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Workshops: September 2018

Faculty Institute of Teaching (FIT)

FIT - Faculty Institute of Teaching (FIT)

Our intent is to make a real difference in how faculty approach their teaching, to save them time in their teaching preparations, to improve their satisfaction with the learning outcomes of students and, above all, to put them in a position to assume their UVic teaching responsibilities this year with increased competence and confidence. FIT is also open to other UVic instructors, including continuing and term sessionals as space permits. If you are a graduate student, the LATHE program may interest you.

FIT is composed of two separate but linked components. FIT 1 must be completed before FIT 2 can be taken:

(1) Faculty Institute of Teaching (FIT) 1 Summer or Fall, and(2) Faculty Institute of Teaching (FIT) 2 Spring

REGISTRATION is a two-step process.
1) Complete the REGISTRATION FORM found at: http://www.uvic.ca/learningandteaching/faculty/professional/workshops/fit/index.php; and send to the LTSI.

2) The LTSI will confirm your registration status.

Monday, August 13, 2018 to Friday, August 17, 2018 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

Faculty Institute of Teaching (FIT 1 SUMMER)
FIT 2018K 1

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: HHB 128)

Facilitator(s): Joe Parsons (Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation), Marty Wall (Division of Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation), Cynthia Korpan (Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation)

Thursday, September 13, 2018 to Thursday, November 22, 2018 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM)

Faculty Institute of Teaching (FIT1 FALL)
FIT 2018F 1

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: HHB 128)

Facilitator(s): Cynthia Korpan (Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation), Marty Wall (Division of Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation), Joe Parsons (Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation)

Thursdays from September 13 to November 22, 2018 NB: It is expected that participants will attend each session.

Fall TA Conference

TACONF - TA Conferences

The TA conferences are designed to help develop and improve teaching skills. They are a great opportunity to share ideas and experiences with graduate students in other faculties, as well as for professional and personal development. Some sessions are specificially geared towards international TAs.

The conferences are free for all graduate students, new and returning teaching and academic assistants, and instructors, although pre-registration is required.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (10:00 AM - 12:30 PM)

Session A1: Social Sciences: Who you are! Where you are going as a TA!
2018 FALLCONF 2018F A1

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: 110)

Facilitator(s): Pei-Ling Wang (Geography), Betsy Hagestedt (Anthropology)

Description: Congratulations on being awarded a TA position - you are now a teacher! Are you excited? Nervous? This introductory workshop will familiarize you with the differences between learning and teaching (this also refers to TAs who are markers only), but also between what it means to be a student and what it means to be a teacher. Participants will gain experience taking on a teaching role and will have an opportunity to practice self-reflection – an integral part of being a successful teacher.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (10:00 AM - 12:30 PM)

Session A2: Arts and Humanities: Who you are! Where you are going as a TA!
2018 FALLCONF 2018F A2

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: 116)

Facilitator(s): David Christopher (Art History and Visual Studies), Janice Niemann (English)

Description: Congratulations on being awarded a TA position - you are now a teacher! Are you excited? Nervous? This introductory workshop will familiarize you with the differences between learning and teaching (this also refers to TAs who are markers only), but also the between what it means to be a student and what it means to be a teacher. Participants will gain experience taking on a teaching role and will have an opportunity to practice self-reflection – an integral part of being a successful teacher

Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (10:00 AM - 12:30 PM)

Session A3: Sciences: Who you are! Where you are going as a TA!
2018 FALLCONF 2018F A3

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: 128)

Facilitator(s): Tasha Jarisz (Chemistry), Gerry Gourlay (Biology)

Description: Congratulations on being awarded a TA position - you are now a teacher! Are you excited? Nervous? This introductory workshop will familiarize you with the differences between learning and teaching (this also refers to TAs who are markers only), but also between what it means to be a student and what it means to be a teacher. Participants will gain experience taking on a teaching role and will have an opportunity to practice self-reflection – an integral part of being a successful teacher.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (1:15 PM - 3:45 PM)

Session B1: So, you're a TA in the Social Sciences
2018 FALLCONF 2018F B1

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: 110)

