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Submitted by ldarosa on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:25am

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The Office of Teaching and Learning is also leading several initiatives and activities aimed at further developing teaching and learning practices within the Werklund School of Education. Here are some of our initiatives:

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D2L ePortfolio

As an action item from the 2014 B.Ed. Curriculum Review, guidelines were developed for the use of an ePortfolio in the undergraduate program.  D2L ePortfolio is available for use to everyone in the faculty.  To access resources about the ePortofolio, please visit the ePortfolio resources page.

IDEAS Conference

The Office of Teaching and Learning - Werklund School of Education, in collaboration with the Galileo Educational Network, hosts an annual conference on innovative teaching and learning practices for K-12 and post-secondary levels: the IDEAS Conference. This conference brings together innovators, designers and researchers who rise to the challenge of designing learning for innovation.

Information on the upcoming May 4-5, 2017 IDEAS Conference will be posted shortly.

To learn more about the conference, call for proposals, and registrations, please access http://werklund.ucalgary.ca/ideas.

Learning Technology Coaches

When we adopted Desire2Learn as the UofC supported learning management system, several initiatives were put in place to provide support for instructors. These supports included workshops and online resources. At the Werklund School of Education, an additional form of support is offered to instructors - tech coaching sessions. Tech coaching sessions are led by Educational Technology graduate students. These are individual "at-the-elbow" sessions tailored to address specific challenges brought up by instructors. Tech Coaching sessions are held at various times throughout the semester. 

Appointments with Technology Coaches are available upon request. To check current availability and schedule your individual session, please send an email to tandl@ucalgary.ca. Off-campus instructors are welcome to join sessions via Adobe Connect.

Lunch & Learn series

The Lunch & Learn series host events aimed at updating faculty members' knowledge on critical aspects of teaching and learning in post-secondary education. These events generally occur on Wednesdays, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. To see upcoming events, please check the events' schedule in our calendar, at the top left corner of this website, or visit the current Newsletter.

New Faculty Network

Starting a career as an academic staff member can be quite daunting. There are several aspects to consider in this profession (from workload and documentation of teaching practices to the design of pedagogically sound teaching practices).  As a form of providing support to new academics in topics related to teaching and learning, the Office of Teaching and Learning hosts monthly sessions for those academic staff members who have joined the Werklund School of Education in the last two years. If you are interested in participating, please contact the Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) for more information about topics and dates.

Teaching Preparation Program

Teaching in higher education can be a challenging experience for new scholars. It is an endeavor that requires preparation and support. To assist with this transition, the Teaching Preparation Program (Levels 1 - 3) was designed to provide a scaffolded program on which graduate students and post-doctoral scholars can develop their teaching capacity. To learn more about this program, please visit the TPP page.

Teaching & Learning Workshops

Based on demand, the Office of Teaching and Learning organizes and delivers workshops on issues pertaining current aspects of teaching and learning. We partner with the Doucette Library and support them in offering additional workshops. We also partner with the Educational Development Unit of the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning to offer specialized training on educational technologies, such as D2L and Adobe Connect. To suggest a topic for workshops, contact the Office of Teaching and Learning. You can check the events' schedule in our calendar, at the top left corner of this website, or by visiting our Newsletter.

STEM Pedagogy Initiative

This is a tri-faculty initiative involving Schulich School of Engineering, Faculty of Science and Werklund School of Education. It began in Spring 2014 and will continue to evolve with several meetings, grant writing proposals, and teaching and research partner initiatives.  The short-term goal (build a STEM Pedagogy Community) is currently being developed.  Among the medium- and long-term goals, there are plans to create STEM teaching development initiatives, as well as partnerships with industry to support research projects (e.g., SSHRC Partnership grant, fund development-industry).

There are four community meetings scheduled for 2016-2017. Dates are TBD. 

Writing Group

The purpose of the writing group is to make time in our calendars to focus on academic writing within a supportive environment. These informal meetings provides an opportunity to talk with colleagues about your current writing, to receive peer feedback, and to share expertise as academic writers.

The writing group will be meeting on Wednesdays (9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.), from September 21 - December 14, 2016 and January 25 - March 29, 2017 in EDT 450*.  At the first meeting, a schedule will be provided to outline expectations of the work for the eight weeks. This is an eight week commitment to yourself and to the other members of the writing group.

If you want to register, please contact tandl@ucalgary.ca.

*Confirm location in the calendar.

Online Success Program

The Online Success Program is a research activity to assist incoming graduate students with orientation to the online learning environment. Students explore the tools available in the online environment as well as have practical opportunities to use learning and communication tools.

If you are a Werklund School of Education graduate student, contact the Graduate Programs in Education (gpe.educ@ucalgary.ca) office to register for this optional program. Werklund Faculty can contact tandl@ucalgary.ca for more information on this initiative.

Office of Teaching and Learning – Werklund School of Education (WSE)

EDT 442, 2500 University Drive NW,  Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4  |  403.220.2974  |  tandl@ucalgary.ca
Our office is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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