Calendar of Events

August 19 - August 30, 2019

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

19

[9:30–10:05] Quick Tips to Improve Multiple Choice Questions

[10:15–10:50] Introduction to Two-Stage Testing

[11–11:35] Grading Efficiently:Assignments and Rubrics in Blackboard Learn

[1–1:35 pm] Introduction to Open Educational Resources

[1:45–2:25] How to Encourage Use of Instructor Office Hours

[2:30–3:20] Introduction to Lesson Planning Models: BOPPPS and 5E

[3:30–4:05] Eportfolios as a Teaching Tool

20

[9:30–11] Conversations about Land Agreements

[1–2:20] Creating Your Course Syllabus

[2:30–3:50] Analysing Engagement Issues

21

[10–11] Intercultural Competence and the Inclusive Classroom

[1–2:30] Conversations about Indigenous Education

[1–3:30] Using the New Academic Integrity Tutorial in your Teaching

22

[9–10:50] Authentic Assignments and Open Pedagogy

[11–12] Developing Positive Rapport and Approachability

[1:30–1:55] Introduction to Teaching Portfolios

[2–3] Teaching Philosophy Statements

23

[9:30–11] Setting up Group Work Effectively

[11–12] Amazing Race: Lecture Theatre Technology

[1–2:30] Conversations about Power and Privilege

[3–4] Increasing Transparency of Assessments

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

26

[9am–5pm] Instructional Skills Workshop (Day 1 of 3)

[9:30-12] Using the New Academic Integrity Tutorial in your Teaching

27

[9:30-11] Conversations about Place and Culture

[1–2:20] Copyright in Teaching

[2:30-4] Active Instructional Approaches

28

[9am–5pm] Instructional Skills Workshop (Day 2 of 3)

29

[9:30–11] Formative Assessment: Saving Time and Promoting Understanding

[1:30–3:30] Top Hat: How to Get Set Up and Teach with Top Hat

30

[9am–5pm] Instructional Skills Workshop (Day 3 of 3)


Session Formats

Short and Snappy: Quick new concepts; approximately

Workshop: In-depth exploration of a topic

Incubator: Deep discussion among colleagues with shared interests


Monday, August 19

Quick Tips to Improve Multiple Choice Questions

 

Time: 9:30–10:05 am
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Ryan Banow
Format: Short & Snappy

In this session, we will focus on multiple-choice question design and quality. By the end of the session, you should be able to:

  • Describe what makes "good" multiple-choice questions "good"
  • Identify issues and improve problematic multiple-choice questions​

This session addresses these Educator Competencies from Our Learning Charter:

  • Ensure that assessments of learning are transparent, applied consistently and are congruent with learning outcomes

Introduction to Two-Stage Testing

 

Time: 10:15 am - 10:50 am
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Ryan Banow
Format: Short & Snappy

“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. It was developed for use in science courses, but can be adapted in other disciplines. 

This workshop demonstrates “Two-Stage Testing" and explores the mechanics and use.

This session addresses these Educator Competencies from Our Learning Charter:

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

Grading Efficiently: Assignments and Rubrics in Blackboard Learn

 

Time: 11:00 am - 11:35 am
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Ryan Banow
Format: Short & Snappy

​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 streamline the assessment process? Attend this session to begin exploring the features of the Blackboard Assignment Tool!​

Introduction to Open Educational Resources

 

Time: 1:00 pm - 1:35 pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Heather M. Ross
Format: Short & Snappy

This brief session will provide an introduction to open educational resources (OER) including what they are, why instructors and students should use them, and how to find them. In addition, participants will learn about what supports exist at the U of S for the use, adaptation, and creation of OER.

How to Encourage Use of Office Hours

 

Time: 1:45 pm - 2:20 pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Susan Bens
Format: Short & Snappy

Sitting alone during office hours?  Join this session on ideas for bringing more students to office hours ready to make effective use of your help.

Introduction to Lesson Planning Models: BOPPPS and 5E

 

Time: 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitators: Wenona Partridge and Susan Bens
Format: Short & Snappy

​During this workshop introduction to lesson planning, you will observe and follow the steps of BOPPPS and SE lesson planning models, which may both be applied in your classroom teaching.​

This session addresses these Educator Competencies from Our Learning Charter:

  • Engage with students and peers in a respectful manner
  • Be aware of the range of instructional methods and assessment strategies
  • 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
  • Engage in meaningful conversations about their practices with others

Eportfolios as a Teaching Tool

 

Time: 3:30 pm - 4:05 pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Wenona Partridge
Format: Short & Snappy

​Using examples and a case study, learn how eportfolios can facilitate reflection, online discussion, and enable instructors to assess students' work at regular intervals. 

This session addresses these Educator Competencies from Our Learning Charter:

  • Be aware of the range of instructional methods and assessment strategies
  • Engage in meaningful conversations about their practices with others

Tuesday, August 20

Conversations about Land Agreements

 

Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Rose Roberts
Format: Incubator

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. The content will be based on the Land Agreements module on the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning website. Participants are expected to complete the module prior to the session in order to participate in the dialogue.

