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This August 15, 16, and 17, join colleagues in a retreat designed to give you the dedicated space (and time!) to prepare for your upcoming courses.

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.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

9:30 AM

Navigating the Year Ahead: A Road Map for Course Planning

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Schedule: Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 09:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: The Katzman Lounge
Instructors: Veronika Mogyorody
Whether you're starting a course from scratch, teaching something completely new, or revamping a course you've taught before, successful course development depends on the planning process that precedes it. Selecting course content, preparing lectures, and choosing activities that promote learning take effort and are time-consuming. Following a systematic process can be helpful in structuring your course and reaching your desired instructional goals. This hands-on workshop will provide you with the opportunity to map your own course planning process from the initial design phase, including establishing learning outcomes, through assembling the course material, creating diverse assignments and assessment strategies, and finally, refining your syllabus. Join us for tips, tools, and advice on how to navigate the upcoming semester!

1:15 PM

Tales From the Brightside: Effective Practices in Course Design

Schedule: Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 01:15 PM – 04:00 PM
Location: The Katzman Lounge
Instructors: Deborah Dayus, Jeff Defoe, Jess Dixon, Maggie Liddle, Danielle Soulliere

This afternoon session will begin with a series of five-minute vignettes focused on best practices in course design shared by our colleagues from across disciplines.

You will then have the opportunity to consult with colleagues individually or in small groups, and apply these principles and practices to your course designs.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

9:30 AM

Locating and Dislocating HIPs (High Impact Practices)

Schedule: Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 09:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: The Katzman Lounge
Instructors: Michael K. Potter
High-impact practices (HIPs) are becoming a priority in the Ontario higher education sector. In this workshop, participants will learn to distinguish between HIPs and other teaching strategies, locate HIPs they may already be using, recognize the challenges and benefits of using HIPs, and use high-impact teaching practices to facilitate high-impact learning. A handout of resources and advice will be provided to all participants.

1:15 PM

Stories of HIP Placements and Replacements

Schedule: Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 01:15 PM – 04:00 PM
Location: The Katzman Lounge
Instructors: Pascale Chapdelaine, Anna Farias, Heidi Jacobs, Zbigniew Pasek, Debbie Rickeard, Simon Du Toit

Like Monday's afternoon workshop, this session will begin with a series of five-minute vignettes focused on incorporating high impact practices into your classes.

You will then have the opportunity to consult with colleagues individually or in small groups to discuss specific challenges, lessons learned, and effective principles and practices.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

9:30 AM

From Here to There and Back Again: A Road Map for Curriculum Planning

Schedule: Thursday, August 17, 2017, 09:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: The University Club
Instructors: Erika Kustra

Courses don’t exist in isolation. For students, they are a checkpoint on a greater journey towards graduation. For faculty, they are part of a larger program designed to educate and graduate capable, engaged professionals and lifelong learners.

When designing your courses, it’s important to situate them into this bigger picture, ensuring they contribute to program-level learning outcomes in a useful, thoughtful way. In this session, we will take a step back from the courses that we will be teaching to evaluate what and how our courses contribute to program outcomes, using this information to help us review and revise our course designs, materials, assessments, teaching techniques, and more.

12:00 PM

Summer Series Annual Barbecue

Schedule: Thursday, August 17, 2017, 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM
Location: The Katzman Lounge