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Learning and Teaching Workshop Series

A learning and teaching workshop series, that covers many aspects of professional development in teaching, is offered throughout the year. The majority of these workshops are offered during the fall and winter semesters. These workshops are open to all TAs, GAs and interested graduate students from Ryerson University.

Space is limited, so please be sure to register for any workshops you wish to attend. Workshops will be posted on a rolling basis, so check back frequently for new offerings.

These workshops count towards Level 1 of the Ryerson Graduate Student Professional Development in Teaching Program.

T​hese workshops are ​also ​eligible for Future Smart credit (bring your passport to be signed​). 

Planning Effective Tutorials

Date: Tuesday September 19, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: POD 372
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Facilitated by Curtis Maloley, Educational Developer
Planning your tutorials can be a time consuming and needlessly stressful process. In this workshop we will discuss strategies for efficiently preparing effective tutorials. You will be presented with a framework for tutorial preparation, which you can use to structure effective tutorials. Attendees are asked to bring your course outline or your plans for your next tutorial.

 

Facilitating Effective Labs

Date: Thursday September 21, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: ENG 106
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Facilitated by Noura Sinno, PhD Candidate, Department of Civil Engineering and Curtis Maloley, Educational Developer
This specialized workshop for TA/GAs in FEAS and Science examines best practices in facilitating effective labs. These laboratory environments require unique strategies for full student engagement, and in this session participants will be led through practical exercises and scenarios for getting the most of laboratory sessions and facilitating student success.

 

Supporting Your Students' Well-being

Date: Monday September 25, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: POD 372
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Ryerson’s academic plan, “Our Time to Lead” is guided by an important set of values, one of which is: People first: The university is committed to the success of its students, faculty, and staff by creating a safe, secure, and healthy environment that puts people first, is supportive of the whole person and enhances the development of physical, mental and spiritual well-being.” This workshop examines how a positive classroom experience is strongly supported by the good health and mental well-being of students, faculty, and staff. Various speakers will discuss how Ryerson is creating an environment supportive of mental well-being and an ongoing dedication to creating and sustaining a supportive campus culture without stigmatization and discrimination.

 

Facilitating Discussion

Date: Thursday September 28, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: POD 372
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Facilitated by Curtis Maloley, Educational Developer
Discussion groups provide participants an opportunity to engage in a focused conversation about an important topic. Classroom discussions are often unpredictable, and as a facilitator it can be difficult to keep the discussion on point while ensuring all participants have an opportunity to express their opinion. This workshop will focus on strategies for leading effective discussions. By examining a number of case studies, we will discover both effective and ineffective strategies for leading discussions. In addition, participants will be given the opportunity to apply some of these strategies in this workshop.

 

Effective Feedback: Essays and Written Assignments

Date: Monday October 02, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: POD 372
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Facilitated by John Hannah, Director of Special Projects and Curtis Maloley, Educational Developer
Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants are often responsible for large numbers of essays and written assignments. This workshop will focus on ways to effectively respond to student written work. Emphasizing that the purpose of teacher-response is to improve student writing development, participants will discuss the ways in which various kinds of response differ in terms of their effect on students. Participants will learn ways to provide effective and meaningful response while balancing issues of timeliness and workload.

 

Effective Feedback Across Disciplines: Strategies and Perspectives

Date: Tuesday October 3, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: POD 372
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Facilitated by Dr. Diana Brecher, Center for Student Development and Counselling (CSDC)
Marking and providing feedback is one of the most common responsibilities of TA/GAs across all faculties at Ryerson. Effective feedback is also one of the most meaningful tools for the development of learning skills and critical thinking in undergraduate students. But what constitutes “effective feedback”? This workshop will explore the relationship between corrective, critical and developmental feedback, and draw upon recent research into how effective feedback techniques can help foster a growth mindset and resilient learning attitudes in undergraduate students. Before attending this seminar, participants are asked to fill out the VIA Character Strengths Survey at the following link: http://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths-Survey

 

Academic Integrity: An Essential Guide for TAs and GAs

Date: Tuesday October 17, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: POD 372
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Facilitated by Andrea Ridgley, Academic Integrity Officer, Office of Academic Integrity
This workshop will provide attendees with an overview of academic integrity at Ryerson University. Information and examples will be provided on the types of misconduct that can occur and the University policies and procedures that must be implemented when academic misconduct is suspected. In addition, tips and tricks on how to spot academic misconduct when marking and grading will be discussed. This workshop will be particularly useful for any TAs and GAs who are and will be grading assignments and examinations.

