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2011 Centre Updates

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Brock University, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Educational Technologies

Highlights

  • CTLET is partnering or taking the lead on many new initiatives (online learning, copyright, service learning, faculty events, curriculum review) (see challenges).
  • Continue to expand workshop series and programming including a number of new workshops brokered through outreach to the Faculties (see new initiatives).
  • Tribute to Teaching,held annually for the past 7 years, is a celebration of teaching. Awards are conferred (Early Career, Teaching Large Classes, Sessional teaching) and the event also showcases an address by our Brock University Distinguished Teaching award recipient.
  • The Centre grows in terms of resources and staffing (1 full time hire for sakai support and 2 new part time hires for TA support). (see challenges re space!)

New Initiatives

  • Assumed responsibility for the development of online learning across the University.
  • In collaboration with the Library, CTLET assumed responsibility for educating the Brock community on copyright issues and fair dealing t
  • Workshop program for International TAs.
  • Narrative Institute hosted in August 2011 was facilitated by Glenys Wilson Boutlbee from Catalyst Consulting in Alberta. We subsequently formed a Narrative Learning community
  • Faculty development workshop, scheduled for December 2011, entitled The Slow Professor, led by Profs. Barbara Seeber and Maggie Berg from Queens U, builds on a CAUT survey that found most academics were highly stressed and proposes way to slow down in academia.
  • David DiBattista, Faculty member in Psychology, joins the CTLET as a Faculty Associate responsible for assessment and evaluation.
  • Karen Burke da Silva, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning, School of Biology, Flinders University, Adelaide, Southern Australia is scheduled for December 12, to offer a workshop (co-sponsored by Faculty of Maths and Science and CTLET) on Transition from a traditional lecture-based first year biology course to an interactive inquiry-based course.

Challenges

  • DLES and GDLES: Helping departments think about their programs and their curriculum, and in terms of learning outcomes and expectations.
  • SPACE – Our mandate is expanding and we have no space. New hires are virtually “virtual”

Carleton University, Educational Development Centre

Highlights

  • Sustained interest in faculty certificate program
  • Expanding certificate program for contract instructors
  • Expanding TA mentorship program
  • Offered certificates in teaching and educational technology in Rwanda
  • Developed online options for TA training
  • Inclusion in all major University initiatives

New Initiatives

  • Preparing to Teach — 8-week teaching program for PhD students
  • Faculty retreat on multiple choice item development
  • Three new teaching awards — one with Provost’s office, called “Provost’s Fellows”
  • ID support to help faculty develop online courses
  • Peer observations for TAs
  • New TA website with pedagogical support

Challenges

  • Balancing time commitments
  • Alternatives to “the clock”
  • Trepidation from faculty and TAs in pursuing active training
  • Creativity in balancing resource demands
  • Budget cuts

University of Guelph,  Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support

Highlights

  • Supporting curriculum committees re learning outcome and continuous improvement plans
  • Collaborating with AVPA’s office to create guide to developing and assessing learning plans
  • Creating online journal to coincide with 25th anniversary of Teaching and Learning Innovations conference

New Initiatives

  • Began 3-year collaborative project with Learning Outcomes Educational Support group to develop snazzy new resources
  • Started social media strategy with Twitter and Facebook
  • Piloted Cross-Cultural Teaching Program for TAs who see themselves as from minority backgrounds
  • Started first community of practice
  • New program for faculty: Educational Leadership in Teaching Excellence  

Challenges

  • Major changes — merged with Office of Open Learning, changed name, new staff, lost staff, new director

Lakehead University, Instructional Development Centre

Highlights

  • Hosted first “Teaching and Learning Week” – -4 workshops, lecture by winner of Distinguished Instructor Award, opening of Learning Commons
  • 5th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium — keynote by Frank Robinson
  • Next Teaching and Learning Week in December

New Initiatives

  • New alternative to Graduate Student Teaching Practicum: Graduate Student Teaching Workshop Option. Attend 8 workshops, write a critical reflection, create teaching philosophy. Get a letter of recognition. Intended to reach those with less time.

Challenges

  • Difficult to develop, enhance, sustain programming when you’re the only employee!

OCAD University, Centre for Innovation in Art and Design Education

Highlights

  • Founded Centre for Innovation in Art & Design Education which includes Academic Support Services for Students and the Faculty and Curriculum Development Centre (collocated) as well as the Office of Continuing Studies
  • Initiated a program of Professional Development for Instructors
  • Planned and implemented a campus-wide Student Feedback on Courses model
  • Conducted an e-learning technologies review and selection process; currently in first stage of a scaled implementation of a new LMS, Canvas by Instructure
  • Heavily engaged in preparation and implementation of the IQAP and new Academic Plan

New Initiatives

  • Curriculum Mapping and e-Portfolio Project
  • Action Research Project on Teaching and Learning by Critique
  • Development of a hybrid course model for Experiential Learning Courses
  • Transforming annual BIG TALK lecture on Teaching and Learning to a one-day conference

Challenges

  • Uncertain budget
  • Lack of staff
  • Multiple strategic priorities allocated to the Centre and tight timelines

Queen’s University, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Highlights

  • Expansion of Teaching Development Workshop series
  • Discontinuation of English Language Communication Skills for Teaching Purposes an d English Communication Assessment
  • CTL website change
  • Mazur presentation on “Memorizing or Understanding: Are we teaching the right thing?”
  • Launch of Emerging Leadership Initiative
  • Budget submission

