New Faculty Orientation

Description

New Faculty Orientation is a full day workshop that introduces new full and part-time instructors to resources and important policies related to teaching and learning at Western. The workshop combines presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and clarify expectations throughout the day.

Topics

  • important dates and deadlines during the academic year
  • key policies that guide exams, student conduct, and assessment of student performance
  • case studies of classroom management, academic integrity, and ethics
  • academic technologies, and eLearning support at Western
  • profiles and demographics of Western students
  • working with teaching assistants
  • strategies for navigating teaching, research, and service

2020 Orientation

August 24, 2020: Online

Please note: New Faculty Orientation: Teaching at Western will be hosted online in an OWL site (including all Zoom Links), which will contain resources and a discussion forum to share ideas and build community.

Agenda

9:00 - 9:30 WELCOME & INTRODUCTION TO ONLINE LEARNING AT WESTERN
Jeff Hutter (Acting Vice-Provost, Academic Programs)
Aisha Haque (Acting Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning)
Stephanie Horsley (Acting Associate Director eLearning, Centre for Teaching and Learning)

9:30 - 10:30 RULES AND RHYTHM OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR
Mike Atkinson (Teaching Fellow, Centre for Teaching and Learning)
Aisha Haque (Acting Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning)

This session will provide you with information about the structure of the academic year, including what to include in your course syllabus, exam and assignment policies, important deadline dates during the year, and policies related to COVID-19 and online learning.

10:30 – 10:45 BREAK

10:45 - 11:15 WHO ARE OUR WESTERN STUDENTS?
Chris Alleyne (Associate Vice-President, Housing & Ancillary Services)
In this session, you will find out about the demographics, profiles, and academic backgrounds of students at Western.

11:15 – 12:15 WHAT DO I DO NOW? - CASE STUDIES ON CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
Mike Atkinson (Teaching Fellow, Centre for Teaching and Learning)
Aisha Haque (Acting Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning)

In this session, you will become familiar with strategies for responding to complex student requests and challenging classroom management situations through case studies focusing on issues related to online teaching and learning as well as physically distanced classrooms.

12:15 – 1:00 LUNCH BREAK

1:00 – 2:00 REFLECTIONS/ADVICE FROM FACULTY
Patrick Denice (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology)
Tara Mantler (Assistant Professor, School of Health Studies)
Aaron Price (Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering)
Frankie Young (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law)
A panel of faculty members will share strategies and advice that will help new faculty survive the first year and successfully navigate online learning at Western. Panelists will share how they balanced their teaching and research; transitioned to online and blended teaching post-COVID-19; and flourished in their roles at Western.

Orientation Information

Upcoming Session

No session scheduled at present

Audience

Instructors who are new to teaching at Western

Registration

Registration Instructions

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username* and password.
  2. Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section and select Event Calendar.
  3. Search for and select the event you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  4. Select the Register for this Event button.
  5. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. 

*If you are new to Western and do not yet have a Western username, please fill out this form, or email us with your name and department.


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

Prerequisites / Recommended Preparation

None

Offered

Annually in mid-August.

Outcomes

By the end of the day, participants will be able to describe:

  • the structure of the academic year, including important dates for graduate and undergraduate courses
  • required information to include in a course syllabus
  • exam and assignment policies
  • responses to complex student requests and grade appeals
  • approaches to promoting students’ academic integrity
  • campus resources available to support teaching innovation, and eLearning.

What to expect

A full day workshop that combines presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions with ample time for questions. Participants can receive an equipment key that provides access to classroom technologies in all general-use classrooms across campus.


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Testimonials from past participants

“Having case studies pertaining to copyright and classroom management provided a safe space to honestly discuss some of the challenges we face in our teaching, and helped build a community of new educators committed to the best learning experience."

"Understanding the demographics of the incoming students provided valuable insight into the needs of our students and can helped me refine my courses and teaching methods to meet those needs.”  

"The most valuable parts of the day for me were the session on eLearning because it was so practical, and the Resources Fair because it provided quick access to so many of the resources that are available on campus.  It made them seem more tangible to meet representatives all in one place rather than have to go around campus and connect with them all or to just see them listed on a piece of paper. I feel much more supported to have meet them in person."