Workshops and Discussion Groups


Upcoming Workshops and Discussion Groups

2019

September

Event Type Date Time

Add a PronounDo you have your pronouns in your email and classroom documents? Is this something you’ve considered? This discussion will explore why teachers need to have their preferred pronouns listed in their course correspondence and syllabus. The series will highlight how adding pronouns can start conversations, give voice to students who otherwise may not be heard, promote safe learning spaces, and be a catalyst for change in the lives of students.

Facilitator: Phillip Joy, PhD Candidate
Graduate Teaching Associate, CLT

 Register for the Workshop   September 12  10-11 a.m. 

The Millennial Teacher: There is much discussion about what it means to teach millennials, but what happens when millennials begin to teach? Millennials are a generation that has grown up connected to media, being able to access information with a click of a button, and who focus on pursuing work-life balance. Just like other generations, as millennials begin to transition into the role of instructors and faculty their unique personalities and perspectives are likely to shift approaches to teaching and learning, and the culture of higher education to reflect their context – but how? This discussion will look at a brief history of generations, the well-researched topic of millennials, and participants (both non-millennials and millennials) will work together, bringing their own experiences and understanding of that generation, to speculate on how millennials as teachers may change the landscape of teaching and learning in higher education.

Facilitators: Dr. Jill Marie McSweeney-Flaherty & Dr. Susan Joudrey. Susan and Jill are Educational Develoers at the Centre for Learning and Teaching

Register for this Workshop September 26, 2019 10-11:30 a.m.

October

Event Type Date Time

What Do I Do When...??: This panel will discuss common situations that may create tensions in the classroom for faculty TAs, and learners. Panelists will share strategies to avoid or overcome challenges and explore ways to build positive relations with students to enhance classroom environments and contribute to effective learning outcomes. This panel discussion is designed to help you navigate your role in the classroom and provide you with the tools to build and foster professional and positive relationships with your learners. You will have the opportunity to engage and ask questions of the panelists.

Panelists

Raghav Sampangi, Ph.D.
Instructor at the Faculty of Computer Science
Director of the Master of Applied Computer Science (MACS) program

Raghav Sampangi is a proponent of lifelong learning and considers every interaction the source of a life lesson. His interest in teaching stems from this belief, and from the belief that learning (and teaching) has to be beyond the bounds of a classroom and not merely motivated by academic grades. Teaching is also a great learning opportunity, because this action helps us learn (and understand) a bit more about the topic and ourselves.

Matthew Schnurr, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
International Development Studies, Dalhousie University

Matthew Schnurr researches and teaches on global environmental issues.  He has taught more than thirty courses over ten years ranging from first-year to the graduate level.  His teaching philosophy is rooted in the idea that deep learning about our role as global citizens can only take place when students are given the opportunity to unravel the relationships connecting privilege and poverty. He accomplishes this by creating communities of learners through in-class activities, assessments, research opportunities, and study abroad programs. 

Sara Kirk, Ph.D.
Professor of Health Promotion, Faculty of Health
Scientific Director of the Healthy Populations Institute

I strive to be collaborative and interactive in my approach to teaching, just as I am in my research, and to be student-focused. It is my goal in almost all my teaching activities to encourage independent learners, who have the confidence to appreciate what they are capable of knowing, and who understand the importance of critical thinking and evidence-informed decision-making. I endeavor to foster learning environments that are stimulating, motivating, supportive and participative.

Alison Thompson, Ph.D.
FRSC (UK) and Professor of Chemistry, CREATE BioActives Training Program Director, Dalhousie University

My conviction that everyone has a right to access learning underpins my educational leadership.  As well as being a proud teacher, I am an able researcher with a record of excellence that has earned me a seat on national committees that play a role in inspiring the next generation of scientists – we are all learners first, and researchers second.  My primary classroom teaching role is with a second-year class in Introductory Organic Chemistry. It is a required class, a very large class, and an 8.30am class – and I love it.

 Register for the Workshop  October 1, 2019  1-2 p.m.

The Song and Dance of Teaching: Do We Need to be Entertainers?: Is your classroom a stage? Are you performing for your students? This discussion and debate will explore whether teachers need to be, or even should be, entertaining students. Should teachers just relay information and knowledge or do teachers need to “entertain” students to be more effective? How do we hold student’s attention with the ever-changing technological distractions? Participants will partake in small group discussions and debate the pros and cons of entertaining students. The workshop will review strategies to promote interactive teaching and engaging students.

