Events

Truro Campus: Teaching and Learning Mini-Retreat (In-person)

Tuesday, February 21, 2023: 10:00 AM - 2:15 PM, Macrae Library

Macrae library; rooms 218/219

Tips for increasing SLEQ response rates

Facilitator: Bruno Roy
10:30 - 11:00 pm 

Note: This is a 30 min in-person session with consultation time available after the session for anybody who has any questions about SLEQs.

Intended audience: Faculty member, instructors, department chairs, SLEQ liaisons.

In this session we will discuss some strategies that could be used toward increasing your SLEQ response rates. We will discuss ways to keep the students engaged in the process throughout the term and discuss some of the resources available to support your efforts. 

Title: Reviewing and Using Positive and Critical Student Feedback
Facilitators: Elizabeth Gillis and Bruno Roy
11:05 - 12:00 pm

Intended audience: Faculty members and those who receive student feedback as part of their teaching activities.

As course instructors, we receive formal student feedback via the Student Learning Experience Questionnaire (SLEQ) and may also get course feedback through other informal means. Reviewing and using that feedback to inform your teaching practice is not always straightforward. In this session, we will review some strategies that may help you look at positive and critical student feedback. Options for working with students to increase constructive feedback and approaches to including student feedback as part of a teaching dossier will also be discussed.

Please note: Additional time will be made available after the session for those who would like to review and discuss their own student feedback (see open consultation time).

Break for Lunch (provided)
Chat with colleagues about teaching
12:00 - 12:45 pm

Title: Designing Group Work in Your Course
Facilitator: Elizabeth Gillis and Kate Crane
12:45 - 1:45

Intended audience: Faculty members and graduate students who support students engaging in group work as part of their learning

In this session, we will be looking at implementing extended group work in undergraduate courses with particular emphasis on designing team-based activities. Participants will:

  • Compile a list of the characteristics of both effective and ineffective group work and review common student objections regarding teamwork
  • Review instructional goals and logistical challenges of group work and discuss solutions to those challenges
  • Consider how a group activity could be used or redesigned in a course you are working on

In preparation, this short 2-pager provides an overview of the types, benefits, and requirements for different levels of collaborative activities. Reflect on why you may be considering adding group work to your course or a problem or concern you are experiencing with the group work you are using now.

Open Consultation Drop-In (registration not required)
1:45 - 2:15 pm

Facilitators will be available during this time. Please stop by and chat about anything of interest about your courses, student feedback, or teaching and learning.

The Value of Disaggregating your SoTL - Dr. Justin Bruner 

Wednesday, February 22, 2023: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Teams

Data Analyst – Office of the Provost, Undergraduate Education Unit at Michigan State University

Adjunct Assistant Professor – Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling at the University of Alabama

Abstract
One of the values of SoTL research is being able to tell a rich story that is based in evidence. Being able to disaggregate your research is a critical component to that richness. Disaggregation of data allows researchers to move from “What works?” to “For whom?” and “Under what conditions?” In this short presentation, some of the topics covered will include how to compare groups, intersectional reporting, and whole person approaches. By providing more depth for audiences, SoTL researchers can provide a better template for colleagues to take action and facilitate new questions for the field to address.  

Halifax Campus: Reviewing and Using Positive and Critical Student Feedback

Tuesday, March 7, 2023: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Killam Library, B400

March 7, 2023, 12:00-1:00 PM
1:00 - 1:30 PM (Optional working time)
Killam Memorial Library
B400 (In-person) – cap 35

Facilitators: Elizabeth and Bruno

Description:
Please note: This is an in-person session that runs from 12:00 - 1:00 PM. An additional, optional 30 minutes (1:00 - 1:30 PM) will be available after the session for those who would like to review and discuss their own student feedback.

Intended audience: Faculty members and those who receive student feedback as part of their teaching activities.

As course instructors, we receive formal student feedback via the Student Learning Experience Questionnaire (SLEQ) and may also get course feedback through other informal means. Reviewing and using that feedback to inform your teaching practice is not always straightforward. In this session, we will review some strategies that may help you look at positive and critical student feedback. Options for working with students to increase constructive feedback and approaches to including student feedback as part of a teaching dossier will also be discussed.

Graduate Workshops

January 31, 2023: Collecting and using students' evaluation/feedback

Graduate information session 

January 31st, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presenters: 
Betsy Keating, Educational Developer (Faculty)
Bruno Roy, Technical Administrator, Student Learning Experience Questionnaire (SLEQ)
Nasim Tavassoli, Educational Developer (Student Development)

Session Description: 
Teaching is a dynamic and ever-evolving process, and students’ feedback plays an important role in improving the quality of a course and developing the instructor’s teaching skills. Students’ evaluations are usually collected with regards to the performance of the course instructor, and less attention has been paid to teaching assistants’ performance. Given that students’ evaluation is a required component of a teaching dossier, most teaching assistants have difficulty demonstrating their TAships performance in formal or informal ways. 

In this graduate information session, you will learn about the importance of students’ feedback in improving the quality of teaching and development of a teaching dossier. Additionally, you will learn about different ways of soliciting and collecting students’ evaluation and feedback when you are working as a teaching assistant.

Register

Teams invite

No participation Cap.
Open to Dal only.

February 13, 2:00 - 3:00 pm - Embracing Efficiency: Managing Time while providing effective feedback


Presenter: 
Dr. Leanne Stevens (University Teaching Fellow; Department of Psychology and Neuroscience)

Facilitator: Nasim Tavassoli (Educational Developer)

Session description: Marking assessments often feels like a forced choice between speed (providing grades back to students as quickly as possible) and quality (providing useful feedback to help students learn and grown); but through the use of tools and efficient practices, it is possible to accomplish both. This session will highlight some strategies for efficient grading practices, focused on providing students with useful feedback.

Teams link

For graduate students, but all welcome. 

No participation Cap. Open to Dalhousie students only.

March 14, 11 am - 12:00 pm - Flip your class! Designing a Blended Course

Presenters: Kate Crane, Educational Developer (Online Pedagogy) and Nasim Tavassoli, Educational Developer (Student Development)

Session Description:
In this workshop, educational developers Nasim Tavassoli (Student Development) and Kate Crane (Online Pedagogy) will lead participants through a brief exploration of blended teaching (and related terms, such as “flipped” and “hybrid”) highlighting advantages and key considerations. The latter half of the workshop will include working through a case study, exploring why and how we might incorporate blended design elements into our courses.

Teams link

For graduate students, but all welcome.

No participation Cap. Open to Dalhousie students only.

Upcoming Webinars

April 5, 2023: Podcast Pedagogy

April 5, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 

In this hybrid webinar, educational developers Kate Thompson & Kate Crane join podcasters from the Dalhousie community to discuss the pedagogical benefits of incorporating podcasts in your online or in-person courses. We will discuss why you might want to use them, how to incorporate them in different ways throughout your course (such as content delivery and assessment), and what’s involved in creation and production.  

This is a hybrid event—you can attend in person in B400 in the Killam Library or virtually via Teams.  

Register


 

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