Events

Upcoming Workshops

August 7: How to write a CLT grant proposal

Wednesday August 7
10–11:30 a.m.
Online via Microsoft Teams
Register for the event

Dalhousie’s Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) has several Teaching and Learning grants that are awarded each year. This session will briefly describe the grants, their requirements, and the rubrics we use to assess proposals. We will also explain the grant application process, and provide some tips and tricks about how to write your grant proposal to maximize your chances of success.

There will be time to ask questions and discuss which grant(s) might be right for the project you have in mind.

Presenter

Kate Thompson, Educational Developer (SoTL), Centre for Learning and Teaching

September 20: Mental Health 101 - Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress (in-person)

Friday, September 20
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Killam Library, Room B400*

Facilitator

Joanne Mills, Psychologist, Student Health & Wellnes

The MH101 session is limited to faculty, instructors, and staff at Dalhousie and King's.

In any given year 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness, and according to Statistics Canada youth aged 15-24 are the most likely group to suffer the effects of a mental illness, substance dependency and suicide. Considering most university students are within this age group it is essential that those working with University students are provided the necessary knowledge and resources to recognize and respond to students in distress.

MH101 is a short yet informative presentation developed for university faculty and staff to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness and mental health problems, thus increase your confidence in supporting students. 

*Please note that the B400 classroom is in the basement of the Killam Library. We are aware of, and apologize for, the accessibility barriers associated with this room. If you require the use of an elevator to reach this room, one of the CLT staff will have to access the elevator with you, using their key card. Please let us know in advance so that we can facilitate a smooth and timely transition to the basement.
We also ask that participants be respectful of those with significant allergies and avoid wearing perfume, aftershave, cologne, and highly scented hairspray, soaps, lotions, and shampoos.

November 4: Mental Health 101 - Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress (online)

Monday, November 4
1-3 p.m.
Online via Microsoft Teams

Facilitator

Joanne Mills, Psychologist, Student Health & Wellnes

The MH101 session is limited to faculty, instructors, and staff at Dalhousie and King's.

In any given year 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness, and according to Statistics Canada youth aged 15-24 are the most likely group to suffer the effects of a mental illness, substance dependency and suicide. Considering most university students are within this age group it is essential that those working with University students are provided the necessary knowledge and resources to recognize and respond to students in distress.

MH101 is a short yet informative presentation developed for university faculty and staff to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness and mental health problems, thus increase your confidence in supporting students. 

*Please note that the B400 classroom is in the basement of the Killam Library. We are aware of, and apologize for, the accessibility barriers associated with this room. If you require the use of an elevator to reach this room, one of the CLT staff will have to access the elevator with you, using their key card. Please let us know in advance so that we can facilitate a smooth and timely transition to the basement.
We also ask that participants be respectful of those with significant allergies and avoid wearing perfume, aftershave, cologne, and highly scented hairspray, soaps, lotions, and shampoos.

 

Information Sessions

The following information sessions will take place in-person. Coffee and light snacks will be available. These sessions are limited to the Dalhousie University community.  

August 27: Student Learning Experience Questionnaire (SLEQ) Information Session

Tuesday, August 27
10-11 a.m.
Killam Library, Room B400*
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In this session we will go over the basics of the student learning experience questionnaire (SLEQ): The timing of the SLEQ process, when you can add questions, what to do if you do not receive the email and how to monitor your response rate. We will also discuss how to add questions, why you might want to add questions and what questions are available to add. We will also discuss how to keep students engaged in the process. Tips on increasing response rates. And how to talk to students about providing constructive feedback.

Intended audience

Anyone who engages with the SLEQ including Instructors/Staff/Teaching Assistants.

Presenter

Bruno Roy, Student Feedback and Evaluation Coordinator

*Please note that the B400 classroom is in the basement of the Killam Library. We are aware of, and apologize for, the accessibility barriers associated with this room. If you require the use of an elevator to reach this room, one of the CLT staff will have to access the elevator with you, using their key card. Please let us know in advance so that we can facilitate a smooth and timely transition to the basement.
We also ask that participants be respectful of those with significant allergies and avoid wearing perfume, aftershave, cologne, and highly scented hairspray, soaps, lotions, and shampoos.

August 27: Faculty Certificate in Teaching and Learning Information Session

Tuesday, August 27
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m
Killam Library, Room B400*
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This info session will provide attendees an overview of the Faculty Certificate in Teaching and Learning program and its required components (the Foundations course, studio courses, peer observations and the teaching dossier workshop). Attendees will also get to hear from current and past program participants during an informal panel in the latter half of the hour.

Presenter

Kate Crane, Educational Developer

Intended Audience

Anyone holding a faculty appointment is welcome!

