Unless otherwise indicated, sessions occur in the Learning and Teaching Centre (LTC) Classroom in the Harry Hickman Building (HHB) Room 128.
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Proposing an Excellent Teacher for a UVic Alumni Teaching Award: Tips for Nominators
RESCHEDULED TO FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2007, HHB 128
12:00 PM ~ 2:30 PM
Co-sponsored by the UVic Alumni Association and the Learning and Teaching Centre.
Sometimes it can seem overwhelming to nominate a deserving instructor for a teaching award. However, it really is quite straightforward and well worth the effort when you see the positive impact such recognition can have. This information session and hands on workshop aims to simplify the process and offer tips for a successful nomination, including ideas for drafting a nomination statement and useful sources of documentation in support of your argument. All students and colleagues interested in nominating a deserving teacher for either the Harry Hickman Teaching Award (for faculty) or the Gilian Sherwin Teaching Award (for Sessional Instructors, Lab Instructors, Senior Lab Instructors and Limited Term Faculty) are welcome. Please bring your questions.
Teaching Excellence Award Winners ~ Listing
New Faculty Lunch ~ First Term Review with the Vice-President Academic and Provost
RESCHEDULED TO FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2007, HHB 128
11:45 AM ~ 1:15 PM [hosted lunch]
An opportunity for New Faculty to dialogue with Vice-President Academic and Provost, Professor Jamie Cassels, regarding their experiences in the first term at UVic.
Open to New and Recently New Faculty
Adapting PowerPoint action buttons for teaching
Monday, December 11, 2006, HHB 128
12:30 PM ~ 2:00 PM
This session is a follow-up to Marty Wall's November 14 session entitled "PowerPoint: Friend or Foe?". As a result of requests from participants in his first workshop Marty will describe the PowerPoint feature of action buttons adapted as a useful pedagogical device to allow flexibility and branching in the otherwise sequentially unidirectional presentation of the slides.
Dr. Marty Wall, a 3M Teaching Fellowship recipient, is a newcomer this year to UVic. He is a former chair of the Department of Psychology, University of Toronto. Through the 90's, he was the sole instructor of the introductory
course in Psychology, with an enrolment of 2200 students. His interest in fostering excellence in teaching led to his involvement in establishing the UofT Teaching Assistant Training Program; developing the university-wide graduate course, Teaching in Higher Education; teaching a graduate course on the teaching of Psychology and a similar course on teaching to university faculty; and presenting annual workshops on various teaching matters through the UofT Office of Teaching Advancement. In addition to his 3M (2001) award, he is a recipient of several other teaching awards, including the UofT Joan E. Foley Quality of Student Experience Award.
Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop computers to this session with a sample PowerPoint presentation.
Tips for Improving your Course Evaluations (and your Students’ Learning!)
Wednesday, December 13, 2006, HHB 128
11:30 AM ~ 12:45 PM [hosted lunch]
With Teresa Dawson, Director, Learning and Teaching Centre.
Have you just received your course evaluation results and are you finding your students’ written comments confusing? Are you grading papers for the term and finding that your students do not seem to have learned quite what you hoped you had taught them? Teresa Dawson will share her most effective strategies and resources for improving your course evaluation results—and your students’ learning at the same time! Please bring your questions to share.
Open to all those who are involved in instruction
Being and Becoming a Mentor: Keeping the Relationship Plumb
RESCHEDULED TO THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2007, HHB 128
11:30 AM ~ 1:30 PM [Coffee welcome at 11:15 AM; Lunch included]
With Dr. Holly Tuokko, Centre on Aging, and Dr. Patricia MacKenzie, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.
Mentoring is distinct from advising as it involves faculty acting as close, trusted and experienced colleagues and guides. It recognizes that part of what is learned in graduate school is not cognitive but includes socialization to the values, norms, practices, and attitudes of a discipline and university. A sound mentoring process can serve to transform the student into a colleague and provide growth and opportunity for mentor and student alike. This interactive workshop will include a demonstrated role play and will provide opportunities to examine various practical scenarios that will help you to identify the knowledge and talents you can offer a student, examine issues that can arise in a mentoring relationship and to examine the ways that you can help to expand the students' understanding of a particular discipline.
Instructional Technology Working Group (ITWG) ~ Blogging at UVic
Tuesday, December 19, 2006, HHB 128
1:30 PM ~ 2:30 PM
Blogs (weblogs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog ) are showing up in a number of different courses, departments, and divisions across campus. This ITWG session, hosted by Kate Seaborne and the team from Distance Education Services, will talk about how blogs are being integrated with distance programs and demo 2 examples that are going to go live in January 2007. We will also have an update about a CASS project called "UVic Blog Space" that is looking at implementing a central blog service at UVic. Come and hear what all the buzz is about!
New members always welcome!