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Faculty members are generating teaching knowledge and solutions with the help of SFU grants

Dimitris Kallis

SFU has three grant programs that support faculty and staff explorations of more effective ways to teach and learn. The individuals leading grant projects are generating solutions tailored to the SFU context and in many cases adaptable for use by other instructors. Current grant recipients include Dimitris Krallis (associate professor, Hellenic Studies, shown at right), who is constructing an online digital platform for course materials; Robert Krider (professor, Beedie School of Business), who is investigating ways to improve "teaching efficiency" by examining the relationship between time invested in fostering student learning and the outcomes achieved; and Lara Aknin (assistant professor, Psychology), who is creating an anonymous peer evaluation system that can be integrated into SFU systems like Canvas. Browse descriptions of some recently funded projects and find out how you can get a teaching and learning–related grant.

The Scantron system is changing—find out what that means for you

The Scantron system employed by SFU to process those fill-in-the-bubble forms used by many instructors and departments for exams and paper-based course/instructor/teaching assistant evaluations has changed, and will undergo further changes in 2017. For now, the existing forms can still be used, and the submission processes for sending the forms to Document Solutions are unchanged. However, the report formats and, in the case of exam results, the report content have been modified, and scores can now be supplied in a form that is uploadable to the Canvas Gradebook. Find out what else has changed and what's ahead.

A new video offers reflections on teaching and learning at SFU by former TLC director Stephanie Chu

Stephanie Chu video interview

In a newly posted video interview, Stephanie Chu, former director of the Teaching and Learning Centre, shared her thoughts on the evolution of the TLC and SFU's teaching and learning community during her six-year tenure, which ended in July 2016. Chu identified the establishment of partnerships with other SFU departments and service units and an "ecosystemic" approach to teaching and learning support as key elements of the Centre's growth. Watch the video.

Experienced academics share the lessons they've learned

In "What I Wish I Knew as an Early-Career Professor," an article in the January 2017 issue of University Affairs, eight veteran academics offer insights drawn from their own experiences to younger colleagues. Among the contributors is SFU teaching professor Veselin Jungic (Mathematics), who describes the moment when he first understood that his students had dimensions beyond those they exhibited in the classroom. View the article.

Coming up next

Take note of these fast-approaching dates: January 20 is the application deadline for the next Instructional Skills Workshop (February 15–17) and also the proposal submission deadline for Building Connections (March 7), a forum for considering ways to foster well-being in learning environments. February 1 is the extended application deadline for Body-Voice-Space, an intensive voice and presentation skills boot camp taking place at the Vancouver campus on February 15–16. Finally, the application deadline for Rethinking Teaching (April 27–28, May 1–2), the annual opportunity for faculty members to develop or redevelop a course, is February 24, but we encourage you to apply now. For more dates, see the listings in the sidebar.

This month in pictures

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Jan 20 Proposal submission deadline | Building Connections: Well-being in Teaching and Learning (Mar 7)
Jan 20 Application deadline | February ISW (Feb 15–17)
Feb 1 EXTENDED application deadline | Body-Voice-Space: An Intensive Two-Day Voice and Presentation Skills Boot Camp (Feb 15–16)
Feb 2 Application deadline | Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants
Feb 24 Application deadline | Rethinking Teaching: A Four-Day Course Design Workshop for Faculty (Apr 27–28, May 1–2)
Mar 10 Proposal submission deadline | 16th Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning: Voices of Diversity and Inclusion: Vulnerabilities, Tensions, and Opportunities (May 17–18; details to follow)
Mar 17 Application deadline | EdMedia Program (Apr 4–May 25)
Mar 17 Application deadline | April ISWs (Apr 19–21, 24–26)
Apr 7 Proposal submission deadline | 32nd Annual Fall TA/TM Day (Sep 8)
May 26 Application deadline | Fall 2017 Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning (Sep 15–Dec 8)


Teaching Practice

Instructional Skills Workshops | Feb 15–17 | Apr 19–21 | Apr 24–26 | Details

Your Teaching Dossier/Portfolio: A S.M.A.R.T. (Systematic, Manageable, Articulate, Reviewed, Tangible) Approach for SFU Faculty | Mar 3, 17, 31 | Details

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

Teaching Dossiers for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows | Mar 8 | Details

Teaching and Learning Development Grants (TLDG) Workshops | Mar 16 & 30 | Apr 4 & 18 | Details

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

16th Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning: Voices of Diversity and Inclusion: Vulnerabilities, Tensions, and Opportunities | May 17–18 | Details to follow

Technology & Media

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

Going Graphic Workshop | Mar 21 | Details

EdMedia Program | Selected Tuesdays and Thursdays, Apr 4–May 25 | Details

Voice & Presentation Skills

Private Voice Sessions | Mondays, Jan 16–Apr 3 | By appointment | Details

Presentation Practice | Mondays, Jan 16–Apr 3 | By appointment | Details

Presentation Skills Series
I. Breath Power, Posture and Pauses | Feb 2 | Details
II. Melodic Speech | Mar 2 | Details
III. Warming Up Your Audience | Mar 23 | Details

Body-Voice-Space: An Intensive Two-Day Voice and Presentation Skills Boot Camp | Feb 15–16 | Details

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