Focus on Teaching – October 2019

The fall season has arrived, and we are ready to reflect on the bounty and beauty of the season.

Among the many timely events and upcoming scholarly opportunities we hope you'll check out, we'd like to bring your attention to a new fellowship. If you're looking to make a mark, consider the Academic Integrity Fellowship or opt into an OER Development Grant detailed in the Awards & Opportunities section below.

This month, we also hope you'll join us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for updates, inspiration and commiseration on topics relevant to your teaching practice.

Workshops, Courses, and Events

K-16 Mind the Gap Information Session

October 2, 4:30-6 p.m., TRUSU Boardroom (Campus Activity Centre)

Join in this information session to hear more about the K-16 Mind the Gap (MtG) program. This is an opportunity to bring together teachers from School District No. 73 (Kamloops-Thompson) and TRU faculty members to support idea sharing and the development of collaborative projects, with the goal of sharing and spreading awareness and practice.

For more information contact Susan Lidster @ 250-828-5243. Register here.

Small Course Design

October 8, 2-3 p.m., OL344

How can you make the kinds of changes in your courses that don’t substantially increase your workload but still support student learning? Based on the concept outlined in James Lang’s 2014 book Small Teaching, small course design can help you make incremental changes to your courses that are both practical and impactful. This workshop will share and model evidence-based incremental course revision strategies that you can use to support student learning. Register here.

Instructional Skills Workshop

Oct 19-20 & 25-26, 9-4:30 p.m., OM 1761

The ISW is a 4-day professional development program designed for faculty members who are interested in developing and enhancing their instructional skills. ISW caters to individuals new to teaching as well as to those who wish to refresh and enhance their skills. Participants will benefit from practicing skills and sharing ideas in a cooperative environment. The workshop consists of teaching practice, theory application, and topical sessions specifically relevant to each instructor's context. During the workshop you will teach short lessons and receive feedback. You will work closely with peers and trained facilitators. Through a supportive atmosphere, you will have opportunities to develop new teaching skills, to enhance existing skills, and/or to try new and challenging ideas! Register here.


October 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m., OL127

Hello From the Other Side: What your students are complaining about with Jenna Goddard

Harvesting SoTL From the Fields with Kara Loy

Make the most of your lunch hour by joining colleagues for professional learning opportunities. These sessions are intended to foster campus-wide collaboration, communication and resources sharing about new and emerging areas related to teaching and learning. This month's talks will feature two lively presentations from faculty and staff from different areas of expertise relevant to teaching as a practice. Bring your lunch and your curiosity, and we'll provide the coffee, tea and dessert!

For more details visit the CELTalks webpage.

Show Up and Write!

Fridays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., OL340

Based on the successful "Shut Up & Write" community movement, this weekly writing collective provides a quiet space to join with faculty and staff at TRU to make time to write. Each session will begin with a quick check-in, and close with a wrap-up/debrief. The rest of the time will be spent working on your own writing projects and goals. CELT staff will be present to keep sessions on track and to offer encouragement. No registration required.

New Faculty Orientation Session

Classroom Assessment Techniques

October 16, 3-4 p.m., OL344

These monthly sessions cover need-to-know and nice-to-know topics for faculty new to instructing at TRU. While we cannot offer childcare, you are welcome to bring your children and activities to keep them occupied for this 2-hour session on assessment. Register here.

A Book, A Bowl, and A Bun

Faculty & Staff Book Club

October 17, 12-1 p.m., ESTR'S Market

Come join us for lunch and a lively facilitated discussion about the 2017 book, Bandwidth Recovery: Helping students reclaim cognitive resources lost to poverty, racism and social marginalization by Cia Verschelden. We'll supply the bowl of soup and the bun, you supply the discussion. Digital user editions of the book, as well as a limited number of print copies are available through the TRU Library. This is the second of three discussions relating to this book. Register here.

BC Academic Integrity Day                                                              

October 18, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Campus Activity Centre

Join the inaugural meeting that will attend to issues and solutions regarding Academic Integrity in the province. Hosted by TRU Open Learning, the day's events include invited speaker Dr. Sarah Eaton of the University of Calgary, and facilitated sessions to explore challenges, lessons-gained, and successful strategies. The aim is to establish a BC Network for Academic Integrity (BCAIN). Register here.

AAC&U Webinar: Strategies for Supporting Faculty Planning to Advance Curricular Coherence: Four Case Studies

October 22, 2019, 12-1 p.m., OL340

When intentionally designed by faculty, curricular pathways can guide students to higher levels of learning, intellectual skill development, and practical knowledge. Join the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) for a webinar that will feature the ambitious curricular change efforts currently underway to increase intentionality and reduce time to degree at the four institutions participating in AAC&U’s Purposeful Pathways: Faculty Planning for Curricular Coherence project. Register here.

