Teaching Master Classes

DESCRIPTION

Step into the classrooms of Western’s most innovative instructors and observe how they engage their undergraduate students with the course material in creative ways. Following the in-class observation, meet the instructor for a post-class conversation of their teaching strategies. Teaching Master Classes are offered across disciplines in varied classroom settings – large, small, upper year, survey, practical, and theoretical. This is an excellent opportunity to benefit from the experience and insight of our most successful teachers. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and get a behind the scenes perspective into class preparation, course design, assessment, lecturing, student engagement and classroom management, among others.

What to expect

Participants will observe one undergraduate class and then meet with the faculty member as a group for a one-hour, informal conversation facilitated by an educational developer from the CTL.

2018-19 Series

Description

Step 1: Class Observation: 10:30 am – 11:30 am

  • Sit in on a tutorial for the Selected Topics in Medical Sciences (MEDSCIEN 4930) course with Dr. Nicole Campbell.

Step 2: Post Class Discussion: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Dr. Campbell will sit down with the group to discuss her experiences, her approaches to teaching, and will answer your questions.

Please note that space is limited to 10 graduate student/post-doc participants.

Both Steps 1 & 2 must be completed in order to receive a credit towards the Future Prof Component of the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning.


Description

Dates: Thursday, November 22 (Step 1) and Monday, November 26 (Step 2)

Step 1: Class Observation: November 22, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

  • Location: Biological and Geological Sciences Building (BGS), Room 1056
  • Join this Integrated Science course, “Science in the Community” (INTEGSCI 3002) for an engaging look at a co-taught course. Drs. David Brock (Chemistry) and Rob Cockcroft (Physics) share the lecture to discuss mobilizing scientific knowledge in the community.

Step 2: Post Class Discussion: November 26, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

  • Location: Weldon Library, Room 120
  • The instructors will sit down with participants to share ideas about creating memorable learning experiences, discuss strategies for getting students to participate, and answer your questions.  

Please note that space is limited to 10 graduate student/post-doc participants.

Both Steps 1 & 2 must be completed in order to receive a credit towards the Future Prof Component of the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning.


 

Series Information

Upcoming Sessions

Check Event Calendar for future dates.

Audience

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars

Registration

Registration Instructions

  1. Login to CareerCentral 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. If the event has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
  5. 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.

Offered

Typically 4-6 classes per year. 

Pre-Session requirements

None

Applies to following certificates

Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning

Note: Attending a Master Class and the follow-up meeting with the professor may count as one credit towards the Future Prof Series (FPS) component of the Certificate

Recent Sessions

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  • A United Nations Climate Change Simulation, with Professor Radoslav Dimitrov
  • An Analysis of Terrestrial Planets, with Professor Robert Cockcroft
  • Exploring Solid Mechanics in Engineering, with Professor Aaron Price

Outcomes

By the end of a Teaching Master Class, participants will be able to:

  • identify excellent undergraduate teaching practices
  • interact with experienced faculty to discuss pedagogy and approaches to teaching.

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