Volunteers Needed for GATAcademy 2017!!

On July 27, 2017, in UWindsor, by Elizabeth Ismail

GATAcademy 2017 is right around the corner and we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with the day’s events. There are a number of roles available (e.g., building host, communication specialist, registration officer, break-room boss, workshop assistant) to cater to your interests and skills. Furthermore, volunteering at this event is a great opportunity to meet new friends and network with other graduate assistants (GAs) and teaching assistants (TAs). In exchange for your hard work we will provide you with a free lunch at the event and a formal letter recognizing your volunteer efforts.

The 2017 GATAcademy will be held in Dillon Hall at the University of Windsor on September 5, 2017.

If you’re interested in helping out with this event, go to https://uwindsor.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8cX51KzylR1TjCt and register. At this site you will indicate your preferences for days/times and positions and training time. Please note: Due to high demand, we may not be able to include everyone as volunteers. Just remember, GATAcademy is FREE to GA/TAs (with a FREE lunch), so you’re welcome to register and attend regardless.

Not interested in volunteering? Still check out this full-day professional development event for GAs and TAs. That means a full day of workshops designed to help you improve as a teacher and a professional. GATAcademy is an opportunity for new and returning GA/TAs – and really just anyone interested in teaching and learning – to ask questions, share strategies, and hopefully gain the type of clarity and confidence that squashes all those nagging fears we have as educators. Workshops are led by experienced GAs/TAs on topics related to the GA/TA life as well as teaching and learning best practices.

For more information about this event visit http://cleo.uwindsor.ca/workshops/ctl/105/


Graduate and Teaching Assistants!!!

We would like to share with you Volume 7 of the Teaching Innovation Projects (TIPs) Journal. TIPs is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that aims to improve teaching strategies and student learning in higher education contexts. Written primarily by graduate students, articles describe the scholarly and pedagogical foundations for workshops on specific educational approaches. Each contribution to the issue includes a comprehensive list of learning outcomes, annotated review of relevant literature, and detailed breakdown of potential learning activities.

This latest issue includes nine articles representing authors from Anatomy, Biology, Education, English, Geography, Math, Music, and Psychology at Western University and the University of Waterloo. The articles approach teaching and learning from discipline-specific perspectives but the majority of the workshops are applicable beyond the authors’ disciplines. Article topics include:

  • Preparing teaching dossiers
  • Implementing critical questioning techniques
  • Communicating rationale in laboratory protocols
  • Choosing effective multimedia demonstrations
  • Engaging students in math lectures
  • Using trigger warnings in sensitive discussions
  • Examining threshold concepts and confusion as pedagogical tools in literary classrooms
  • Using active learning techniques to promote equity and inclusion
  • Overcoming imposter syndrome in the classroom

You can access these (and previous) TIPs articles here: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/tips/. The rich body of workshops and resources emerging from TIPs are free for use or adaptation by all members of the higher education community.


Keep your cool at the 2017 Summer Series on Teaching and Learning, August 15, 16, and 17: http://cleo.uwindsor.ca/ workshops/106/

Join colleagues in a retreat designed to give you the dedicated space (and time!) to prepare for your upcoming courses, and better incorporate high impact teaching practices into your courses. Workshops include:

  • Navigating the Year Ahead: A Road Map for Course Planning
  • Tales From the Brightside: Effective Practices in Course Design
  • Locating and Dislocating HIPs (High Impact Practices)
  • Stories of HIP Placements and Replacements
  • From Here to There and Back Again: A Road Map for Curriculum Planning

Over the three days, you will have access to expert advice and resources from across disciplines, interspersed with quiet time to prepare lessons, assignments and engaging class activities.

The event will end with a free celebratory BBQ!

Registration: http://cleo. uwindsor.ca/workshops/106/ | Twitter Hashtag: #inquireTEACHinspire

Other Upcoming CTL Workshops and Courses


Resources for Educational Developers

On July 6, 2017, in UWindsor, by Elizabeth Ismail

The Network would like to share a couple resources for those of you have an interest in academia or educational development. Feel free to explore these resources and contact us if you would like to learn more.

The following is a “must read list” for educational developers, along with other suggested readings (submissions by EDC members and compiled by Natasha Hannon): https://www.stlhe.ca/affiliated-groups/educational-developers-caucus/resources/ed-must-read-list/

There is also a helpful guide by JobHero called the “Academic Career Resource Guide” including CV resources, job search resources, academic blogs and more: http://www.jobhero.com/academic-career-guide/

If educational development is of interest to you, please stop by the CTL and our staff would be glad to share information and resources with you!


GATAcademy: Save the date!

On June 1, 2017, in UWindsor, by Elizabeth Ismail

Well it is official, GATAcademy is back! The date for GATAcademy 2017 is September 5. GATAcademy will feature a full day of interactive workshops on teaching and learning just for GAs and TAs. Sessions will be held in Dillion Hall and the Faculty of Graduate Studies will hold orientation immediately after.

Topics this year will include:

– Leading labs and tutorials

– Grading and marking

– Active learning

– Balancing the demands of being a GA/TA

– Ethical issues encountered by GAs/TAs

– The first day

– Creating rubrics

– Multiculturalism in the classroom

– Blackboard

– Engaging large classes

– Leading effective discussions

– Teaching with stats

– Copyright and open access

– Teaching with technology

We’re still sorting out the details, so stay tuned for more information!


Free teaching and learning conference: Register now!

