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.
Below, please sign up for the session associated with your Faculty or Department.
Please note: If you sign up for a session that was intended for a specific Faculty that isn't yours, we will contact you to see about rescheduling in other relevant workshops. Please visit our open workshops to find one just for you!
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/
- Oct 17 – Getting Started with Brightspace
- Oct 20 – Increase Instructor to Student Contact: Using Intelligent Agents
- Nov 10 – Getting Started with Brightspace
- Dec 07 – Getting Started with Brightspace
- Dec 18 – Getting Started with Brightspace
- Dec 18 – Brightspace Assignments tool
- Dec 19 – Brightspace Quizzes tool
- Dec 20 – Brightspace Grades tool
- … and more!
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. While grad students and post-docs are the primary audience, these modules may be useful for anyone that is new to teaching or to the development of a 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
Are you an early career faculty member? If so, you’re invited to join one of our small mentoring groups led by experienced UWindsor faculty. These once-a-month sessions are dedicated to supporting you in balancing your teaching, research, and service expectations and help develop a network of supportive colleagues within the university community with whom you can share experiences, resources and ideas.
Two mentors with different experience and background will meet with their group of 6-10 early career faculty once each month throughout the academic year (F23 & W24). The sessions are informal in structure, offering opportunities for ECF to meet with colleagues, make professional connections, share information that can assist with their professional development, and demystify the RTP process.
The mentors working together with the mentees shape the meetings on topics and themes relevant to thriving at the UWindsor and accommodating their teaching, research, service, and work-life demands! Our past participants have found the hour-long sessions a comfortable venue where they can discuss challenges and concerns, and learn how to navigate the academic/ institutional landscape. We look forward to you joining our ECF workshop community.
GATAcademy 2023 is a 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 2023 will feature resources and activities relevant to both new and experienced GAs/TAs. Topics will include GA/TA 101, using Brightspace and Microsoft Teams, best practices in grading and feedback, running effective labs and tutorials, and a whole lot more! GATAcademy 2023 will be held online from August 28th to September 1st and each day will feature three workshops. There will also be an in-person session on IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility) and a networking event on September 6th. More details to follow in the coming weeks!
Please note that all workshops will be offered online through Microsoft Teams. Remember: Please register for the workshops that interest you. You will be emailed the Teams meeting invite for the workshops you are registered in on the Friday before and the morning of the event.Information provided to register for workshops may be used for program evaluation, program improvement, and research, but will always be deidentified. If data is used for research purposes, REB clearance will be sought. If you do not want your data used for research purposes, please contact Dr. Laura Chittle firstname.lastname@example.org.
The GTL Fellows across campus are dedicated to improving the experience, abilities, and support for graduate and undergraduate students that are involved in assisting with the teaching and delivery of courses either as GA/TAs or otherwise.
Workshops offered by GTL Fellows will be based in their respective Faculty and will target the specific needs of that Faculty’s GA/TAs.
If you have any questions about the GTL Fellowship Program, contact Dr. Laura Chittle at Laura.Chittle@uwindsor.ca.
This is an intensive three-day workshop. Each day involves a workshop in the morning, followed by a microteaching session in the afternoon, where each participant will be video-recorded teaching a lesson and will receive constructive written and verbal feedback from the other participants. Participants will also be given a video recording of their lesson each day for review at home. At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion.
The Instructional Skills Workshops take place
in small group settings and are designed to enhance the teaching
effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. The
facilitators are part of a group of higher education instructors
who have undergone training as facilitators in the ISW
In the ISW, participants will have opportunities to:
- work closely with other participants to improve each other's teaching;
- practice a variety of instructional strategies and techniques;
- increase awareness of participatory learning concepts;
- recognize the importance of establishing a positive learning environment; and
- increase knowledge of yourself as a teacher.
More specifically, participants will practice:
- using learning objectives to inform learners of expectations and intentions;
- writing useful, practical lesson plans;
- using questions and question sequences effectively during a lesson;
- using basic techniques to test for learning; and
- giving and receiving constructive feedback.
Please note: The ISW involves 24 hours of commitment distributed over 3 days.
By successfully completing this course, participants will have made progress toward completion of the University Teaching Certificate (UTC) program.
Note: To participate in the UTC program, you must apply and receive a formal acceptance. For more information, please visit: http://www.uwindsor.ca/ctl/463/university-teaching-certificate.
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.