Facilitator(s): Pei-Ling Wang (Geography), Betsy Hagestedt (Anthropology)

Description: During this workshop, you will be introduced to your role as a TA within the social sciences. We will talk about expectations and your professional role in your department, how you can organize and develop a time management plan that you can use to ensure a successful start to your TA role.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (1:15 PM - 3:45 PM)

Session B2: Welcome to Arts and Humanities: Graduate student culture, politics, and time management
2018 FALLCONF 2018F B2

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: 116)

Facilitator(s): David Christopher (Art History and Visual Studies), Janice Niemann (English)

Description: A panel discussion around the unique and rewarding situation faced by TAs in the Arts and Humanities, from the culture of competition and the ubiquity of the imposter syndrome, to the unique dual role TAs may maintain as both employee and student under any advisor. Questions welcome! This workshop concludes with a taxonomy and design of a personalized schedule that will allow TAs to effectively and efficiently meet all of their competing deadlines.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (1:15 PM - 3:45 PM)

Session B3: Boosting confidence and reducing anxiety for the first day as a TA in the Sciences
2018 FALLCONF 2018F B3

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: 128)

Facilitator(s): Gerry Gourlay (Biology), Tasha Jarisz (Chemistry)

Description: This workshop will introduce the essential strategies you need to successfully approach that first day in front of students in the lab. Some of the topics to be discussed include: icebreakers, getting to know your students, the ethics of your role, setting a positive classroom culture, and much more!

Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)

Session C1: Navigating challenging topics
2018 FALLCONF 2018F C1

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: 110)

Facilitator(s): Janice Niemann (English), Betsy Hagestedt (Anthropology)

Description: We often discuss topics in the classroom that can create emotional responses in our students, and we need to be prepared to diffuse tension and create a supportive atmosphere. We will identify strategies for creating a safe classroom environment, introducing difficult topics, managing classroom discussions of sensitive material, responding to disruptive students, and receiving disclosures. We will discuss ways to be prepared for these situations, to prevent them if possible, and to react appropriately within the moment.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)

Session C2: Addressing micro-aggression in the classroom
2018 FALLCONF 2018F C2

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: 116)

Facilitator(s): Moussa Magassa (Equity & Human Rights Office), David Christopher (Art History and Visual Studies)

Description: This workshop, developed in consultation with the Department of Equity and Human Rights, explores the sometimes alienating social behaviour motivated by perceptions of diverse cultural identities. You will learn how to address them in an inclusive and productive fashion. TAs will have the opportunity to work together to define terms, share anecdotes, anticipate potential difficulties that might arise in the classroom, and brainstorm strategies for managing them.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)

Session C3: Practical strategies for inclusive classrooms
2018 FALLCONF 2018F C3

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: 128)

Facilitator(s): Carmen Lee (Steps Forward: BC Initiative for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (BC-IPSE)), Pei-Ling Wang (Geography)

Description: STEPS Forward, the BC Initiative for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education, is a family-driven organization founded to facilitate full inclusion of adults with developmental disabilities on university campuses across the province. We have been working in collaboration with the University of Victoria to foster equitable access to mainstream academics and campus life since 2005. Join us in this session to discuss how you as a TA can contribute to a more inclusive learning environment for students from all walks of life. You will learn how to measure the quality of inclusion in your classroom and to ensure continuous improvement. We will give you the tools and strategies to cultivate inclusive classrooms. Participants will leave with the understanding of how a sense of belonging and engagement in valued experiences hold instructional power and are essential to inclusive classrooms.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

Session D2: Lesson planning and tutorial leadership
2018 FALLCONF 2018F D2

Location: MacLaurin Building (Room: D010)

Facilitator(s): David Christopher (Art History and Visual Studies)

Description: An introduction to some of the models and methods used, such as BOPPPS and the 5-Stage Model, in planning a lesson for a tutorial or discussion session. This workshop includes the construction and practice of a short lesson based on a concept from your own discipline.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

Session D3: Positive classroom culture through active learning
2018 FALLCONF 2018F D3

Location: Elliott Building (Room: 161)

Facilitator(s): Gerry Gourlay (Biology), Tasha Jarisz (Chemistry)

