What’s New at the CTL

On September 17, 2014, in Being a GA/TA, GATAcademy, Workshops/Courses, by gregorynpaziuk

Did GATAcademy give you the workshop fever? Well, you’re in luck. The Centre for Teaching and Learning has plenty of opportunities to develop your skills on the horizon. Check out a brief preview of upcoming workshops below.

Contact Jessica Raffoul (jraffoul@uwindsor.ca) or visit the CTL registration site (http://cleo.uwindsor.ca/workshops/ctl/) if you’d like more information on these upcoming events!  I’ve highlighted a few below:

Effective Communication Across Languages and Cultures
Date: September 19, 10am to 12pm
Presenter: Emma Bourassa, Thompson Rivers University
In this two-hour workshop, instructors will learn to communicate more effectively by developing their teaching and intercultural communication skills. Participants will challenge some of the underlying assumptions that can interrupt communication and learning in a multicultural/multilingual classroom and practice strategies that they can use right away. Registration: http://cleo.uwindsor.ca/workshops/2/

Professional Conversations: A Necessary Tool for Change
Date: October 21, 1:30 to 3pm
Presenter: Kerri Burchill, John Hopkins University
This workshop explores effective strategies to put an end to “pedagogical solitude” (Shulman 1993), and shift institutional and individual thinking away from what Senge et al. (2004) refer to as “reactive learning” into “deeper levels of understanding.” Participants will explore a professional conversation framework, and will discuss how this framework could be applied to their own context. Registration:http://cleo.uwindsor.ca/workshops/2/

Authentic Assessment (Half Course)
Date: Wednesdays, October 8 to November 19, 1:30 to 4:30pm
Authentic Assessment is an approach that takes into account the contexts in which that learning will actually be used once students leave university.  This half course will introduce participants to the principles and practice of this approach to assessment of student learning.  Registration: http://cleo.uwindsor.ca/workshops/27/

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)
Date: December 9 to 11, 9am to 5pm 
The ISW focuses on helping participants sharpen their teaching skills, develop coherent, engaging, and effective lesson plans, and use participant feedback to guide improvement.  Each day involves a workshop in the morning, followed by a videotaped, microteaching sessions in the afternoon. Participants will be videotaped teaching a 10-minute, mini-lesson on a topic of their choosing, and will receive constructive written and verbal feedback from the other participants. At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion. Registration is $125 for faculty members and staff, $50 for sessional instructors, and $35 for graduate students.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  The ISW will also be offered during the Winter semester, February 17 to 19.  Registration: http://cleo.uwindsor.ca/workshops/74/