 

Conflict Resolution and Negotiation

Date: Thursday October 19, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: POD 372
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At this workshop you will learn how to resolve conflicts and negotiate more effectively by identifying the skills that are commonly used by individuals who are widely recognized as excellent negotiators. You will also have an opportunity to reflect on the negotiating skills you would like to develop or improve on by participating in simulations developed from common TA/GA situations. Prior to attending this workshop, participants are encouraged to submit potential scenarios involving negative conflicts for discussion. This can be done when registering. The workshop is facilitated by Nora Farrell, the Ryerson University Ombudsperson, who has extensive background in the study and practice of conflict resolution. She has a Ph.D. and an LL.M. (Master of Laws) from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Master of Education degree in Adult Education from the University of British Columbia.

 

Effective Feedback: Essays and Written Assignments

Date: Tuesday October 31, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: POD 372
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Facilitated by Curtis Maloley, Educational Developer and John Hannah, Director of Special Projects.
Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants are often responsible for large numbers of essays and written assignments. This workshop will focus on ways to effectively respond to student written work. Emphasizing that the purpose of teacher-response is to improve student writing development, participants will discuss the ways in which various kinds of response differ in terms of their effect on students. Participants will learn ways to provide effective and meaningful response while balancing issues of timeliness and workload.

Understanding Anishinaabe History Through Wampum Belts

Date: Thursday November 2, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: SLC 508
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Presented by Brian Charles
Brian Charles is an off-reserve Band member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island and has worked collaboratively with a small group of knowledge keepers to research and assemble a physical repository of wampum belts that document Ojibway history. In this experiential learning presentation, Brian Charles will illuminate how wampum was used to record not only relationships and treaties between the First Peoples of the Eastern Woodland, but also with settler societies in Canada.

As we reflect on how to meaningfully respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action at Ryerson, this workshop provides a framework for creating a shared historical understanding of the relationships and treaties that have shaped the Dish With One Spoon Territory, and offers a model for how curriculum can treat Aboriginal and Euro-Canadian knowledge systems with equal respect.

This workshop is open to graduate students, faculty, instructors and staff. Space is limited so register soon!

Inclusive Classroom Workshop

Date: Tuesday November 07, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: POD 372
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Teaching to the diverse student population at Ryerson University has its rewards and its challenges. At times, issues come up that are difficult to address. This interactive workshop will encourage you to ‘tune in’ to these issues and support you in making your classroom more responsive and inclusive to better engage all of your students. “Tuning In” contributes to good teaching. Participants will observe and interact with actor(s) in a live simulation using scenarios drawn from actual experience. You will have an opportunity to ‘test’ out ways to handle some difficult situations. During the course of the workshop participants will:


1. Begin to identify behaviours, words and hidden biases that contribute to the disengagement of students;
2. Challenge assumptions about course content and how its delivery may contribute to systemic marginalization, and;
3. Discuss the challenges associated with ensuring an inclusive climate in the classroom.
4. Explore ways you can create a more engaging, inclusive learning experience for your students.

Effective Feedback for Laboratory Reports

Date: Monday November 13, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: POD 372
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Please note this workshop has been rescheduled from October 23rd to November 13th.

Facilitated by Dr. Medhat Shehata, Interim Associate Dean and Teaching Chair in FEAS
Providing feedback that is supportive in enhancing learning is a challenging task. Written feedback provides an avenue by which students can learn from their work. This workshop will provide real-life scenarios and laboratory report examples to provide tips and techniques for giving effective feedback in FEAS and Science assignments.

Trans Pedagogy Workshop

Date: Tuesday November 14, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: POD 372
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Ryerson is committed to equity, defined as the fair and just treatment of all community members through the creation of opportunities and the removal of barriers to address historic and current disadvantages for underrepresented and marginalized groups. This includes our Ryerson transgender community – those with gender identities or gender expression differing from their assigned sex. This community encounters discrimination, and systemic inequality, which includes a lack of legal protection, poverty, harassment, stigma, violence, and barriers to healthcare. This workshop will discuss transgender pedagogy and the many issues facing the transgender community inside and outside of the lecture hall.

 

Supporting ESL/EAL Writers in Your Classes

Date: Tuesday November 21, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: POD 372
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Facilitated by Chris Brierley, Senior English Language Specialist, Student Learning Support.
In this workshop, participants will discuss approaches to teaching and evaluating writing that encourage the writing development of students for whom English is an additional language. Through discussion and group activities, participants will apply what they learn about "L2 writers" to their own program and disciplinary contexts.

 

Exam Invigilator Workshop

Date: Monday November 27, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: POD 372
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Facilitated by Michelle Green, Manager Exams & Special Projects; Andrea Ridgley, Academic Integrity Officer; and, Keith Christie and Mike Hollands, Security Services.
Examination invigilators need to know a lot to make exams run smoothly and protect academic integrity -- from what to wear, announcements, rules, and policies, to what to do if someone is suspected of cheating or in an emergency -- being responsible for an exam can be daunting.  Come to meet with our experts from Academic Integrity, Security, and the Examinations Office to ask questions and discuss common scenarios.

 

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Questions/Primary Contact

Curtis Maloley
Educational Developer
Ext. 6598, cmaloley@ryerson.ca