Calendar of Events

August 16 - August 27, 2021

Click on the session name in the calendar to access the description and registration link.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

16

[9:30–10am]
Introduction to Open Educational Resources

[10–10:30am]
Formative Feedback on your Teaching

[10:30–11am]
Using Tech to Quickly Check Student Learning

[11–11:30am]
Teaching Portfolio Start-up session

[11:30am-12pm]
Experiential Learning Basics

[1-1:30pm]
Teaching Goals Start-up session

[1:30-2pm]
Intro to the Certificate in Teaching and Learning

[2-3:30 pm]
Getting Students to Engage with Course Readings and Each Other using Perusall

17

[9:30–11am]
Indigenous Voices-Foundational Conversations: Land Agreements

[11am-12pm]
Planning Ahead for Academic Integrity

[1:30–3pm]
Using Authentic Assessment to Integrate Current Events into Courses

18

[10–11am]
Preparing to Pivot with Canvas

[1–2pm]
Setting Up Norms

[2–3:30pm]
Just for STEM: What we will take forward

19

[9:30am-12pm]
It's Been So(TL) Long: A Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Event

[1–2pm]
Simple Ways to Make Your Course More Active

20

[9:30–11am]
Indigenous Voices-Foundational Conversations: Indigenous Education

[11am-12pm]
Synchronous Teaching Tools Sandbox

[1-2:30pm]
Competency-based Assessments

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

23

[10–11:30am]
Marking Better Assignments Submissions: Clarity, Criteria, and Early Feedback

[1-2pm]
Planning ahead for Academic Integrity

24

[9:30–11am]
Indigenous Voices - Foundational Conversations: Power and Privilege

[1:30–2:30pm]
Return to Campus: Trauma-informed Teaching

25

[9:30–11am] Navigating Challenging Conversations

[1–2:30pm]
10-min Teaching Practice for Faculty and Sessionals

26

[10–11am]
7 Tips for Effective Group Work: Remote or In-Person

[1–2pm]
Assessment Tools in Canvas

27

[9:30–11am]
Indigenous Voices-Foundational Conversations: Place and Culture

[11-11:30am]
Using Canvas Gradebook Efficiently

[1-1:30pm]
Canvas New Analytics


Session Formats

Short & snappy: Quick new concepts; approximately 30-mins

Workshop: In-depth exploration of a topic; approximately 1-1.5 hours

Incubator: Deep discussion among colleagues with shared interests


Monday, August 16

Introduction to Open Educational Resources

 

Time: 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Heather M. Ross
Format: Short & snappy

In this session participants will learn the basics of open educational resources (OER), including licenses and where to find such resources. Participants will also discuss the benefits and barriers to using OER in their own courses.​

Formative Feedback on your Teaching

 

Time: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Wenona Partridge
Format: Short & snappy

Do your teaching activities help students learn in the way you expect? In this session, you will identify one or two teaching strategies you want to assess, then draft your own formative feedback questions about these stategies.

This session addresses these Educator Commitments from Our Learning Charter

  • Provide students with the opportunity to give candid feedback on their learning experience
  • Seek feedback from peers and other sources to allow for evidence on all aspects of teaching practice to be reflected upon for the purposes of continuous improvement

Using Tech to Quickly Check Student Learning

 

Time: 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Ryan Banow
Format: Short & snappy

Polling and other formative assessment tools are quick ways to enhance your teaching practice by allowing you to tailor your teaching strategies to the students. This session will explore the various tools that are available at USask and briefly introduce how to make the most of them.

This session addresses this Educator Commitment from Our Learning Charter

  • Be aware of the range of instructional methods and assessment strategies

Teaching Portfolio Start-up Session

 

Time: 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Wenona Partridge
Format: Short & snappy

Do you not yet have a teaching portfolio, but want to start building one? During this session, you will view sample teaching portfolios, identify ways to collect evidence for your own portfolio, and start a collection folder and table of contents to start using in September.

This session addresses this Educator Commitment from Our Learning Charter

  • Seek feedback from peers and other sources to allow for evidence on all aspects of teaching practice to be reflected upon for the purposes of continuous improvement

Experiential Learning Basics

 

Time: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Ryan Banow
Format: Short & snappy

Experiential learning is a powerful and exciting teaching strategy. Those that have used it recognize that if you want students to get the richest learning experience, they need to go beyond only participating in experience. This is where what is known as the Experiential Learning Cycle comes in! Join this brief session to learn about the stages of the Experiential Learning Cycle and consider how to incorporate each of them into your teaching practice.

