December 2017 | View the web version of this newsletter

Celebrating an impact that goes beyond the classroom

Petra Menz

“If you have a professor who is approaching you to get the best out of you, you will remember them for life.” Petra Menz (right), a senior lecturer in Mathematics, has developed meaningful connections with hundreds of students through her Instructor-Student Meeting Initiative. Her work has had a measurable impact on student well-being, and it is an example of how instructors participating in SFU Health Promotion's Well-being in Learning Environments (WLE) program create conditions that boost well-being and academic performance. On January 16 she will be recognized as SFU's 2017 Champion for a Healthy Campus Community by Peter Keller, VP Academic, at an afternoon reception in the Diamond Alumni Centre. All members of the academic community—but especially faculty members and staff—are invited to this celebration of Petra's work, which will feature the premiere of a two-minute video about her initiative. RSVP to save your spot.

Almost like being there: Pictures and presentation slides from DEMOfest 2017

For the third year in a row, DEMOfest brought together members of SFU’s academic community for a day showcasing the learning tools, techniques and technologies used by SFU instructors. This year’s DEMOfest was notable for its emphasis on assessment tools and strategies. If you missed the November 28 event—or if you wish you had taken better notes during the presentations—you can now view the PowerPoint slides for most of the presentations, along with a slideshow of people and faces at this cross-Faculty gathering organized by the Teaching and Learning Centre.

Our best wishes to you

Winter scene

You—faculty members, instructors, teaching support staff, departmental administrators and service providers within SFU’s teaching and learning community—work hard all year long to provide meaningful learning experiences for students. As the holiday break approaches, those of us in the Teaching and Learning Centre want to acknowledge and celebrate all of you for your often unsung efforts this past year. The impact of your work isn’t always immediately apparent, but in many cases the positive results are transformative and life-changing. View our holiday greeting!

Mark these dates and reserve your seats

CALLING ALL TAs: Teaching assistants and tutor-markers, don’t miss TA/TM Day on January 5! Check out the updated schedule. PREPARE TO ADVANCE: Your Teaching Dossier/Portfolio (Feb 23, Mar 9 & 23) is important for faculty members seeking promotion at SFU—register now. TAKE TIME TO REFLECT: The Bring Your Self to Work Dialogues offer teaching faculty a place to build community and talk about teaching and life. JUST ANNOUNCED: We have added more spring workshops—check the sidebar.

This month in pictures

Fall 2017 CPUTL Fall 2017 CPUTL Fall 2017 CPUTL Photo gallery: After a semester of hard work, the Fall 2017 CPUTL graduates celebrate >>

Bonus Points Challenge. Win a $10 cash card!

The winter solstice is the shortest day (or longest night) of the year. When is the winter solstice this year?

a. December 19    b. December 20    c. December 21    d. December 22

SUBMIT YOUR ANSWER by January 5 for a chance to win a $10 Starbucks Coffee card. The correct answer to last month's question was Bennett/Fraser/Belzberg.


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Jan 19 Application deadline | February Instructional Skills Workshop (Feb 14–16)
Feb 9 Application deadline | Your Teaching Dossier/Portfolio: A S.M.A.R.T. Approach for SFU Faculty (Feb 23, Mar 9 & 23)
Feb 23 Application deadline | Rethinking Teaching (Apr 26–27, Apr 30–May 1)
Mar 16 Application deadline | April Instructional Skills Workshops (Apr 18–20 or 23–25)
Apr 20 NEW! Application deadline | Body, Voice, Space: An Intensive Two-Day Voice and Presentation Skills Boot Camp (May 16–17)
May 25 NEW! Application deadline | Fall 2018 Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning (Sep 14–Dec 7)


Teaching Practice

SCHEDULE UPDATED! Spring 2018 TA/TM Day | Jan 5 | Details

NEW! Bring Your Self to Work Dialogues | Jan 8, Feb 5, Mar 5 | Details

NEW DATES! Instructional Skills Workshops | Feb 14–16 | Apr 18–20 | Apr 23–25 | Details

Your Teaching Dossier/Portfolio: A S.M.A.R.T. Approach for SFU Faculty | Feb 23, Mar 9 & 23 | Details

Teaching Dossiers for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows | Mar 6 | Details

Rethinking Teaching: A Four-Day Course Design Workshop for Faculty | Apr 26–27, Apr 30–May 1 | Details

Technology & Media

Canvas Training and Consultations | By appointment |

NEW! Creating and Using Graphics | By appointment |

Designing for the Blended Learning Experience | Upon request | Details

NEW! Screencasting and Video Editing: A Simple Way to Create Engaging Videos | Feb 1 | 1:00–3:00 | Details

Voice & Presentation Skills

NEW DATES! Private Voice Sessions | Jan 15–Apr 9 | By appointment | Details

Breath Power, Posture and Pauses: Your Secret Allies for Public Speaking | Feb 22 | Details

Expressive Speech: Vocal Dynamism in the Classroom | Mar 8 | Details

Better Presentations: Building Confidence and Connections | Mar 22 | Details

NEW! Body, Voice, Space: An Intensive Two-Day Voice and Presentation Skills Boot Camp | May 16–17 | Details

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