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Summer seminar series on teaching and technology runs June 12 to 16

May 25, 2017 — 

The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning’s annual Summer Teaching Series runs from Monday, June 12 to Friday, June 16.

This year the focus is on teaching and technology, with an emphasis on blended learning. Participants may register for up to five workshops. Please see the schedule below for workshop topics.

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The Why and How of Blended Learning

Are you considering moving components of your face-to-face course to online format (or introducing face-to-face components in an online course)? If so, join us to identify the course design, and pedagogical, technical, and policy considerations involved in making your blended course a success. Drawing on best practice, we will also present ways to integrate online and face-to-face components. We encourage you to bring your own device and your detailed course outline to the workshop.

Monday, June 12, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Designing Multiple Choice Tests

Intended for all disciplines in which student assessments include multiple-choice questions (MCQs), this session will cover some practical ways for educators to create MCQs to assess student learning more validly.  In particular, we will examine some common flaws in MCQs, including how to develop higher-order MCQs, and how to evaluate the quality of each MCQ.

Tuesday, June 13, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


The Flipped Classroom

A flipped classroom flips the traditional way of teaching on its head. Students view lectures or content in advance while homework and activities are tackled in the classroom, with the support of peers and the professor. In this workshop, participants will explore how the flipped classroom can increase student engagement, as well as engage in a brief ‘how-to’ of flipping. Modeling a flipped approach, participants will receive resources ahead of time to prepare for the workshop. During our session, participants will work collaboratively to develop a lesson plan for flipping at least one session in a course.

Wednesday, June 14, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Moving Direct Instruction Online: A Principled Approach

Moving direct instruction online is a common move in blended learning courses, but doing so effectively is more than just a technological challenge of digitizing content, it is a pedagogical challenge.  In this workshop, we present a conceptual framework to guide the processes of rethinking our direct instruction and reshaping it for blended learning.  We will look at concrete examples of current models and options and provide practical guidelines on how to move forward with a principled blend. 

Thursday, June 15, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Online Discussions in Support of Critical Discourse

Online discussion forums provide a place where students may share ideas and consider the ideas of their peers. These exchanges can potentially engage students in a meaningful way. In fact, online discussions are one of the most powerful options we have for creating and sustaining critical discourse in our courses. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to rethink the role of discussions in your course and reshape them in a principled way for more effective learning. We will also consider tools and techniques to help you run your discussions more efficiently. 

Friday, June 16, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


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