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Find out what is happening in teaching at York by reading our weekly blog, with contributions by the York community. Also, discover what is happening at the Teaching Commons in our monthly newsletters for faculty and graduate students.

Teaching and learning blog

Each week from September to May we publish a blog by and for the York teaching community.  Formats include: written, video, audio, and visual.

Contact Geneviève Maheux-Pelletier if you would like to contribute in any format.

View the latest blog: From Obstacle to Opportunity: Reinventing Assignments in the Age of Generative AI by Tyler Totten

Older blog posts are available below.

Faculty newsletter

This newsletter is emailed to everyone on our faculty Listserv at the beginning of each month. If you are not receiving our newsletter and want a monthly update, subscribe to the Teaching Commons newsletter by clicking here.

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Graduate students newsletter

For the latest news, events, workshops, resources, and support related to teaching for graduate students and TAs, read this monthly newsletter. This newsletter is emailed to our graduate student Listserv at the beginning of every month. Complete a form to be added to our Listserv.

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Academic Year 2023-2024

From Obstacle to Opportunity: Reinventing Assignments in the Age of Generative AI by Tyler Totten

A New Season in the Teaching Commons by Geneviève Maheux-Pelletier

Academic Year 2022 - 2023

TiF Reads: Three Books to Inspire

Reading for Teaching: A Year with Joshua Elyer’s How Human Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching by Scott McLaren and Lisa Endersby

Showcasing Experiential Education & Work Integrated Learning at York: Discussing the 2023 EE Symposium & Faculty Celebration events

Meet the TC Team: Interview with Educational Developer Shani Kipang with Geneviève Maheux-Pelletier

Intentionally Including Student Perspectives in Teaching and Learning by Teaching Commons' Students as Partners

Meet the TC Team: Interview with Educational Developer Natasha May with Katharina Pabst

Fostering a Culture of Care During (and After) Ramadan by Ameera Ali

Award Winners Roundtable—Reflections from Teaching Award Recipients by Matthew Dunleavy

Alternative Assessment in NATS1516: Water Pollution by Stephanie Domenikos

Alternative Assessments in NATS1515: Atmospheric Pollution by Stephanie Domenikos

What is "Engaged Teaching"? by Geneviève Maheux-Pelletier

Meet the TC Team: Interview with Instructional Designer Robert Winkler by Katharina Pabst

The 9th International Conference on Educational Innovation (CIIE) 2023: Mapping the Contours of the Future of Education by James C. Simeon

Global Learning: The Future of Higher Education? by James C. Simeon

Bridging The Gap?: “Students as Partners” at York by Terry, Zainab, Corina, and Lauren

Meet the TC Team: Interview with Matthew Dunleavy, Lisa Endersby, and Lianne Fisher, Educational Developers by Katharina Pabst

Are you hoping to try something new in your classroom? Check out these three new handout series from the Teaching Commons by Katharina Pabst, Andrew Molas, and Robert Winkler

Faculty of Science launches new teaching and learning website by Ashley Nahornick

Take-ways from the Reading for Teaching Program by Lisa Endersby and Scott McLaren

Why I started ungrading and how you can, too! by Morgan Anderson

Meet the TC Team: Interview with Postdoctoral Visitor Dr. Andrew Molas by Katharina Pabst

Meet the TC Team: Interview with Educational Developer Dr. Yelin Su by Katharina Pabst

Fifty Shades of Ungrading by Valérie Florentin

Curious about Open Educational Practices? Learn More with the Libraries' Infographic, Guide, & Mini-Course by Stephanie Quail

Lessons in Course Design to Help with Issues of Academic Integrity by Ashley Nahornick

Student Project Assignments Just Got More Accessible! by Carolyn Steele

Incorporating elements of online teaching within a "flipped classroom" format by Matthew Leisinger

Pedagogy that Aids Transition for Higher-Ed Students (Part 2) by Yasaman Delaviz, Kathleen Fortune, Azeezah Jafry, Brian Nairn, Karin Page-Cutrara, Nicolette Richardson, and Lynda van Dreumel

Implementing Formative Feedback: Strategies for Addressing Time Management Strategies by Breanna Simpson and Vanessa Evans

Switching from Summative to Formative Feedback: Conceptual Challenges by Vanessa Evans and Breanna Simpson

Working with Formative Feedback: Setting Up Formative Feedback Guidelines by Agnes Whitfield

The Unfamiliarity of the Familiar by Geneviève Maheux-Pelletier

Interactive Syllabus by Shirley Roburn

Academic years 2015-2022

Archived blogs

October 2023: Welcome from the Teaching Commons Tutors

September 2023: Welcome or Welcome Back to the Teaching Commons

August 2023: Preparations are under way for the New Academic Year!

July 2023: Summer is Here!

