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April Newsletter

COVID-19 Updates

As the University of Windsor has transitioned to the delivery of classes and exams to an online model during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we want to thank you for your patience. If you require assistance moving your courses or exams online, CTL and OOL have prepared COVID-19 Preparedness Workshops that are being offered online. Or you can view our Disruptions to Classes Support resources. For additional information on a campus-wide level, visit the University's COVID-19 website.

Student Evaluations of Teaching

Formal Student Evaluations of Teaching (SET) will not be collected for the Winter 2020 term, however, instructors may still want to collect feedback on their teaching and course design, and for inclusion in a teaching dossier. We have developed three adaptable templates, from which instructors can add or remove questions, and for use in Qualtrics. Feedback can be collected electronically and anonymously. More information is available on the CTL Resource website.

Academic Integrity 

Academic dishonesty is a common concern. Some key strategies for mitigating this include designing assignments that are difficult to plagiarize; building collaboration and research into the assignment design; ensuring expectations are clear; and explaining the value of academic integrity to students. Some instructors may also want to employ Academic Honour Codes, which may be as simple as having students attach a verification that their assignment or test is their own original work. For more information on fostering Academic Integrity in a range of assessments, please see the Fostering Academic Integrity page.

Workshop Postponement

Two CTL workshops have been postponed due to the COVID-19 virus: 
  • Teaching and Learning Series - Civility, Conflict, and Contradiction in the Classroom
  • Indigenous Curriculum & Pedagogy Winter Series 2020 - Meaningful Integration of Indigenous Epistemologies and Pedagogies
We will let you know when they will be rescheduled.

Should you require assistance, please don't hesitate to let us know what you need.

Stay safe.
With courses and exams moving online, the number of Blackboard requests have become overwhelming. The following links may answer some of your questions:  We are also offering virtual drop-in hours in the BlackBoard Café from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday for anyone needing help.

‘I Will Survive’ Teaching Online

Like many professors, Michael Bruening, an associate professor of history and political science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, had to move his courses online in a very short period of time.  He decided to add a little levity to many stressed out faculty members by rewriting the lyrics to the song “I will Survive” to reflect this transition.  Watch the video of him performing the song.

GATA Network to Host Virtual Workshop and Support

With the semester winding down, and GATA Award season underway, it is a great time to begin creating a teaching dossier highlighting teaching-related accomplishments and a philosophy statement. Marketing Your Skills Through a Teaching Dossier is a completely free virtual workshop on the fundamentals of creating dossiers for the GATA Awards, as well as for professional development or future career applications. 

Instructors: Laura Chittle & Elizabeth Ismail
April 27th, 2020, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Online (Link to virtual workshop to be provided after registration)

To register, or to find out more, visit

GATA Virtual Support

GATA Network Coordinators, Laura Chittle and Elizabeth Ismail, will be holding virtual drop-in office hours to answer questions that GAs and TAs may have about online teaching. Check out when they are offering their virtual hours.

Do you know a GA or TA whose educational practice is deserving of recognition or who is an outstanding educational leader? The CTL is calling for nominations for the GA/TA Awards for Educational Practice (up to 2 will be awarded) and the GA/TA Award for Educational Leadership (1 award) recognizing contributions from graduate and teaching assistants to the University of Windsor's learning environment.
Deadline: May 25, 2020
For more information, visit

Looking for Blog Contributors

We are currently working on creating a Blog where we will be posting all things related to teaching and learning. We are aiming to deliver a post once a week. The format will typically be the written word (300-500 words), but could include podcasts, videos and graphics. If you are interested in writing about anything related to teaching and learning, whether it be about your personal thoughts, remembering a certain point in your career, research, reflections, or even recent events involving pandemics. Email with your ideas.

The Teaching Dossier Academy

The University of Windsor is pleased to invite college and university professors of all ranks and years of experience to its Teaching Dossier Academy. The Academy is designed to provide background information, workshops, peer consultation, and extensive expert individual consultation to support the development of participants’ professional teaching portfolios over a period of five days.

June 1 - 5, 2020
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
For registration information, visit

PLEASE NOTE: We are unsure at this time if the Teaching Dossier Academy will take place, but feel free to sign up and we will see what happens as we approach June.

Email us if you have comments, feedback or notes regarding this newsletter.

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