This session addresses this Educator Commitment from Our Learning Charter

  • Exemplify active learning and curiosity, demonstrate broad thinking

Teaching Goals Start-up Session

 

Time: 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Webex
Facilitators: Wenona Partridge
Format: Short & snappy

Set up to three SMART teaching goals before you start teaching in September, to help you focus on areas of your teaching practice you want to improve and strengths.

This session addresses this Educator Commitment from Our Learning Charter

  • Seek feedback from peers and other sources to allow for evidence on all aspects of teaching practice to be reflected upon for the purposes of continuous improvement

Introduction to the Certificate in University Teaching and Learning

 

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Sara Dzaman
Format: Short & snappy

This is an information session for those who are curious about the Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (CUTL).

The Certificate in University Teaching and Learning is a competency-based program for USask faculty, sessionals and lab instructors to document and develop their skills in university teaching. Once you complete the program, you will have a portfolio that details evidence of your skills, achievements and reflections on your growth. Learn more about this certificate.

This session addresses this Educator Commitment from Our Learning Charter

  • Engage with students and peers in a respectful manner

Getting Students to Engage with Course Readings and Each Other using Perusall

 

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Ryan Banow
Format: Workshop

Perusall is free-to-use social annotation tool that is integrated with Canvas. It was designed from the ground up to help motivate students to prepare for class by doing readings and viewing videos. It turns these typically solitary activities into a social experience. These activities provide the instructor with valuable insights into where the students are at with the content as they join the in-class sessions. This goes a long way to making your time together effective and engaging. Perusall works well to support a flipped classroom approach.

In this workshop, you will be introduced to Perusall, get to try it out, and leave being able to complete the basic setup in your Canvas course. In additon, we will explore tips for using the features of Perusall, including assignment settings and reviewing student annotations.

This session addresses this Educator Commitment from Our Learning Charter

  • Select and utilize teaching methods that are effective in helping students achieve the learning outcomes of a course or learning activity

Tuesday, August 17

Indigenous Voices - Foundational Conversations

 

Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am (Multiple dates)
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Rose Roberts and Stryker Calvez
Format: Incubator

Register below once to attend all four session dates. 

Participants will meet four separate times in this two weeks, to discuss and further explore foundational elements of their own awareness and understanding related to reconciliation in Saskatchewan. Rose and Stryker will facilitate deeper discussions of the four online Indigenous Voices modules: Land Agreements, Indigenous Education, Power & Privilege, and Place & Culture.

All four sessions will use the same Webex meeting link, and participants are expected to complete each module prior to the related session date in order to engage in the group dialogue.

Tuesday, Aug 17:  Conversations about Land Agreements

  • Participants will have a dialogue to discuss and further their understandings about the historical and current land agreements between Canada and First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. Review  the Land Agreements module.

Friday, Aug 20:  Conversations about Indigenous Education

  • Participants will have a dialogue to discuss and further their understandings about historical and current state of Indigenous education in Canada. Review the Indigenous Education module.

Tuesday, Aug 24:  Conversations about Power and Privilege

  • Participants will have a dialogue to discuss and further their understandings about power and privilege and the impact it has on relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Review the Power and Privilege module.

Friday, Aug 27:  Conversations about Place and Culture

  • Participants will have a dialogue to discuss and further their understandings about the importance of place and culture to Indigenous peoples in Saskatchewan. Review the Place and Culture module.

These sessions address these Educator Commitments from Our Learning Charter

  • Exemplify active learning and curiosity, demonstrate broad thinking
  • Explicitly recognize their own position and work to understand, acknowledge, and value perspectives and worldviews different from their own

Planning Ahead for Academic Integrity

 

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Susan Bens
Format: Workshop

You can prevent academic misconduct most effectively through assessment and instructional approaches. Ahead of the term is the perfect time to incorporate some key strategies that make sense for your course. Join this session to (1) select 1-2 actions known to reduce academic misconduct and that fit your course, and (2) recognize what clarification you likely need to provide so that students understand and can follow the rules for your assessments.