Description: This workshop will define what active learning is, how to set a positive classroom culture, and provide examples of how a more learning-centered classroom can be achieved. Participants will have a chance to practice active learning techniques within the session.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

Session: D1: First day in the classroom
2018 FALLCONF 2018F D1

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: 128)

Facilitator(s): Pei-Ling Wang (Geography)

Description: This workshop will start you off on the right foot for the first class of your tutorial or lab! We will talk about some methods to reduce anxiety, increase confidence and deal with imposter syndrome. You will leave with concrete recommendations for designing the first class and how to make a good first impression.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 (11:15 AM - 1:15 AM)

Session E1: Supporting all students in the classroom
2018 FALLCONF 2018F E1

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: 128)

Facilitator(s): David Christopher (Art History and Visual Studies)

Description: Varying student needs and backgrounds are a significant concern in designing teaching strategies. This workshop explores strategies to ensure that all students are welcomed and encouraged to participate in classroom activities and course content, especially if their participation is related to their grade in a course.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 (1:45 PM - 3:45 PM)

Session F1: Marking and feedback for the Social Sciences
2018 FALLCONF 2018F F1

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: 128)

Facilitator(s): Betsy Hagestedt (Anthropology), Pei-Ling Wang (Geography)

Description: This workshop will focus on marking a wide range of assignments, including lab assignments, short answers and essays. How do you know what the correct answer is? What is a rubric, and how can it make this process easier? How can you know what the professor expects? What does an A paper look like as opposed to a B paper? We will answer all these questions and more, as well as give you lots of hands-on practice!

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 (1:45 PM - 3:45 PM)

Session F2: Grading and marking: Rubrics and formative feedback
2018 FALLCONF 2018F F2

Location: MacLaurin Building (Room: D114)

Facilitator(s): Janice Niemann (English), David Christopher (Art History and Visual Studies)

Description: Building on time-management strategies, this workshop reviews time considerations and incorporates grading approaches, rubric design and navigation, and feedback practices that are efficient and useful to students. We will go over the best ways for TAs to give written feedback on assignments to increase the likelihood of implementation and improvement of student writing. The workshop includes a practical marking exercise through which TAs can apply and measure some of the strategies developed.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 (1:45 PM - 3:45 PM)

Session F3: Answering and asking student questions
2018 FALLCONF 2018F F3

Location: MacLaurin Building (Room: D115)

Facilitator(s): Gerry Gourlay (Biology), Tasha Jarisz (Chemistry)

Description: “What if I do not know the answer? What will the students think if their TA does not have the answer? My students will know more than me!” If these are some of the thoughts running through your head, then this is the workshop for you. Participants will engage in activities related to answering student questions (even those you do not know the answer to!) and ways to ask thought-provoking questions of your students.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 (4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)

Session G1: Working with and supporting international students
2018 FALLCONF 2018F G1

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: 128)

Facilitator(s): Betsy Hagestedt (Anthropology), Anne Cirillo (Student Advisor - International Students and Program Coordinator)

Description: In this session, you will hear directly from international students about challenges that they have faced during their time as students at UVic. Through interactive activities, you will work on how to approach these challenges as a TA to support international students in the classroom.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 (4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)

Session G2: Understanding and addressing sexualized violence at UVic
2018 FALLCONF 2018F G2

Location: Cornett Building (Room: A120)

Facilitator(s): Leah Shumka (Anthropology), Janice Niemann (English)

Description: As a TA, it is important that you be aware of the Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Policy that was implemented in May 2017. During this session, we look at how sexualized violence and consent is defined at UVic, why, and the principles behind the policy. Participants will recognize the difference between a disclosure and a report, and attain practical skills on how to receive a disclosure. Further, participants will consider their individual, collective and institutional responsibility to prevent sexualized violence on campus, and will be provided with tools to help create a respectful campus community.