*Please note that the B400 classroom is in the basement of the Killam Library. We are aware of, and apologize for, the accessibility barriers associated with this room. If you require the use of an elevator to reach this room, one of the CLT staff will have to access the elevator with you, using their key card. Please let us know in advance so that we can facilitate a smooth and timely transition to the basement.
We also ask that participants be respectful of those with significant allergies and avoid wearing perfume, aftershave, cologne, and highly scented hairspray, soaps, lotions, and shampoos.

August 28: Starting with the Syllabus: Creating your course syllabus

Wednesday, August 28
9–10:15 a.m.
Killam Library, Room B400*
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This in-person session is designed for those who may be unfamiliar with the required elements of a Dalhousie syllabus or are new to creating a syllabus and are learning what they might want to include.

In this session, we will review the core components of a course syllabus as outlined in the Dalhousie Syllabus Policy. Tips on how to make your syllabus more effective will be discussed. Participants are asked to bring a syllabus they are working on as time will be allotted to reflection and gathering peer feedback. If participants are not currently teaching a course, they are invited to bring a syllabus for a course they taught in the past or would like to teach in the future.

Intended Audience

Anyone working on or with course syllabi, including faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students.

Presenter

Elizabeth Gillis, Educational Developer

*Please note that the B400 classroom is in the basement of the Killam Library. We are aware of, and apologize for, the accessibility barriers associated with this room. If you require the use of an elevator to reach this room, one of the CLT staff will have to access the elevator with you, using their key card. Please let us know in advance so that we can facilitate a smooth and timely transition to the basement.
We also ask that participants be respectful of those with significant allergies and avoid wearing perfume, aftershave, cologne, and highly scented hairspray, soaps, lotions, and shampoos.

August 28: Examining EDIA in Your Course Syllabus: A Syllabus Swap

Wednesday, August 28
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Killam Library, Room B400*
Register for the session (link opens in new window)

Regularly reviewing our course materials is an important step toward evaluating our process in meeting our instructional goals. It allows us to identify areas for improvement and actively work toward enhancing our teaching practices. As one of the first touch points we have with our students, the course syllabus is a foundational document for the course and establishes course expectations and objectives for students. As we work toward creating inclusive, equitable, and accessible learning environments, reviewing our syllabi is one way we can evaluate how we are meeting our goals and how our practice may impact students.

In this session, we will examine how the various ways our syllabi respond to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility considerations. We aim to have an open-ended, good faith exchange about the application of EDIA principles to courses. This is an interactive session, and workshop participants will be split into small groups with each group carrying out a discussion-based review of sample course syllabi. Time will be provided to review your own syllabi.

Attendees are kindly asked to bring at least one paper copy of the syllabus they are looking to gather feedback on.

Intended Audience

This session is intended for those who have a syllabus for a course they have taught and/or will be teaching and are interested in evaluating and reflecting on their practice. We recognize that participants may have varying levels of expertise in topics related to EDIA – we welcome anyone interested in joining the conversation! This is meant to be a friendly exchange where we all (facilitators included!) learn from each other.

Facilitators

Laurel Schut (Associate Director, College of Sustainability and CLT Faculty Associate)
Elizabeth Gillis, Educational Developer

*Please note that the B400 classroom is in the basement of the Killam Library. We are aware of, and apologize for, the accessibility barriers associated with this room. If you require the use of an elevator to reach this room, one of the CLT staff will have to access the elevator with you, using their key card. Please let us know in advance so that we can facilitate a smooth and timely transition to the basement.
We also ask that participants be respectful of those with significant allergies and avoid wearing perfume, aftershave, cologne, and highly scented hairspray, soaps, lotions, and shampoos.

Annual Events

August 20-22: New Academic Staff Orientation

Dalhousie University welcomes new colleagues to the academic community with our annual New Academic Staff Orientation (NASO). This year's NASO will take place on August 20 and 21 (in-person) and August 22 (online) at the Dalhousie Student Union Building.  Details about the orientation will be available in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions about NASO events, please email us at clt@dal.ca

September 4 & 5: Teaching Assistant Professional Development Days

September 4 (in-person) and 5 (online)

The purpose of TA Days is to provide teaching assistants with strategies, information, and/or understanding to support them in their teaching activities during the year. These workshops and webinars are meant to provide both new and returning TAs with the opportunity to listen, learn and ask questions about teaching. Participants in the Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) can receive up to 5 professional development hours for attending TA Days. Note: This excludes the information session that outlines the CUTL and other programming available, which does not account towards the PD hours.

 

Past CLT Events

 

Annual AAU Showcase

Acadia University is hosting the 2024 Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) Teaching Showcase on Saturday, November 2, 2024 in Wolfville Nova Scotia.  For more information on the conference email teaching@acadia.ca or download the call for proposals (PDF - 277 KB).

CLT Webinars: Recordings and Resources

The Dalhousie community can now self-enrol in the Brightspace site. Learn how.