Lunch Hour Workshops

New lunch hour teaching sessions! 12:00-1:00. 223-65 Dafoe. Bring your lunch and come and listen to faculty members share their new and innovative teaching strategies. Lunch hour teaching sessions are open to sessional instructors, instructors, librarians, pre-and tenured faculty members and graduate students.

Lunch Hour Workshops are not eligible for credit in the CHET Program.

Teaching Sustainability Across Disciplines - Tuesday, September 25

With the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change looming, we live in a time when much of what we do will need to be re-imagined. While post-secondary institutions have played a role in the development of our carbon-dependent world, they will also be required to aid in the transition towards a sustainable society. This workshop will highlight what universities and teachers have done to integrate sustainability into curriculum and teaching practices. Participants from all disciplines are welcome and will be encouraged to share strategies and obstacles.

Facilitator: Mike Link

Identifying Challenges in Writing Across Borders - Tuesday, October 9

In this workshop, participants will explore how cultural diversity may influence students’ English academic writing in terms of preferences in rhetorical styles, initial tendency to use someone else’s words, and failures in constructing authorial identity. Afterwards, participants will be invited to consider and discuss strategies to support culturally diverse students’ success in academic writing.

Facilitator: Yunyi Chen

Dealing with Matters Related to Academic Misconduct - Tuesday, October 16

Despite the best efforts of instructors to prevent academic misconduct, there will be students who cheat, plagiarize, and engage in other dishonest academic behaviours.  In this session, we will walk academic staff and administrators through a case of academic misconduct – from preparing allegations to the disciplinary hearing.

Facilitator: Brenda Stoesz and Brandy Usick

Direct Instruction: A Conversational Approach - Tuesday, November 27

One way to make direct instruction more effective for learning is to do less of it.  Lecture less so as to facilitate active learning more.  The other way is to pay more and better attention to the student side of the equation.  What are students doing and thinking as we are talking?  How are they learning from us?  And how might saying and doing things differently help them learn better?  In this workshop you will have the opportunity to rethink your direct instruction in terms of a conversational model and explore ways to make your teaching more productive for learning. 

Facilitator: Jonathan Dyck

UM Learn Intelligent Agents - Wednesday, December 12

In this workshop, participants will learn how to use the Intelligent Agents tool in UM Learn to automate email communications with students. Computers (with access to UM Learn) are recommended but not required.

Facilitator: Michelle Laarissa

UM Learn Awards - Monday, December 17

In this workshop, we will discuss how awards and badges can increase student engagement. Participants will learn how to create badges and awards in UM Learn and how to award them to students automatically based on rules you can set up in the system (also known as release conditions). Computers (with access to UM Learn) are recommended but not required.

Facilitator: Michelle Laarissa