New Initiatives

  • Adventures in Active Learning event
  • Teaching Tab on University home page
  • Focus on Diversity program (redesigned)
  • 20th anniversary celebrations — Jan 16th will be CTL Day, new graphic, launch of Innovation in Teaching prize, Cross-Faculty Teaching Forum

Challenges

  • Labour action involving two bargaining units
  • New accountability a nd quality assurance frameworks
  • New operational and budgetary processes
  • Continuing financial restraints
  • New academic plan for the University
  • New University Brand
  • New Provost and VP-Academic

University of Toronto,  Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation

Highlights

  • Navigating Your PATH: Exploring and Supporting Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student Development conference
  • Funding for CTSI space renovations ($1.3 million!)
  • Funding to support SoTL
  • 3 OCUFA awards, 1 3M National Teaching Fellowship
  • Increased and diversified staffing — Institutional Academic Technology Strategist, Course Evaluation Officer, Assistant to Directors, Faculty Liaison
  • Partnerships with UofT Teaching Academy, Office of the CIO, UofT Libraries, Academic Success Centre, etc.

New Initiatives

  • Course Evaluation Framework
  • Course Design Institute
  • Online Modules to Support Instructors
  • Student-Faculty Interactions
  • Communications — diversified outreach, online modules, etc.
  • Instructional Technology Innovation Fund

Challenges

  • Strategies to support SoTL
  • Increased requests for CTSI expertise and support

University of Waterloo,  Centre for Teaching Excellence

Highlights

  • Two new hires — Instructional Developer, Curriculum and Programming and Instructional Developer, Consulting and Research
  • New office space to bring staff together
  • Survived transition to Desire2Learn* Implemented new system to track and report on work
  • New grad student programming — Fundamentals of University Teaching— as pre-req for Certificate in University Teaching
  • Increased uptake of curriculum services — 25%+ of faculty members over the year

New Initiatives

  • Task Force on Innovative Teaching Practices to Promote Deep Learning
  • New Opportunities and New Directions conference in April 2012

Challenges

  • Ongoing strategic planning, uncertainty re teaching and learning priorities at each level

University of Western Ontario,  Teaching Support Centre

Highlights

  • New Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, affiliated with TSS and Faculty of Education
  • Fall Perspectives on Teaching conference — focused on internationalization, Darla Deardorff keynote
  • New purple guide: The Western Guide to Professional Master’s Programs, Gloria Leckie
  • Expanded international TA language workshops
  • Introduced the Instructional Skills Workshop and Facilitators Development Workshop to faculty members at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
  • Hosted four international scholars

New Initiatives

  • New purple guide, Working with TAs, due fall 2011
  • New discipline-specific learning communities for TAs in Social Science and Engineering
  • American edition of e-book, Surviving and Thriving in Canadian Academia, completed and will be marketed to US. Canadian edition an international success

Challenges

  • Reduction to base operating budget has placed constraints on programming — two fewer sessions of TA Training Program, cut grad student/post-doc pronunciation course, no new programming for faculty

Wilfrid Laurier University, Teaching Support Services

Highlights

  • Communities of Practice focused on different themes have been created, each with a wiki
  • Integrated grad student development opportunities
  • New policy being developed on use of mobile devices in teaching spaces
  • Media Technologies Resources merged with Information Technology Services (former part of TSS)
  • Surveyed students on preferences re: taking courses in summer months
  • Hiring new blended-learning specialist
  • Initiatives to make development and instruction of online courses more transparent.

New Initiatives

  • Welcomed first Associate Vice-President of Teaching and Learning (Dr. Pat Rogers)
  • Quality Assurance Office and new position (Manager: Academic Program Development and Review) created within TSS.
  • Four-day new faculty orientation program,Foundations for New Faculty
  • New training room available – renovated in partnership with three other units
  • TSS and reporting subunits – revised mission and mandates statements

Challenges

  • Supporting multi-campus staff, faculty and students with respect to TSS programming, events, initiatives
  • Identifying best ways to connect with faculty – just-in-time

University of WindsorCentre for Teaching and Learning

Highlights

  • Annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence — 200+ participants, 31 award winners
  • Grants to evaluate impact of, and develop new, programs — $140,00 in provincial and university-level funding, including partnerships with several departments on campus
  • Centred on Learning Innovation Funds — this year’s theme will be open and online learning
  • Increased participation — 749 unique workshop participants, approximately 2,600 contact hours through workshops; thousands of campus members in one-on-one consultations; record number of participants in graduate courses and half-courses (more than triple the number of faculty and sessionals from previous year)
  • Second cohort of first-level University Teaching Certificate Program graduated in November 2011; second level begins January 2012.
  • 100% of faculty members hired over the last year participated in CTL events
  • 5th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference (in partnership with Oakland University) – -183 participants from 24 institutions in Canada, the US, and Jamaica.
  • GA/TA Network — a partnership with the Faculty of Graduate Studies. First year saw presentations at several conferences, creation of a blog, Facebook and Twitter presence, and a teaching handbook for GA/TAs, Towards Better Teaching.
  • LMS — New searchable support, MediaWiki, led to 80,000 views in three months. Upgrading to new version with new features. Survey conducted to assess preferences.
  • Piloted Blackboard Collaborate
  • Collected Essays in Learning and Teaching journal (CELT), now has online management system, about 60,000 downloads per month

New Initiatives

  • None identified (though some in previous section are new!)

Challenges

  • Revising mission and mandate
  • New Office of Open Learning — uncertain what its relation to CTL will be.

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