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May Newsletter

University of Windsor Helps to Lead the Way to Teaching Remotely

Read the Daily News article on how members of the University of Windsor community assisted in creating, a national teaching resource for higher education instructors.
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

Online Resources

CTL, OOL, and ITS have developed resources, workshops and online training to support instructors in teaching and learning amidst the COVID-19 preparations:

Supports for GAs and TAs as They Transition to Support Online Teaching:

Virtual Drop-in

The GATA Network is hosting virtual drop-in office hours to help support GAs/TAs in their transition to supporting online teaching. Drop-in office hours are currently on-going and will occur until the end of the Summer Session. New office hours after the Summer Session will be posted with advanced notice. Office hours through Intersession/Summer will occur Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Register, or find out more.

Individual Meetings

We are also happy to set-up individual meetings for those who cannot attend the pre-set office hours. To set-up an individual meeting, or a meeting with yourself and your GATA supervisor, please email the GATA Network Coordinators, Laura Chittle ( or Elizabeth Ismail ( or In your email, please include a brief description of the questions that you have to ensure we can best support you.

Departmental Workshops

The GATA Network is also willing to hold departmental workshops designed to cater to the questions and needs within departments and Faculties. To coordinate an online workshop, please contact Laura Chittle and Elizabeth Ismail (, or

Indigenous Curriculum & Pedagogy Spring Series 2020

Incorporating Diverse Sources of Indigenous Knowledge
May 15, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  |  Taught online via Microsoft Teams
As you develop curriculum, keep in mind that to decolonize teaching and learning, it is critical that Indigenous voices be brought to the forefront by including Indigenous success stories, Indigenous cultural approaches, and Indigenous-led research. In recent years, there has been much discussion about what counts as an Indigenous perspective and what is and isn’t appropriate to be shared and used. In this session, we will explore these issues and provide you with some guidelines to consider when navigating choices about Indigenous content. We will also explore the importance of local knowledge and the role that curriculum developers can play in supporting Indigenous language revitalization.

Developing Awareness of One’s Own Role in Indigenization and Reconciliation
May 29, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  |  Taught online via Microsoft Teams
In the previous sessions, we learned about the exclusion of Indigenous knowledge from academia. This exclusion and the parallel privileging of Western knowledge above other systems of thought are examples of systemic oppression. In this section, we will explore the concept of systemic oppression and ask you to reflect on your positionality within the system of oppression that exists in the world today. This will help to inform the role you play in Indigenization of the curriculum. Understanding and promoting an anti-oppressive approach is critical to supporting the work of Indigenization.

For registration information, visit

Virtual Meetings

Meeting virtually has become the norm during quarantine life, and many are probably noticing the stark contrast between meeting in person and meeting online. It can be frustrating, annoying, funny, and downright silly. A Conference Call in Real Life is a humorous video which beautifully captures what we all are experiencing right now.

Alumni Association Seeking Nominations for Distinguished Contributions to University Teaching

The University of Windsor Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the Alumni Award for Distinguished Contributions to University Teaching. The award is given to honour and recognize distinguished teaching on campus and to provide incentive and encouragement for achieving excellence in this field.

Full-time members of the teaching faculty, with a minimum of five consecutive years teaching at the University of Windsor are eligible to be nominated for the award.

View award criteria, intent to nominate form, and submission deadlines.

For more information or assistance, contact Katherine Simon in Alumni Relations and Advancement at or phone 519-971-3618 ext. 4052.

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

We're Looking for Blog Contributors

Now that the Winter semester is over, and you maybe have a little bit of free time, you're probably itching to write about something teaching and learning related. So many ruminations are running rampant in your mind and you need to have some sort of outlet for them. What a happy coincidence! Our new teaching and learning blog is almost done and we need content.

Feel free to write to your heart's content (200-1200 words), or create a podcast, video or graphic. We're looking for your personal thoughts, opinions, insights, reflections, advice, etc. For example: your reflections on a teaching strategy you tried; your thoughts on smartphones in the classroom; or teaching and learning spaces that have influenced your experience. Email with your ideas.
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
Daily workshops from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. and meetings with mentor as needed
For registration information, visit

PLEASE NOTE: The TDA will be delivered online this year.

Introduction to Teaching Online

University of Windsor's Office of Open Learning is offering a pragmatic online course preparing instructors to take their courses online. The course has a mix of live online classes and self-paced activities with the goal of building a framework and several elements of the course by the end of the week. Throughout the week, participants will have access to help from the Open Learning facilitators, and resources to help them build communication strategies, learning activities, and assessments for their online summer course. Multiple offerings of this course at different times will be available to fit your needs.
Register, or find out more.

Webinar - The Messiness of the Pivot: Lessons Learned from Recent Transitions in Teaching

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Pat Maher, Nipissing University, Chair of the 3M Council

The STLHE and EDC present a panel of educators from across Canada as they share their lessons (good, bad, and ugly) as instructors in uncertain times. This session is open to all; panelists will share their experiences, but attendees are encouraged to join the conversation of what was learned as the Winter 2020 semester ended in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Webinar - Online Exam Challenges: Migration or Transformation?

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. UTC (3 a.m. EST)
Transforming Assessment presents research on the roles played by two main discourses in online exams practice in higher education: 'migration', whereby exam technologies are assumed to be neutral instruments; and 'transformation', whereby the essential qualities of technologies are seen to 'transform' or 'enhance' assessment.
Register, or find out more
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