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GATAcademy 2019 is a full-day professional development event open to all current and prospective UWindsor graduate assistants (GAs) and teaching assistants (TAs).

Offering a series of interactive workshops led by experienced professionals from across the campus, GATAcademy 2019 will feature resources and activities relevant to both new and experienced GAs/TAs. Topics will include designing lessons, conducting effective labs and tutorials, best practices in grading and feedback, and a whole lot more!

GATAcademy 2019 will be held on September 4th, from 9:00am-2:30pm, in Dillion Hall.

Remember: Workshops are concurrent, so register for one workshop per time slot. Please be sure to register below if you would like to attend lunch.

GATAcademy is generously sponsored by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Student Life Enhancement Fund, Graduate Student Society (GSS), UWSA, and faculties at the University of Windsor.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

8:00 AM

Registration

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM
Location: Dillon Hall 256

9:00 AM

Connecting Best Practices for Teaching Linguistically-Diverse International Students with International Student Characteristics and Student Satisfaction

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: Dillon Hall 350
Instructors: Sumeet Kaur, Victor Sam, Clayton Smith, Deena Wang, Zhuying Zhuo
Few instructors have received formal training for intercultural learning or inclusive education (Paige, & Goode, 2009). However, there are many promising teaching practices that faculty can add to their teaching repertoire, which will improve their teaching of international students and are believed to result in high levels of student learning. In this session, you will learn about the best practices for teaching linguistically and culturally diverse international students, and how to select the most appropriate teaching and learning practices for your class(es). Participants will engage in an active learning experience where they will identify an international student population (e.g., country of origin, age, study stage, program of study) and match the selected student population with the most relevant teaching practices for enhancing both student learning and student satisfaction. It will be followed by a workshop-wide discussion focusing on the challenges of connecting teaching practices with student characteristics and student satisfaction.

Crossing the Rubricon: Exploring Criteria Sheets and Scoring Guides for Grading

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: Dillon Hall 255
Establishing clear grading criteria can make the process of assessment more efficient for those doing the marking, and less confusing for the students whose work is being graded. Rubrics are a great way to improve communication and can benefit both you and the students you're grading. In this hands-on workshop you will be introduced to how to design and use rubrics, as well as how to assess their quality and effectiveness. We will discuss how providing students with informative feedback can help make the assessment process more objective and consistent while reducing the time required to mark. The value of rubrics is getting students to move past simply providing what they think the instructor/GA/TA wants to what criteria actually makes the assignment, paper, project excellent. Come explore how to help students perform better through rubrics.

Effective Lecture Preparation and Delivery

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Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: Dillon Hall 365
Instructors: Irene Muir, Shaymaa Zantout
Lectures are often considered unengaging and ineffective. However, if well planned and delivered, lectures can serve as an effective method to convey information and facilitate understanding. This workshop will introduce the basic skills and techniques of successful lecturing. Throughout this session, you will learn how to effectively explain complex ideas, as well as capture and maintain students’ attention. An emphasis will be placed on the delivery of meaningful explanations to enhance students’ understanding of course material. To further aid your lecturing practices, various methods and resources to create lesson plans will be explored.

Learning is not a Spectator Sport: Engaging Students using Active Learning Techniques

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: Dillon Hall 265
Instructors: Lisa Salfi
Picture this: You’re excited to teach a university class. You painstakingly prepare your lecture, making sure to fit in every detail that you think the students need to learn. You deliver your lecture, only to see your students’ eyes glazing over, their heads bobbing, or their thumbs swiftly composing text messages to friends. What went wrong? We likely don’t have to imagine this. In fact, perhaps we have been the students to quietly drift off into dreamland or socialize in cyberspace during a traditional lecture. Wouldn’t it be great if, instead, students actively participated in their learning? This session will introduce you to several active learning techniques that will help you to make classes more engaging and content more memorable. The focus will be on student-centred learning, turning spectators into star players.

Using your GA/TAship for Employment and Career Progression

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: Dillon Hall 264
Your GA/TAship is a valuable opportunity that provides you with skills and experiences that can help you with your career. In this session, learn about how you can identify and develop these skills and experiences and how you can effectively communicate and market them to potential employers.

10:30 AM

Break

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Location: Dillon Hall 2nd Floor Lobby
Coffee and refreshments will be generously provided by the Graduate Student Society (GSS).

