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Studio Courses in Teaching and Learning


The Studio Course will offer faculty members dedicated time and guidance to explore an aspect of teaching and learning in greater depth than in an introductory workshop. Studio Course participants will meet for approximately 8 hours during the semester, and will emerge from these courses having embarked on a project of meaning and substance.

Past Studio Courses

Integrating Technology into Your Teaching Practice

Technology impacts teaching practice and this course will help faculty with strategies to increase the benefits of that impact.  This studio course will begin by addressing foundational decisions regarding when to use technology and for what reasons in one’s teaching practice. 

By the end of the studio course, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate any educational technology through hands-on experience;
  • Apply any technology in the design of a course activity, module, or other related part of teaching practice;
  • Explain choice of educational technology based on considerations of purpose of activity, learning outcomes, and learner characteristics in selection process;
  • Identify the rationale and benefits attributed to integrating technology with learning activities;
  • Identify challenges and risks associated with implementing technologies in learning activities.

Participants will choose a project that applies to their practice.  The idea is to appropriately select a technology that will benefit an element of one’s practice.  Participants will submit their rationale for the project in an online repository and then present the results of their work to the other course attendees during the last session.  This will be a blended delivery and take approximately 6 weeks to complete.  Participants are welcome to attend from all campus locations remotely. 

Faculty who are not a part of the certificate program at this time are welcome to attend any of the sessions in any way they see beneficial.  Only faculty who need this course to count towards their certificate are required to complete all elements outlined in the schedule.

The capacity of this studio course will be 20 participants.  Participants are expected to bring a browser enabled device.  Those participating in the faculty certificate program will be expected to attend all sessions and complete all mandatory online activates.  All weeks will have online components.  Participants may spend more time beyond what is in the expected time column depending on their project topic and digital competency.  Week 6 will only occur if registration is higher than 10, otherwise everyone is expected to present on April 16.  Here is a summary of the course calendar:

Week

Date

Format and Location

Topic

Expected Time Commitment

Time

1

March 19

Online

Introduction to Educational Technology

2hrs

Flexible

2

March 26

Face to Face (B400)

Making Informed Choices

2hrs

11:00am – 1:00pm

3

April 2

Face to Face (B400)

Lab Session

2hrs

11:00am – 1:00pm

4

April 9

Online

Repository Submission

2hrs

Flexible

5

April 16

Face to Face (B400)

Presentations

2hrs

11:00am – 1:00pm

6

April 23

Face to Face (B400)

Presentations (Pending Enrollment)

2hrs

11:00am – 1:00pm

Facilitator

Chad O'Brien, MEd
Instructional Designer
Tel: (902) 494-6792
Email: chad.obrien@dal.ca

Researching Teaching and Learning Across the Disciplines

This short course is designed to introduce faculty members to the field of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).  In this course, our aim is to explore researching teaching and learning across the disciplines through a facilitated research development process to design a SoTL research project – from defining a research question and placing that question in the context of the relevant literatures, to determining appropriate research methodologies and exploring the ethical implications of your research design.  Throughout the course, you will be introduced to some foundational writings in the field of SoTL, while engaging in practical exercises that will result in a SoTL project that can be undertaken upon completion of the course.

We will meet on Fridays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, in the Killam Library, Room B400, on the following dates:

  • October 6 
  • October 20
  • November 3
  • November 17

Facilitator

Brad Wuetherick
Executive Director
Centre for Learning and Teaching
Tel: 902-494-6646
Email: Brad.Wuetherick@dal.ca