of Indigenous Peoples living in Canada. In collaboration with the Library, the GMCTL will help each person to better understand the reasons for reconciliation and the ways in which Canada should move forward to achieve the calls to action. This is a great addition to any course and the GMCTL will help explore ways to connect these materials with an instructor's course. Learn more
Land Acknowledgement session
- Join this professional development workshop to personally understand and interpret the Land Acknowledgement in a meaningful and purposeful way. Each person will explore the history, intercultural perspectives and personal reasons for how to make this powerful statement at events, meetings or in the classroom.
Conversations About Indigenization
- Conversations About Indigenization is a series of online modules followed up by synchronous group conversations exploring four key perspectives that support Indigenization: Power & Privilege, Land Agreements, Indigenous Pedagogy, and Place and Culture. This is a cohort process where each member brings their own perspectives to share with others as we learn to better understand how we can improve our support for reconciliation.
Short Courses and Workshops
Below you will find groupings of our upcoming workshops and short courses. Short course titles link to pages that provide further details, while our workshop descriptions can be found within our online registration when those sessions are offered.
Assessment and Evaluation
Broadening Perspectives and Opening Dialogue
Documenting and Growing Your Teaching Practice
- Sparkshops - These 20-minute workshops are led by GMCTL Educational Developers and can be added to the agenda of department meetings, faculty meetings, or other teaching related gatherings. The intention of a Sparkshop is to stimulate exploration and conversations around teaching and learning. Learn more
Extended Courses and Certificates
- Course Innovation Community - A carefully designed course for selected applicants to actively participate in a cohort of their peers to progress together. They will also receive $3,000 in funding that will be transferred to their home unit. *New 2021 course dates and application information can be found on the CIC course page.
- Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) - Those interested in the structure of this competency-based program may book a preliminary consultation with Sara Dzaman. Participants will be introduced to a variety of teaching strategies, planning approaches, assessment ideas, and reflective practice techniques.
- Transforming Teaching -Postponed. A one-term course for "newer" faculty members who are interested in exploring, with their peers, the principles, skills, and issues in higher education teaching.
Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
Most courses and workshops listed above are open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The GMCTL also offers workshops, non-credit courses and resources specifically aimed to graduate students and postdocs.
Contact the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning for more details about events, courses and workshops.