The session will include a brief overview of some alternatives to the supervised exam since that assessment, done remotely, is at greater risk for academic misconduct. Participants will also be provided with a range of resource links and invited to sign up for a follow up consult to discuss their ideas in detail.

Please note, this session is not about Canvas tools, detection, procedures or penalities for academic misconduct. For more on regulations, contact your College administrator and refer to the USask Regulations. For more on Canvas tools, see this post which includes a video. Roberta Campbell-Chudoba and Toni Marchione at the GMCTL can also be contacted for direct support related to these exam tools.

This session addresses these Educator Commitments from Our Learning Charter

  • Be aware of the range of instructional methods and assessment strategies
  • Select and utilize teaching methods that are effective in helping students achieve the learning outcomes of a course or learning activity
  • Provide a clear indication of what is expected of students in a course or learning activity, and what students can do to be successful in achieving the expected learning outcomes as defined in the course outline
  • Ensure that assessments of learningare transparent, applied consistently and are congruent with learning outcomes

Using Authentic Assessment to Integrate Current Events into Courses

 

Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Heather M. Ross
Format: Workshop

  • Are you struggling with how you're going to assess in classes being taught remotely?
  • Are you looking for ideas on how to increase engagement in your course?
  • Are you wondering how to show students how work in your discipline might help to address some of the major challenges we're facing locally and globally?

In this session, we'll explore how to create assessments that will allow students to demonstrate learning while gaining a sense of contribution and a greater understanding of the course discipline. Participants will consider and share ideas for changing current assessments or creating new ones for their courses.

This session addresses this Educator Commitment from Our Learning Charter

  • Exemplify active learning and curiosity, demonstrate broad thinking

Wednesday, August 18

Preparing to Pivot with Canvas

 

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Roberta Campbell-Chudoba and Toni Marchione
Format: Workshop

This session will highlight the essential elements to be set up in Canvas for a smooth temporary transition to online teaching and learning, should that become necessary in the upcoming term.

We'll also have time for personalized Q & A.

This session addresses this Educator Commitment from Our Learning Charter

  • Provide a clear indication of what is expected of students in a course or learning activity, and what students can do to be successful in achieving the expected learning outcomes as defined in the course outline

Setting Up Norms

 

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Webex
Facilitators: Aditi Garg
Format: Workshop

There is a gap in higher education practice of including students in course design and collaborative decision making. This session aims to help bridge the gap by acknowledging the perspectives and contributions of students from a diversity of experiences to class culture. In an era of COVID-19, this has translated into building virtual learning communities with compassion and also understanding the lived realities of our students.

In this skill-building workshop, participants will experience a norm-setting exercise. By the end, they will be able to

  • Describe the elements of a collaborative or co-created learning culture.
  • Model co-creating norms.
  • Conceptualize how to apply openness and courageous curiousity in their context.

This session addresses these Educator Commitments from Our Learning Charter

  • Encourage and foster open and healthy dialogue
  • Co-create with students a shared space for learning in which all participants feel respected, valued and empowered to contribute as they achieve their goals and share the gifts of their identities in relationship with one another

Just for STEM: What we will take forward

 

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Webex
Facilitators: Ryan Banow
Format: Incubator

This session is intended for those that teach in disciplines related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). If that is you, please register and join us!

We've tried many different teaching, learning, and assessment strategies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As we transition back to in-person classes or prepare for another term of remote teaching, this session is an opportunity to discuss and share what we've learned. What strategies worked well? What are we going to keep doing? What's best left behind? What do we still want to try? Join this cross-campus conversation for a rich discussion of what we'll take forward in our teaching practice.

This session addresses this Educator Commitment from Our Learning Charter

  • Engage in meaningful conversations about their practices with others

Thursday, August 19

It's Been So(TL) Long: A Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Event

 

Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Various
Format: Incubator

It's time to bring USask's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) community back together! Join us for a morning of virtual networking, presentations and discussions. If you are new or experienced with SoTL, you are invited to attend.

For those new to the topic, SoTL involves building on your experiences and insights in the classroom. SoTL is one way faculty can systematically study students’ experiences and learning, share evidence of successes in teaching, explore and inform challenges, and contribute to peer-review scholarship. Some refer to it as researching your teaching.

