November 2016 | View the web version of this newsletter

The benefits of classroom observation

Megan Barker

Megan Barker (right) is a lecturer in Biological Sciences. Recently she held a workshop on classroom observation as part of the TLC-supported biweekly Teaching Matters seminar series. In a follow-up blog post, she reflected on the benefits of inviting colleagues into one's own classroom—or visiting theirs—and concluded that for her the greatest benefit is "being part of a community of people who talk about their teaching." Read her full post.

DEMOfest 2016: See how others use technology for teaching

SFU instructors employ various learning technologies to solve instructional challenges and enhance learning. On November 22, members of the SFU academic community will have the chance to try out some of those solutions at DEMOfest 2016. It's a drop-in event with refreshments, contests, prizes and more than 25 table hosts and presenters—including Jody Baker (Communication), who will demonstrate tools for screen capture with voice-over narration, and Joan Sharp (Biology), who will showcase a visualization tool that helps students analyze and construct arguments. See the full list of presenters and hosts.

Create a myInvolvement account

The TLC now uses Student Services' myInvolvement event registration system. All SFU grad students have myInvolvement accounts, but faculty members and staff who wish to register for TLC events will need to create an account using their computing IDs. Find out how to create your account.

Sneak preview of Spring 2017 TA/TM Day schedule available

A one-page preliminary Schedule at a Glance of sessions at the Spring 2017 TA/TM Day on January 6 is now available in PDF format on the event webpage. Note that advance registration is encouraged for this event. See what's in the lineup.

A look at SFU's results in the Maclean's 2017 university rankings

For the eighth time in nine years, SFU has been ranked Canada's top comprehensive university by Maclean's Magazine. The ranking is based on 14 indicators in five categories. The overall outcome is worthy of a celebration, but an examination of the results provides a more nuanced picture of SFU's strengths and weaknesses. See the numbers related to teaching and learning.

Coming up in the next two weeks

Teaching Dossiers

This week: Pick up tips on how to connect with your listeners at Presentation Skills III: Warming Up Your Audience on Thursday (November 17). Next week: Four events (see the sidebar), including Teaching Dossiers for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows on November 23, an important workshop for anyone preparing for a post-secondary teaching career.

Avoid missing out on events and workshops

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This month in pictures

EMP Participants Participants in the Fall 2016 EdMedia Program held a showcase on November 15. View the photos.

Bonus Points Challenge. Win a cash card!

At the end of October, SFU was named the top comprehensive university in Canada in the 2017 Maclean's university rankings. How many times has SFU placed first in this category in the last nine years?

(a) 3
(b) 5
(c) 7
(d) 8

Submit your answer here by November 18 for a chance to win a $10 Renaissance Coffee card.

Congratulations to Megan Robertson, winner of last month's challenge! The correct answer was (c) Evan Tlesla II Adams.

Professional Development Opportunities

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For Grad Students and Sessionals

Teaching Dossiers for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows | Nov 23

21st Annual Spring TA/TM Day: The Teaching Orientation Program | Jan 6, 2017

Teaching Practice

Teaching Matters: What Parents and Teachers Should Know | Nov 21

Large Classes: An Inevitable Chore or an Undervalued Opportunity? | Nov 22

Teaching Matters: Crowdmark Demonstration and Workshop | Dec 5

Instructional Skills Workshop | Feb 15–17, 2017

Building Connections: Well-being in Teaching and Learning | Mar 7, 2017

Your Teaching Dossier/Portfolio (for faculty) | Mar 3, 17, 31, 2017

Instructional Skills Workshop | Apr 19–21, 2017

Instructional Skills Workshop | Apr 24–26, 2017

Rethinking Teaching: A Four-Day Course Design Workshop for Faculty | Apr 27–28 & May 1–2, 2017

Technology & Media

Canvas Training and Consultations | By appointment | learntech@sfu.ca

DEMOfest: The SFU Experience of Teaching With Technology | Nov 22

Screencasting 101 | Nov 29

Voice & Presentation Skills

WAIT-LIST. Private Voice Sessions | Mondays, Sep 19–Dec 5 | By appointment

Presentation Practice | Mondays, Sep 19–Dec 5 | By appointment

Presentation Skills Series III:
Warming Up Your Audience | Nov 17

Body-Voice-Space | Feb 15–16, 2017

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