Fall Perspectives on Teaching Conference

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Fall Perspectives on Teaching 2020:
Wednesday September 2nd and Thursday September 3rd

*Conference will be hosted online in an OWL site (including all Zoom Links), which will contain wellness resources and a discussion forum to share ideas and build community.

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 and follow instructions to select your sessions of interest.
  5. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. Please note: All zoom links will be found in the OWL you will be added to prior to the conference.

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


Day 1: September 2, 2020

Welcoming Remarks - 9:30 am to 9:45 am

Andrew Hrymak, Provost & Vice-President (Academic)
Aisha Haque, Acting Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Keynote - 9:45 am to 10:45 am

Carolyn

Teaching and Learning in a Pandemic: Strategies to Protect and Support the Mental Health of Students and Faculty

Carolyn FitzGerald, Wilfrid Laurier University

The challenges of teaching and learning in the midst of a global pandemic has significantly impacted our collective mental well-being. As we begin a new school year while the threat of COVID-19 continues, our efforts to protect and support student and faculty mental well-being are more important than ever before. Dr. FitzGerald will present a number of strategies and approaches that faculty can incorporate into their teaching practices that support and promote mental well-being for all involved. Participants will be challenged to think co-jointly about their own mental health and the mental health of their students, and to consider approaches that benefit instructors and learners alike.

Dr. Carolyn FitzGerald Biography

Dr. FitzGerald received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Western University in 2002 and her MA in Clinical Psychology in 1994. She is an Assistant Professor and the Graduate Coordinator in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University, and teaches courses in the graduate and undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Education, in the areas of quantitative research methodology, learning theories and child development, and equity and diversity. Dr. FitzGerald’s main area of interest as an instructor and researcher is mental health. She teaches courses on mental health at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and is the developer and instructor for the Mental Health Certificate, a unique 80-hour seven module non-credit course for educators wanting to improve their knowledge of and ability to support students with mental health challenges. This program began with participants from the local area, and now has participants from multiple countries around the world. At present, Dr. FitzGerald is conducting research on principal mental health, pre-service teacher mental health, and the efficacy of mental health professional development for the K-12 teaching population.


Stretch Break - 10:45 am to 11:00 am

Adam Craig, Wellness Coordinator

Leadership in Wellness - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Panel:
Jennifer Massey, Associate Vice-President, Student Experience
Lorraine Davies, Associate Vice-Provost, School of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies
Ajit Pyati, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies

Description

In this session, panelists will share examples of how they have embedded wellness and thriving as core pillars of the curricular and co-curricular student experience at Western. Their diverse approaches are creating networks of support and empowering students with the tools to take ownership of their wellness. Participants will be inspired to think differently about student mental health in their own contexts and learn ways of creating mentally healthy environments for their learners. 

Lunch Break - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Moving Beyond ‘Culture-Blind’ Approaches to Mental Health - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Melanie-Anne Atkins, Acting Associate Director - Graduate Education, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Yuelee Khoo & Samira Adus, Student Representatives

Description

How can faculty members better support students who do not benefit from a ‘culture-blind’ approach to mental health? What learning – and unlearning – do we have to do to begin? Melanie-Anne Atkins (Ph.D., 2016) will share two crucial conversations that made her rethink and reframe her approach to mental health education when she led the creation and development of Western’s Wellness Education Centre (WEC). Yuelee Khoo (Hons. B.Sc., 2018; M.Sc., 2020), drawing from his experiences as WEC's Chinese International Student Community Outreach Lead and as YMCA Toronto's Newcomer Information Referral Specialist, will explore how faculty and staff can foster intercultural understanding to decrease cultural barriers to participation in mental health services and initiatives. Samira Adus (Hons. B.M.Sc., 2020) will discuss how her experiences as a Muslim Black woman have shaped her personal and professional interactions supporting students as a WEC Wellness Peer Educator and creating informed broad-scale advocacy work as Associate Peer Programs of the University Students' Council.

