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Reading for Teaching Winter 2021 Kick-Off Meeting

Reading for Teaching Winter 2021 Kick-Off Meeting

A collaborative program co-facilitated by the Teaching Commons and York University Libraries, our Reading for Teaching program is an informal, collegial opportunity to engage with colleagues from across campus interested in reading together. Now in its second year, we will be launching a semester-long opportunity to read collectively and collaboratively with the goal of exploring […]

Teaching & Learning in Experiential Education (Winter 2021) – January 19 to March 30, 2021

Teaching & Learning in Experiential Education (Winter 2021) – January 19 to March 30, 2021

This is a one semester program offered virtually (using Zoom and eClass) to course directors as an opportunity to explore the pedagogy and planning involved in designing, facilitating, and assessing experiential education activities in their courses through a peer-based format. Its main purpose is to provide guidance in the development of an experiential education course […]

Creative Course Content: Instructional Strategies for Online Learning (Online Course) – January 25 to February 26, 2021

Creative Course Content: Instructional Strategies for Online Learning (Online Course) – January 25 to February 26, 2021

Communicating course content to students is one of the biggest differences between teaching online and in a face-to-face classroom. While the lecture is a mainstay of the traditional classroom, the online environment presents several challenges to this approach, ranging from the technical (inconsistent internet access for students) to the cognitive (student attention dropping during a […]

Building Effective TA-Course Director Relationships for Enhancing Student Learning in LA&PS

Building Effective TA-Course Director Relationships for Enhancing Student Learning in LA&PS

TAs may be confused about their roles and responsibilities as markers and tutorial leaders across different courses. This confusion often stems from either miscommunication or no communication between the course director (CD) and TAs on what is allowed/expected of them and their students. When CDs and TAs are not in agreement, this can negatively influence […]

Are we really "all in this together"? Understanding students' needs during the pandemic

Are we really "all in this together"? Understanding students' needs during the pandemic

We are now more than 10 months into the pandemic, which has been a challenging time for course directors, tutorial leaders, and students alike. To ensure the success of our students, it is crucial that we develop a better understanding of their needs and what we can do to better support them. Through the use […]

Inclusive Design Course: Building Principles of Equity into Teaching and Learning – February 3, 2020 to April 16, 2020

Inclusive Design Course: Building Principles of Equity into Teaching and Learning – February 3, 2020 to April 16, 2020

This fully online course is offered to course directors as an opportunity to integrate pedagogical principles of equity and inclusion within their own teaching contexts through a peer-based format. With an emphasis on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), we will explore how to increase the flexibility and accessibility of our courses by applying a framework […]

Pedagogical Methods of Writing Development

Pedagogical Methods of Writing Development

This workshop is intended to serve as an opportunity for learning and discussion about teaching students the skills and mechanics of writing. The goal is to broaden our teaching scope and practices, giving special attention to aspects of writing students most commonly struggle with, or student demographics that may need refined instruction such as ESL […]

12 Days of Assessment - Alternative Assessments

12 Days of Assessment - Alternative Assessments

Join us for our weekly webinar series focused on assessment. Within these webinars we discuss a variety of assessment options such as alternative & authentic assessment, fun & creative assessment, rubrics, faculty and student panels, and many more! All webinars will be recorded and posted on the Teaching Commons website. You can click here to […]

Creating an interactive classroom in an online environment

Creating an interactive classroom in an online environment

Over the past year, many teaching assistants and course directors have struggled with engaging students online. This webinar will introduce different strategies and accompanying technologies to make your online classroom more interactive, making your online lectures more engaging and ultimately, more effective. This webinar is an interactive session. It will begin with an open discussion […]

How to Create and Upload Exams for eClass: An Interactive Tutorial

How to Create and Upload Exams for eClass: An Interactive Tutorial

As all examinations are now online, it may be necessary for TAs to learn how to translate paper exams into online ones. However, this process can be surprisingly difficult due to eClass’s unfriendly interface and design. In this interactive webinar session, you will create an online exam using eClass. Additionally, you will receive instruction on […]