10:45 AM

Crossing the Rubricon: Exploring Criteria Sheets and Scoring Guides for Grading

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: Dillon Hall 255
Establishing clear grading criteria can make the process of assessment more efficient for those doing the marking, and less confusing for the students whose work is being graded. Rubrics are a great way to improve communication and can benefit both you and the students you're grading. In this hands-on workshop you will be introduced to how to design and use rubrics, as well as how to assess their quality and effectiveness. We will discuss how providing students with informative feedback can help make the assessment process more objective and consistent while reducing the time required to mark. The value of rubrics is getting students to move past simply providing what they think the instructor/GA/TA wants to what criteria actually makes the assignment, paper, project excellent. Come explore how to help students perform better through rubrics.

Do You Need Blackboard for What You Do?

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: University Computer Centre
Discover the power of the University of Windsor’s learning management system, Blackboard Learn. In this workshop, you will have an opportunity to participate in an introductory hands-on Blackboard experience from a GA or TA’s perspective, and test out key features and tools that you may be expected to use in your role. Come join us to learn more about Blackboard and where to access further resources to help you maximize its potential. This workshop is being held in the University Computer Centre-G01.
Please visit the Campus Map for directions.

Effective Lecture Preparation and Delivery

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: Dillon Hall 365
Instructors: Irene Muir, Shaymaa Zantout
Lectures are often considered unengaging and ineffective. However, if well planned and delivered, lectures can serve as an effective method to convey information and facilitate understanding. This workshop will introduce the basic skills and techniques of successful lecturing. Throughout this session, you will learn how to effectively explain complex ideas, as well as capture and maintain students’ attention. An emphasis will be placed on the delivery of meaningful explanations to enhance students’ understanding of course material. To further aid your lecturing practices, various methods and resources to create lesson plans will be explored.

Leading Effective Discussions

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: Dillon Hall 368
Every day, we engage in informal discussion. Yet, as a GA/TA, you will potentially be required to participate or lead a formal effective discussion. As such, this informative and interactive session will provide tools, tips, and engaging discourse surrounding leading effective discussions. Topics reviewed will include, but are not limited to: asking effective questions, understanding group dynamics, active listening, planning and design effective discussions using active-learning techniques, and conflict prevention and resolution.

Leading Effective Labs and Tutorials

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: Dillon Hall 354
Labs and tutorials are a key part of science courses, helping students engage in what they’re learning, gain hands-on experience, and practice problem-solving and critical thinking. Labs/tutorials not only help students learn concepts and techniques, but also provide a window into the nature of science and research. GAs and TAs play a vital role in the success of labs and tutorial sessions. Whether you are new GA/TA beginning your teaching, or an experienced GA/TA interested in further developing your skills, this workshop will provide you with practical tips and evidence-based methods to help you make your labs and tutorials interactive, engaging, and effective. We will discuss best practises, try out different teaching methods, and explore scenarios that GAs/TAs may encounter in their teaching roles.

Learning is not a Spectator Sport: Engaging Students using Active Learning Techniques

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: Dillon Hall 265
Instructors: Lisa Salfi
Picture this: You’re excited to teach a university class. You painstakingly prepare your lecture, making sure to fit in every detail that you think the students need to learn. You deliver your lecture, only to see your students’ eyes glazing over, their heads bobbing, or their thumbs swiftly composing text messages to friends. What went wrong? We likely don’t have to imagine this. In fact, perhaps we have been the students to quietly drift off into dreamland or socialize in cyberspace during a traditional lecture. Wouldn’t it be great if, instead, students actively participated in their learning? This session will introduce you to several active learning techniques that will help you to make classes more engaging and content more memorable. The focus will be on student-centred learning, turning spectators into star players.

Managing being both a Researcher and a GA/TA

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: Dillon Hall 253
Being a GA or TA can be stressful and time consuming when also balancing the responsibilities of academic requirements and developing your own program of research. In this workshop, we will provide an overview of various considerations for you to reflect on as a student researcher and teaching assistant. We will also give you strategies and resources for maximizing your time, in an effort to make your research endeavors more efficient and rewarding.

