October 16, 2018

Photo gallery: Fresh teaching faces and fresh teaching ideas

Welcoming fresh teaching faces and fresh teaching ideas seems to have been the inaugural theme for SFU’s academic community this fall. On August 28, 2018, Faculty Relations hosted an orientation session for close to 60 new SFU faculty members at the Diamond Alumni Centre. Then, on September 28, 2018, the Teaching and Learning Centre’s new Effective Teaching Series kicked off with a presentation by UBC instructor Brett Gilley on teaching large classes. We have photos from both events below.

“Teaching Large Classes” with Brett Gilley, September 28, 2018

From two-stage exams to making eye contact, Brett Gilley, an instructor in UBC’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, shared tips and tools for making large lectures more interactive and student-centred in his presentation on "Teaching Large Classes," the first session in the new Effective Teaching Series.

Presenter Brett Gilley illustrated one way in which he fosters peer discussion in his classes by having listeners respond to a fun yet challenging question about soil stability.

What do you do in your classes? There were many opportunities for audience members to discuss their practices for engaging students.

Not just about listening: Audience members worked their way though teaching problems in small groups before reporting out.

Three students? Three hundred? Participants wrote down their definition of a “large” class and tossed it to a neighbour.

Brett Gilley’s talk prompted rich conversations about teaching practices during the event and after.

New Faculty Orientation, August 28, 2018

Service providers from across SFU shared resources to help new faculty members settle into their new community.

Helene Love, a lecturer in the School of Criminology, was excited to learn about all of the teaching supports available to her in her new role.

Sheri Fabian (left), director of the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines and senior lecturer in the School of Criminology, and Jennifer Spear, associate professor and chair of the History department, shared teaching and learning advice with new faculty members.

Attendees at the New Faculty Orientation heard presentations on everything from accessing IT Services to building research labs.

Mike Sjoerdsma, SFU Faculty Association president and senior lecturer in the School of Engineering Science, welcomed new faculty members and shared information about their employment group.

Ena Lee, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education, had teaching advice of her own to share, such as the importance of learning students’ names and how to pronounce them.