Facilitator: Phillip Joy, PhD Candidate
Graduate Teaching Associate, CLT

Register for this Workshop October 28, 2019 10-11 a.m.

November

Event Type Date Time

Being Gentle: Acts of Self-Compassion in Teaching: Have you ever had doubts about your teaching or been critical of it? Are you feeling stressed, anxious, or nervous about teaching? Are you finding yourself overworked and frustrated with interacting with students or being in front of a large group? This discussion session will explore how we can be more self-compassionate as teachers. The workshop will provide you with an opportunity to discuss the relationship between your health and teaching, as well as to explore how self-compassion can enhance classroom experiences for yourself and your learners. It aims to provide strategies that may help you cope with the daily stresses of teaching.

Facilitator: Phillip Joy, PhD Candidate
Graduate Teaching Associate, CLT

 Register for this Workshop  November 27, 2019 1-2 p.m.

December

Event Type Date Time

Creating a Teaching Dossier: Two-part Graduate Student Workshop 

Facilitator: Dr. Jill McSweeney

 Register for this Workshop   December 5 & 12   9:30 AM to noon 

Past Workshops and Discussion Groups

2019

January

February

Event Type Date Time
Why Entrepreneurship Can Benefit Every Student Discussion February 12 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Mental Health 101: Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress Workshop February 13 2:00 to 4:00 PM
What is Universal Design? Unravelling the myth from the reality Workshop February 19 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Assessing Political Bias on Campus Workshop February 27 2:00 - 3:30 PM

March

Event Type Date Time
Mental Health 101: Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress Workshop Tuesday, March 12 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Teaching Sustainability in an Interdisciplinary Environment Active Learning Series Workshop March 15 11:00 AM - noon
Facilitating Dynamic Discussions (or, Active Learning, Acoustic Style) Active Learning Series Workshop March 28 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

April

Event Type Date Time
Creating Metacognitive Awareness to Enhance Teaching and Learning Workshop April 10 2-4 PM

2018

December

Event Type Date Time
Reflecting on the #MeToo Movement in our Teaching: An unstructured discussion Discussion Group December 11 10:30 - 11:30 AM

October

Event Type Date Time
Supervising Across Cultures Workshop October 4 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Building Successful Academic Relationships Across Cultures
Workshop
October 4 2:00 to 4:30 pm
Free Speech in the Classroom Workshop October 11 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Creating Learning Outcomes Workshop October 11 11:30 am to 1 pm
Exploring Heteronormativity in the Classroom: Towards Queer Inclusivity Workshop October 22 10:00 - 11:30 am
RESHCEDULED TO DECEMBER 11: Reflecting on the #MeToo Movement in our Teaching: An unstructured discussion Discussion Group DECEMBER 11 10:30 - 11:30 AM
User Experience Considerations for Delivering Online Content Workshop October 24 2:00 - 4:00 pm

September

Event Type Date Time
Enhancing Assessment and Feedback Workshop September 27 noon - 1:30 pm

May

Event Type Date Time
Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning Conference May 2 & 3 All day
Martine Durier-Copp, Centre for Advanced Management Education (CFAME)   Lunch and Learn May 11 12:00 to 1:00
Two-part Workshop Series: Creating a Teaching Dossier Workshop May 17 & 22 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

April

Event Type Date Time
Darryl Eisan, Lecturer, School of Public Administration Lunch and Learn April 13 12:00 to 1:00 
Building Belonging: Embedding Indigenous Content and Ways of Knowing in Learning and Teaching Gathering April 19 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

February

Event Type Date Time
Putting Professional Communications Skills (MGMT 3602) Online Lunch and Learn February 9 12:00 to 1:00 PM

Teaching Debrief: The Importance of Self-Assessment as an Educator

Discussion Group February 28 12:00 to 1:30 PM

January

Event Type Date Time
Preparing your Teaching Dossier (Graduate Student Workshop) Workshop January 17 11:30 to 1:30

2017

December

Event Type Date Time

Reflecting on Faculty Perspectives on E-Learning

Lunch and Learn December 8 12:00 to 1:00 PM

November

Event Type Date Time

Information and disinformation: Evaluating what we know in a world of “alternative facts”

Workshop November 2 10:00 to 11:30
Exploring one’s Identity as an Educator: How Does Who we are Affect What we do in our Classrooms? Workshop November 15 1:30 to 3:00
Mental Health 101: Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress
Open to faculty and instructors only
Workshops November 16 1:30 to 3:30 pm 
Developing Your Teaching Philosophy Discussion Group November 29 12:30 to 2:00 pm

