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Spring Design - May 6-17, 2024

GMCTL is thrilled to announce a Spring Design event - a dynamic, two-week series of workshops dedicated to empowering educators with the tools, insights, and design time needed to elevate their teaching and course designs for the upcoming fall semester. Whether you are looking to enhance your teaching techniques, integrate competency-based education, revitalize your course design, or infuse your curriculum with principles of indigenization, inclusivity, and sustainability, Spring Design Week offers a workshop for you.

See the event schedule on the Spring Design event page.

Workshops & short courses

Below are topic areas and professional development opportunties for USask instructors, facilliated by the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning. USask graduate students and staff are welcome to attend sessions relevant to their work. Click the session titles for descriptions and registration.

Topic areas (click to jump down)

Session types
WK - Workshop: A single session; active learning discussion
SC  - Short Course: Multiple sessions/dates; deeper conversations and subject learning

Assessment Evaluation

  • Assessment & AI SC
  • Implementing outcomes-based grading WK
  • Nurturing student wellbeing through fair and transparent assessments WK
  • What's "new" about Canvas New Quizzes and how do I use it? WK
  • May 16: Developing competency: Outcomes-based grading WK

Broadening Perspectives

Documenting and Growing Teaching Practices

  • Measuring teaching: gathering feedback and planning for enhancement WK

Experiential Learning

Generative AI and Teaching

NEW Series! "Blink of an AI" - Join us for this new series of workshops which explore the potential of Generative AI (GenAI) in designing courses, assessments, and lesson plans tailored to your classroom needs. Connect with us to learn more about this new professional developement area!

  • Creating learning outcomes with GenAI WK
  • Creating lesson plans with GenAI WK
  • Creating multiple-choice questions with GenAI WK
  • Using GenAI to scaffold/ladder tasks WK
  • Creating open-ended questions with GenAI WK
  • Creating rubrics with GenAI WK
  • Using GenAI to (re)design activities for learner centeredness WK
  • Creating case studies with GenAI WK
  • Creating authentic assessments with GenAI WK
  • Creating aligned assessments with GenAI WK
  • May 06: Design your course with GenAI: Intro to SMARTIE WK
  • May 13: Design your course with GenAI: Intro to SMARTIE WK


  • Inviting Indigenous people into your learning space WK
  • Education and reconciliation virtual coffee talk WK
  • Indigenizing instruction in higher education WK
  • Reconciliation through Storytelling SC
  • Education and reconciliation virtual coffee talk WK
  • Education and reconciliation virtual coffee talk WK
  • Inviting Indigenous people into your learning space WK
  • Education and reconciliation virtual coffee talk WK
  • Indigenization, Decolonization & Reconciliation (IDR) SC


Planning your course


Indigenization and Indigenous Education Professional Development

Contact GMCTL for more information

The 4 Seasons of ReconciliationThese 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. A great addition to any course, we can help explore ways to connect these materials with your course. Learn more 

Land Acknowledgement session: A professional development workshop to personally understand and interpret the Land Acknowledgement in a meaningful and purposeful way. 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: 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.


  • Sparkshops are designed to stimulate conversations around teaching and learning. These 20-minute sessions are facilitated by GMCTL Educational Developers and can be added to the agenda of department meetings, faculty meetings, or other teaching related gatherings.


Annual and bi-annual events offered by the GMCTL

GMCTL Fortnight - annually, each August

The GMCTL Fall 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!

Schedule will be posted each August on the Fortnight webpage.

TA Success Day - biannually, each September & January

This event offers short workshops to graduate students in a Teaching Assistant role at USask. These focused sessions support development of specific skills and knowledge relevant to the TA role. This event is part of the TA Success Series.

Schedules will be posted in advance on the TA Success Days webpage.

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Open Education Week - annually, each March

Following the internationally recognized OE Week, the Gwenna Moss Centre along with partners across campus share our stories and supports around Open Education, Open pedagogy, and Open Resources. 

Schedule will be posted on the Open Week webpage.

Looking for other sessions? Registration for IT Training sessions (Canvas, Panopto, Teams, Zoom, etc.) Training and Development channel in PAWS.

Certificates and extended courses

  • 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 - This course is typically offered during the fall term and is an opportunity for faculty and instructors on campus to connect and explore the foundational aspects of teaching at the university level. Transforming Teaching is aimed to support term or tenure-track faculty, sessional lecturers, and post-doctoral fellows in their early years of teaching at USask.

Grad students and postdocs

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.

Get Help

Connect with the team at the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning for more details about events, courses and workshops.

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