February 2017 | View the web version of this newsletter

Speakers announced for the Symposium on Teaching and Learning—have you submitted your proposal?

Nanda Dimitrov

The plenary speakers for SFU's 16th Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning: Voices of Diversity and Inclusion (May 17–18) have been announced. On Day 1, Dr. Nanda Dimitrov (right) and Aisha Haque of Western University will speak about "Navigating Diverse Classrooms: Opportunities for Facilitation and Curriculum Design." On Day 2, Dr. Kyra Garson of Thompson Rivers University will address "Internationalization and Intercultural Learning: What are Students Learning?" Also on Day 2, Dr. Marcella LaFever of the University of the Fraser Valley will present a half-day workshop on "Indigenizing Course Outcomes: Updating your Syllabus to Use the Medicine Wheel as a Curriculum Design Framework." See their photos, bios and abstracts—and download the proposal submission form.

A platform for creating course-based journals and books

Kevin Stranack, associate director for community engagement and learning in the SFU Library, is a proponent of open educational resources and an active participant in the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), a multi-university partnership that maintains an open-source publishing system used around the world. Recently he posted an article describing how instructors can foster learning—and produce shareable content—by having students use the system to create course-based journals and books. Find out more about the initiative.

Two ways to learn more about well-being in learning environments

Teaching practices can have a significant impact on student well-being—a key predictor for student learning and success. SFU Health Promotion and the Teaching and Learning Centre have set up a page on the TLC website to provide faculty members and instructors with one-stop access to well-being resources. Health Promotion, the TLC and the SFU Faculty Association are also co-hosting Building Connections: Well-being in Teaching and Learning on March 7 in the Halpern Centre. The day will include lightning talks, a panel discussion and roundtables featuring faculty members and staff. Drop in for all or part of it, but please register now to let us know you're coming. See the list of presenters and topics.

A video invitation for you

Sanders Whiting Video

Sanders Whiting (right) is a voice and presentation skills specialist in the Teaching and Learning Centre. He regularly works with faculty members, staff and graduate students on breathing, posture, mental preparation and more to help them become more effective and confident speakers. In a new video he introduces his services and issues an invitation. Take a look.

It's time to customize your online course evaluation forms

Departments in six of SFU's eight Faculties are now using the University's online course evaluation system. Instructors in courses that use the system may add their own questions to the form. The question creation/selection period for this semester began on February 20 and will end on Monday, March 6. Find out whether your courses use the new system—and how to select your questions.

Coming up soon

Take action now: Rethinking Teaching (April 27–28, May 1–2) is a four-day workshop that helps faculty members (re)design a course—apply by February 24. Submit your proposal for the Symposium on Teaching and Learning (May 17–18) by March 15 and be part of "Voices of Diversity and Inclusion." Also in March: Teaching Dossier workshops for faculty (March 3, 17, 31) and grad students and postdocs (March 8). New: Apply to the Spring 2017 EdMedia Program (April 4–May 25) by March 17 to build your creative skills, and join faculty colleagues for "But You Never Told Us That This Would Be on the Mid-Term": Managing Expectations in Your Class on February 28—free coffee!

This month in pictures

In the classroom: Instructors and students >>

Bonus Points Challenge. Win a cash card!

The second Monday in February is Family Day. When was Family Day first celebrated in B.C.?

a. 1888    b. 1929    c. 1967    d. 2013

Submit your answer by February 24 for a chance to win a $10 Renaissance Coffee card. Congratulations to Catherine Black, winner of last month's challenge! The correct answer to last month's question was a. Sydney J. Harris.


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Feb 24 Application deadline | Rethinking Teaching: A Four-Day Course Design Workshop for Faculty (Apr 27–28, May 1–2)
Mar 15 Proposal submission deadline | 16th Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning: Voices of Diversity and Inclusion: Vulnerabilities, Tensions, and Opportunities (May 17–18)
Mar 17 Application deadline | EdMedia Program (Apr 4–May 25)
Mar 17 Application deadline | April Instructional Skills Workshops (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

"But You Never Told Us That This Would Be on the Mid-Term": Managing Expectations in Your Class | Feb 28 | 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

Instructional Skills Workshops | Apr 19–21 | Apr 24–26 | 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

Fall 2017 Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning | Sep 15–Dec 8 | Details

Technology & Media

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

Designing for the Blended Learning Experience | Upon request | Details

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
II. Melodic Speech | Mar 2 | Details
III. Warming Up Your Audience | Mar 23 | Details

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