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Course Design Workshop

December 11 and 14, 9:00am-5:00pm
Would you like to (re)design one of your courses and enhance your teaching skills? Join a group of fellow faculty members led by facilitators from Teaching and Learning Services to discuss strategies for course design and teaching that focus on enhancing student learning.




Supervisory Alliance in Graduate Supervision

November 6, 12:15-2:15pm

What is a supervisory alliance? The session will introduce a framework to discuss this relationship between supervisor and supervisee in terms of the Bond, Goals, and Tasks. The presentation and discussion will provide you with suggestions, ideas and a model to enable you to collaborate more successfully with your graduate students.



Short Written Assignments: New Ways to Get Students Writing

November 6, 9:30am-12:00pm

Integrating writing assignments into undergraduate courses can increase students’ engagement and promote critical thinking. Attend this workshop to develop writing assignments that get students thinking critically without creating an overwhelming amount of grading for instructors.




myCourses Tip: Course Overview Widget

A new Course Overview widget has been added to all default Course Homepages. This widget shows instructors how many students visited the course in the current week; there are links at the bottom of the widget to access additional reports. Click the link above to learn more about tracking student progress in myCourses.


Helping Students in Difficulty

Course instructors sometimes come across students experiencing difficulties, and helping these students can be challenging. If there is concern for the safety or well-being of a student, the Helping Students in Difficulty folder is a guide for what to do and whom to contact in emergencies, crises, and worrisome or difficulty situations.



Numeric Data Cleaning

Are you working with data that require manipulation and cleaning before you can run your analyses? If you are an R or SPSS user, or would like to learn how to use these platforms for data cleaning and manipulation, register for either or both of these workshops:

Black, White, and Re(a)d: How to Tell Real News from Malarkey

November 7, 11:00am-12:30pm

Have you ever fallen for a news story that turned out to be fake? This workshop will teach you everything you need to know about telling real news from malarkey. You will also learn about tools you can use to unearth the truth. Bring your phone, tablet, or laptop because this workshop is interactive!  


Webinar: IP Foundations for Women Entrepreneurs

November 17

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) invites you to the launch of their intellectual property (IP) foundations webinar tailored for women entrepreneurs and innovators. This webinar will demystify trademarks, patents, trade secrets, industrial design and copyright. It will also outline the value of your IP so that you will understand how to use it to your business’s advantage

  • English: 11:00am-12:30pm
  • French: 1:00-2:30pm


Clarifying Expectations in Graduate Supervision

November 20, 12:00-2:00pm

Imagine preventing common mistakes when taking on new graduate students. Clarifying Expectations is about articulating roles and responsibilities in supervisory relationships before miscommunication occurs. In this workshop, we will discuss existing Letters of Understanding, work together to set goals, and focus on writing a letter that suits your needs.


Feedback Strategies: Engaging Students in Dialogue

December 15, 9:30am-12:00pm
Providing feedback to undergraduate students on their writing assignments can be a complex, time-consuming and thankless task. This workshop focuses on feedback strategies for essays and research (term) papers that engage students with feedback and encourage them to take greater responsibility for their learning before, during, and after assignments.


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Add Questions to Your Course Evaluation

Instructors may add up to three questions to their course evaluation questionnaire. This is an opportunity to receive feedback specific to the course context or your teaching, such as the use of new teaching strategies. Please submit your questions by November 3. 

Course Evaluation Dates for Fall 2017

  • Default Period: November 13 – December 23
  • Condensed Period: November 13 – December 7 (view units)

Early Alert

Instructors sometimes notice a student who exhibits unexpected behaviours, such as frequent and unexplained absences, deteriorating academic performance, or uncharacteristic expressions of emotion. While some instructors reach out directly to help students, an alternative is to click on the “Early Alert” widget in myCourses.


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