Aug. 10, 2020

Teaching Days 2020: Kick-start your classes this fall with confidence

Free interactive workshops Aug. 26-27 cover teaching with technology, handling challenges in online classrooms, academic integrity, and more
teaching days 2020

Teaching Days 2020, comprising 19 free workshops, offers diverse programming to help educators prepare for the upcoming academic year and build connections with colleagues.

Dr. Cheryl Jeffs, EdD, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning educational development consultant, says Teaching Days offers “an opportunity before the busyness of the new semester to reflect on teaching, learn new teaching techniques, approaches and resources, and connect with the university community.” Jeffs hopes participants will gain at least one or two pragmatic techniques or teaching strategies, knowledge of and access to available teaching and learning resources, and a refreshed perspective on teaching and learning at the start of the semester.

Dr. Jessica Ayala, PhD, vice-dean in the Faculty of Social Work and educational leader in residence (online and blended learning), says, “Teaching Days is different from other workshops or conferences because of its focus on sharing practical teaching strategies that you can implement in the classroom.”

It's an opportunity to learn from and connect with colleagues about topics that are relevant to our classrooms now — such as online learning in the time of COVID.

Ayala notes that “having the space to come together with colleagues from across our campus to share experiences and ideas is really valuable in learning new strategies that I can implement in the classroom and can also share with others in my faculty.”

The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning welcomes new and emerging instructors, mid-career and experienced faculty, teaching assistants, postdoctoral scholars and non-academics with a teaching role to the 2020 Teaching Days on Aug. 26 and 27.

Program schedule: Aug. 26, 2020


Academic Integrity: Instructional Approaches to Promoting Ethical Learning

  • Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton, PhD
  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.


Welcome to My Classroom: Teaching and Learning Challenges Think Tank

  • Dr. Mayi Arcellana-Panlilio, PhD, Dr. Barbara Brown, PhD, Dr. Cynthia Baum, PhD, and Dr. Cari Din, PhD
  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.


Flipping Your Online Course

  • Dr. Isabelle Barrette-Ng, PhD, and Patrick Kelly
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Introduction to Best Practices for Teaching Online

  • Dr. Jessica Ayala, PhD
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Course Design: From Theory to Practice

  • Dr. Rod Squance, DMA, and Patrick Kelly
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.


What to Do on the First Day of Your Online Class

  • Dr. Patti Dyjur, PhD (Panelists: Dr. Jaime Beck, PhD, Werklund School of Education, Dr. Ilyan Ferrer, PhD, Faculty of Social Work, and Dr. Todd Sutherland, PhD, Department of Chemistry)
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.


Embedding Purposeful Experiential Learning in Curricular Courses

  • Dr. Lisa Stowe, PhD, and Kara Loy
  • 3 – 4 p.m.


Formative Feedback for Teaching Development

  • Dr. Cheryl Jeffs, EdD
  • 3 – 4 p.m.


Program schedule: Aug. 27, 2020


Designing and Facilitating Group Work in Online Courses

  • Dr. Isabelle Barrette-Ng, PhD, and Patrick Kelly
  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.


Promoting Student Engagement and Active Learning in Online Discussion Boards

  • Dr. Jessica Ayala, PhD, Dr. Patti Dyjur, PhD, and Lin Yu
  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.


Reading List Tool: How It Can Help You

  • Susan Beatty and Marc Stoeckle 
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Taking Your Graduate Supervision and Mentoring Online

  • Dr. Michele Jacobsen, PhD, Dr. Tracey Clancy, PhD, and Dr. Tara Beattie, PhD
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Themed Conversation: Learning from Faculty about Conducting Undergraduate Research in the Remote Environment

  • Dr. Kyla Flanagan, PhD
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Learner-Centred Course Outlines

  • Haboun Bair and Lin Yu
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.


Student Accommodations in an Online Learning Environment

  • Dr. Brenda McDermott, PhD
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.         


Anti-Racism and Pedagogy: Learning Racial Justice

  • Dr. Aruna Srivastava, PhD
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.


Handling Challenges in the Zoom Classroom

  • Haboun Bair and Allie Wright
  • 3 – 4 p.m.


Indigenizing Your Curriculum: More Than Content

  • Dr. Yvonne Poitras Pratt, PhD, and Solange Lalonde
  • 3 – 4 p.m.


Teaching with Technology

  • Isadora Mok-Kulakova and Dr. Laura L. Perissinotti, PhD
  • 3 – 4 p.m.