This session addresses these Educator Competencies from Our Learning Charter:

  • Explicitly recognize their own position and work to understand, acknowledge, and value perspectives and worldviews different from their own

Creating Your Course Syllabus

 

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:20 pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Heather M. Ross
Format: Workshop

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.​ IMPORTANT: Please bring one printed copy of one of your syllabi to the session.

This session addresses these Educator Competencies 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

Analyzing Engagement Issues

 

Time: 2:30 pm - 3:50 pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Susan Bens
Format: Workshop

Reflect on your own interpretations of student engagement and match "disengaged" behaviours with explanations based in research.  With colleagues, discuss strategies for increasing student engagement.

This session addresses these Educator Competencies from Our Learning Charter:

  • Explicitly recognize their own position and work to understand, acknowledge, and value perspectives and worldviews different from their own
  • 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

Wednesday, August 21

Intercultural Competence and the Inclusive Classroom

 

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Murray Library 102
Facilitator: Gwen Dueck
Format: Workshop

Internationalization is a process of enhancing learning through inclusive curriculum design, broad understandings of what counts as legitimate knowledge and ways of knowing, appreciative interpretations of difference, and a commitment to equity and inclusion.

Participants in this session will learn about principles for culturally responsive pedagogy and identify specific instructional practices congruent with those principles.​

This session addresses these Educator Competencies from Our Learning Charter:

  • Exemplify active learning and curiosity, demonstrate broad thinking
  • Be aware of the range of instructional methods and assessment strategies

Conversations about Indigenous Education

 

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitators: Rose Roberts and Stryker Calvez
Format: Incubator

Participants will have a dialogue to discuss and further their understandings about historical and current state of Indigenous education in Canada. The content will be based on the Indigenous Education module on the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning website. Participants are expected to complete the module prior to the session in order to participate in the dialogue.

This session addresses these Educator Competencies 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

Using the New Academic Integrity Tutorial in your Teaching

 

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Murray G3
Facilitators: Nazreen Beaulieu and Susan Bens
Format: Incubator

​The Library has developed an open access Academic Integrity Tutorial for students.  Join this workshop to identify ways to use these resources in your teaching about the expectations and rules in your course and discipline.  Participants will arrive at this workshop having reviewed the entire tutorial (1-2 hours of preparation) and be ready to discuss effective approaches and to create your own lesson plan(s) for teaching students about academic integrity in the context of your course.

Tutorial link: https://libguides.usask.ca/AcademicIntegrityTutorial

This session addresses these Educator Competencies 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
  • 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 22

Authentic Assignments and Open Pedagogy

 

Time: 9:00 am - 10:50 am
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Heather M. Ross
Format: Workshop

Assigning learners authentic assessments can result in students moving from consumers of knowledge to being creators and collaborators, and increasing student engagement. This session will provide an opportunity for instructors to learn about and create authentic assessments through the use of open pedagogy. 

This session addresses these Educator Competencies 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
  • 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
  • Learn about advances in effective pedagogies/andragogies

Developing Positive Rapport and Approachability

 

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Susan Bens
Format: Workshop

​Join this session to explore ways to affect students' perceptions of instructor supportiveness and students' beliefs about the helpfulness of feedback.

This session addresses these Educator Competencies from Our Learning Charter:

  • Explicitly recognize their own position and work to understand, acknowledge, and value perspectives and worldviews different from their own
  • 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
  • Engage in meaningful conversations about their practices with others

Introduction to Teaching Portfolios

 

Time: 1:30 pm - 1:55 pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Wenona Partridge
Format: Short and Snappy

​View samples and learn about the function and basic format of a teaching portfolio or dossier during this introductory session.

This session addresses these Educator Competencies from Our Learning Charter:

  • Engage in meaningful conversations about their practices with others

Teaching Philosophy Statements

 

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Wenona Partridge
Format: Workshop

View samples and get started on your own teaching philosophy statement or revision of your statement through peer-interactive and individually-reflective activities during this workshop.

This session addresses these Educator Competencies from Our Learning Charter:

  • Engage with students and peers in a respectful manner
  • 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

Friday, August 23

Setting up Group Work Effectively

 

Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Susan Bens
Format: Workshop

​Using group projects, assignments, or presentations next term? Join a discussion focused on how to set up teams for improved group learning. 

This session addresses these Educator Competencies 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

Amazing Race: Lecture Theatre Technology

 

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: BIOL 106
Facilitator: Wenona Partridge
Format: Workshop

Discover and put to use lecture theatre technology with a supportive team of peers during this fun and participatory session.

