Workshops on Effective Teaching

Teaching and Learning offers workshops on effective teaching to help faculty develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes which help ensure successful teaching.

We welcome suggestions on promising trends in post-secondary education or other pedagogy topics you feel would enhance your teaching. Please e-mail teachingandlearning@conestogac.on.ca, and we will keep you apprised of any new workshop developments.

For workshops facilitated on or after Sept. 1, 2022, part-time faculty are paid $40/hour for each hour dedicated to completing workshops. Within two months of participation, you will receive a separate employment contract with these funds alongside your pay stub. To be paid the training rate of $40 per hour, you must attend all hours and/or show evidence of completing the work for all hours. Workshops will only be paid for complete attendance. Note: For workshops facilitated prior to Sept. 1, 2022, part-time faculty are paid $20/hour.

Please follow the instructions below to register for workshops on the Student Portal. If you experience difficulty with registration, please e-mail teachingandlearning@conestogac.on.ca with your requested workshop title and section number, and we’ll register you, on your behalf.

  1. Log in to the Student Portal using your employee number, and provided password.
  2. Select the Browse Continuing Education Courses tab.
  3. In the search box, type in the EDV code of the workshop you wish to attend, based on the list below.
  4. Select Search for Courses below the search box.
  5. On the Course Details page, choose the option that best suits your schedule.
  6. Select Add to Cart.
  7. Select Checkout and Enroll.
  8. Finally, Confirm your address.
  9. Select Save.

5 Steps to Set Up Group Work – (EDV0017)

Facilitated by Elan Paulson

Join this workshop to learn about 5 key steps to setting up student group work for the first time: explaining the assignment, forming groups, breaking the ice, creating a group agreement, and monitoring groups. We will explore samples and activities that you may adapt for your own class context and mode of delivery.

DateTimeSection Number and Delivery Mode
Thurs., Dec. 810:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.EDV0017 – Section 1 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom
Tues., Dec. 136:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.EDV0017 – Section 2 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom

Adding Video or Audio Feedback to Assignments – (EDV0021)

Facilitated by Jesslyn Wilkinson

Video and audio can help you break out of the box of traditional text-based assessment feedback. Using readily available tools, you will practice recording audio or video clips to provide supportive and impactful feedback for students. Leave the session with a tutorial to provide to students, showing them how to access this valuable feedback.

DateTimeSection Number and Delivery Mode
Fri., Dec. 210:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.EDV0021 – Section 1 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom
Wed., Dec. 76:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.EDV0021 – Section 2 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom

Avoiding Assumptions and Bias When Grading – (EDV0320)

Facilitated by Sherri Steele

This workshop invites you to explore the potential for assumptions and biases to negatively impact grading practices.  We will reflect on our own experiences, as well as look to the literature to support self-awareness.  We will discuss proven practices in grading and assessment design that can work to mitigate challenges.  Let’s come together to explore how we can begin to understand and reduce the impact of bias on our grading practices.    

DateTimeSection Number and Delivery Mode
Tues., Dec. 61:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.EDV0320 – Section 1 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom
Thurs., Dec. 1510:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.EDV0320 – Section 2 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom

Boost your YouTube Use – (EDV0801)

Facilitated by Adam Wilson

In this session, improve your searching efficiency in YouTube and build up a stock of readily available resources to share with students. Learn how to use filters and channels to locate education-appropriate videos, and take away key tips about recognizing videos that support effective learning. Experience an active watching strategy or two to incorporate into your lesson planning.

DateTimeSection Number and Delivery Mode
Tues., Dec. 69:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.EDV0801 – Section 2 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom
Thurs., Dec. 812:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.EDV0801 – Section 1 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom

Complementing Assignment Descriptions with Video Explanations – (EDV0025)

Facilitated by Adam Wilson

Clarify instructions for your course’s assignments by including a video explanation of text instructions. Practice using widely available video creation tools and consider the benefits for learners of having a video resource to answer frequently asked questions.

DateTimeSection Number and Delivery Mode
Wed., Dec. 711:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.EDV0025 – Section 1 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom
Thurs., Dec. 155:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.EDV0025 – Section 2 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom

Comprehension Checks – (EDV0022)

Many of us have the impulse, after sharing new content in class, to ask students “Was that clear? Any questions?” Rarely does this approach elicit responses. How do we know if students are learning what we’re teaching? We’ll explore effective ways of checking in with students (even the quiet ones!) to assess their learning.