On April 10, 2017, in UWindsor, by Elizabeth Ismail

Windsor – Oakland International Teaching & Learning Conference
When: May 3 & 4
International Forum on Teaching Evaluation: May 2
Where: University of Windsor, Windsor, ON
Conference Website: uwindsor.ca/tlconf

We invite you to join us, May 3 and 4, to explore, support, and celebrate the many ways we can contribute to the enhancement of a culture that values teaching.

A long-standing initiative with Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, the conference will feature workshops, concurrent sessions, and a competitive poster session.

Pre-Conference: International Forum on Teaching and Learning
A special feature this year is the day-long International Forum on Teaching Evaluation, May 2, 2017, where speakers from universities across Canada and the US will examine the specific dynamics and cultures in post-secondary institutions that impact how they define quality in teaching and how they implement effective methods in evaluating teaching. Peter Felten (Elon University) will offer the keynote presentation. For more information about the Forum, visit: https://ctl2.uwindsor.ca/ tlconf/preconference.php

Registration: Free for Oakland University and University Windsor students, faculty and staff, as fees are supported by each University’s provosts.

To register for the conference and/or pre-conference, visit www.uwindsor.ca/tlconf


The University of Windsor is admitting its first class for an interdisciplinary doctoral program in Fall 2017 that focuses on Argumentation Studies. Students and faculty come to the field from such different fields as law; human resources; the social, life, and computational sciences; communications; rhetoric (typically in English departments); and philosophy.

The interdisciplinary PhD in Argumentation Studies will be the first Windsor PhD program to involve humanities scholarship. Also, while there are many interdisciplinary PhD programs with a humanities focus at other places in Ontario and across Canada, none of them offer a particular scholarly specialization like this one; and it would be hard to find any interdisciplinary PhD anywhere in the world that has the sort of pedigree that the University of Windsor offers in the field of argumentation. Windsor is already known around the world for argumentation studies.

Argumentation theory emerged as a field in the late 1970s to early 1980s, drawing together three different streams of scholarship: a model for resolving verbal disagreements known as “pragma-dialectics” developed at the University of Amsterdam in the School of Speech Communication; scholarship in rhetoric connected with the practice of collegiate debate in the US; and at the University of Windsor, research in the philosophy and logic of argument, originally motivated to improve the way reasoning is taught to undergraduate students. The Windsor movement came to be known as “informal logic” and gave rise to the journal of the same name. These days “informal logic” often generally describes philosophical approaches to argumentation, and Windsor remains the strongest place in the world for it.

So just what do we count as argumentation? Here’s our definition: Principles and methods through which people reason collaboratively or competitively:
– On any topic where information, knowledge, or claims conflict or are inconsistent
– By which reasoners strive to persuade others through verbal or visual means

What does this mean for doctoral students in interdisciplinary Argumentation Studies? They are expected to have some past training in a related discipline or professional field – human resources may count among this too as conflict resolution is so important to that field. The student will build on their own previous background (minimum Master’s degree or equivalent; an LlB counts as an undergraduate degree) and employ it in ways that engage argumentation studies and the literature specific to that field. To be admitted students must also have a well-developed thesis research proposal – we recommend applicants correspond well in advance with our faculty.

Students will specialize in some particular disciplinary or professional approach. However, completing the program will enable students to analyze and evaluate arguments and argumentation from a variety of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. They will find employment in education, human resources, and public policy.


The Provost’s Question of the Month for March 2017 is: 

Who or what at the University of Windsor has helped you to stick with it?

Please send your response to vpacademic@uwindsor.ca by March 30 for a chance to win a UWindsor hoodie!


Background Information to Inspire Your Answer…. 

We want the University of Windsor to become an increasingly attractive learning environment and home away from home for students. So this year, the University of Windsor is reviewing…

  • how it recruits students;
  • how they experience their acceptance and transition to university;
  • how they like the student experience here; and
  • what makes them stay.

You’ve probably seen our new promotional campaign – Promise@uwindsor.ca – appearing in cinemas, on billboards, in the media, and on our campus.  The Promise campaign grew out of student, faculty and community perceptions of the potential for personal and intellectual growth that UWindsor offers.

Student recruitment – attracting a new generation of students – is obviously a big focus for us.  But keeping students enrolled and deeply engaged – from first year to second, from second to third, and so on, right through to a timely and successful graduation – is even more important.

We know that many different obstacles prevent or discourage students from progressing, year after year, toward their degree – personal, academic, economic.  We want to identify solutions and establish supports that give students the resilience, confidence, and inspiration to persevere and to excel – but it would help us a lot to know more, from you, about what you think.

So….This month’s question is: 

Who or what at the University of Windsor has helped you to stick with it?


Upcoming *Free* Workshop (& Pizza): Engaging Adult Learners

On February 21, 2017, in UWindsor, by Elizabeth Ismail

Are you a GA/TA that has trouble engaging the adult learners in your courses? Or perhaps, as an adult learner yourself, you find it difficult to remain engaged in your learning. No need to worry if you’ve faced either of these concerns – the GATA Network is here to help. Our upcoming free workshop, and the latest instalment of the GATA Network Workshop Series, focuses directly on how to engage adult learners.


Facilitated by: Elizabeth Ismail and Anthony Meloche

What: Engaging Adult Learners

Where: Erie G141

When: March 1st, 2017, 4:00pm-5:30pm

How: To reserve your spot or find out more about this workshop, visit http://cleo.uwindsor.ca/workshops/ctl/52/