October

Event Type Date Time

Adopting a blended learning approach to help promote student learning via a role-play simulation: Best practices from two longitudinal studies

Lunch & Learn October 13 12:00 to 1:00
Mental Health 101: Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress
Open to faculty and instructors only
Workshops October 24 9:30 to 11:30 am 
Identifying and Applying Strengths: Our Students and Ourselves Discussion Group October 25 12:30 to 2:00 pm
When Discipline and Appeals Issues Arise Workshop October 26 12:00 to 1:00 pm

September

Event Type Date Time
Teaching Assistant Professional Development Day Workshops September 12 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 

Effective Leadership: What Does It Look Like Today?

Discussion Group September 28 2:00 to 3:30 pm

August

Event Type Date Time
Respecting the Diversity of Students’ Mental Health
Workshop Aug. 9 1:00 - 2:30 pm
New Academic Staff Orientation Orientation Aug. 30 & 31 Full Day

April

January

Event Type Date Time
Discovering Best Practices for Education and Technology Discussion Group Jan. 17 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Part I: Exploring Best Practices Around Blended and Online Learning at Dalhousie 3-part Workshop Jan. 19 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Trans Issues on Campus: Answering Your Questions Workshop Jan. 23 2:00 to 3:30 pm
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

2016

November

Event Type Date Time
Mental Health 101: Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress
(not open to students)
Workshop November 17 1:30 to 3:30
Implementing Brightspace ePortfolio Lunch & Learn November 18 12:00 to 1:00
Helping Students Achieve their Learning Potential Workshop November 24 2:00 to 3:30
The Millennial Teacher Discussion Group November 29 1:00 to 3:30

October

September

Event Type Date Time
TA Day Orientation September 13 8:30 to 4:00
Let’s Talk About RESPECT Discussion Group September 26 11:00 to 12:30
Creating Respect and Equity for
Transgender Students in our Classrooms
Workshop September 27 1:00 to 2:30
Working Outside Academia Workshop September 29 10:00 to 12:00
10:00 to 12:00
 
10:00 to 12:00
10:00 to 12:00

August

Event Type Date Time
New Academic Staff Orientation Orientation August 24 & 25 8:30 - 3:30

June

Event Type Date Time
Threshold Concepts Conference June 15-17 Full day

May

Event Type Date Time
The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy Book Discussion May 9 1:00 to 2:30

Creating a Teaching Dossier

Workshop May 5 & 9 10:00 to 12:00
Using Twitter to build community in large classes and departments Lunch & Learn May 27 12:00 to 1:00

April

Event Type Date Time
Challenge-based learning cycles in the online environment Lunch & Learn April 22 12:00 to 1:00
DCUTL: Exploring Change and Resilience in University Teaching and Learning Conference April 27 & 28 Full day

March

Event Type Date Time
Bringing an Indigenous Sensibility into the Classroom Workshop March 4 9:00 to 10:30
A Primer on Indigenous Research Methodologies Workshop March 4 2:00 to 3:30
SRI Information Sessions for Faculty (Agriculture Campus) Lunch & Learn March 8 12:00 to 1:00
SRI Information Sessions for Faculty (Carleton Campus) Lunch & Learn March 10 11:00 to 12:00
SRI Information Sessions for Faculty (Sexton Campus) Lunch & Learn March 11 12:00 to 1:00
SRI Information Sessions for Faculty (Studley Campus) Lunch & Learn March 15 12:00 to 1:00
An Introduction to Open Educational Resources Lunch & Learn March 18 12:00 to 1:00
The Introverted Student: Engagement and Support in an Active Classroom Discussion March 29 1:30 to 3:00

February

Event Type Date Time
The Introverted Teacher: Navigating the Extroverted Seas Discussion Feb. 4 9:30 to 11:00
Mental Health 101: Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress Workshop Feb. 25 9:30 to 11:30
Low tech strategies for going online Lunch & Learn Feb. 26 12:00 to 1:00

January

Event Type Date Time
Curriculum Design: Renewal and Creation Workshop Jan. 20 1:30 to 3:00

2015

December

Event Type Date Time
Retention and Student Success Workshop Thursday, Dec. 10 10:00 to 11:00