Throughout the morning we will:

  • Provide an opportunity for existing Clusters and individuals to share their projects and findings
  • Provide an overview of the various SoTL supports available
  • Launch the next round of SoTL Cluster funding

Simple Ways to Make Your Course More Active

 

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Wendy James
Format: Workshop

In this session, you'll get to try out a series of easy ways to make your course more active, and contextualize them based on your discipline and space. Both remote and face-to-face options will be discussed, but the session will be virtual.

This session addresses this Educator Commitment from Our Learning Charter

  • Exemplify active learning and curiosity, demonstrate broad thinking

Friday, August 20

Synchronous Teaching Tools Sandbox

 

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Wenona Partridge and Ryan Banow
Format: Workshop

Will you be teaching synchronously this fall, and do you want to test out the teaching tools before you are in front of your students? During this session, you will test features of synchronous teaching tools for up to 5 minutes at a time. The environment is informal, and we encourage you to experiment, have fun, and encourage your fellow instructors as you all try new ways of teaching remotely.

This session addresses these Educator Commitments from Our Learning Charter

  • Exemplify active learning and curiosity, demonstrate broad thinking
  • Engage in meaningful conversations about their practices with others

Competency-based Assessments

 

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Sara Dzaman and Wendy James
Format: Workshop

This session will explore some major ideas of competency-based assessment and contrast them with traditional assessment practices. You'll have the opportunity to consider your own approach to assessment and its implications.

This session addresses these Educator Commitments from Our Learning Charter

  • Exemplify active learning and curiosity, demonstrate broad thinking
  • Engage with students and peers in a respectful manner
  • Encourage and foster open and healthy dialogue
  • Be aware of the range of instructional methods and assessment strategies
  • Provide students with prompt and constructive feedback on their learning progress at regular intervals throughout the course
  • Design tools to both assess and enable student learning

Monday, August 23

Marking Better Assignment Submissions: Clarity, Criteria, and Early Feedback

 

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: Webex
Facilitators: Ryan Banow
Format: Workshop

It's challenging as an instructor to stare down a large pile (or virtual pile) of marking, especially when you know the quality of some of the submission will be questionable. Luckily, there are things you can do to boost the overall quality of the submissions and improve your marking experience.

In this session, we'll practice increasing the transparency of your assessments, which includes providing students with greater clarity of the task, a better sense of what "good looks like", and opportunities for early feedback. This will improve your marking experience and has been found to increase your students' academic confidence, sense of belonging, and awareness of skills. Please bring an assignment from your course to work on during the session.

This session addresses these Educator Commitments from Our Learning Charter

  • Provide a clear indication of what is expected of students in a course or learning activity, and what students can do to be successful in achieving the expected learning outcomes as defined in the course outline
  • Ensure that assessments of learning are transparent, applied consistently and are congruent with learning outcomes

Planning ahead for Academic Integrity

 

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Susan Bens
Format: Workshop

You can prevent academic misconduct most effectively through assessment and instructional approaches. Ahead of the term is the perfect time to incorporate some key strategies that make sense for your course. Join this session to (1) select 1-2 actions known to reduce academic misconduct and that fit your course, and (2) recognize what clarification you likely need to provide so that students understand and can follow the rules for your assessments. The session will include a brief overview of some alternatives to the supervised exam since that assessment, done remotely, is at greater risk for academic misconduct. Participants will also be provided with a range of resource links and invited to sign up for a follow up consult to discuss their ideas in detail.

Please note, this session is not about Canvas tools, detection, procedures or penalities for academic misconduct. For more on regulations, contact your College administrator and refer to the USask Regulations. For more on Canvas tools, see this post which includes a video. Roberta Campbell-Chudoba and Toni Marchione at the GMCTL can also be contacted for direct support related to these exam tools.

This session addresses these Educator Commitments from Our Learning Charter

  • Be aware of the range of instructional methods and assessment strategies
  • Select and utilize teaching methods that are effective in helping students achieve the learning outcomes of a course or learning activity
  • Provide a clear indication of what is expected of students in a course or learning activity, and what students can do to be successful in achieving the expected learning outcomes as defined in the course outline
  • Ensure that assessments of learning are transparent, applied consistently and are congruent with learning outcomes

Tuesday, August 24

Return to Campus: Trauma-informed Teaching

 

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Aditi Garg and Roberta Campbell-Chudoba
Format: Workshop

This session will help participants consider adversity in times of transition and change (predictability vs. the unknown). We will apply principles of culture change to better understand the impact of new experiences. We will reflect on how to anticipate, mitigate, and manage change.

