14th Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning: Provocative Pedagogy (TLC)

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pencil crayonsJoin other SFU educators as we explore some key teaching and learning initiatives, share recent work and discuss how our collective efforts can transform the student experience. This year’s Symposium focuses on how faculty members and instructors are enhancing their students’ learning experiences through provocative pedagogy—ways of teaching that upset the status quo, go against traditional values or current trends, and are challenging to explain to tenure and promotion committees.

Wednesday–Thursday, May 14–15, 2014 | Time TBA
Halpern Centre | Burnaby campus

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Teaching and Learning Development Grants

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moneySFU instructors can receive grants of up to $5,000 through the Teaching and Learning Development Grants program. Proposals for two consecutive phases of a project of up to $5,000 each may be developed at one time, with the release of funding for the second phase contingent upon completion of the first phase. The grants are intended to recognize teaching development as a scholarly activity and to stimulate faculty-led investigation of new or innovative teaching and learning practices.

Grant Proposal Development Workshops

Two Tuesdays, April 15 & 22, 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. (SFU Burnaby)

Two Fridays, May 16 & 23, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (SFU Burnaby)

Two Fridays, June 20 & 27, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (SFU Burnaby)

Registration and more information here. 

Teaching “Productivity” (University Affairs)

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flowersRecently the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) released a report (PDF) on a study “designed to measure the teaching loads of faculty members in the Ontario university system and the relationship of this variable to others, such as research output and salary.” The study, comprising 10 of Ontario’s 20 publicly funded universities, looked at faculty teaching in three disciplines (economics, chemistry and philosophy). Results were compared separately for each discipline and institution, as was teaching activity at different levels (assistant, associate and full professor).

Read Melonie Fullick’s full article here. 

Problem-based Learning in a Large Undergraduate Classroom Setting: Method and Outcomes

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Problem based learningTuesday, March 18, 2014 | 3:00–4:30 p.m.
Halpern Centre, Room 126, Burnaby campus

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Dr. Andis Klegeris will speak about his use of tutor-less problem-based learning (PBL) to teach extended skills to students in his biology and biochemistry classes. His presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Here is his description of the work he will be describing: “Upon entering the job market, university science graduates are expected to independently navigate through large amounts of literature looking for reliable sources of information, prioritize their tasks and hypotheses, problem solve, work effectively in a team environment, network and evaluate job performance of their peers. (more…)

Workshop for Faculty and Teachers: Writing, Teaching, and Using Case Studies

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analyticsMichael Parent and Leyland Pitt led a successful full-day workshop on January 29th with a focus on case teaching.

You can see a copy of their presentation here: Writing, Teaching and Using Cases


What I Love About Teaching (Edutopia)

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heart rockHeather Wolpert-Gawron of Edutopia shares why she loves being a teacher. I’m sure many of her sentiments will resonate with you as well.

Happy Valentines Day to all our amazing Beedie teachers.

Film Screening Mar 12 2014: Terms and Conditions May Apply

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termsandconditionsmayapplylogoWhat Don’t You Know About the Social Media You Use?

A public screening and moderated discussion of the film Terms and Conditions May Apply for faculty, staff, administrators, and students. Registration and more details.

Social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter are commonly used by students and faculty at SFU—sometimes for instructional purposes. But many users never read the legal terms and conditions that they agree to when they use these services, and know little about how their data are used to generate the income that makes these services “free.” The community is welcome to join us for this public screening of Cullen Hoback’s 2013 documentary Terms and Conditions May Apply, which examines what information is gathered about us by various companies and how it is used. Following the film, a panel including three SFU professors and one SFU student will engage in discussion with the audience about the claims made in the film, and about possible implications for teaching and learning at SFU. Advance online registration is required. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided free of charge.  (more…)

Full Day Workshop Jan 27 2014: E-Textbooks, Adaptive Platforms and Open Education Resources

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EbookThe VP Academic invites you to join colleagues for an informative and thought-provoking event on January 27, 2014. Hear from publishers and other experts about an array of innovative and interactive digital products and resources for the classroom, and then participate in lively discussions of the issues, challenges, and opportunities presented by e-textbooks and electronic educational materials for teaching and learning in the digital age.

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9:00 a.m. | Refreshments
9:30 a.m. | Introductions
10:00 a.m. | Expo presentations
12:00 noon | Lunch
12:45 p.m. | Breakout panel discussions
4:00 p.m. | Closing statements

Monday, January 27, 2014 | 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Convocation Mall, SFU Theatre, Burnaby campus

For any questions contact: epub_tl@sfu.ca

Twitter handle: @epub_tl

TLC Teaching and Learning Social Jan 27 2014

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DACYou are cordially invited to SFU’s 4th Annual Teaching & Learning Social 

Sponsored by the Teaching and Learning Centre, join us at an interactive event where you can meet colleagues who share your interest in teaching and learning. There will be opportunities to converse, provide your input, learn more about institutional initiatives, funding opportunities and available resources, and celebrate the achievements of colleagues.

Monday, January 27, 2014 | 4:30–7:00 p.m.
Diamond Alumni Centre, Burnaby campus


4:30 – 5:00  Refreshments and Networking
5:00 – 5:05  Welcome: TLC Director, Stephanie Chu
5:05 – 5:10  President Andrew Petter
5:10 – 5:20  Vice-President, Academic Jonathan Driver
5:20 – 5:30  Jamie Mulholland: Flipping the Classroom: Investigation of Student and Instructor Experiences in First-Year Calculus
5:35 – 5:45  Barry Cartwright & Sheri Fabian: Regular Session, i>Clicker and On-Line Tutorials: Exploring Student Experiences and Learning Outcomes with Emerging Learning Technologies
5:45 – 5:50  Prize Draw & Overview of Remaining Activities
5:50 – 7:00  Informal Activities

Registration and more details.

Learning is More than a Lecture (Globe and Mail)

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lecture-hallStudents have been complaining about the lecture since at least the late 1800s. In How Scholars Trumped Teachers (1999), Larry Cuban cites an 1895 student newspaper editorial challenging Stanford University professors to improve the effectiveness of their teaching. The article complains about students not being “called upon daily to recite” and professors who prefer “to spend most of [their] time in lecturing.”

Read more from this Globe and Mail article here.