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Week 13, Winter 2019

 Engaging Teaching Teaching the Skill of Learning to Learn STOCKPHOTO.COM/PATPITCHAYA As we get closer to exam time, have you ever wondered how to support students in improving their study skills? Yes, you could refer them to our awesome Learning Strategies department, but is there anything else you can do? In “Teaching the Skill of Learning to Learn,” Ulrich Boser highlights the importance of helping students to acquire “the skill of learning,” and offers some suggestions for what you can do […]

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Week 12, Winter 2019

 Engaging Teaching “Everybody With Me?” and Other Not-So-Helpful Questions via Giphy.com In “‘Everybody with me?’ and other not-so-helpful questions” from Faculty Focus, Pete Watkins explores the issues with vague question prompts, including students (and faculty members!) that suffer from “overconfidence bias,” and offers some alternatives to help make sure your students are on track. His suggestions include Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs), which we also happen to love: “The best alternative to the vague ‘any questions?’ prompt is to use a […]

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Week 11, Winter 2019

This week’s Teaching Hub focuses on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) – how it differs from traditional education, how technology can be used to support UDL, and where to learn more. It also includes information on supporting our diverse learners, some upcoming professional learning opportunities and, oh yes, academic appeals. Read on for more! Don’t forget to save the Date: Spring Teaching and Learning Day – Reflect and Connect Our Spring Teaching and Learning Day will be held at the […]

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Week 10, Winter 2019

It’s Week 10 — we’re into double digits, and the final third of this winter semester! This week’s Teaching Hub includes a listening recommendation from one of our newest full-time faculty members, some resources to improve accessibility in your course materials, a reminder of the photography contest that closes this week, a “Save the Date” & call for proposals for our Spring Teaching & Learning Day, and some upcoming professional learning opportunities. Save the Date: Spring Teaching and Learning Day […]

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Week 9, Winter 2019

While it may not feel terribly spring-like out there just yet, this is your public-service announcement that Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend. That’s right; Tina Turner your clocks ahead one hour this Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 a.m.!    Engaging Teaching Multiple Perspective Assessment Photo by Nadine Shaabana on Unsplash Do your students engage in self-assessment? How about peer assessment? Or does the idea of having students assess each other’s work immediately scare you? In “Multiple Perspective Assessment: Self, Peer, and Teacher,” […]

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Week 8, Winter 2019

 Engaging Teaching Pedagogy Unbound! Y’all Ready for Tips? via Giphy.com If you’re looking to take a break from marking this week, and looking for some quick ideas to revitalize your classes in the back half of the semester, check out Pedagogy Unbound. It’s “a place for college teachers to share practical strategies for today’s classrooms.” Pedagogy Unbound was founded by David Gooblar, a lecturer at the University of Iowa, and has loads of quick tips, organized by categories like preparation, […]

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Week 7, Winter 2019

 Engaging Teaching Student in Mental Health Distress? Notice, Act and Refer It’s Week 7 and it’s a stressful time for many students. You may notice that a student’s behaviour changes, or they seem in distress. Maybe the student tells you directly about mental health problems they are experiencing. How would you respond in that moment? David Gooblar shares his learning about how to Notice, Act, and Refer when he sees students in distress in this short article titled How to […]

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Week 6, Winter 2019

 Engaging Teaching Sharing the Learning Centredness We want our students to value the process of learning and continue to improve their learning skills. In this article, “Five Ways to Teach Students to Be Learning-Centered Too”, Carl S. Moore asks “How might you inspire your students to share accountability for their learning?” He offers 5 concrete ideas with a few tips and resources to add to your toolkit.    Learning Technology D2L Thing of the Week: Virtual Classroom Virtual Classroom by […]

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Week 5, Winter 2019

 Engaging Teaching Do you have a teaching problem to solve? We’ve all got problems. The Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation wants to help you find a solution, at least to your problems of the teaching variety. Their site “provides practical strategies to address teaching problems across the disciplines. These strategies are firmly grounded in educational research and learning principles.” It’s as easy as: Identify a problem you encounter in your teaching; Identify possible reasons for the problem; and […]

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Week 4, Winter 2019

 Engaging Teaching via Giphy.com How do you motivate students to learn? In this article, Enhancing Learning Through Zest, Grit, and Sweat, Lolita Paff explores what motivates students to learn and become better learners, and identifies three key aspects that she nicknames “zest, grit, and sweat.” She challenges instructors to plan for these elements in their instruction, and offers some strategies to get started. What instructional strategies do you use to motivate students? Let us know!    Learning Technology D2L Thing […]

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