Welcome to the Teaching Commons
Develop your teaching in new and unimagined ways
At the Teaching Commons, we provide leadership in the pursuit of engaged teaching practices centred on the student learning experience. We also take a distributed approach to Equity, Decolonization, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (EDDIA)-related work across our team and across our offerings. Read the Teaching Commons Equity, Decolonization, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (EDDIA) Statement of Practice.
Each Faculty and School has a dedicated Educational Developer liaison. Find your liaison and learn more about our team.
Supporting difficult conversations
World events impact everyone, and as a result students may come to class with many preoccupations which can surface in classroom conversation.
Whether difficult topics are triggered by the course content or emerge spontaneously, they can be challenging, especially when the instructor has not anticipated them or are unsure about how to manage classroom conflict.
We have gathered resources and outlined strategies to assist instructors when they need to support difficult conversations in the classroom.
Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Are you wondering how generative AI, like ChatGPT, will affect teaching and learning in higher education? The York University Summit on Generative AI in Higher Education will run on October 18, 19, & 20. Reserve your spot today!
NEW COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: Generative AI Pedagogies at York. Join us for our launch event on October 3rd to connect with York University educators who share an interest in generative AI. Register here to join the community of practice.
The academic integrity website at York University, through the Vice-Provost Academic's office, offers resources, including a recording of the professional development session mentioned in the above article, and resources for faculty and students.
Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) have created a video highlighting the importance and imperative of academic accommodations for students with disabilities at York University. Accommodations can help students succeed academically and improve their overall well-being.
In advancing equity, fairness and the duty to accommodate, the video emphasizes the legal right for students with disabilities to receive accommodations for equitable access and treatment in learning. The script also guides faculty members to support students with disabilities and underscores the importance of maintaining dignity through students' lived experiences. The creation of this video was a collaborative effort involving York students, faculty, and staff.
Resources for Flexible Teaching
Going Remote is a Teaching Commons’ resource designed to provide options and support for teaching remotely based on your circumstances and the needs of your students.
What is engaged teaching at York?
Because teaching practice can take various forms ranging in aims and methodology, it leads to questions on how to productively describe and engage with it for a variety of purposes (e.g., enhancing student learning, developing an informative teaching dossier, or applying for teaching related awards and grants).
About the TC
Teaching Commons EDDIA statement of practice
The Teaching Commons Equity, Decolonization, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (EDDIA) statement of practice is a description of the work we do and the commitments we make.
Explore the Teaching Commons' strategic plan and learn more about how the support we provide is structured.
TC advisory committee and reports
Coming Soon: This section will include the Teaching Commons annual report as well as other reports created by members of the Teaching Commons team.
Meet our team
Educational developer liaisons
Each Faculty and School has a dedicated Educational Developer liaison.