More than a Grade: Providing Meaningful Feedback

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: Dillon Hall 264
Grading papers, assignments, and exams isn’t just about assigning a numerical value to students’ work. It isn’t even about “correcting” them. This is an opportunity for you to engage with the products of students’ learning, use your critical judgement for assessing the work against stated goals, offer strategies for improvement, and practice your social skills as you mediate between students and instructors. It may seem like a daunting task, but this workshop will offer practical strategies and resources to help you become an efficient and consistent grading assistant!

Open Educational Resources

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: Dillon Hall 350
Instructors: Scott Cowan
Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching and learning. Participants will be introduced to Open Educational Resources (OER), including different levels that exist and common repositories where these valuable resources can be found.

12:15 PM

Lunch

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 12:15 PM – 01:00 PM
Location: Dillon Hall 2nd Floor Lobby
Once you have registered for lunch, be sure to email Marilyn at ctl@uwindsor.ca with any allergies or dietary needs no later than 12:00 pm on Friday, August 16th, 2019. Dietary accommodations cannot be guaranteed after August 16th, 2019.

1:00 PM

Decolonizing Practices for Pedagogy

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Location: Dillon Hall 350
Instructors: Andrea Sullivan-Clarke
Indigenous knowledge stands in contrast to Western conceptions of knowing in virtue of the normative features that originate from the relationships that frame Indigenous ways of being in the world. Given this difference, instructors wishing to use inclusive (decolonial, indigenous) methods of teaching should take this difference into consideration when forming best practices of pedagogy. An interesting result of indigenizing pedagogy is that it has applications for the non-indigenous student and course as well. Participants will leave this session having explored various readings and teaching methods.

Do You Need Blackboard for What You Do?

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Location: University Computer Centre
Discover the power of the University of Windsor’s learning management system, Blackboard Learn. In this workshop, you will have an opportunity to participate in an introductory hands-on Blackboard experience from a GA or TA’s perspective, and test out key features and tools that you may be expected to use in your role. Come join us to learn more about Blackboard and where to access further resources to help you maximize its potential. This workshop is being held in the University Computer Centre-G01.
Please visit the Campus Map for directions.

Leading Effective Discussions

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Location: Dillon Hall 368
Every day, we engage in informal discussion. Yet, as a GA/TA, you will potentially be required to participate or lead a formal effective discussion. As such, this informative and interactive session will provide tools, tips, and engaging discourse surrounding leading effective discussions. Topics reviewed will include, but are not limited to: asking effective questions, understanding group dynamics, active listening, planning and design effective discussions using active-learning techniques, and conflict prevention and resolution.

Leading Effective Labs and Tutorials

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Location: Dillon Hall 354
Labs and tutorials are a key part of science courses, helping students engage in what they’re learning, gain hands-on experience, and practice problem-solving and critical thinking. Labs/tutorials not only help students learn concepts and techniques, but also provide a window into the nature of science and research. GAs and TAs play a vital role in the success of labs and tutorial sessions. Whether you are new GA/TA beginning your teaching, or an experienced GA/TA interested in further developing your skills, this workshop will provide you with practical tips and evidence-based methods to help you make your labs and tutorials interactive, engaging, and effective. We will discuss best practises, try out different teaching methods, and explore scenarios that GAs/TAs may encounter in their teaching roles.

Managing being both a Researcher and a GA/TA

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Location: Dillon Hall 253
Being a GA or TA can be stressful and time consuming when also balancing the responsibilities of academic requirements and developing your own program of research. In this workshop, we will provide an overview of various considerations for you to reflect on as a student researcher and teaching assistant. We will also give you strategies and resources for maximizing your time, in an effort to make your research endeavors more efficient and rewarding.

More than a Grade: Providing Meaningful Feedback

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Location: Dillon Hall 264
Grading papers, assignments, and exams isn’t just about assigning a numerical value to students’ work. It isn’t even about “correcting” them. This is an opportunity for you to engage with the products of students’ learning, use your critical judgement for assessing the work against stated goals, offer strategies for improvement, and practice your social skills as you mediate between students and instructors. It may seem like a daunting task, but this workshop will offer practical strategies and resources to help you become an efficient and consistent grading assistant!

3:00 PM

Graduate Studies Orientation

Schedule: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Location: Toldo 202

The Graduate Studies orientation for New Graduate and Teaching Assistants (GAs & TAs) will take place in Toldo 202 from 3:00pm - 4:30pm.

No registration for this event is necessary.

The agenda for this event can be accessed here: https://www.uwindsor.ca/graduate-studies/473/gas-and-tas