Thursday, September 06, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

Session H1: Own your tutorial or lab: Creating culture and expectations
2018 FALLCONF 2018F H1

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: 128)

Facilitator(s): Pei-Ling Wang (Geography), Betsy Hagestedt (Anthropology)

Description: We will spend this workshop discussing ways to design an effective tutorial or lab that reflects a positive classroom culture using a learner-centred approach to teaching. We will engage with topics, such as developing your identity as a teacher, confidence in public speaking, active learning strategies, and learning outcomes. This workshop will give you the opportunity to write learning outcomes of your own to help focus your teaching.

Thursday, September 06, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

Session H2: Facilitating discussion and managing classroom dynamics
2018 FALLCONF 2018F H2

Location: Strong Building (Room: C128)

Facilitator(s): Janice Niemann (English)

Description: This workshop gives TAs some strategies for creating a student-centred classroom and running active classroom discussions. TAs will have the opportunity to practice the strategies discussed in this session.

Thursday, September 06, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

Session H3: Assessing student learning on the fly
2018 FALLCONF 2018F H3

Location: Strong Building (Room: C130)

Facilitator(s): Gerry Gourlay (Biology), Tasha Jarisz (Chemistry)

Description: Struggling to know if your students understand what you are teaching? Then this is the workshop for you! You will learn how to level and scaffold student learning, what formative assessment means, how to use it in the classroom and practice with one of the strategies, such as classroom assessment techniques (CATS). We will discuss different ways to provide formative feedback to students on the fly!

Thursday, September 06, 2018 (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)

Session I2: Navigating difficult situations: Critical incidents
2018 FALLCONF 2018F I2

Location: Clearihue Building (Room: A211)

Facilitator(s): David Christopher (Art History and Visual Studies), Janice Niemann (English)

Description: This workshop will address critical incidents that TAs may encounter in their work and provides strategies for responding to these incidents, keeping in mind the interests of TAs, students and the course instructors with whom TAs will be working.

Thursday, September 06, 2018 (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)

Session: I1: Lesson planning: Discussions and activities
2018 FALLCONF 2018F I1

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: 128)

Facilitator(s): Pei-Ling Wang (Geography), Betsy Hagestedt (Anthropology)

Description: This hands-on workshop will focus on the use of a variety of discussion formats, classroom management techniques, and provide the opportunity to practice using methods such as think-pair-share, jigsaw, and fishbowl. We will also discuss other active-learning strategies that can be used with a diversity of topics, such as brainstorming methods, icebreakers to encourage a sense of community, and classroom assessment techniques (CATs) that can help you determine student comprehension.

Thursday, September 06, 2018 (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)

Session: I3: Grading and using marking rubrics in the sciences
2018 FALLCONF 2018F I3

Location: MacLaurin Building (Room: D105)

Facilitator(s): Tasha Jarisz (Chemistry), Gerry Gourlay (Biology)

Description: This workshop focuses on how to provide effective and constructive feedback to students on assignments. Participants will work through an exercise that showcases the significance of explicit feedback, and we will discuss the importance of creating and using marking rubrics while grading student work.

Thursday, September 06, 2018 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

Session J1: Mental health: Grad students speak up
2018 FALLCONF 2018F J1

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: 128)

Facilitator(s): Gerry Gourlay (Biology), Dawn Schell (Student Services), Tasha Jarisz (Chemistry)

Description: As a TA, you are often the first person to get a glimpse of a student who is struggling, and you may be the first person they turn to for help. Responding to students in distress can be confusing and overwhelming at times. In this session, you will learn how to effectively identify, respond to and refer a student with mental health concerns to appropriate campus resources.

Friday, September 07, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:30 AM)

International TA Conference Day, Session K1: Working toward international and cultural understanding
2018 FALLCONF 2018F K1

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: 128)

Facilitator(s): Pei-Ling Wang (Geography), Taiwo Afolabi (Theatre)

Description: Do you know how similar and yet how different all of us are? For example, how does academic integrity differ across cultures? In this workshop, we will work together to understand the similarities and differences between cultures that affect student learning in the Canadian classroom.