This session addresses these Educator Competencies from Our Learning Charter:

  •  Exemplify active learning and curiosity, demonstrate broad thinking
  •  Learn about advances in effective pedagogies/andragogies

Conversations about Power and Privilege

 

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitators: Rose Roberts and Stryker Calvez
Format: Incubator

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. The content will be based on the Power and Privilege module on the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning website. Participants are expected to complete the module prior to the session in order to participate in the dialogue.

This session addresses these Educator Competencies from Our Learning Charter:

  • Explicitly recognize their own position and work to understand, acknowledge, and value perspectives and worldviews different from their own

Increasing Transparency of Assessments

 

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitators: Wendy James and Ryan Banow
Format: Workshop

​Increasing transparency in assessment has been linked to higher academic confidence, increased sense of belonging, and greater awareness of skills for students. This session explores the principles of transparent assessment and provides the opportunity for you to apply the principles to one of your own assignments. ​

This session addresses these Educator Competencies 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

Monday, August 26

Instructional Skills Workshop (Day 1 of 3)

 

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitators: Wenona Partridge and Ryan Banow
Format: Workshop

The GMCTL offers a short professional development program to support faculty members, instructors and staff teaching U of S students. This 3-day workshop is implemented internationally, and is known as the “Instructional Skills Workshop."  Your participation in this interactive workshop will facilitate:

  • familiarization with essential teaching theory and practices
  • development of feedback skills
  • approaches to writing learning outcomes and lesson plans
  • skills and confidence in implementing the aforementioned by teaching three 10 minutes lessons, and receiving invaluable feedback from peers and the facilitators
  • skills for critical self-reflection
  • establishing supportive relationships with peers

In order to receive the ISW certificate, participants must attend all three days in full. ​

Day 1: August 26th, 2019

Day 2: August 28th, 2019

Day 3: August 30th, 2019

Using the New Academic Integrity Tutorial in your Teaching

 

Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Arts 109
Facilitator: Nazreen Beaulieu and Susan Bens
Format: Incubator

​​The Library has developed an open access Academic Integrity Tutorial for students.  Join this workshop to identify ways to use these resources in your teaching about the expectations and rules in your course and discipline.  Participants will arrive at this workshop having reviewed the entire tutorial (1-2 hours of preparation) and be ready to discuss effective approaches and to create your own lesson plan(s) for teaching students about academic integrity in the context of your course.

Tutorial link: https://libguides.usask.ca/AcademicIntegrityTutorial

This session addresses these Educator Competencies 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
  • 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

Tuesday, August 27

Conversations about Place and Culture

 

Time: 9:30-11 am
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitators: Stryker Calvez and Rose Roberts
Format: Incubator

Participants will have a dialogue to discuss and further their understandings about the importance of place and culture to Indigenous peoples in Saskatchewan. The content will be based on the Place and Culture module on the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning website. Participants are expected to complete the module prior to the session in order to participate in the dialogue.

This session addresses these Educator Competencies from Our Learning Charter:

  • Explicitly recognize their own position and work to understand, acknowledge, and value perspectives and worldviews different from their own

Copyright in Teaching

 

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:20 pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Kate Langrell
Format: Workshop

This 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 presenter is Kate Langrell, the U of S's Copyright Coordinator, who 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.

Active Instructional Approaches

 

Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (50.12)
Facilitators: Ryan Banow and Wendy James
Format: Workshop

You'll experience active learning strategies and learn how to use them in your class, even if it is a large one.  As a part of the course, you'll create design an active strategy for something you teach.

This session addresses these Educator Competencies from Our Learning Charter:

  • 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​

Wednesday, August 28

Instructional Skills Workshop (Day 2 of 3)

 

Time: 9 am–5 pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Wenona Partridge and Ryan Banow
Format: Workshop

In order to receive the ISW certificate, participants must attend all three days in full. ​

Day 1: August 26th, 2019
Day 2: August 28th, 2019
Day 3: August 30th, 2019

To learn more and register see workshop description above.

Thursday, August 29

Formative Assessment: Saving Time and Promoting Understanding

 

Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Wendy James
Format: Workshop

​​The formative assessment workshop is designed to help you understand why it is important check for student understanding and how to figure out what to check in your course. You'll develop some of your own formative assessments and consider their implications for your teaching practice. 

This session addresses these Educator Competencies from Our Learning Charter:

  • 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 

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

 

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

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.

Note: If you cannot attend, but would like to learn how to use Top Hat. Please, contact ryan.banow@usask.ca to schedule a consultation. The consultation can be done in person or via WebEx.

This session addresses these Educator Competencies from Our Learning Charter:

  • Provide students with prompt and constructive feedback on their learning progress at regular intervals throughout the course

Friday, August 30

Instructional Skills Workshop

 

Time: 9 am–5 pm
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Wenona Partridge and Ryan Banow
Format: Workshop

In order to receive the ISW certificate, participants must attend all three days in full. ​

Day 1: August 26th, 2019
Day 2: August 28th, 2019
Day 3: August 30th, 2019

To learn more and register see workshop description above.

Questions?

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