Calendar of Events

August 27 - September 7, 2018

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

27

[9:00] Quick Tips to Improve Multiple Choice Questions

[9:45] Introduction to Two-Stage Testing

[10:30] Introduction to 4MAT Lesson Planning

[11:15] Introduction to 5E Lesson Planning

[12:15] Introduction to CliftonStrengths

[1:00] Getting Students to Read Before Class (and Enjoy it!)

[1:45] Grading Efficiently: Assignments and Rubrics in Blackboard Learn

[2:30] Eportfolios: What are they and how are they used?

[3:15] Using Discussion Forums to Support Learning

28

[9:00] Student Video Creation Assignments

[9:45] Creating and Sharing Videos

[10:30] Strategies for Teaching Large Classes

[1:30] Open at the U of S: What is it, what are my colleagues doing, and how can I get started?

29

[All Day]New Faculty Orientation

[9:30] Just for STEM

[11:00] Invisible Paywalls: Recognizing Information Privilege in Academia

30

[9:00] Our Story of Developing a Kinesiology Course on Indigenous Wellness

[10:00] Top Hat: How to Get Set Up and Teach with Top Hat

[1:00] Strategies for Assessing Group Projects

31

[9:30] Setting the Stage for Effective Group Work

[11:00] Developing your Reflective Teaching Portfolio

[1:30] Creating Your Course Syllabus

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

3

Labour Day
University Closed

4

[10:00] Copyright in Teaching

[11:30] Indigenization in the House: Aotearoa New Zealand Experiences of Indigenizing and Opening the Academy

[1:00] Coffee & Consultations: Drop-in Afternoon

5

[11:00] Building STEM Pathways in the Aboriginal Student Achievement Program

[1:30] Top Hat: Digging Deeper and Doing More

6

[11:30] Academic Integrity Modules Incubator (Invitation Only)

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

7

[9:00] TA Success Day


Session Formats

Short & Snappy: Quick new concepts; approximately 30 minutes in length

Workshop: In-depth exploration of a topic

Incubator: Deep discussion among colleagues with shared interests

Just for You: Tailored sessions, co-created with participating groups


Monday, August 27

Quick Tips to Improve Multiple Choice Questions

 

Time: 9:00 AM - 9:35 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

Introduction to Two-Stage Testing

 

Time: 9:45 AM - 10:20 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.

This workshop demonstrates “Two-Stage Testing” and explores the mechanics and uses.

Introduction to 4MAT Lesson Planning

 

Time: 10:30 AM - 11:05 AM
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Wenona Partridge
Format: Short & Snappy

This session introduces the 4MAT lesson plan model. 4MAT Lessons all share a number of features:

  1. Captivate and inspire learners
  2. Sharing and discussion
  3. Uncover the big picture
  4. Students take responsibility for their own learning and create something new

Introduction to 5E Lesson Planning

 

Time: 11:15 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Susan Bens
Format: Short & Snappy

The 5E lesson supports inquiry-based instruction. It allows students to make discoveries and to process new skills in an engaging way. The 5 Es are Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.

Introduction to CliftonStrengths

 

Time: 12:15 PM - 12:50 PM
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Kimberly Matheson, SECC
Format: Short & Snappy

Grounded in positive psychology and the strengths-based movement, the CliftonStrengths assessment is designed to help individuals identify and better understand the things they naturally do best. In this session, participants will be introduced to the CliftonStrengths theory, framework, and assessment report; the value of building strengths-based teaching and learning practices, including samples of curricular and co-curricular implementation here at the U of S; and opportunities to leverage the assessment within and outside the classroom.​​

Getting Students to Read Before Class (and Enjoy it!)

 

Time: 1:00 PM - 1:35 PM
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Trisha Dowling
Format: Short & Snappy

Dr. Trisha Dowling from WCVM will share her experience using the free online tool Perusall to encourage students to complete readings prior to class time. The tool also encourages students to ask questions and discuss as they read. A few terms in, it has been a resounding success for boths her and the students. Join us to learn more.

