Teaching and Learning Centre

Teaching practice

 

Active learning strategies (Teaching Matters workshops)

e-Portfolio best practices (Folio Thinking)

This workshop outlines the best practices for incorporating e-Portfolios in your teaching and learning practices. Topics include assessment and feedback, designing elements and embodying reflection in e-Portfolios.


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Duration: 1 hour
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Cost: free for UFV faculty and staff.

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Designing rubrics

This workshop supports faculty in their design of rubrics for effective assessment. In this session, you explore various types of rubric designs, success criteria, and best practices.


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Duration: 1.5 hour
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Cost: free for UFV faculty and staff.

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Grading written work efficiently & effectively (Making marking manageable)

Discover three evidence-based tips that are both effective (making the grading a learning experience) and efficient (saving time for the instructor) for marking written work such as essays or reports. This workshop allocates time for discussion.


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Duration: 1 hour
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Cost: free for UFV faculty and staff.

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Peer evaluation: the issues, the considerations, the potential

This workshop explores the nature of peer evaluation and wades through possibilities and controversies. You will also examine best practices according to current literature and discover options and experiences of educators at UFV.


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Duration: 45 min
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Cost: free for UFV faculty and staff.

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Other workshops and PD programs

Building Strengths (online module)

Created in partnership with Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and UFV, the online module, Building Strengths looks at the whole student and provides you with strategies and tips for being more inclusive in your instructional practices and to make the classroom experience more accessible to students.

Although it focuses on trades and technology fields, the knowledge gained from this course is applicable to any subject. As part of the module, you learn about universal design for learning, adapting practical spaces, cultural implications of disability, and inviting success. 

Once you have completed the module, you will receive a letter of completion from Teaching and Learning which can be used in teaching dossiers.

Complete the online module

Also available for faculty and staff: ‌an accessibility tool kit to complement the Building Strengths module. This document is filled with resources and information to assist learning for students with disabilities.

PD Day

UFV PD Day is a Teaching and Learning annual event supported by the Office of the Provost and Vice President, Academic, Human Resources, and the Teaching & Learning Advisory Committee.

UFV faculty, staff, and administrators can register to enjoy a day of professional development, connect with colleagues, and learn about tools, tips, and trends in higher education.

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Communication and teamwork

Kerry Johnson has developed a 90-minute in-class experiential workshop on communication and teamwork skills for your students. The workshop helps students to collaborate more effectively on group projects and develop the critical communication and teamwork skills they will need on the job.

Learning outcomes:

  • Recognize communication patterns that may lead to miscommunication or communication breakdown
  • Analyze a common classroom scenario and identify ineffective group dynamics
  • Brainstorm ways to prevent similar instances during class group work and project teamwork
  • Use and practice clarification strategies to ensure that all group members are able to contribute to discussion, effectively repair miscommunication, and clarify meaning

Date(s): n/a.
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Cost: Free for UFV faculty and staff.

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Over the summer I completed the Building Strengths online module. This program consists of five units that you can work through at your own pace. And you get a certificate of completion!

I found the module to be thoughtfully constructed and easy to follow. It includes useful interviews and follow-up quizzes to assess your comprehension of the material. Most important is that I learned more about what "inclusiveness" really means and how to prepare and deliver my courses to a diverse audience that might have challenges of which I am not, necessarily, aware.

  • – Dr. David Harper
  •    Kinesiology

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