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August Newsletter

New Teaching Online Resource Now Available

A new resource for teaching online is now available to assist instructors as the university moves online in the upcoming Fall semester. The website is designed to support instructors who are now pressed to offer course material virtually.

The site introduces instructors to principles, practices, and resources focused on effective teaching and course design, and move through the specific tools and technologies that they can use to teach online.

Visit Teaching Online.


Resources for Remote and Online Experiential Learning

The Office of the Executive Director, Experiential Learning, has expanded its website to include Remote and Online Experiential Learning resources to help faculty planning for the fall and winter terms.  Resources include examples of EL projects that can be conducted remotely, a tool to help you decide whether you should or should not include EL in your course,  tips to help you prepare your students to successfully participate in a remote EL activity, and more on the way.

Accessibility, Teaching Online, and High Impact Practices

In her article, Changing the Script on Accessibility, Cherie Gagnon looks at disabilities from a social model perspective in order to help create a society without barriers where everyone can fully participate.
Dave Andrews writes about his personal experiences regarding the sudden transition from teaching in person to teaching online and the strategies he is using for the move to online for the Fall 2020 semester.
Dr. Francine Schlosser, Professor, Odette School of Business, and Sydney Thompson, former student, discuss high impact practices at the University of Windsor in a video created in 2018.
CTL will publish 2-4 articles a month and looks forward to curating content from teaching and learning practitioners who want to share their personal thoughts, opinions, insights, reflections, and advice. Contact if you have an idea for a post.
Visit Teach & Learn
The following sessions are available to Instructors and GA/TAs.

Sprint Sessions in the Bb Café Virtual Classroom

Stop by for a half-hour (or slightly more) sprint sessions in the Bb Café Virtual Café to see demonstrations of various Blackboard tools or dive deeper into a hot topic. Quick informal sessions to help get you back into your day with a little more insight. 
View the schedule for these sessions.

Teaching in a Blackboard Learning Environment Self-paced course (TBLEUTC-O-S19-01)

Teaching in a Blackboard Learning Environment – TBLE (Online) will introduce current or future instructors to the essential components of a well-designed and implemented Blackboard course site experience for their students. This is an online course with lessons and activities that provide you with the experience of being both an instructor and a student in an online environment.
Schedule: Self-paced, online. Register, or find out more.

Other Blackboard Online Courses Available Self-paced

If you like to work at your own pace online and want to learn more about using Blackboard, register for one or more free online courses. If you are interested in using Blackboard to provide basic communications, some online assessments, and grading components, we encourage you to register for the following sequence of courses:
  1. Getting Started
  2. Assessing Learners
  3. Monitoring Student Performance

Indigenous Curriculum & Pedagogy Summer Series 2020

Pulling Together III – Foundations Series
Friday, August 14, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  |  Taught online via Microsoft Teams
In Canada, we are still dealing with the legacy of colonization. Media, institutions, and ordinary people still perpetuate harmful stereotypes and beliefs about Indigenous Peoples. This creates a society that continues to discriminate against Indigenous Peoples. Decolonization is the “undoing” of colonization and a process by which Indigenous Peoples are regaining their rightful place in Canada and are thriving. In session 3, we will address some of the challenges that exist because of centuries of institutionalized racism.

For registration information, visit

So You’re Thinking about Online Experiential Learning?

Instructors: Anna Galka, Mark Lubrick, Allyson Skene
Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  |  Taught online via Microsoft Teams
Experiential learning (EL) activities – where students apply and reflect on theory in practical contexts -- can provide powerful learning opportunities. But can they, and should they, be done online?

This session will explore examples of successful remote EL activities and key practical considerations to help you decide whether to integrate an online or remote EL activity into your course. We will discuss different tools that will help you support the EL as well as the potential risks that should be considered and avoided. Participants will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions, share, and discuss.

For registration information, visit

We hope that you will encourage your graduate assistants (GAs) and teaching assistants (TAs) in your departments to participate in this year’s GATAcademy. This year, GATAcademy will be held completely online, as a week-long event from August 31st to September 4th, 2020.

Designed exclusively for current and prospective graduate and teaching assistants, GATAcademy is a free professional development event. Workshops will feature material and activities for both new and experienced GAs/TAs that will help them improve their teaching and be more proficient in their role. Topics include using Blackboard Collaborate, being a GA/TA online, best practices in grading and feedback, and more! The unique characteristic of this event is that it is facilitated by GAs for GAs and TAs.  As well, some sessions feature GA and faculty members co-facilitating workshops.
GATAcademy is a project of the GATA Network, a distributed network supported jointly by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Timed for the beginning of every Fall semester, GATAcademy is the largest event for GAs and TAs to explore opportunities for personal and professional development. We look forward to welcoming your GAs/TAs to this event. Please visit the GATA Network for more information on this and other events coordinated by the network.
For registration information, visit

Webinar: Sharing is caring? Exploring academic integrity and file-sharing behaviours

August 14, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mountain Time (Calgary, Canada)
Join Dr. Brenda Stoesz (University of Manitoba) and Josh Seeland (Assiniboine Community College) for an interactive session on academic file-sharing among students. Learn what some of the issues are, and how to address them from an academic integrity perspective.

This online event is part of the Academic Integrity Webinar Series, offered through the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning at the University of Calgary. The series is convened by Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton, Educational Leader in Residence, Academic Integrity.

Register or find more information.

Teaching Professor Virtual Conference

Due to travel restrictions, we’re offering a virtual conference that captures the spirit that the Teaching Professor Conference is known for. It features on-demand access to conference plenary sessions along with on-demand delivery of 50+ concurrent sessions. There’s even an opportunity for you to virtually attend 9 optional preconference workshops plus poster sessions too!

Registration Includes:
  • Conference plenary sessions
  • More than 50 concurrent sessions
  • Q&A for each session
  • Closed captioning
  • Downloadable conference handouts
  • Poster sessions
  • Conference app with handouts, presenter profiles, networking, and sponsors
  • Access begins Wednesday May 27 through September 30
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