Grading Efficiently: Assignments and Rubrics in Blackboard Learn

 

Time: 1:45 PM - 2:20 PM
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 steamline the assessment process? Attend this session to begin exploring the Blackboard Assignment Tool!

Eportfolios: What are they and how are they used?

 

Time: 2:30 PM - 3:05 PM
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Wenona Partridge
Format: Short & Snappy

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.​

Using Discussion Forums to Support Learning

 

Time: 3:15 PM - 3:50 PM
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Wenona Partridge
Format: Short & Snappy

Join this short and snappy session to learn how to set up and maintain engaging online discussion forums in Blackboard Learn or Mahara.​

Tuesday, August 28

Student Video Creation Assignments

 

Time: 9:00 AM - 9:35 AM
Location: Murray G3
Facilitator: Ryan Banow & Tyson Brown
Format: Short & Snappy

In this short session learn how using Panopto can streamline and make student video creation assignments a reality in your classes.

Creating and Sharing Videos

 

Time: 9:45 AM - 10:20 AM
Location: Murray G3
Facilitator: Ryan Banow & Tyson Brown
Format: Short & Snappy

In this short session learn how you can use Panopto to easily create, host and share videos.

Strategies for Teaching Large Classes

 

Time: 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Murray G3
Facilitator: Ken Wilson, Biology & Kyle Anderson, Biochemistry
Format: Incubator

This incubator session explores strategies, successes, and challenges related to teaching large enrollment courses. Experienced large class instructors, including Drs. Ken Wilson and Kyle Anderson will both be on hand to provide examples of strategies they have found successful. Join the discussion and share what has worked (or not worked) in your classes. Experienced and new instructors are welcome!

Open at the U of S: What is it, what are my colleagues doing, and how can I get started?

 

Time: 1:30 PM - 2:50 PM
Location: Murray G3
Facilitator: Heather Ross & Mary Burgess
Format: Workshop

The U of S is entering its fifth year of the open educational resource (OER) initiative and we have a lot to celebrate. This session will provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss what OER are and how you can work with them at the U of S (including supports available). We will also be discussing how to integrate open pedagogy which takes OER as a jumping-off point for rethinking the relationship between teachers, students and knowledge, allowing learners to become creators and collaborators, and not just consumers through the learning process. In addition, come learn about what your colleagues at the U of S are already doing with OER and open pedagogy, and what opportunities might be available for collaborations across Canada. Join us for this session facilitated by Heather M. Ross, the lead of the OER initiative at the U of S, and Mary Burgess, the Executive Director of BCcampus, the organization that has led the way for open in Canada for almost a decade.

Wednesday, August 29

Just for STEM

 

Time: 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
Location: Murray G3
Facilitator: Ryan Banow
Format: Just for You

An opportunity to re-connect and hear updates on various STEM teaching and learning projects that are underway across campus. This session will feature an update on changes in Math & Stats from Dr. Steven Rayan. There will be additional time for others to share updates.

Invisible Paywalls: Recognizing Information Privilege in Academia

 

Time: 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: DeDe Dawson, University Library
Format: Workshop

We're re-offering this session from the TLT 2018 Conference!

Academic libraries work hard to make access to online journals as seamless as possible for their campus communities. So much so that students (and some faculty) are typically unaware that paywalls to this content exist for those outside of academia – and those at less wealthy institutions. Open Access to the scholarly literature has the potential to democratize access to information, and include marginalized groups in the conversation. But first we need to recognize our information privilege.

Thursday, August 30

Our Story of Developing a Kinesiology Course on Indigenous Wellness

 

Time: 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Leah Ferguson & Susan Bens
Format: Workshop

We're re-offering this session from the TLT 2018 Conference!

Given the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and the University of Saskatchewan's efforts to share in the responsibility of reconciliation, a newly piloted course on Indigenous wellness becomes a requirement for B.Sc.(Kin) students. Following recommendations within the TRC, this course engages students in the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of Indigenous health, physical activity, and wellbeing as they examine colonialism and contemporary wellness.

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

 

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Murray G3
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.