DateTimeSection Number and Delivery Mode
Wed., Dec. 141:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.EDV0022 – Section 1 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom
Wed., Dec. 2111:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.EDV0022 – Section 2 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom

Creating a Welcome Video for your Courses – (EDV0023)

Facilitated by Jesslyn Wilkinson

Enhance teaching presence in your courses by including an effective welcome video. Practice using some of the functionality of video creation tools and practice creating a video. Learn how to change the permissions structure of the video, to allow it to be viewed in any course you post it to.

DateTimeSection Number and Delivery Mode
Tues., Dec. 2011:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.EDV0023 – Section 1 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom
Thurs., Dec. 152:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.EDV0023 – Section 2 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom

Enhancing the eText Experience – (EDV0995)

If your course uses an eText, come to this session to learn some of the features of the Texidium eReader app which can be used to enhance learning. In this session, we will explore some of the key challenges posed by eTexts for learners. Considering these, we will explore some ways to support learners in interacting within an eText. Experiment with features that connect to particular learning strategies, and leave with a few ready ideas to incorporate into your teaching or course development.

DateTimeSection Number and Delivery Mode
Wed., Jan. 111:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.EDV0995 – Section 1 of Winter 2023
Online Synchronous via Zoom
Fri., Jan. 1310:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.EDV0995 – Section 3 of Winter 2023
Online Synchronous via Zoom
Tues., Jan. 175:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.EDV0995 – Section 2 of Winter 2023
Online Synchronous via Zoom

How to Bridge-in to a Course – (EDV0080)

Facilitated by Sara Kafashan

Not all course subjects are easy to get into and the first few weeks are crucial to engagement. Come examine 5 ways to get students excited about a course, participate in some for challenging topics, and plan for your first 3 weeks of class. 

DateTimeSection Number and Delivery Mode
Thurs., Dec. 82:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.EDV0080 – Section 1 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom
Tues., Dec. 131:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.EDV0080 – Section 2 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom

H5P Make and Take: Image Drag and Drop – (EDV0006)

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the steps to create an image-based drag-and-drop activity. Drag and drops are a great way for learners to establish logical connections between two or more elements. Previous experience with H5P and/or completion of the Introducing the H5P Studio workshop is strongly encouraged.

Required Preparation: Please come prepared with one or several copyright-compliant image(s) you would like to use.

DateTimeSection Number and Delivery Mode
Tues., Dec. 1311:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.EDV0006 – Section 5 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom

Learn to Love Online Asynchronous Teaching: A 1-Hour Overview – (EDV0011)

Facilitated by Elan Paulson

This workshop provides an introduction to some of the benefits of online learning for students, reasons why teaching online is an active and dynamic process, and how to reach supports for delivering and developing online course content. Join us to explore what you may like (or even love) about online teaching at Conestoga.

DateTimeSection Number and Delivery Mode
Tues., Dec. 64:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.EDV0011 – Section 8 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom
Wed., Dec. 143:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.EDV0011 – Section 9 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom

Masalas for the First Three Weeks: Getting International Students Off to a Good Start – (EDV0018)

Facilitated by Nasreen Sultana

A masala is a spice mixture used in South Asian cooking to obtain the best flavours. Join this workshop to explore ingredients that will help you get the best out of the first three weeks of a course. Join me for practical tips and flavourful discussions.

DateTimeSection Number and Delivery Mode
Wed., Dec. 146:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.EDV0018 – Section 2 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom
Thurs., Dec. 1512:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.EDV0018 – Section 1 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom

Punitive to Formative: Shifting Perspectives on Citing and Referencing Omissions – (EDV0012)

Facilitated by Sherri Steele and Cory Scurr, Academic Integrity Coordinator

In this collaborative workshop offered by the Academic Integrity Office and Teaching and Learning, participants will review the removal of the Citing and Referencing Omissions category from the Academic Integrity Incident list. We will explore the impact of this change on student learning and faculty teaching and learning practices, with a focus on providing students with formative feedback for minor citation and referencing errors.

DateTimeSection Number and Delivery Mode
Wed., Dec. 71:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.EDV0012 – Section 4 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom
Mon., Dec. 1211:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.EDV0012 – Section 3 of Fall 2022
Online Synchronous via Zoom