Authentic Assessment is a six-week course that will introduce you to the principles and practice of this approach to assessment of student learning. Authentic assessment takes into account the contexts in which learning might actually be used once students leave the university. It is an attempt to assess what students actually know, value, and can do in a way that is well-integrated into the entire learning environment of a course. In this course you will learn how to align assessment with intended learning outcomes, how to design meaningful assessment measures that motivate students and even design assessments that help students learn as they are being assessed.
By experiencing a variety of authentic assessment methods in the student role, reading about them, and practicing adaptations of them, you will be in a better position to judge which of these methods you can use in your own courses, as suits your personal teaching style and disciplinary needs. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to create an authentic, well-reasoned assessment measure that you could use in your own disciplinary context – with feedback and help from your instructors and colleagues.
The Centre for Teaching and Learning's Brightspace Workshop series provides in-person and on-line synchronous learning opportunities. In-person workshops are offered in two varieties:
Step-by-Step: relaxed, slower-paced sessions and
Quick Steps: faster, technically driven sessions.
Select the delivery method and pace that works for you.
Start your Brightspace training with the Getting Started with Brightspace workshop to provide the basis for the more advanced workshops.
Once you are registered for a workshop, please remove your name from waitlists of workshops of the same name, so others can take your spot.
For Faculty-specific workshops, visit https://ctl2.uwindsor.ca/workshops/147/
Course DesignThis course introduces participants to the principles and practice of effective course design, including developing effective outcomes, devising methods and strategies to help students master difficult concepts and theories, and aligning assessments. Participants will have the opportunity to design (or redesign!) a course of their choosing, receiving feedback at each step. This course is offered in a 6-week format and a two-week intensive format.
CTL Teaching and Learning Workshop SeriesThe Centre for Teaching and Learning sponsors and facilitates an ongoing series of workshops focussing on the teaching and learning issues that impact on student engagement and the student experience at the University of Windsor. These free events are open to the whole University community and facilitate discussion about strategically important teaching and learning issues for the University.
Developing Your Teaching Dossier Series
The "Developing Your Teaching Dossier Series" is a sequence of four 45-minute self-paced modules for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows exploring strategies to reflect on their teaching and develop their teaching dossier.Users can choose to take any one of the modules or can choose to complete all four of the modules in the series. Upon successful completion of each module, users will receive a certificate of completion. Completing the entire sequence of modules can allow you to explore a range of different considerations in your teaching dossier development process, including:
- exploring and reflecting on your teaching experience;
- identifying teaching-related transferable skills;
- effectively defining and narrating your teaching values and practices and their impact on student learning;
- describing components of a teaching dossier and begin writing various sections of your teaching dossier; and
- articulating teaching skills and experiences for academic and non-academic careers.
- Module 1 - Reflecting on Your Teaching Experience: An Introduction to Teaching Dossiers TD-O-W22-01
- Module 2 - Articulating Your Teaching Values and Practices: Developing Your Statement of Teaching Philosophy TD-O-W22-02
- Module 3 - Connecting Narratives and Evidence: Developing Components of Your Teaching Dossier TD-O-W22-03
- Module 4 - Looking Ahead: Telling New Stories About Our Teaching Experiences TD-O-W22-04
Early Career Faculty Workshop SeriesThe Early Career Faculty Workshop Series features sessions offered throughout the year, both on campus and online, and hosted by facilitators from across campus. Workshops are focused on issues, opportunities, and challenges related to early career faculty members at the University, and can be taken as stand-alone sessions, or as a series. Mid and late career faculty members are also encouraged to participate.
Learning-Centred Teaching in Higher Education
This six-week half-credit course will explore and evaluate the principles and theories of learning-centred teaching in higher education. Participants will use research findings and pedagogical publications to inform their own teaching and learning practice, engaging with a wide range of empirically proven approaches to improve instruction systematically. The course provides a rich opportunity for the examination and application of these approaches in varying post-secondary learning cultures and academic settings.
Scholarship of Teaching and LearningThis six-week course will define and interrogate the scholarship of teaching and learning, and its value to teaching, learning, and higher education. Participants will explore different types of SoTL projects and research methods, determining approaches that might help them identify and answer questions and areas of interest. At the end of this course, participants will have a SoTL project underway and a plan moving forward.
Teaching Dossier Academy
The University of Windsor is pleased to invite college and university professors of all ranks and years of experience to its Teaching Dossier Academy. This intensive, week-long Academy is designed to provide background information, workshops, peer consultation, and extensive expert individual consultation to support the development of participants’ professional teaching portfolios over a period of five days.
Organizers of the Academy will guide higher education teachers through the process of gathering materials and selecting items to include in their dossiers, as well as articulating teaching methods and philosophies.
The Academy will accommodate doctoral students as they articulate their teaching identities, early-career faculty seeking to establish their teaching profiles, tenure-track teachers required to prepare or re-write their dossiers for formal evaluation procedures, instructors preparing materials for teaching awards, and teachers at all career stages who wish to enhance their pedagogical practice through reflection and peer dialogue.
We invite you to participate in a stimulating week of professional growth, one which promises to help you to describe, in one succinct and cogent narrative, your aims, activities, and accomplishments as a college or university instructor. If you have any questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: enrolment for the Academy is limited to 20 participants. In order to ensure a balance of University of Windsor teaching professors as well as faculty from beyond the U of W and U of W graduate students, we will hold applications for a period of time before sending out absolute confirmations.
There is no charge for members of the University of Windsor academic community. The discounted fee for full-time graduate students from institutions other than the University of Windsor is $250 (includes HST) CDN or US funds. The fee for faculty from other institutions is $550 (includes HST) US or CDN. Enrolment for the Academy is limited to 25 participants.
Please hold the dates of the Academy and we will confirm your place as soon as possible.