Participants will be empowered to:

  • Anticipate areas of concerns and prepare for returning to campus
  • Communicate intentions with students
  • Identify resources to support students
  • Feel supported and heard

This session addresses these Educator Commitments from Our Learning Charter

  • Encourage and foster open and healthy dialogue
  • Provide a clear indication of what is expected of students in a course or learning activity, and what students can do to be successful in achieving the expected learning outcomes as defined in the course outline

Wednesday, August 25

Navigating Challenging Conversations

 

Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Heather M. Ross and Roberta Campbell-Chudoba
Format: Workshop

In this session participants will be introduced to ways to set the tone to build trust in their course and amongst their classroom community, reflect on their own positions, and facilitate challenging conversations. This 90-minute session is an abbreviated version of the short course offered through the GMCTL.

This session addresses these Educator Commitments from Our Learning Charter

  • Engage with students and peers in a respectful manner
  • Explicitly recognize their own position and work to understand, acknowledge, and value perspectives and worldviews different from their own
  • Encourage and foster open and healthy dialogue

10-Minute Teaching Practice for Faculty and Sessionals

 

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Wenona Partridge
Format: Workshop

Do you have a strategy or teaching tool you want to practice using? During this session, instructors will have up to 10 minutes to test a teaching strategy or tool, then receive brief feedback about what worked well or could be tried next time from their peers. We encourage you to follow the BOPPPS lesson planning model: https://libguides.usask.ca/boppps

This session addresses these Educator Commitments from Our Learning Charter

  • Select and utilize teaching methods that are effective in helping students achieve the learning outcomes of a course or learning activity
  • Seek feedback from peers and other sources to allow for evidence on all aspects of teaching practice to be reflected upon for the purposes of continuous improvement
  • Engage in meaningful conversations about their practices with others

Thursday, August 26

7 Tips for Effective Group Work: Remote or in-Person

 

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Aditi Garg and Susan Bens
Format: Workshop

Setting up groups for success improves collaborative learning and manageability for both students and instructors. We will expand on seven strategies for effective group work based on this GMCTL blog post.

Participants will contribute ideas and questions and collaborate towards designing effective practices, for both in-person and remote teaching.

Please note:

  • Assessing group work is not the focus of the session, but helpful related links will be shared.
  • Using the collaborative features in Canvas is also not the focus of this session, but this resource provides useful information on those features.

This session addresses this Educator Commitment from Our Learning Charter

  • Select and utilize teaching methods that are effective in helping students achieve the learning outcomes of a course or learning activity

Assessment Tools in Canvas

 

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Roberta Campbell-Chudoba and Toni Marchione
Format: Workshop

For those who are familiar with using Canvas, this session will offer tips and tricks on using Canvas assessments in novel or alternate ways and on providing quality feedback. We will look at different ways of assessing students’ knowledge, providing useful feedback to students and offer additional resources.

There will be opportunity to share your experiences with Canvas assessments.

This session addresses this Educator Commitment from Our Learning Charter

  • Design tools to both assess and enable student learning

Friday, August 27

Using Canvas Gradebook Efficiently

 

Time: 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Toni Marchione and Roberta Campbell-Chudoba
Format: Short & Snappy

Do you feel that you are using the Canvas gradebook to its full potential? In this session we will be looking at functions and settings in the gradebook as well as assignment groups and weightings.

This session addresses this Educator Commitment from Our Learning Charter

  • Design tools to both assess and enable student learning

Canvas New Analytics

 

Time: 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Toni Marchione and Roberta Campbell-Chudoba
Format: Short & Snappy

Have you found yourself wondering how active students are in your course? Did you know that New Analytics gives you an indication of student activity? This session will explore the options in viewing New Analytics in Canvas.

This session addresses this Educator Commitment from Our Learning Charter

  • Select and utilize teaching methods that are effective in helping students achieve the learning outcomes of a course or learning activity

Questions?

For registration support or other questions regarding the Fall Fortnight or the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning, email gmctl@usask.ca