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TLC November 2015 Update

November 24, 2015
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A relaunched photo gallery, the official SFU app and new navigation links in Canvas courses.

  • SFU’s exceptional instructors: To mark SFU’s 50th anniversary, the TLC has relaunched the SFU Gallery of Teaching Excellence. This searchable photo gallery features more than 100 past and present faculty members and instructors who have been recognized for their lasting impact on students. Look for familiar faces.
  • The official SFU app: The newly developed SFU app provides easy access to key information like course schedules and campus weather conditions. The app was designed as a course project by students working with multiple SFU departments and faculty members. Find out how they did it and download the app.
  • New navigation links in Canvas: Beginning next week, all Canvas courses will include a new link called "Course Evaluations" in their navigation sidebars. In addition, instructors will see two other links labelled "Course Eval Reports" and "Question Selection & Response Rates." The links are part of the new online Student Evaluation of Teaching and Courses (SETC) implementation. Read the explanation of what they do.

Two big events: DEMOFest 2015 and the Spring 2016 TA/TM Day

  • See and hear what your colleagues are doing: DEMOFest 2015 on November 24 is your opportunity to see and hear SFU faculty and staff, including Fabio Campi (Engineering Science), Elise Chenier (History), Bill Glackman (Criminology), Marek Hatala (SIAT), Paul Hibbitts (Computing Science), Tara Immell (Beedie) and Phil Winne (Education), describe their creation of learning experiences using various technologies. The full program, including titles and abstracts, is now available on the event webpage.
  • Orientation for teaching assistants: The Spring 2016 TA/TM Day will take place on Friday, January 8, and theSchedule At a Glance is now available in PDF format. Share the news with your graduate students—this is an excellent place for them to make connections and pick up useful information from their peers. See the event page.

DEADLINES

Open until filled – Registration deadline for December Instructional Skills Workshop
January 8 – Registration deadline for Your Teaching Dossier/Portfolio: A S.M.A.R.T. (Systematic, Manageable, Articulate, Reviewed, Tangible) Approach for SFU Faculty 
March 11 – Proposal submission deadline for the 2016 Symposium on Teaching and Learning (details to follow)
April 1 – Application deadline for EdMedia Protege Program

UPCOMING EVENTS

Learning Opportunities at Our Doorstep: Using Our Campus as a Living Lab 
Fri, November 20 | 10:30–12:20 | Burnaby campus

A panel of SFU instructors will share their teaching experiences of collaborating with campus community partners to support student learning. For details and to register >>

DEMOFest 2015: The SFU Experience of Teaching with Technology
Tue, November 24 | 10:00–3:00 | Burnaby campus

This showcase event will feature tables and fast-paced presentations by faculty members and others. It's a quick, informal way to see and hear how SFU instructors are using learning technologies in their courses. Refreshments, contests, prizes! For details >>

Presentation Skills Portfolio III: Warming Up Your Audience
Thu, November 26 | 1:30–3:30 | Burnaby campus

Adding physical energy along with your own personality pulls in your audience. Learn to use the tools of intention, anecdotes, gesture and humour to energize your presentation. For details and to register >>

December Instructional Skills Workshop
Tue–Thu, December 15–17 | 8:30–5:00 | Vancouver campus
This internationally recognized forum for peer-based instructional development is valuable for both new and veteran instructors. For details and to apply >>

JANUARY 2016 AND BEYOND

20th Annual Spring TA/TM Day: The Teaching Orientation Program
Fri, January 8 | 8:30–4:00 | Burnaby campus
Come share your teaching strategies and best practices, your challenges and successes, your fears and concerns in a supportive environment that encourages your participation. Sessions will be facilitated by some of SFU's most experienced and skilled TAs and TMs. Registration is not required. For details >>

Presentation Practice Pods
Selected Mondays, January–April | 1:30–3:30 | Burnaby campus | For details and to register >>
Selected Thursdays, January–April | 1:30–3:30 | Vancouver campus | For details and to register >>

These informal sessions give faculty members, instructors, grad students and staff the chance to hone their presentation skills in a friendly group setting. Sanders Whiting, the TLC's teaching enhancement specialist for voice, will share his expertise. 

Private Voice Sessions
By appointment | Mon, January 11–April 11 | Burnaby campus | For details and to register >>
By appointment | Thu, January 14–April 7 | Vancouver campus | For details and to register >>

Vocal projection, clarity, sustainability, ease and variety can all be strengthened through simple exercises and inquiry. These sessions will address individual needs. 

Spring 2016 Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning
Fri, January 15–Fri, April 22 | Burnaby campus
This 13-week program is designed for graduate students interested in a career in post-secondary teaching. Applications for Spring 2016 are now closed. Stay tuned for information about the Fall 2016 program.

Your Teaching Dossier/Portfolio: A S.M.A.R.T. (Systematic, Manageable, Articulate, Reviewed, Tangible) Approach for SFU Faculty
Fri, January 15, 29 & February 5 | 1:30–4:00 | Burnaby campus

This three-part series will help you prepare a teaching dossier or portfolio. We will discuss the rationale for doing so, examine a generic model (adaptable to your discipline), and learn a common language used to discuss teaching and learning approaches. For details and to register >>

Presentation Skills Portfolio I: Breath Power, Posture and Pauses: Your Secret Allies for Public Speaking
Thu, January 28 | 1:30–3:30 | Vancouver campus

Learn to relax when you speak. This workshop will show you how to use breathing, posture and pauses to increase your comfort and confidence when you present. For details and to register >> 

February Instructional Skills Workshop
Wed–Fri, February 10–12 | 8:30–5:00 | Burnaby campus
This internationally recognized forum for peer-based instructional development is valuable for both new and veteran instructors. Registration opening soon.

Presentation Skills Portfolio II: Melodic Speech: Robot or Mozart, Which are You?
Thu, February 18 | 1:30–3:30 | Vancouver campus

Do you tend to speak in a monotone? This two-hour workshop will help you develop greater dynamic variation by enhancing the melodic and rhythmic qualities of your speech patterns. For details and to register >> 

Presentation Skills Portfolio III: Warming Up Your Audience
Thu, March 10 | 1:30–3:30 | Vancouver campus

Adding physical energy along with your own personality pulls in your audience. Learn to use the tools of intention, anecdotes, gesture and humour to energize your presentation. For details and to register >>

EdMedia Protege Program
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 19–June 9 | Burnaby campus and online

The EdMedia Protege program develops the ability of faculty members to create and use media in an educational context. The program combines online work, group sessions and one-on-one consultations with TLC design specialists. Apply by April 1. For details and to apply >>

Rethinking Teaching: A Four-day Course Design Workshop for Faculty
Thu–Fri, April 28–29, Mon–Tue, May 2–3 | 9:30–3:30 | Burnaby campus

Are you developing a new course? Would you like to revise one of your current courses? This four-day workshop is designed to support you. Registration opens on January 5.

Symposium on Teaching and Learning 
Wed–Thu, May 18–19 | SFU Burnaby  
Join other SFU educators as we explore some key teaching and learning initiatives, share recent work and discuss how our collective efforts can transform the student experience. Save the date—details to follow.

SELECTED EXTERNAL EVENTS AND RESOURCES

June 21–24, 2016 | STLHE 2016 Conference: Empowering Learners, Effecting Change | London, Ontario

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