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CUPFA & CTL MicroLink Discussions

MicroLinks 2018-2019

We are happy to announce that CUPFA has teamed up with Concordia’s Centre for Teaching and Learning to present this year’s first MicroLink event, which will take place on Tuesday, October 2nd and Tuesday October 9th from 12:30-2:30. 

We are inviting part-time faculty, full-time faculty and students to participate in a round table discussions. Please RSVP at info@cupfa.org by September 26th. If you have any questions please contact Lorraine Oades at lorraine.oades@cupfa.org

Tuesday, October 2: The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Round table discussions related to the challenges and benefits of large class sizes from a teaching and learning perspective with an emphasis on sharing teaching strategies.

Tuesday, October 9: Large-Class Toolkit
Adding to the discussion from the previous week, participants will work together with staff from the Centre for Teaching and Learning to develop ideas that will be included a guide or toolkit. How can you help out?
Please RSVP at info@cupfa.org by September 26th.

Instead of asking part-time faculty to present their research at the MicroLink, we would like to draw on the group’s experience as dedicated teachers and learners to delve into a variety of questions that concern us all. In order to facilitate the discussion, we have prepared a number of questions for you to ponder prior to each of the events.

QUESTONS FOR FACULTY:
What are your biggest challenges teaching large classes?
How do you keep students engaged?
How do you gauge students' progress?
What tools or strategies do you use to encourage active learning?
What kind of support do you receive from teaching assistants?
What is the most rewarding aspect teaching large classes?
How can conditions in large classes improved?
 
Choose one example:
Provide an example of a positive large class teaching experience that stands out for you.
Provide an example of a negative large class teaching experience that stands out for you.
Provide an example of a tool or successful strategy you use when teaching large classes.
 
QUESTIONS FOR TEACHING ASSISTANTS:
 
Are you adequately prepared for your role in the classroom?
Do you have suggestions about training?
What aspects of TAing in large classes do you find most challenging?
What do you find most rewarding?
 
Choose one example:
Provide an example of a positive large class experience that stands out for you.
Provide an example of a negative large class experience that stands out for you.
Provide an example of a tool or successful strategy that you've heard of or used when TAing in a large class?
 
QUESTIONS FOR STUDENTS:
Are there any advantages to large classes from a student’s perspective?
How do you think large classes could be improved?
 
Choose one example:
Provide an example of a positive learning experience that stands out for you.
Provide an example of a negative learning experience that stands out for you.
Provide an example of a tool or strategy that you have benefited from in a large class.
 

Please RSVP at info@cupfa.org by September 26th.
If you have any questions please contact Lorraine Oades at lorraine.oades@cupfa.org

 

MicroLinks 2017-2018

We are happy to announce that CUPFA has teamed up with Concordia’s Centre for Teaching and Learning to present this year’s first MicroLink event, which will take place on Thursday March 8th from 12:30-2:30. We are inviting part-time faculty, full-time faculty and students to participate in a round table discussion that focuses on the following question:

How can we radicalize pedagogy to enhance learning?

Instead of asking part-time faculty to present their research at the MicroLink, we would like to draw on the group’s experience as dedicated teachers and learners to delve into a variety of questions that concern us all. In order to facilitate the discussion, we have prepared a number of questions for you to ponder prior to the event:

How do you nurture passion?
How do you deal with difficult classroom situations?
How do you know what is important to teach?
How does research find its way into the classroom?
How do new technologies enhance and/or hinder learning?

Please think of an example of a teaching technique that you have tried or would like to try; a teaching challenge you don’t know how to resolve; or an example of how you may feel vulnerable in the classroom.

Please RRSP if you are interested in attending this MicroLink event by Wednesday, February 28 at 3:00 pm at info@cupfa.org. A light lunch will be served.

When: Thursday, March 8 from 12:30-2:30pm
Location:
Faubourg Tower, 1250 Guy Street, FB 620 (6th floor)

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