Weekend Intensive: Spring 2021 – April 30th and May 1 and 2; and May 8 (Saturday only)

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Teaching and Learning is here to support you as you prepare to teach and afterwards. We have prepared an opportunity for you to complete up to four of the four mandatory orientation courses and/or partake in some learning specifically about supporting international students from or in India. If you are not familiar with using Zoom, then we also have workshops for you! These learning opportunities will take place synchronously in Zoom, and some will use the LMS, eConestoga, as well. 

Take this intensive weekend opportunity to network and build community with your fellow faculty members. 

Please register right away via the Student Portal, entering the course codes in the “Browse Continuing Education Courses” tab. Following your registration, three days before the session you will receive a message with a link to the Zoom meeting. 

Please note that if you are a part-time, partial load or sessional faculty member you will be compensated at $20 per hour for each workshop and for the mandatory courses if successfully passed.  

Mandatory Courses: Conestoga requires all faculty to complete 4 mandatory 6-hour courses. These are described below. The course shells in the Learning Management System (LMS) which is called eConestoga will open on Monday, April 26 and close on Saturday, May 15. You must complete all asynchronous work, attend the synchronous sessions and complete the assessments in this time frame. If possible, you are encouraged to get started on the asynchronous content before the meetings. 


Friday, April 30: Getting to Know Zoom

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Zoom Meetings: The Essentials (PDEV0762 – Section 6

Zoom is a simple-to-use multi-device conferencing and collaboration tool. Discover how to use content sharing, audio and video chat to conduct online meetings & much more. We will examine how to navigate the web app, desktop and mobile clients. You will learn how to set up & schedule virtual meetings, invite participants, facilitate communications with staff and students, and host effectively. 

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.Using Zoom Tools for a Synchronous Class Meeting (EDEV0864 – Section 6

If you are familiar with the basic tools and features of Zoom, join this session to learn about and discuss some ways Zoom can be used when you meet your students for a class session. 

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.Talk About Teaching Students From India Via Zoom (EDEV0025 – Section 1

While teaching students from India you may experience some unique Zoom behaviours which might be novel for you. You may need to create some additional supports to help students. Now that you are familiar with the basics of Zoom, in this workshop, we will discuss what you may experience in the remote Zoom class and what best practices we can suggest to make the delivery successful. 

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Saturday, May 1

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Choose One of the workshops listed below) – Zoom sessions repeat from Friday

Zoom Meetings: The Essentials (PDEV0762 – Section 7)

or Using Zoom Tools for a Synchronous Class Meeting (EDEV0864 – Section 7)

or Teaching and Services at Conestoga (EDEV0670 – Section 7) First of two synchronous sessions via Zoom

Mandatory for all faculty. This course ensures familiarity with the teaching expectations of the college, and associated policies and procedures. As well, participants learn about the services available to support them and their students. 

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

International Student Panel – Guide to breakout rooms and group activities: A panel discussion by international students (EDEV0035 – Section 1)

How do you successfully engage international students with active learning opportunities in an online environment?  Many international students are not accustomed to group work and are new to online learning as well. This workshop will provide the perspective of a panel of international students on how to set up breakout room tasks to encourage participation and how to structure group work assignments to help students understand what is expected of them. 

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Choose One of the workshops listed below) 

 Active Learning Leading to Assessment Synchronous Session for 6-hour course, Part 1 (EDEV0650 – Section 6

This course explores the practice of active learning in the diverse post-secondary classroom and its relationship to the assessment of learning. Participants review active learning frameworks and lesson planning to explore how active learning strategies can support students from various backgrounds and discuss ways of providing students authentic, valid and reliable opportunities to demonstrate their learning of the course outcomes. 

or Learning to Thrive: Wellness Practices for Faculty (EDEV0930 – Section 7)

How can educators thrive amidst a time of change and uncertainty?  In this workshop, we will discuss a variety of wellness strategies and tips. Faculty will learn tangible, evidence-based strategies to boost resilience and overall well-being.   

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Understanding South Asian International Students’ Cultures, Backgrounds, and Challenges (EDEV0015 – Section 1)

How much do you know about your international students? Why is this important? Research suggests that teachers who know their students and their background can improve their teaching and guide student learning. Join this workshop to explore the unique cultural and educational background that our South Asian students come from and how a new academic environment may pose challenges for them. 


Sunday, May 2

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Fun with Accents: Intercultural Dynamics in the Classroom (PDEV0332 – Section 1)

This workshop will provide you with fascinating facts and effective activities to use in teaching your course content that will enable you and the entire class to participate in productive conversation that aid understanding of our diverse and complex world. With a focus on how accents work and how different cultures engage in small talk and group work, this session will leave you with new knowledge and new skills to approach the global classroom. 

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Teaching and Services at Conestoga Synchronous Part 2 (EDEV0670 – Section 7)  

This course ensures familiarity with the teaching expectations of the college, and associated policies and procedures. As well, participants learn about the services available to support them and their students. 

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Active Learning Leading to Assessment Synchronous Session Part 2 (EDEV0650 – Section 6)

3:00 p.m to 4:30 p.m. – Teaching New Out-of-Country International Students (EDEV0811 – Section 1)

Teaching international students who will be attending remote Canadian classrooms for the first time while sitting in their home country can pose novel and unexpected teaching and learning challenges. What are those unique challenges and what supports do we need to prepare for? How can we deliver course content without overwhelming ourselves or the students? How do we coach out-of-country students about Canadian classroom expectations, behaviors, and communication methods? Join this workshop to learn techniques to support students and develop supportive relationships for their journey from home to Conestoga. This workshop is for the faculty who are teaching out of country students for the first time. 


Weekend Intensive Part Two: Spring 2021 May 8 (Saturday Only) 

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Practical Ideas for Teaching International Students (EDEV0620 – Section 1)

Intercultural teaching competence enables teachers to create teaching in a way that supports students from different social and cultural backgrounds. To be successful in teaching international students intercultural teaching competence is a must. Join this workshop to experience a variety of practical intercultural teaching ideas to support your international students. 

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Conestoga’s Learning Management System (LMS) and Technologies for Teaching (EDEV0660 – Section 5) Synchronous Session

When teaching at Conestoga, all courses are set up in eConestoga (the college’s Learning Management System) and are required to have a set of essential elements. Participants learn how to set up their course and grades, and are introduced to other technologies available to support teaching. 

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Understanding Outcomes-Based Education and Curriculum at Conestoga (EDEV0640 – Section 7)

This course builds participants’ knowledge of outcomes-based education. Participants practice interpreting the outcomes of a course and apply concepts of curriculum alignment. 

Interested in a “Meet, Greet and Chat for Internationally-Educated Faculty?” Please email teachingandlearning@conestogac.on.ca and we will arrange a few times.