Faculty Workshops

1.  Recalibrating your Teaching Style

Around the world, millions of students have now experienced remote teaching and learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many teachers found ways to engage and involve learners in active, meaningful, and authentic learning. Much of the training that was originally planned for the classroom is now being delivered online. While not all experiences of online learning were positive, many faculty, instructors and students are better able to understand and appreciate the value of asynchronous learning management systems and synchronous tools for collaborative group work.  Now that we have past the experimental stage its time to re-create our online courses to meet the quality required of online teaching and learning practice.

 

  • Designing pedagogically sound lesson plans

  • Engaging learners with content online

  • Creating assessments for online learning

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2.  Personalized Professional Development

How can faculty development be flexible to provide equitable support with a diverse offering of opportunities that create knowledge and skills that allow faculty to teach using the best pedagogical approaches? Faculty members are key to students’ learning journeys. Sharpen your online skills by continuously updating how you promote students’ learning. You will be exposed to a smorgasbord of ideas for crafting your personal professional development that will equip you to work more effectively online.

 

  • Mastermind your personal professional development plan

  • Examine learners’ preferences in learning online 

  • Align your course content to current realities

3.   So What? Now What? Then What?

Just reading a textbook or a collection of papers and watching a few videos may help understanding at one level, but what teachers help learners do is explore the “so what?” question. Teachers engage, challenge, question, and explore the content with students through interaction and by encouraging and challenging them.
 

  • Go beyond the So what experience

  • Take learning to the next level

  • Assist learners to make application to a variety of contexts 

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4.   Designing Content for Student Learning

Sharing a course outline on a learning management system (LMS), together with a curated collection of content, does not make for engaged and effective learning.  Teachers realized that it worked between lockdown and delivery for a short period, but they also know now it is not enough. What teachers are looking for more than ever are effective strategies and learning models and theories to strengthen their practical experiences. 
 

  • Examine pedagogical theories to promote student learning

  • Engage in theory-based course design

  • Deconstruct and rationalize your course development

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5.   From Learning Outcomes to Assessments

Assessing students who are remote and online is difficult. As some have observed, we cannot assume all have equal access to online resources or to computers, tablets, or other devices to access the content. One student completed a 20-page final year project on a smartphone, as it was the only device available to her. During the current pandemic, many instructors saw the flaws in the assessment of knowledge, skills, and attributes during their remote teaching. This workshop will examine how we adapt our current assessments for online modalities by looking at:

 

  • Alignment of learning outcomes to assessments

  • Measuring what’s being taught in the sessions

  • Creating rubrics and marking schematics that reflect expectations