Strategies for Assessing Group Projects

 

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Ryan Banow
Format: Incubator

This incubator session explores strategies that different instructors use to fairly assess group projects. Examples from courses taught by Dr. Daryl Janzen, Dr. Colin Laroque, and Ryan Banow will be highlighted. Join the discussion and share what has worked (or not worked) in your classes. Experienced and new instructors are welcome!

Friday, August 31

Setting the Stage for Effective Group Work

 

Time: 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Susan Bens
Format: Workshop

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: 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: GMCTL Classroom
Facilitator: Wenona Partridge
Format: Workshop

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.​

Creating Your Course Syllabus

 

Time: 1:30 PM - 2:50 PM
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Heather 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.

Tuesday, September 4

Copyright in Teaching

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Kate Langrell & Heather Ross
Format: Workshop

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.

Indigenization in the House: Aotearoa New Zealand Experiences of Indigenizing and Opening the Academy

 

Time: 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Simon Lambert, Department of Indigenous Studies
Format: Workshop

We're re-offering this session from the TLT 2018 Conference!

Recent strategies to ‘indigenize’ and open the university sector in Canada echo similar attempts in Aotearoa New Zealand. With significant common ground as colonial settler states that are proud members of the British Commonwealth, with relatively impeccable liberal reputations, a larger and often bullying neighbor, and significant Indigenous populations, it is perhaps timely for a snapshot of Antipodean experiences.

Coffee & Consultations: Drop-in Afternoon

 

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: GMCTL Classroom (50.12)
Facilitator: GMCTL Educational Developers
Format: Drop-In Workshop

Drop in for an afternoon coffee or tea and a snack, and ask any questions that you have related to teaching as the Fall Term begins! If you're not able to make it in person, you can drop-in online via WebEx by clicking the link below, or email gmctl@usask.ca to book an appointment at a different time.

Please bring along a copy of your course syllabus and any other materials related to your questions.

*Registration is not required.

Wednesday, September 5

Building STEM Pathways in the Aboriginal Student Achievement Program

 

Time: 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Sandy Bonny
Format: Workshop

We're re-offering this session from the TLT 2018 Conference!

ASAP STEM Pathways links access, transition and enrichment programming to support Indigenous student participation in STEM programs. Responsibility for student success is distributed between program staff, course instructors, student advisors, and students; requiring effective dialogue and co-learning to identify practical program elements that move beyond providing access to courses, and toward making the STEM disciplines accessible and welcoming to Indigenous students and their communities.

Top Hat: Digging Deeper and Doing More

 

Time: 1:30 PM - 2:50 PM
Location: Murray 145
Facilitator: Ryan Banow & Joyce McBeth
Format: Workshop

This session is for instructors that are already using Top Hat. Dr. Joyce McBeth and Ryan Banow will explore strategies and question types that go beyond the more common uses of Top Hat. For example, we'll dig into innovative uses of click-on-target, open response, and discussion questions. We'll also look at ways to continue the engagement outside of class time. Join us to share ideas and to learn how to make the most out of your use of Top Hat!

Thursday, September 6

Academic Integrity Modules Incubator

 

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12)
Facilitator: Nazreen Beaulieu & Susan Bens
Format: Incubator

Invited faculty will be provided advance access to the Library's academic integrity modules nearing completion and come together in this session to discuss their ideas for instructional uses.

Please note: this session is by invitation only. If you would like to communicate your interest in being invited to future events similar to this, please email gmctl@usask.ca.

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

 

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:20 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.

Friday, September 7

TA Success Day

 

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:25 PM
Location: GMCTL Classroom (Murray 50.12), Murray G3, Muray 102
Facilitator: Various

A half-day of sessions focused on developing specific skills and knowledge relevant to working as a Teaching Assistant (TA). Topics include: marking effectively; lesson planning; and facilitating labs, problem-set tutorials, and seminars. Attendance is recognized on the co-curricular record when you attend three or more sessions. For a full listing of sessions and to register, click the button below to be taken to the TA Success webpage.

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