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Scholarship & professional development

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL)

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is a growing movement in post-secondary education. SOTL is a scholarly inquiry into student learning which advances the practice of teaching by making research findings public.

SOTL builds on many past traditions in higher education, including classroom and program assessment, K-12 action research, the reflective practice movement, peer review of teaching, traditional educational research, and faculty development efforts to enhance teaching and learning. Terms closely related to the scholarship of teaching and learning are good teaching (that which promotes student learning and desired outcomes and is recognized by student satisfaction, peer review, etc.) and scholarly teaching (in which teaching is regarded as an area of study and the teaching and learning knowledge base is regarded as an additional discipline in which to develop expertise).

 

Workshops & events to support your professional development

New Faculty Kick Start (NFKS)

Annual event

A full day of workshops and hands-on introduction to the UFV learning environment, learning management system, and teaching and learning strategies. Network with other new faculty members and meet the professionals on staff who are available to assist you throughout your time at UFV.

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UFV Launch - First Year Faculty Professional Development Program

Annual event

The purpose of this year-long program is to provide newly hired permanent faculty members with the foundation of educational, support, resources and a learning network as they move into their new role at UFV.

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Annual Accessibility Awareness Event (AAE)

Annual event

The goal of this annual event is to promote and raise awareness of accessibility. The Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC), partnering with Centre for Accessibility Services (CAS) host an event featuring keynote presenters, workshops, and other relevant sessions to showcase and learn about accessibility. It coincides with National Accessibility Week.

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Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)

In-person workshop

The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is offered to groups of five or six colleagues and is designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. During the workshop, you design and conduct three "mini-lessons" and receive verbal, written and video feedback from the other participants who have been learners in the mini-lessons. Using an intensive experiential learning approach, you are provided with information on the theory and practice of teaching adult learners, the selection and writing of useful learning objectives with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for eliciting learner participation, and suggestions for evaluation of learning. The workshop encourages reflection and examination of one's teaching practices with feedback focused on the learning process rather than on the specific content of the lesson.

This workshop runs as needed. Use the form below to let us know you're interested, and you'll receive an email when the workshop is scheduled.

Workshop request form

Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW)

In-person workshop

The Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) is designed primarily for individuals who will be conducting the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) at an institution. It is recommended that you participate in an ISW prior to applying for the FDW. The FDW offers opportunities for professional development in a challenging and supportive atmosphere and provides connections to a larger instructional development network. The FDW is a peer-based model offered within a small group setting in which you get to work on facilitation skills. The small groups meet in plenary sessions each day to explore and discuss themes such as diverse learners, collaborative learning, and feedback models.

This workshop runs as needed. Use the form below to let us know you're interested, and you'll receive an email when the workshop is scheduled.

Workshop request form

 

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Robin Kleiv

The Teaching and Learning Centre has been an invaluable resource for me. After reaching out to express my interest in pursuing research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), I was put into contact with Dr. Mary Saudelli. Together we developed a research project and a successful grant application. We are now working on this project with strong support from Teaching and Learning. I am keen to broaden my research in SOTL with the assistance of the Teaching and Learning Centre. Moreover, TLC continually inspires me as I work to hone my skills as an educator.

  • – Robin Kleiv
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