September 2019 | View the web version of this newsletter

Instructor-led online courses: How one faculty member prepared for the new model


The way SFU delivers online courses is changing. Rather than belonging to a centralized online education unit as in the past, online credit courses will be "owned" by the departments responsible for their content, and they will be led by instructors rather than tutor-markers and course supervisors. The full transition will take three years, but eight courses have made the switch for Fall 2019. Senior lecturer Suzanna Crage (sociology & anthropology) is one of the pioneers. "Learning online is different than in person," she says. But by rethinking both the content and the way she interacts with her class, she was able to create a course that effectively engages her students. Read more about how she re-invented her course for the online environment.

Come and CEE what we're all about!


Yes, it's an opportunity for bad puns, but more than that, it's your chance to discover what has changed in the way SFU supports its learning and teaching community. You are warmly invited to attend the Open House of the new Centre for Educational Excellence (CEE) on October 2 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. This drop-in event will take place at CEE's two Burnaby locations in the Education Building and the West Mall Centre (with a bonus station at the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs in the Cornerstone Building). It will be a fun event, but above all it will be an excellent opportunity to meet and speak with staff members and colleagues who can support your mission of providing effective learning experiences for your students. Check out the event poster for details.

This new page lists funding options for learning and teaching inquiries


SFU provides a variety of institution-wide learning and teaching–related grants for members of the SFU academic community. Now there's a quick way to find out what funding options are available. The Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines (ISTLD) has taken on the administration of these funding programs and has created a Grant Programs page with descriptions and application information for all of them. Available right now: The Open Educational Resources (OER) Grant Program provides up to $5,000 to help faculty members "redesign a course to adopt or adapt open textbooks or other OER as their primary course material." The next application deadline is November 7. Find out how to apply.


Wednesday, October 2: Come to the public launch and Open House of SFU's new Centre for Educational Excellence. Presentations! Demos! Consultations! Refreshments! Prizes! For faculty members, teaching support staff, administrators and grad students. Check out the event poster for details.

Friday, October 4: Application deadline for the November Instructional Skills Workshop (Nov 9–11). Earn an internationally recognized teaching credential in three days.

Friday, October 11: Proposal submission deadline for the 24th Annual Spring TA/TM Day (Jan 10, 2020). Do you have knowledge or information that could help up-and-coming teaching assistants and tutor-markers thrive? Submit a proposal to lead a session.

Tuesday, October 15: Proposal submission deadline for DEMOfest 2019: Successes & Setbacks: Learning from Experience (Nov 19). Share your positive and negative experiences with technology-supported learning and teaching practices and what you learned along the way. Go to the proposal submission form.

Friday, October 18: Grad students—don't miss this application deadline for the Spring 2020 Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning (Fridays, Jan 10–Apr 3, 2020). Gain the skills and confidence to flourish in your teaching roles.



Fall 2019 TA/TM Day: Grad students were out in full force at SFU's biggest orientation event for teaching assistants and tutor-markers on September 6. >>

Win a $10 coffee card!

We know the fall semester is underway, but when does autumn officially start this year?

a. September 21    b. September 22    c. September 23    d. It depends on the weather.

SUBMIT YOUR ANSWER BY SEPTEMBER 25 for a chance to win a $10 coffee card.

The correct answer to the August question was "29,904."


OCT 4 | Application deadline | Instructional Skills Workshop (Nov 9–11)

OCT 11 | Submission deadline | Call for Proposals: 24th Annual Spring TA/TM Day (Jan 10, 2020)

OCT 15 | Submission deadline | Call for Proposals: DEMOfest 2019: Successes & Setbacks: Learning from Experience (Nov 19)

OCT 18 | Application deadline | Spring 2020 Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning (Jan 10–Apr 3, 2020)


Teaching Matters Seminar Series | Up next:
WeBWorK: Online Homework with Automated Grading | Sep 30 | Learn about this web-based quiz tool
Surrey CityLab: Using Academic–Community Partnerships to Create Transformational Learning Opportunities | Oct 21 | Find out about an experiential learning opportunity focused on sustainability

Instructional Skills Workshop | An internationally recognized lesson-planning framework | Up next:
FULL. October ISW | Oct 12–14
November ISW | Nov 9–11

NEW. DEMOfest 2019: Successes & Setbacks: Learning from Experience | Nov 19 | Stories about encounters, good and bad, with learning and teaching technologies. Call for proposals.

Visit the Centre for Educational Excellence website to see how we can support your learning and teaching activities.