January 2019 | View the web version of this newsletter
Graphic novels as a medium for understanding
Last summer, Amy Parent (assistant professor, education) used graphic novels to introduce students in her EDUC 389 course to the complex issues of Indigenization and decolonization in a non-threatening way. More surprisingly, she had them create their own graphic novels in response. The visual format proved to be an ideal medium of inquiry for many students. “Through the graphics, I was able to explore my own identity and relationship to Indigenous communities in a playful, gentle way,” said one. Parent, who confesses that she “didn’t have any visual literacy skills going into this project,” was excited by her students’ responses to the exercise and is preparing to repeat it this summer: “It was the most enjoyable course I have ever taught.” Read more about what happened in the classroom.
How one instructor is trying to reawaken the joy of learning in her students
On an outing to the park with her then-two-year-old grandson, university lecturer Malgorzata Dubiel (mathematics) was struck by the delight her grandson took in learning to count. The students in her classes are far more likely to exhibit math anxiety. Yet Dubiel is convinced that a sense of discovery and excitement is essential for successful learning, and she has taken a number of “small but positive” steps to help her students “experience the joy of achieving something and be motivated to keep trying.” She shared her practices with colleagues at a recent Teaching Matters session. Read a description of her talk.
A big welcome to Dorothy Christian
Good things come to those who wait. In this case, the wait took the form of a lengthy search to fill the new position of associate director, Indigenous initiatives, within the Teaching and Learning Centre, and the good thing is the appointment of Dr. Dorothy Christian, effective February 1, 2019. Christian is a scholar and visual storyteller from the Secwepemc and Syilx Nations of British Columbia. She will oversee the TLC’s Indigenous initiatives, head a new TLC Advisory Committee for Indigenous Initiatives, and work to build strong relationships and partnerships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities at SFU and beyond. Read the full announcement of her appointment.
An online course designed to offer students greater flexibility
Shivanand Balram (senior lecturer, geography) is well aware that his students “have a life” outside the classroom. Rather than lamenting their divided priorities, he has begun to adapt his courses to the needs of students juggling academic and non-academic responsibilities. Most recently, he created and delivered an online course (GEOG 150 Digital Earth) built entirely within Canvas using “flexible” elements that give students more choice as to when, where and how they learn. Student feedback has been positive, and for his department it’s a possible path to higher enrolments. Read more about the course.
Mark your calendar!
Jan 24: Interested in Academic English programs for international students? CELLTR is presenting Institutional and Pedagogical Perspectives on an Innovative Content-based Academic Language and Literacy Curriculum with Dr. Alfredo Ferreira (UBC Vantage College).
Jan 25: Join Megan Barker (biological sciences) for Collaborative Learning: Two-stage Tests to Support Student Learning and Experience. Part of the Effective Teaching Series.
Mar 1: Register now for Your Teaching Dossier/Portfolio: A S.M.A.R.T. Approach for Faculty.
Feb 28: Learn to present more confidently. Sign up for Breath Power, Posture and Pauses: Your Secret Allies for Public Speaking.
This month in pictures
|SFU’s grad students gathered for the Spring 2019 TA/TM Day >>|
Bonus Points Challenge. Win a $10 coffee card!
This year SFU’s Vancouver campus will celebrate its 30th anniversary with 30 public events. What food will be served at the first event on January 25?
a. Pemmican b. Haggis c. Sushi d. Okanagan apples
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
|Jan 18||Application deadline | Instructional Skills Workshop (Feb 20–22)|
|Feb 22||Application deadline | Rethinking Course Design Workshop (Apr 25–26, 29–30)|
|Mar 15||Application deadline | Instructional Skills Workshop (Apr 16–18)|
|Apr 5||Submission deadline | Call for Proposals: 34th Annual Fall TA/TM Day (Sep 6)|
|May 24||Application deadline | Fall 2019 Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning (Sep 13–Dec 6)|
Effective Teaching Series | Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, Mar 8, 22 | Details
• Collaborative Learning: Two-stage Tests to Support Student Learning and Experience (Jan 25)
• Active Learning in Your Classroom: Tips and Tricks to Increase Student Engagement and Learning (Feb 1)
• Potlatch as Methodology (Feb 8)
Teaching Matters Seminar Series | Jan 28, Feb 4, 11, Mar 4 | Details
• Bringing Life into Tutorials by Using the Flipped Class Model (Jan 28)
• V.E.T.O. That Source! Novel and Not-so-novel Tutorial Techniques for Improving the Critical Evaluation of Online Information (Feb 4)
Instructional Skills Workshop | Feb 20–22 | Apr 16–18 | Details
Your Teaching Dossier/Portfolio: A S.M.A.R.T. Approach for SFU Faculty | Mar 1, 15, 29 | Details
Teaching Dossiers for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows | Mar 6 | Details
Undergraduate Research Symposium | Mar 26 | Save the date
Rethinking Course Design Workshop | Apr 25–26, 29–30 | Details
17th Symposium on Teaching and Learning: Assessing Teaching and Student Learning | May 15–16, 2019 | Save the date
Technology & Media
Scripting and Storyboarding | Jan 31 | Details
Podcasting and Audio Production | Feb 21 | Details
NEW. Flexible Learning Series | Mar 5, 12, 19, 26 | Details
• Designing a Blended Learning Experience (Mar 5)
Going Visual I: Sketch Noting to Foster Student Learning | Mar 6 | Details
Going Visual II: Convey Visual Content with Media | Mar 13 | Details
Smartphone Video Production | Apr 18 | Details
Basic Screencasting and Video Editing | May 2 | Details
Voice & Presentation Skills
Private Voice Sessions | Jan 14–Apr 8 | Details
Breath Power, Posture and Pauses: Your Secret Allies for Public Speaking | Feb 28 | Details
Expressive Speech: Vocal Dynamism in the Classroom | Mar 14 | Details
Better Presentations: Building Confidence and Connections | Mar 28 | Details
Consultations by Appointment
Canvas Training and Consultation | By appointment | Email for details
Creating and Using Graphics | By appointment | Details
Drawing for Visual Communication | By appointment | Email for details
EdMedia Program | By appointment | Email for details
In-class Observation and Consultations for SFU Faculty Members | By appointment | Email for details
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Course and curriculum planning | Canvas and learning technology support | Educational media creation and training | Workshops and programs | Voice and presentation skills | Teaching practice and discipline-specific consulting