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February Newsletter

Welcome from the Director

We are excited to share our first newsletter with you featuring CTL news, events and stories.  Over the next few months it will evolve, as we explore different approaches to reaching out.

We have lots going on over the next few months including funding grants, workshops, courses, early career mentoring, teaching awards and enhancing our web presence, including adding new online resources.  To learn more, visit our website or our registration system.

In case you are unaware, we moved into our new home in CEI (Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation) in September. Drop by for a visit and let’s talk teaching and learning!

If you have feedback or suggestions for the newsletter, please let us know. If you no longer wish to receive this newsletter, feel free to unsubscribe

Dr. Erika Kustra

Centred on Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF)

The deadline for this year's open round of the Centred on Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF) grant is February 24, 2020.  The CLIF grant is intended to provide an opportunity to explore innovation in teaching and learning regardless of focus. Read more about the grant.

Travel Grants

The CTL invites applications for travel grants to participate in teaching and learning conferences.  
We particularly invite applications for travel to the annual conference hosted by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), which takes place June 9-12, in Ottawa, ON.  The conference theme is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the conference and will feature plenary speakers, workshops, interactive sessions, posters, and research presentations.  Visit the conference website.  
Travel grant applications will be considered for conferences taking place after May 1, 2020.  Applications are due February 28, 2020.  Late submissions will be considered if funds are available.  For copies of the travel grant application form, please contact Marilyn Powley at, or visit the CTL Travel Grants webpage.

Teaching and Learning Series

No Frogs Allowed: Maintaining a Healthy Voice
Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jennifer Swanson
Participants in this interactive session will receive individualized feedback on their voice use in the classroom. Breathing techniques, pitch, imagery, and intention will be explored and practiced in a real lecture hall. Participants should be prepared to present a short excerpt from a typical lecture. It is recommended that you attend the previous session to get the full use out of this session.

For registration information, visit

Indigenous Curriculum & Pedagogy Winter Series 2020

Indigenous Cultural Exploration: Cedar Bath Foot Soak Cleanse 
February 27, 2020, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  |  McPherson Lounge
Indigenous communities have used cultural traditions and ceremonies over many generations to improve health and well-being (Manitowabi & Gauthier-Frohlick, 2012). This session will immerse you into aspects of Indigenous culture through a cedar bath foot soak cleanse as performed by Niimi Manidoo Consulting.  This session will also include guided meditation along with smudging and hand drum singing. 
There is a $25 registration fee for this workshop. Payment may be made by journal entry, cash or cheque payable to "University of Windsor". Payments can be dropped off between 8:30 and 4:30 at the Centre for Teaching and Learning in CEI Room 2260. Please pay by Wed. Feb. 19th, or contact Marilyn Powley at to make alternate arrangements. Places in the workshop will be confirmed upon receipt of payment.

Indigenization, Decolonization, and Reconciliation 
March 13, 2020, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  |  McPherson Lounge
If we want to contribute to systemic change, we need to understand the concepts Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation. In this session we will explore these terms and how they are interrelated.

Meaningful Integration of Indigenous Epistemologies and Pedagogies
March 27, 2020, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  |  Oak Room
This session will provide a discussion of Indigenous epistemologies and pedagogies and how these can be interwoven in curriculum design and development.

For registration information, visit
Looking to incorporate Indigenous Pedagogies into your curriculum?  Jaimie Kechego, the CTL's Indigenous Curriculum and Pedagogy Project Coordinator, has compiled a list of resources to assist you in that endeavour.  For more information, visit
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
Want to optimize your use of Blackboard to help your students’ online learning experience improve? Book a one-on-one session to explore areas such as grading, assignments, tests, interactive tools or another topic of interest.

Visit for times and links. Are you interested in learning at your own pace? We have 11 online courses available. Learn a little or a lot! Visit to register. 
Email us if you have comments, feedback or notes regarding this newsletter.

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