Birds of a Feather group breakouts - 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Description

Birds of a Feather sessions offer informal opportunities to extend the day’s conversations and foster community in the online conference format. Participants will be invited to join breakout groups around four key themes: large class teaching; assessment; equity, diversity, inclusion; and faculty wellbeing/resilience. Birds of a Feather sessions are intended to promote meaningful engagement with the central conference themes and offer dedicated space to connect with colleagues. Each session will be facilitated by both a CTL educational developer and a faculty member to help drive conversation and interactions.



Day 2: September 3, 2020

Welcoming Remarks - 9:30 am to 9:45 am

Jeff Hutter, Acting Vice-Provost (Academic Programs)
Aisha Haque, Acting Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Keynote - 9:45 am to 10:45 am

RHD

Everyday Resiliency in Times of Uncertainty

Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, Trent University

The events of the first half of 2020 have been an incredible test of our resilience. We are in a global fight to protect and manage our health. This global crisis will change the world forever, and each of us will inevitably be transformed by the experience. This event will be taught in future history classes! As with all seasons and events of challenge, how we respond is crucial. In this remote learning event, I will present my work on resiliency that includes the five core competencies from a global perspective. I will discuss how to best navigate personal and professional resiliency in times of uncertainty through stress performance, targeted focusing and value alignment. I will also introduce the Resiliency Trajectory Model to serve as a tool for seeing resiliency in action. The information is researched informed, readily available, and is grounded in wise practices. My aim is to facilitate knowledge mobilization that is relatable, accessible, sustainable and realistic. The information presented here may not be radical, but it is ultimately practical for the everyday resiliency we all need right now.

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe Biography

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is an educator, speaker, author, and consultant. As a multi-award-winning psychology and education instructor, with over a decade of university level teaching and research experience, Robyne uses narrative pedagogy to engage and inspire. Described as transformational, Robyne’s work connects researched informed practices with everyday applications that are realistic, universal and sustainable.


Stretch Break - 10:45 am to 11:00 am

Adam Craig, Wellness Coordinator

Welcome to My mindfulness Classroom - 11:00 am to 11:45 am

Thomas Telfer, Professor, Faculty of Law

Description

This workshop will be facilitated by Professor Thomas Telfer, Western University Faculty of Law. Professor Telfer has experience with bringing mindfulness into the classroom and has led mindfulness seminars for the workplace including presentations for faculty members at Western. Professor Telfer will introduce participants to mindfulness, giving audience members the tools to develop their own practice after the workshop. The seminar will highlight the positive benefits of mindfulness and why it is important to practice especially in this age of COVID-19. Finally, the workshop will offer some concrete suggestions about how to employ mindfulness in the classroom in an online environment. The presentation will include two brief guided mindful meditations that are regularly used in the classroom.

Birds of a Feather group breakouts - 11:45 am to 12:15 pm

Description

Birds of a Feather sessions offer informal opportunities to extend the day’s conversations and foster community in the online conference format. Participants will be invited to join breakout groups around four key themes: large class teaching; assessment; equity, diversity, inclusion; and faculty wellbeing/resilience. Birds of a Feather sessions are intended to promote meaningful engagement with the central conference themes and offer dedicated space to connect with colleagues. Each session will be facilitated by both a CTL educational developer and a faculty member to help drive conversation and interactions.


Conference Information

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 and follow instructions to select your sessions of interest.
  5. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. Please note: All zoom links will be found in the OWL you will be added to prior to the conference.

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

Audience

This event is open to all; however, it is designed with instructors in mind.

Offered

  • Spring Perspectives - annually in May
  • Fall Perspectives - annually in August/ September

What to Expect

Offered twice a year, Perspectives on Teaching is a two-day virtual conference designed to showcase teaching innovations at Western, and introduce instructors to best practices in student-centered instruction which can enhance the student experience. Approximately 300 faculty, graduate student instructors and staff participate in each Perspectives on Teaching conference. The conference program typically includes a keynote address and 6-9 concurrent sessions.

Faculty members are invited to present innovative teaching approaches or research on their teaching during Spring Perspectives each year.  

Previous Conference Programs

Visit our Youtube Channel for video clips from past conferences.