Own Your Future: May Conference on Teaching


The Own Your Future: May Conference on Teaching is a special half-day event. Participants are invited to join one or more conference sessions to enhance skill areas related to teaching, set personal goals for growth as instructors, and connect teaching experiences to their overall professional development as graduate students.

2021 Synchronous Conference Schedule

Saturday May 1, 2021 from 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT: Online

This year's conference will be hosted online in an OWL site, which will contain Zoom links for synchronous sessions.

Opening Remarks & Welcome to My Classroom - 9:00 am to 10:30am


Explore best practices from a cross-disciplinary perspective. TAs from French, Education, and Media Studies invite you to their classroom simulations to get a taste of how your colleagues from other departments have instilled collaboration and student-centered teaching in their online courses.

Break - 10:30 am to 10:45 am
Take a stretch, have a coffee, or stick around for an activity to infuse fun and friendly competition into your classroom.

Your choice of three panels: 10:45am to 11:30am


Teaching Health Sciences for Real Life
How can we help our students appreciate the human element of health sciences? This panel introduces several approaches for connecting classroom learning to its real-life applications.


Teaching Methodologies in STEM
It's time to gets hands-on with methodology. Join this panel of STEM scholars exploring ways to instill scientific inquiry and problem solving into their lesson plans.


Expanding the Boundaries of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
How can we teach the so-called “soft” skills of communication, teamwork, or resilience? This panel of cross-disciplinary scholars shares their bold approaches for cultivating these transferable but often elusive skill sets.

Break - 11:30 am to 11:40 am
Refill your water and be sure to contribute to our brainstorm activity on cultivating rapport with your students.

Closing Remarks & GIFT Award Ceremony - 11:40 am to 12:00 pm


We’ll close with a reflection on the themes emerging from the day’s discussions and announce the winner of the Great Ideas for Teaching award.

Conference Information

Upcoming Sessions

No upcoming session is scheduled at present.


This conference is part of the Own Your Future doctoral professional development program. Master's students and postdocs are also welcome to attend.


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 each session 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.


Annually in May.

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