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Queen's University

Centre for Teaching and Learning



Winter 2014

The Teaching Development Workshop Series has been designed to assist educators in building a strong foundation for quality teaching and scholarship. While this series offers workshops (over the Fall and Winter terms) on a variety of pedagogical and technological topics related to supporting teaching and learning at Queen’s University, it endeavours to be a welcoming place for participants to engage in meaningful conversations and build a learning community.



Date, Time,  Location                              

Active Learning: What it is and how to support it
Sue Fostaty Young, Centre for Teaching and Learning
This highly interactive workshop (in one of the new active learning spaces in Ellis Hall) provides an opportunity to learn about active learning strategies by participating in active learning. Come to learn about what techniques are being used across campus to actively engage students. Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Ellis Hall, Room 319
Teaching and Learning in the Ellis Hall Active Learning Classrooms
Andy Leger, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Three new active learning classrooms have been constructed in Ellis Hall. The new classrooms are designed to support instructors to teach actively and collaboratively, to facilitate interaction between students and to enable small groups of students to work together and share their ideas. This workshop will allow participants to tour the three new active learning classrooms, consider the configuration and the technology available in each room, and discuss and hear about the teaching strategies that are being used in these spaces. Tuesday, February 18, 2014
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Ellis Hall, Room 319    
Inside the Minds of Learners: Evidence-Based Instruction, Assessment, and Study
Rylan Egan and Klodiana Kolomitro, Centre for Teaching and Learning

In this interactive session educators have the opportunity to explore the development and implementation of learning outcomes and strategies based on the latest thinking in the Psychology of Learning. Participants will work collaboratively with educators from across the university to ensure student motivation, engagement – and ultimately learning.

Monday, February 24, 2014
1:30pm - 3:00pm
B176 Mackintosh Corry Hall,
Seminar Room
Engaging Students in Higher Order Thinking
Natalie Simper, Centre for Teaching and Learning

I'd like my students to be able to "think outside the box," but I'm too busy teaching them the essential knowledge they need to know for the course. My students know their stuff, but can't apply it in new situations.


Do either of these sound familiar? What if there was a way to engage students with problems that facilitated students in seeking knowledge and skills, required analysis of information, and encouraged synthesis to determine a solution or course of action. Authentic assessments reflect problems and tasks that students would experience in a real-world, professional setting. Engaging students to work either individually or collaboratively to build knowledge and transfer understanding doesn't take too long, it just needs a little planning. Provided in this workshop is a template to help you design your own Problem-Based Tasks, for use within your course setting.

Monday, March 3, 2014
1:30pm - 3:30pm
B176 Mackintosh Corry Hall,
Seminar Room

Working the Voice: Voice Training for Teaching Purposes

Grahame Renyk, Drama

A practical workshop on developing the techniques necessary for the projection and articulation of the voice through breathing and speech exercises. Wear comfortable clothing and come prepared to work your voice.

Monday, March 24, 2014
3:00pm - 4:30pm
B176 Mackintosh Corry Hall,
Seminar Room

Active Learning Revisited
Vicki Woodside-Duggins, Centre for Teaching and Learning

In this workshop, we will examine traditional lectures and explore ways to incorporate active learning principles to improve student engagement. If you already have some classes in which you've implemented principles of active learning, please provide those to Vicki in advance of the workshop so that they may be shared at the session. The focus of this session is to learn from one another and hopefully develop some best practices.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Ellis Hall, Room 319
Positive Psychology in the University Classroom 
Lisa Sansom, LVS Consulting

Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life worth living, and its applications can create a better classroom environment for teaching and learning. Lisa Sansom, MAPP, has studied with the pioneers of the positive psychology field, and will speak about some key findings that professors and future professors can use to enhance their courses and in-class experiences.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 
1:30pm - 3:00pm
B176 Mackintosh Corry Hall,
Seminar Room




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