Faculty Master Classes Program

DESCRIPTION

With the Faculty Master Classes Program, you have the opportunity to visit a colleague’s online course to see how they engage their students in learning in the online environment. This will be followed by a meeting with the course instructor to ask questions about the teaching strategies and technologies they employed. The program is an opportunity for you to reflect on your own teaching and consider how aspects of the course design and delivery you observed might be adapted for your context.

Participating courses are those that received assistance from the CTL and WTS through their supported course design programs.

Outcomes

By the end of the Faculty Master Classes Program, participants will be able to:

  • identify excellent teaching practices through observing them in practice
  • reflect with faculty colleagues discuss pedagogy and approaches to teaching
  • identify resources to implement new teaching practices

What to expect

  • Participants will visit online courses that received support from the CTL and WTS as part of their supported course design programs and then meet with the faculty member as a group for a one-hour, informal conversation facilitated by an educational developer from the CTL.
  • Please note that the program requires both the course visitation and post-visitation discussion. To benefit from both components, a Faculty Master Classes Program OWL site has been created.
  • The instructors of the participating courses have outlined sections of the course or tools that are particularly noteworthy. We ask participating faculty to focus their visitation to those areas. Also, participants are not active participants on the course site but are there to observe (i.e., not to post messages, add threads to a discussion, respond to a quiz, or otherwise actively engage in the course site).

Participating Courses

For all participating courses, registrants can visit the course site at a convenient time for them from Monday, March 29 to Monday, April 5, 2021.

Applied Mathematics 1201B

Dr. Geoff Wild invites you to visit both a synchronous lecture and his OWL course site.

Registration limited to 10 people.

Synchronous lecture: Wednesday, March 31 from 8:30am to 9:30am
Post-visitation Discussion: Thursday, April 8 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Areas of the Course to Visit:

  • Communication tools (e.g., Announcements, faculty-created videos, Calendar, Forums),
  • Organization tools (e.g., Calendar, Lessons, Assignments, Syllabus),
  • The Assignments tool (engaging or creative uses),
  • The Forums tool (e.g., discussion prompts, discussion implementation, discussion grading),
  • Asynchronous lectures that demonstrate active learning strategies, chunking of course content, and/or other creative ideas,
  • Content & Resources tools (e.g., Course Readings, News, Resources, SCORM, Wiki),
  • A specific strategy utilized on the Syllabus or method used to engage students with the Syllabus,
  • Tests & Quizzes,
  • Videos to highlight, organize, and/or chunk course content

Participants are asked NOT to visit the Tutorial Sections of the course site out of respect for the privacy of the instructors of those tutorials.

Library and Information Sciences 9005

Dr. Pam McKenzie invites you to visit her OWL course site for the upcoming summer 2021 edition of LIS 9005.

Registration limited to 15 people.

Post-visitation Discussion: Thursday, April 8 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Areas of the Course to Visit:

  • The Assignments tool (engaging or creative uses),
  • Asynchronous lectures that demonstrate active learning strategies, chunking of course content, and/or other creative ideas,
  • The course Overview,
  • Videos to highlight, organize, and/or chunk course content

Psychology 1000

Dr. Mike Atkinson and Dr. Laura Fazakas-DeHoog’s invite you to visit their OWL course site.

Registration limited to 15 people.

Post-visitation Discussion: Wednesday, April 7 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Areas of the Course to Visit:

  • Communication tools (e.g., Announcements, faculty-created videos, Calendar, Forums),
  • Organization tools (e.g., Calendar, Lessons, Assignments, Syllabus),
  • The Assignments tool (engaging or creative uses),
  • The Forums tool (e.g., discussion prompts, discussion implementation, discussion grading),
  • Asynchronous lectures that demonstrate active learning strategies, chunking of course content, and/or other creative ideas,
  • The course Overview,
  • Content & Resources tools (e.g., Course Readings, News, Resources, SCORM, Wiki),
  • A specific strategy utilized on the Syllabus or method used to engage students with the Syllabus,
  • Tests & Quizzes,
  • Videos to highlight, organize, and/or chunk course content

Studio Art 1601

Dr. Johnson invites you to visit her OWL course site.

Registration limited to 15 people.

Post-visitation Discussion: Friday, April 9 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Areas of the Course to Visit:

  • Communication tools (e.g., Announcements, faculty-created videos, Calendar, Forums),
  • Organization tools (e.g., Calendar, Lessons, Assignments, Syllabus),
  • The Assignments tool (engaging or creative uses),
  • Asynchronous lectures that demonstrate active learning strategies, chunking of course content, and/or other creative ideas,
  • The course Overview,
  • A specific strategy utilized on the Syllabus or method used to engage students with the Syllabus,
  • Videos to highlight, organize, and/or chunk course content
  • VoiceThread

Program Information

Upcoming Sessions - registration is closed

  • Course Visitation: March 29 to April 5, 2021
  • Post-visitation Discussion: April 7-9, 2021 (date and time varies by course, see "Participating Courses" section).

Audience

Full and part-time instructors

Registration

To enroll, please follow the registration instructions below. Note that you can only register for one of the four courses offered.

Registration Instructions

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password.
  2. Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section. Select Event Calendar and select the event you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  3. Select the Register for this Event button. If the event has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
  4. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. 

If you have any questions or problems registering for an event, please consult our help guide or contact ctl@uwo.ca.

Registration is limited. We recommend registration as soon as possible to secure your spot in the program.

Offered

This is offered in lieu of Teaching Squares.

Applies to the following certificates

Faculty Certificate in Teaching Excellence (fulfilling the Teaching Squares Program requirement).

Note: Faculty must review the Faculty Master Classes Program OWL site, visit the course site, and participate in the post-visit discussion to receive the credit towards the certificate.



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