Professional Development Resources


(Taylor Institute Programming and Resources)

Suggested workshops to highlight: 

Engaging Discussions with Learning Technology
September 27

Resources

https://taylorinstitute.ucalgary.ca/resources/teaching-assistants 

We now have a Teaching Assistants category in the TI Resource Library. Feel free to feature the category landing page itself, or any relevant resources at your discretion and reach out to Alix Redmond if you need any specific graphics.  

Featured Resources

Learning Module: Anti-Racism, EDI and Positionality in Teaching and Learning 

This online module addresses the history of racism, anti-racist pedagogy and strategies for anti-racist education. Participants in this learning module will increase their knowledge of racism, learn how to identify implicit biases and implement anti-racism strategies in the classroom. 

Learning Module: Teaching Assistant Orientation 

This learning module is for all teaching assistants regardless of your experience. It will introduce you to a model of professional development that encourages you to continue to grow in your ability to support student learning. 

The Graduate Student Certificate in University Teaching and Learning provides you with an opportunity to develop evidence-based teaching expertise and skills that are relevant across disciplines in postsecondary education.  

Throughout the program, you’ll develop skills and confidence in supporting student learning, success and engagement. You’ll also document your understanding of teaching and learning into a robust dossier that reflects your evolving experience, goals and skills. 

This certificate will enable University of Calgary graduate students on diverse career paths in academia, government, industry and non-profit to gain essential teaching and learning skills and knowledge. 

Fall 2022 courses are filling fast, limited seats remaining. 

https://taylorinstitute.ucalgary.ca/graduate-student/certificate  

D2L's Brightspace Learning Platform is the University of Calgary's learning management system and has a variety of tools to help you manage your courses. These tools include ways to communicate with students, share material, give assignments and gather submissions, provide assessments, grade student work and manage student grades and feedback. 

The workshops in this series are designed to introduce you to these tools and provide time and space to practice so that when you need to create your own course you are comfortable working with these tools.  

Sessions run August 11, 17, 18, 19, 22, 29 
Online 

https://taylorinstitute.ucalgary.ca/workshop-series/d2l-introductions  

The Blended and Online Workshop Series (BOWS) are sets of interactive workshops that focus on pedagogy and practice of blended and online learning. Series topics include foundations, assessments, course design, experiential learning, learning technologies, and equity, diversity and inclusion. The series are offered monthly with weekly scheduled workshops, so participants are welcome to attend one, some, or all based on their interest and availability. Each workshop creates informal opportunities for focused blended and online teaching development and connections with academic staff from various disciplines. 

Foundations 

Each of these sessions focuses on establishing a solid foundation for teaching and learning in blended and online contexts and participants will benefit from attending one, some, or all of the workshops. Participants can expect to take away an improved understanding of how to integrate their pedagogy with the unique characteristics of blended and online learning. 

Dates: Sept 12, 20, 27, from 10 – 11 a.m. 
Online 

https://taylorinstitute.ucalgary.ca/workshop-series/blended-and-online  

 

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In this series of workshops, graduate students working as teaching assistants (TAs) or those interested in working as TAs will be introduced to pedagogical topics relevant to TA roles. In addition, special focus will be given to introducing them to skills essential to succeed in their respective courses. All topics in this series will be explored under the lens of student-centered learning and inclusive teaching practices. 

International TAs: Opportunities and effective strategies 

Starting out as a TA can be challenging, especially being an international TA who may be comparatively new to the country and the teaching and learning culture at the University of Calgary. This workshop presents an open opportunity for facilitators and participants to share the experiences of being an international TA at the University of Calgary. 

Facilitators: Lin Yu, Dr. Anna Pletnyova, PhD 
Date: Sept. 15, 2022 
Time: 2 – 3 p.m. 
Location: Online 

Classroom management strategies for TAs 
Date: Oct. 6, 2022 
Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m. 
Location: Online 

https://taylorinstitute.ucalgary.ca/workshop-series/teaching-assistants  

Teaching in a Diverse Classroom 

Teaching in a diverse classroom starts well before the first day of class by reflecting on your own positionality, including an EDI statement in your course outline, and intentional integration of EDI strategies into the first day of class and beyond. Join us as we further explore strategies when teaching in a diverse classroom. 

Date: Sept. 22, 2022 
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 
Location: Online 

https://taylorinstitute.ucalgary.ca/workshop-series/course-design-conversations-strategies-person-teaching  

Oct. 6 – Nov. 3 

The Foundations in Experiential Learning (EL) Badge is composed of three workshops and a capstone project for a cohort interested in exploring EL as a means to facilitate student collaboration and enhance engagement. 

https://taylorinstitute.ucalgary.ca/badges/foundations-in-experiential-learning  

October 17 – 21, 2022 

Integrity Week is the premiere opportunity to showcase ethical teaching and learning. It aligns with the International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating, October 19, 2022, an event celebrated across the globe on the same day to bring attention to term paper mills, predatory tutoring and other forms of contract cheating. Join us for three sessions that cover academic integrity and mental health, FOIP, and writing a research paper using enhanced academic integrity. 

https://taylorinstitute.ucalgary.ca/series-and-events/integrity-week  

Professional development opportunity: Test Anxiety – Instructional Approaches to Support Students

October 17 – 21, 2022 

Integrity Week is the premiere opportunity to showcase ethical teaching and learning. It aligns with the International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating, Octobe

Are you an academic staff member or graduate teaching assistant interested in learning more about how your instructional choices can impact students’ experiences of test anxiety? 

A research study is currently seeking academic staff and graduate teaching assistants to participate in a self-directed professional development course on teaching practices and test anxiety. Participants will be asked to complete a pre-assessment prior to starting the program, the course (anticipated 4 hours to complete), and an evaluation assessment after program completion. 

If you are interested, please email Thomas Qiao at qingqi.qiao@ucalgary.ca for more information. 

r 19, 2022, an event celebrated across the globe on the same day to bring attention to term paper mills, predatory tutoring and other forms of contract cheating. Join us for three sessions that cover academic integrity and mental health, FOIP, and writing a research paper using enhanced academic integrity. 

https://taylorinstitute.ucalgary.ca/series-and-events/integrity-week