Professional Development for Grad Students

A collection of professional development opportunities and events for Graduate Students, including the Instructional Skills Workshop, the Graduate Certificate Program, Mentoring and Facilitation Workshops, as well as the Graduate Institute which takes place annually during February.

Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop – April 22, 23, 29 2017


Event Date & Time

  • April 29, 2017
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Event Description

Registration for the WAITLIST of this ISW opens on Monday February 13th at 9am PST and closes on Friday February 17th at 4:30pm. Click “Register Now” to register for the WAITLIST only. If you are chosen to participate, you will be contacted directly by our office within 10 business days. *** Please note that the dates of this (more…)

Breaking the Ice: Exploring Icebreakers and their Value


Event Date & Time

  • May 2, 2017
    9:15 am - 10:45 am

Event Description

Why do we need icebreakers? There are many reasons! For example, for learners they provide an opportunity to get to know the person they are sitting next to and may work with. For instructors, icebreakers play a role in building group cohesion and discovering group dynamics. But, not all icebreakers are the same. So, the (more…)

The Fundamentals of Developing Effective Learning Outcomes


Event Date & Time

  • May 2, 2017
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Description

Learning outcomes are statements that indicate what students should be able to do by the end of a module, course, or program (Kennedy, 2007). Many times, learning outcomes are incorrectly considered to be synonymous with learning goals, objectives, and aims. Instead, learning outcomes are the “common currency” (Kennedy, 2007) that should be used in teaching (more…)

Designing Classrooms that Promote Learner’s Awareness


Event Date & Time

  • May 2, 2017
    12:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Event Description

Promoting student’s own awareness when learning cultivates mastery of the course. However, how can we achieve this goal? One way to resolve this objective is to have learners feel like they are part of the learning community in the classroom. As instructors, we can design lessons to promote our learner’s ability to reflect and monitor (more…)

Guidelines for Developing an Impressive Teaching Dossier/Portfolio


Event Date & Time

  • May 2, 2017
    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Event Description

The teaching dossier/portfolio is a key tool for documenting one’s teaching journey through a collection of supporting documents and materials that illustrate their teaching experience and strengths. Teaching dossiers/portfolios are often used to apply for teaching positions, teaching awards, tenure, and promotion. Many graduate students (teaching assistants and sessional instructors) are not aware of the (more…)

Grad Student Round Table & Poster Sessions


Event Date & Time

  • May 2, 2017
    4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Event Description

Round Table 1: Fostering community of practice to support undergraduate learning Facilitated by: Stephanie Cheung, Laura Super, Analise Hofmann, Lachlan Caunt A community of practice (CoP) is defined as a group of people, who share a common set of concerns or interests, engage with each other to exchange knowledge, which in turn builds a repertoire (more…)

Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Universal Design for Learners


Event Date & Time

  • May 3, 2017
    9:30 am - 11:15 am

Event Description

Students enter the classroom with a variety of motivations, interests, expectations, and experiences – but, as instructors, how might we welcome all perspectives while ensuring that activities and assessment fit the needs of the learner and align with learning objectives? In this interactive workshop we introduce the Universal Design for Learners, a research-based framework, to (more…)

Integrating Reflection into your Teaching Practice


Event Date & Time

  • May 3, 2017
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Event Description

Reflective practice offers a method for teachers and learners to benefit from personal feedback, providing opportunities to improve teaching and learning (Jay and Johnson, 2002; Rodgers 2002). Together in this interactive workshop we will consider reflection from the perspective of both teachers and learners. We will discuss a range of perspectives on reflection from the (more…)

Students as Public Scholars In Training


Event Date & Time

  • May 3, 2017
    1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Event Description

In this presentation I discuss an open project that I gave to students in my class last semester. The purpose was to get them to bring philosophical ideas that we covered in class to the broader public. They produced podcasts, short stories, videos, songs, artworks, movies reviews and blog posts, all of which was posted (more…)

Graduate Student in Teaching


Event Date & Time

  • May 3, 2017
    1:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Event Description

In this session, we bring together panelists with a diverse set of experiences teaching as or with graduate students to discuss the role of graduate students in teaching, and teaching in the professional lives of graduate students. In what ways are graduate student already contributing to the teaching mission of the university? How might they? (more…)