Authentic Assessment is a six-week course that will introduce you to the principles and practice of this approach to assessment of student learning. Authentic assessment takes into account the contexts in which learning might actually be used once students leave the university. It is an attempt to assess what students actually know, value, and can do in a way that is well-integrated into the entire learning environment of a course. In this course you will learn how to align assessment with intended learning outcomes, how to design meaningful assessment measures that motivate students and even design assessments that help students learn as they are being assessed.
By experiencing a variety of authentic assessment methods in the student role, reading about them, and practicing adaptations of them, you will be in a better position to judge which of these methods you can use in your own courses, as suits your personal teaching style and disciplinary needs. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to create an authentic, well-reasoned assessment measure that you could use in your own disciplinary context – with feedback and help from your instructors and colleagues.
The Centre for Teaching and Learning's Brightspace Workshop series provides in-person and on-line synchronous learning opportunities. In-person workshops are offered in two varieties:
Step-by-Step: relaxed, slower-paced sessions and
Quick Steps: faster, technically driven sessions.
Select the delivery method and pace that works for you.
Start your Brightspace training with the Getting Started with Brightspace workshop to provide the basis for the more advanced workshops.
Once you are registered for a workshop, please remove your name from waitlists of workshops of the same name, so others can take your spot.
For Faculty-specific workshops, visit https://ctl2.uwindsor.ca/workshops/147/
- Dec 07 – Getting Started with Brightspace
- Dec 08 – Brightspace Assignments tool
- Dec 12 – Brightspace Grades tool
- Dec 18 – Getting Started with Brightspace
- Dec 18 – Brightspace Assignments tool
- Dec 19 – Brightspace Quizzes tool
- Dec 20 – Brightspace Grades tool
- Jan 03 – Getting Started with Brightspace
- … and more!
The "Developing Your Teaching Dossier Series" is a sequence of four 45-minute self-paced modules for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows exploring strategies to reflect on their teaching and develop their teaching dossier. While grad students and post-docs are the primary audience, these modules may be useful for anyone that is new to teaching or to the development of a teaching dossier.Users can choose to take any one of the modules or can choose to complete all four of the modules in the series. Upon successful completion of each module, users will receive a certificate of completion. Completing the entire sequence of modules can allow you to explore a range of different considerations in your teaching dossier development process, including:
- exploring and reflecting on your teaching experience;
- identifying teaching-related transferable skills;
- effectively defining and narrating your teaching values and practices and their impact on student learning;
- describing components of a teaching dossier and begin writing various sections of your teaching dossier; and
- articulating teaching skills and experiences for academic and non-academic careers.
- Module 1 - Reflecting on Your Teaching Experience: An Introduction to Teaching Dossiers TD-O-W22-01
- Module 2 - Articulating Your Teaching Values and Practices: Developing Your Statement of Teaching Philosophy TD-O-W22-02
- Module 3 - Connecting Narratives and Evidence: Developing Components of Your Teaching Dossier TD-O-W22-03
- Module 4 - Looking Ahead: Telling New Stories About Our Teaching Experiences TD-O-W22-04
Are you an early career faculty member? If so, you’re invited to join one of our small mentoring groups led by experienced UWindsor faculty. These once-a-month sessions are dedicated to supporting you in balancing your teaching, research, and service expectations and help develop a network of supportive colleagues within the university community with whom you can share experiences, resources and ideas.
Two mentors with different experience and background will meet with their group of 6-10 early career faculty once each month throughout the academic year (F23 & W24). The sessions are informal in structure, offering opportunities for ECF to meet with colleagues, make professional connections, share information that can assist with their professional development, and demystify the RTP process.
The mentors working together with the mentees shape the meetings on topics and themes relevant to thriving at the UWindsor and accommodating their teaching, research, service, and work-life demands! Our past participants have found the hour-long sessions a comfortable venue where they can discuss challenges and concerns, and learn how to navigate the academic/ institutional landscape. We look forward to you joining our ECF workshop community.
GATAcademy 2023 is a professional development event open to all current and prospective UWindsor graduate assistants (GAs) and teaching assistants (TAs). Offering a series of interactive workshops led by experienced professionals from across the campus, GATAcademy 2023 will feature resources and activities relevant to both new and experienced GAs/TAs. Topics will include GA/TA 101, using Brightspace and Microsoft Teams, best practices in grading and feedback, running effective labs and tutorials, and a whole lot more! GATAcademy 2023 will be held online from August 28th to September 1st and each day will feature three workshops. There will also be an in-person session on IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility) and a networking event on September 6th. More details to follow in the coming weeks!
Please note that all workshops will be offered online through Microsoft Teams. Remember: Please register for the workshops that interest you. You will be emailed the Teams meeting invite for the workshops you are registered in on the Friday before and the morning of the event.Information provided to register for workshops may be used for program evaluation, program improvement, and research, but will always be deidentified. If data is used for research purposes, REB clearance will be sought. If you do not want your data used for research purposes, please contact Dr. Laura Chittle firstname.lastname@example.org.
This action-based workshop series for innovative and compassionate educators addresses a multitude of challenging issues that have always been with us - matters of decolonization, diversity, inclusivity, equity, accessibility, and justice. The will among educators to address these issues is strong, but many of us are baffled by their complexity, anxious about “getting it wrong”, and uncertain how to begin. Nonetheless, the time for action has come.
Each workshop in this series will introduce you to a particular issue or point of focus, provide time for participants to think, discuss, share resources, and explore practical strategies to implement into their own pedagogical work.
There will be a mix of facilitators at each workshop: prople who engage thoughtfully with the issues – who have also put specific ideas into action, and educators with experience in innovative practices. Together, they will lead group discussions and exercises that delve into practical strategies and big ideas. Some workshops will focus on classroom practices, some on assessment, some on curriculum – and some touch on all three. What they all share is a commitment to practical application.
Although these workshops are stand-alone events, taken as a series they are designed to explore the implementation of 21st century pedagogy at multiple critical intersections in a way that is collaborative, welcoming, and focused.
The 2024 Winter GATAcademy is a two-day event which will be held in-person on January 4th and online on January 5th. Workshops are scheduled all day from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Presented by the GATA Network, Winter GATAcademy offers professional development workshops for current and prospective UWindsor graduate assistants (GAs) and teaching assistants (TAs). Workshops feature material and activities for both new and experienced GAs/TAs.
Registration is FREE. Participants register for each workshop separately.
**Links to the sessions will be emailed to participants the day before the scheduled workshops.**
**STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS TO COME**Information provided to register for workshops may be used for program evaluation, program improvement, and research, but will always be deidentified. If data is used for research purposes, REB clearance will be sought. If you do not want your data used for research purposes, please contact Dr. Laura Chittle email@example.com.
- Jan 04 – Supporting Success: GAs/TAs' Guide to Understanding and Responding to Student Challenges
- Jan 04 – Engaging Students in the Classroom
- Jan 05 – Well-being and Pedagogy of Care
- Jan 05 – Brighten Up Your Teaching: Tips and Tricks for GAs/TAs in Brightspace
- Jan 05 – Grading Greatness: A GA/TA's Guide to Assessment and Feedback