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CAETL Talking About Teaching – Working with Students in Co-ops, Applied Studies & Independent Studies

This will be a panel led discussion with audience participation. All faculty and graduate students are welcome.

We will explore what it is like for faculty to facilitate and work with students in Co-ops, Applied Studies and Independent Studies. The panel will share their perspective on the benefits of working in these types of courses and also share their perspective of why they feel these programs are beneficial to student learning.

Date: Thursday, October 7th, 2010
Time: 2-4 PM
Place: AH100 (Andy’s Place)

Discussion Panel: Jasminn Berteotti, Jennifer Mather, HJ Wieden, and Ian MacLachlan

For more information about the Talking About Teaching events and about CAETL, please visit our website:

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CAETL Teaching Day

This past semester, CAETL has had great success in facilitating Talking About Teaching discussion sessions. The sessions were informal and held in a discussion friendly environment. During the Talking about Teaching sessions CAETL found that faculty were very curious about other faculty’s teaching methods and class activities. The discussion that was produced from 3 or 4 faculty sharing experiences around a common theme was phenomenal.

CAETL would also like to make sure the same great discussion and idea sharing occurs at it’s annual Teaching Day which will be held May 7th 2010 in AH100. Please join them to celebrate teaching excellence and to engage in discussion and debates on current educational topics.

WHERE: Andy’s Place AH100
DATE: Friday, May 7th, 2010
TIME: 9am to 4:30 PM
RSVP: RSVP here no later than Monday, May 3rd, 2010

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CAETL Grad Student Workshop — April 8th, 2010

Date: April 8th, 2010
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: AH 100

Be sure to join your fellow graduate students for this last session of the 2009 -2010 Grad TA Workshop Series. In conjunction with the Graduate Students Association, our last session for the term will be an informal opportunity to meet with fellow graduate students and share some of your ideas about the graduate student experience here at U of L.

Please remember that attendance at this session will count toward your certificate of participation in the CAETL Graduate Student TA Workshop Series.

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March 19 – CAETL Talking About Teaching

Thank you to all who attended the last Talking About Teaching. We tried a new format and had great success with it.

Our next event is taking place:

March 19th
2:30 to 4:30 pm (drop in any time)
Andy’s Place (AH100).
Topic: “Challenges and Successes of Teaching a Course with a Lab Component”

Refreshments will be served. Drop in anytime. Graduate students are also encouraged to attend.

We hope to see you there.

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CAETL Graduate Student Workshop — Classroom Management Skills for Teaching Assistants

Date: March 10th, 2010
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: L 1170 A

Dr. Jan Newberry and Dr. Dayna Daniels

The session will focus on a discussion of issues related to classroom management skills for TAs in the classroom, lab, or tutorial. Some suggestions, tips, tricks, and techniques for establishing and maintaining a positive and productive classroom environment will be presented. Participants are encouraged to come and share their concerns, challenges and ideas on this important topic. Be sure to plan to attend this important session and engage with your colleagues in this conversation

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March 5th – Talking About Teaching

Presented by CAETL

When: 3-5pm, March 5th, 2010
Where: Andy’s Place (AH100)

Talking About Teaching is an event that allows instructors throughout the University to come and discuss teaching and learning as it relates to them.

This particular event will be a “soap box” discussion about “Innovative and interesting course endeavours”. Attendees will be able hear from their colleagues as well as participate by sharing their teaching endeavours.

Some topics being discussed by our invited guests will be: speaking about the creation of a new Liberal Education course, integrating audience response systems as well as group blogs.

We encourage you to join us for some great discussion.

For more information about CAETL, please visit


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Feb. 5th Talking About Teaching

Your CAETL would like to extend thanks to those who attended the last Talking About Teaching event and made it a success. The discussion that arose during this event was truly stimulating and we look forward to another successful event on February 5th, 2010 in AH100.

The next Talking About Teaching presented by the Centre for the Advancement of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CAETL) will focus on the following question:

What is the role of teaching in a comprehensive University given today’s changing environment?

We encourage you to exam this question from a number of perspectives; student views, professor views, as well as administrative views.

Bring your ideas and your voice and drop in any time between 2:30pm and 4:30pm to engage with your peers in a thoughtful discussion that exams this topic. Refreshments will also be served.


What: Talking About Teaching
When: February 5th, 2010
Where: Andy’s Place (AH100)

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Prezi: Not your mother’s PowerPoint

This tool has the potential to allow more freedom in classroom instruction than your standard presentation tools like PowerPoint of Keynote. Through a non-linear approach Prezi could help foster more open discussion and better engage your students.

Here is more info from their Website:

Prezi is zooming sketches on a digital napkin.

It’s visualization and storytelling without slides. Your ideas live on stage and on the web.

Have you ever wondered about presenting your thoughts as free as they come? Ever got tired of creating a slide show? It’s been said, that the best innovations come from people who are unhappy with the tools they use. We realized that our ideas won’t fit into slides anymore. Putting together creative thinking and technology expertise, we have created Prezi, a living presentation tool.

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Talking About Teaching – January 22nd, 2010

CAETL (Centre for Advancement of Excellence in Teaching and Learning) would like to start the semester off by inviting all U of L instructors to join their colleagues this Friday January 22nd, from 2:30 – 4:30 in AH100, to meet your CAETL. This will be an opportunity for you to join members of CAETL and your colleagues for a glass of wine and informal discussion about teaching and learning at the U of L. Let us know the issues you face in today’s classroom, and how CAETL can support your teaching needs.

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Teaching Development Application

The Centre for the Advancement of Excellence in Teaching and Learning invites all faculty members to apply
for financial support of up to $5000 for projects to enhance teaching effectiveness. Projects can be on any
aspect of teaching, learning, and evaluation. Examples of past projects are:

  • Fair Assessment Practice in Higher Education: A Practical Guide (Faculty of Education)
  • Video and Image Package for a Canadian Economics Course (Economics Department)
  • Motion Analysis and Representation Techniques in New Media: Development of Teaching Strategies
    and Support Materials (New Media Department)
  • Standardized Patient Program (School of Health Sciences)
  • Web-Based Resources Designed to Introduce Students to the Scientific Method and Science Writing
    (Biological Sciences Department)
  • Understanding, Diagnosing, and Improving Team Climate in Student Teams (Faculty of Management).

CAETL will use the following criteria for judging the proposals:

  1. Evidence the project is innovative and applies a creative approach to the problem it addresses.
  2. Evidence of the potential for enduring benefits to the improvement of teaching, learning, and evaluation
    practices and/or the development of new practices or expertise.
  3. Evidence that the project involves sound research methodology leading to clear conclusions and

CAETL will not consider applications that do not meet these criteria.

To complete an application, use the application template . If you have questions please call 403.380.1856.

Applications must be received in the office of the Centre for the Advancement of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (L1126), with a copy to your Dean, by the third Friday in January, no later than 4:30pm. Late applications will not be accepted. The competition results will be announced by the end of March 2009. Successful applicants will share their project outcomes through a written report, and where appropriate at the annual CAETL Teaching Day.

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