November

Event Type Date Time
Introduction to Video Production Workshop Tuesday, Nov. 3 12:00 to 1:00
Composing Space Workshop Monday, Nov. 16 12:00 to 1:00
Creative Content Development with SoftChalk Lunch & Learn Friday, Nov. 20 12:00 to 1:00
Community Engaged Learning - Community of Practice   Friday, Nov. 20 1:30 to 3:00
Student-faculty collaboration and partnerships: How to invigorate education Discussion Group Wednesday, Nov. 25 1:30 to 3:00
Mental Health 101: Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress Workshop Friday, Nov. 27 1:00 to 2:30

October

Event Type Date Time
Reducing distance in distance education for international students through creative tools and techniques for online and distance learning Panel Tuesday, Oct. 20 Cancelled
COHERE 20 Conference Oct. 22 & 23 Ended
Mental Health 101: Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress 
Workshop Monday, Oct. 26 Ended
Community Engaged Learning - Community of Practice   Tuesday, Oct. 27 Ended 
Learner-centered teaching Discussion Group Wednesday Oct. 28 Ended
Teaching ethics online: What worked and what didn’t Lunch and Learn Friday, Oct. 30 12:00 to 1:00

September

Event Type Date Time
Teaching Assistant Professional Development Day Orientation Tuesday, Sept. 15 8:30 to 4:00
Colloquium on E-Learning and Virtual Teams Colloquium Wednesday, Sept. 16 10:00 to 4:00
Exhilarated Teaching/Exhilarated Learning (Truro Campus) Workshop Wednesday, Sept. 23 1:00 to 3:00
Mindfulness in Teaching & Learning Workshop Thursday, Sept. 24 10:00 to 12:00
Brightspace User Forum Forum Wednesday, Sept. 30 9:30 to 3:00

May

Event Type Date Time
TBD
Lunch and Learn Friday, May 15 Ended
Creating a Teaching Dossier Two-Part Workshop May 21 and 26 Ended

April

Event Type Date Time
Facilitating In-Class Discussion in English Workshop Wednesday, April 1 Ended
TBD Lunch and Learn Friday, April 17 Ended
Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning (DCUTL) Conference April 29 & 30 Ended

February

January

Event Date Time
Part I: Faculty Workshop Series DalBlend - Exploring Blended Learning Friday, January 30
Ended
Engaging Students in an Online Environment Wednesday, January 28 Ended
Making Time, Taking Time Tuesday, January 20 Cancelled
Lunch and Learn: LMS Review Update Friday, January 16 Ended

2014

September

Event Date Time

The Use of Art in Academia

September 30 13:30 to 15:00

2013

December

Event Start Date
Time
Lunch and Learn with Dal’s First MOOC Team Friday, Dec. 13 Ended

July

Event Target Audience Start Date
Creating Your Teaching Dossier Faculty and Instructors
Closed

May

Event Target Audience Start Date
DCUTL 2013 Everyone Closed

April

Event Target Audience
Start Date
Lunch & Learn Everyone Closed

March

Event Target Audience Start Date
Discussion Group: Gaming and Higher Education Everyone Closed
Lunch & Learn Everyone
Cancelled
Communication in the Learning Process Everyone Closed
Redesigning Your Course for Blended Learning Workshop Series
  • Assessment & Support Services
Faculty who registered for full series
Closed
Creating a Community of Teaching Practice Faculty & Instructors Closed

February

Service Learning: Deepening Student Learning and Engagement
Everyone Cancelled
Redesigning Your Course for Blended Learning Workshop Series
  • Strategies for Collaboration/Engagement/Interaction
Faculty who registered for full series
Closed
Metacognitive Strategies for Learning and Teaching Everyone Feb. 13
Lunch & Learn: Online Tools for Teaching Language and Culture
Everyone Feb. 15
Design Tips for Blackboard OWL Administrative Use Administrative Secretaries Feb. 20
Discussion Group: Gaming and Higher Education Everyone Feb. 27

January

Event
Target Audience
Start Date
Design Tips for Your Blackboard OWL Space Basic OWL Experience Jan. 10
Addressing Student Disruptions in the Classroom Everyone Jan. 16
Lunch & Learn: Turning Technologies Clicker System Everyone Jan. 18
Teaching Students With Learning Disabilities in Your Class Everyone Jan. 23
Redesigning Your Course for Blended Learning Workshop Series
  • Concept Map & Developing Objectives
Faculty
Jan. 25
Discussion Group: Gaming and Higher Education
  • Gamification: What is it, and how can I use it?
Everyone Jan. 30