Learning Technology Workshops

Are you looking to master Mattermost or Moodle? Want to broadcast teaching and learning using an Educational Podcast or Lightboard? Curious about Universal Design for Learning (UDL)? Interested in web-conferencing with confidence or using WordPress? Stop by for a drop-in session or register for one or more workshops on key Learning Tech topics including: Orientation to Moodle | Using Gradebook | Assessment in Moodle | Creating Content using H5P | Building Teams with Mattermost | Big Blue Button | Universal Design for Learning | Educational Radio: Podcasting for teaching and learning | Lightboard: lecture capture tool for producing short videos

Facilitators: Jamie Drozda, Dr. Brenna Clarke Gray, and Dr. Matthew Stranach

For full descriptions of each workshop, visit the EdTech Calendar.

Conferences & External Events

SoTL without Borders: Engaged practices for social change

October 9-12, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia | USA

The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) invites you to join a cadre of people "helping to change the direction of higher education around the world" in attending this year's annual conference. The conference "aims to examine global teaching practices in a meaningful way in the heart of the city of Atlanta". Check out the schedule-at-a-glance and register here.

Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

November 7-9, 2019, Banff, Alberta

The Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Mount Royal hosts the 9th annual gathering. The theme of this year's event is "Engaging Students, Engaging Faculty." Join regional colleagues for an opportunity to exchange ideas and hone your craft. Register here.

McMaster Research on Teaching & Learning Conference

December 5 & 6, 2019, Hamilton, Ontario

The theme for this year focuses on Research on Teaching and Learning Within and Across the Disciplines. Disciplinary connection is a defining feature of research on teaching and learning. This conference provides an opportunity for a 'deep dive' into current issues and trends within different disciplinary contexts while simultaneously providing spaces to discuss points of convergence and connection across disciplinary boundaries and contexts. Call for proposals open until October 11.

Awards and Opportunities

3M National Student Fellowship

Call for Nominations Open

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) has opened the annual call for Nominations for the 2020 3MNSF. This award recognizes students who demonstrate distinctive and creative educational leadership regarding a challenge facing higher education. The deadline is 31 January 2020. Nominees must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree or college program at a post-secondary Canadian institution, have completed at least one semester of study, and have not previously received a 3M student fellowship. Visit the STLHE 3MNSF website for information on putting together a nomination for an inspiring TRU student.

TRU Open Education Resource Development Grant 

Accepting applications now!

The University Library in conjunction with CELT and Open Learning (OL) are pleased to announce the Open Education Resource (OER) Development Grant Program has been extended for 2019/2020. The purpose of this initiative is to support faculty to integrate OER into their courses (through course release or other financial support/incentive), to build capacity at TRU for creating and adapting open textbooks and other OER that are up to date and appropriate for TRU curricula, and to demonstrate TRU’s commitment to student needs.

For eligibility and application guidelines visit here.

Academic Integrity Fellowship

January 2020 to April 2021

Application due by October 21, 2019

Coordinate and participate in developing professional developing activities focused on Academic Integrity for On-Campus and Open Learning Faculty Members. The project goals are to increase knowledge related to Academic Integrity with respect to curricula and pedagogical practices, investigate emerging trends and practices, make recommendations for policy revision and change to institutional process & structure, and to spread awareness of research-based assessment strategies and instructional practices that address Academic Integrity challenges in the post-secondary context. The successful applicant will be a full-time faculty member, receive a release from two 3-credit courses (or equivalent) over the duration of the fellowship, and have written support from the Dean of their faculty or school.

For more information and the full application guidelines visit our Awards & Fellowships page, or contact Marian Anderberg in the Office of Student Affairs.

D2L Innovation Award

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and Desire2Learn (D2L) celebrate and recognize up to five post-secondary educators each year for their innovative approaches that promote student-centred teaching and learning.

STLHE and D2L invite submissions in January. More details to come as the date nears. Visit the STLHE website to learn more.

Apply to Review an Open Textbook

To ensure the content in the BC Open Textbook collection achieves or surpasses the academic requirements of the post-secondary institutions of BC, a review system to rank each open textbook has been developed. You are invited to apply to review an open textbook to help deliver quality content to students and faculty. Approved reviewers receive a nominal honorarium.

Visit BC Campus for more information.

Save the Date

October 4, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in OL 344: Show Up and Write!

October 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in OL127: CELTalks

October 16, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. in OM student street: International Day Against Contract Cheating

October 17, 12-1 p.m. in ESTR's Market: A Book, A Bowl, and A Bun book club part II

October 19, 20 & 25, 26, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in OM 1761: Instructional Skills Workshop

October 21: Application deadline for the Academic Integrity Fellowship

CELT activities at a glance

For an overview of all upcoming CELT workshops, speakers and other events, view the monthly calendar hosted by the TRU Library. Workshops are open to faculty, staff and graduate students unless otherwise noted.

Focus on Teaching is the monthly newsletter of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). We showcase instructional development opportunities for TRU faculty and staff, and up-to-date information on our current projects, initiatives and learning opportunities. To read past issues of Focus on Teaching or to subscribe to our mailing list, visit our Newsletters page.

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