Friday, September 07, 2018 (12:00 PM - 2:00 PM)

International TA Conference Day, Session L1: Cultural difference and its impact on learning and teaching
2018 FALLCONF 2018F L1

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: HHB 128)

Facilitator(s): Pei-Ling Wang (Geography), Taiwo Afolabi (Theatre)

Description: International TAs, are you aware how you impact your classroom? This workshop immerses you into real-life scenarios that you may encounter as an international TA. For example, how will you react if students are not performing as you expect as a TA? Throughout this workshop, we will discuss how to deal with this and many more kinds of situations so that you have the foundational knowledge about how to positively impact the classroom and students’ learning.

Friday, September 07, 2018 (2:15 PM - 4:30 PM)

International Fall TA Conference: Session M1: Effective communication as a TA in Canada
2018 FALLCONF 2018F M1

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: 128)

Facilitator(s): Pei-Ling Wang (Geography), Taiwo Afolabi (Theatre)

Description: What will you do when you cannot understand your students’ questions or your students do not understand you? This workshop will provide strategies on how to address student questions, how to ask for clarification and effectively communicate with students through verbal and written communication.

Constructing Effective Statements of Intended Learning Outcomes for Grant Recipients

GRANTS - LTSI Grants

This 2 1/2 hour workshop will focus on constructing statements of intended learning outcomes for a course or project. The workshop will introduce several concepts including what we want our students to be able to do after the course (performances), how well they will be able to do the performances (criteria), and the circumstances under which we would expect the students to demonstrate mastery (conditions). By the end of the workshop participants will construct at least five module-level learning outcomes for their target course or project and give and receive constructive feedback. Participants are asked to bring their current learning outcome statements (if they exist) and be prepared to describe briefly their target course or project to fellow participants.

Thursday, September 13, 2018 (1:00 PM - 3:30 PM)

Constructing Effective Statements of Intended Learning Outcomes for Grant Recipients
LO 2018K 2

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: HHB 128)

Facilitator(s): Joe Parsons (Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation)

This is a 2nd offering of the same workshop that was offered on July 5, 2018. This workshop is restricted to Grant Recipient teams.

JCURA Research Ethics and Approval Workshop

JCURA - Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards

If your JCURA research project involves collecting data from human participants (interviews, surveys, observations, etc.), using or collecting human biological materials (blood, urine, cell lines, etc.) or accessing existing data sets or reports that are protected (e.g., patient files, government data sets, etc.) your research must be reviewed and approved by the UVic Human Research Ethics Board (UVIC Research Policy 1250) BEFORE you commence research activities. The ethical review process cannot be conducted after you have collected data. Your supervisor is responsible for ensuring that you are appropriately mentored on this process.

These two sessions are identical so it is only necessary to attend one session but you are welcome to attend both.

The ethics workshop will cover the basics for student researchers including what studies require research ethics review and approval, and what to do if you and your supervisor are unsure whether your project requires research ethics clearance. We encourage you to visit the university’s Human Research Ethics website at https://www.uvic.ca/research/conduct/home/regapproval/humanethics/index.php to access application forms, application guidelines, and additional resources. Knowing about research ethics is crucial to any budding researcher's career. Even if your JCURA project would not require ethical approval, you may find the workshop helpful.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 (2:30 PM - 4:00 PM)

JCURA Research Ethics and Approval Workshop
ETHICS 2018F 1

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: HHB 128)

Facilitator(s): Joe Parsons (Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation), Kenna Miskelly (Human Research Ethics ), Eugenie Lam (Office of Research Services)

Monday, October 15, 2018 (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)

JCURA Research Ethics and Approval Workshop
ETHICS 2018F 2

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: HHB 128)

Facilitator(s): Joe Parsons (Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation), Kenna Miskelly (Human Research Ethics ), Eugenie Lam (Office of Research Services)

Teaching-Stream Faculty Scholarship Fund SUBMISSION DEADLINE

AWARDS - Information about various teaching awards and scholarships

The Teaching-Stream Faculty Scholarship Fund deadline is
March 31st and September 30th each year. Forms are available at: http://www.uvic.ca/learningandteaching/faculty/grants/learning/index.php

Sunday, September 30, 2018 (4:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

Teaching-Stream Faculty Scholarship Fund SUBMISSION DEADLINE
TP 2018K 1

Location: Harry Hickman Building (Room: HHB 126)

Facilitator(s): TBA