June 2023: It feels like Summer is here!

May 2023: Join us Virtually for the STAY Symposium

April 2023: Graduate Student Newsletter

March 2023: Care During Marking and Grading Season

February 2023: Introducing the Senior Teaching Assistants

January 2023: New Course and Workshops

December 2022: How Do You Know Teaching Happens?

November 2022: New Workshops for Teaching

October 2022: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 2022: (re)Introducing the Teaching Commons

August 2022: Summer to Fall Transition

July 2022: Congratulations 2022 President’s University-Wide Teaching Award Recipients

June 2022: Summer!

May 2022: Teaching and Learning Events

April 2022: Supporting Teaching At York (STAY) Symposium

March 2022: Supporting Teaching At York (STAY) Symposium

February 2022: Senior Teaching Assistants' Events

January 2022: Resources for Remote/Online Teaching to Start the New Year

December 2021: End of Term Reflections in Preparation for Winter

November 2021: Experiential Education (EE) Symposium

October 2021: Truth and Reconciliation

September 2021: (re)Introducing the Teaching Commons

August 2021: Planning your Professional Development for 2021-2022

July 2021: Supporting Student Engagement

June 2021: A Summer of Play and Care

May 2021: The month of teaching and learning events

April 2021: Supports for the end of another year

March 2021: STAY Connected

February 2021: Introducing our New Website

January 2021: New Beginnings

December 2020: Looking forward to a winter break?

November 2020: Checking-in: How are you?

October 2020: Checking-in: The Importance of Feedback

September 2020: (re)Introducing the Teaching Commons

July-August 2020: We hope you are safe and healthy

March 2020: Rumor has it, spring is around the corner

February 2020: With love every day of the year, not just on Valentine’s Day

January 2020: Back to School is in the Air

November-December 2019: It’s that Wonderful Time of the Year: Teaching Commons Newsletter!

October 2019:  Pumpkin Spice & Teaching Commons, the Flavours of October

September 2019: Welcome to a New Academic Year at the Teaching Commons

July / August 2019: Hello Sunshine

June 2019: Notice

May 2019: Supporting Teaching at York (STAY) Symposium

April 2019: Pause Before Looking Ahead

March 2019: Staying Healthy

February 2019: Introducing our Senior Teaching Assistants

January 2019: Welcoming a New Calendar Year and a Fresh Start

November / December 2018: Workshops in November and December

October 2018: Falling Into A Spooktacular Semester!

September 2018: Establish or Renew Your Membership with the Teaching Commons

August 2018: We Are Here for You

March 2018: Reflecting on My Time as a Teaching Commons Tutor

February 2018: Our Senior Teaching Assistant Family

January 2018: Happy New Year!!

November/December 2017: Winter is Almost Here!

October 2017: Fall Term in Full Swing!

September 2017: Welcome (back) to York University and the Teaching Commons!

Summer 2017:  Summer is Beckoning!

May 2017: May – Teaching and Learning Month at York

April 2017: Lessons Inspired from the Classroom

March 2017: It’s not luck but it’s worth celebrating

February 2017: Who is Reading Week Really For?

January 2017: Welcoming 2017

November/December 2016: A Chill in the Air

October 2016: Thankful for Teaching

September 2016: Jumping Into Something New!

Summer 2016: Welcome Summer and a Chance to Recharge

May 2016: Celebrating Teaching & Learning

April 2016: Spring, STAY!

March 2016: March Madness is Here

February 2016: Spend Time with your Teaching Commons Family

January 2016 (PDF): Ringing in 2016!

November and December 2015: Recognizing and Honouring Graduate Students

October 2015: Falling into Familiar Routines?

September 2015: Welcome to the Teaching Commons

July and August 2015: Welcome Back Summer!

June 2015: Recognizing Graduate Contributions at York

May 2015: Celebrating Teaching and Learning at York

April 2015: Putting Winter Behind us and Welcoming Spring

March 2015: Professional Development

February 2015: Share your Love of Teaching with the Community

January 2015: 2015 – A Fresh Start!

December 2014: Please Help Us Help You!

November 2014: Taking the Initiative!

October 2014: A Spooktacular Start to the Semester

September 2014: Welcome to the Teaching Commons!!

August 2014: Gearing up for the Fall

July 2014: Summer in the City

June 2014: It is Heating Up, Both Outside and In.

May 2014: Celebrating TA Achievements at the Teaching Commons.

April 2014: Renew your Connection with Us.

March 2014: Develop and Share Skills of Teaching.

February 2014: Share the Love of Teaching and Learning.

January 2014: Welcome 2014!!

November_December 2013: Inspired Teaching.

October 2013: Are you beginning to ‘Fall’ behind? We have the perfect remedy!

September 2013: Welcome Back!  Getting Ready for Fall Term.