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June Newsletter

CTL launches new Teaching and Learning Blog

The CTL is excited to announce the launch of our new blog, Teach & Learn, a place where all things teaching and learning in higher education can be discussed. This blog will feature scholarly conversations on teaching and learning by CTL staff, faculty and students from the broader campus community, and invited guests from beyond.

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.

Some of the first posts in the new space include:
  • Designing connections in higher education - UWindsor graduate, Amanda Gatto, designs new teaching and learning building as part of her thesis project. Read the Daily News article about her achievement.
  • Peer editing in the classroom: A creative approach - Award-winning author, Melanie Little, shares her workshop on creative and practical ideas for making peer-review and peer-editing more dynamic, engaging, and inclusive.
  • Tips for quickly converting a F2F class to an online format - Chitra Rangan writes about the need to convert face-to-face classes to an online format.
  • Self-care in challenging times - Erica Stevens Abbitt shares some self-care techniques explored in past workshops, and adds some new suggestions for life in the time of COVID-19.
  • Placemaking - Veronika Mogyorody reflects on the current shift in attitude towards space and place during these past few weeks of quarintine.
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

Promoting Systemic Change
Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  |  Taught online via Microsoft Teams
As you engage in the work of Indigenizing curriculum, you will find there are limits to what can be done through curriculum alone. Holistic transformation of the university will involve systemic change, including policies, practices, and organizational culture. In this session, we explore how you can contribute to systemic change as a curriculum developer.

For registration information, visit

Fostering Academic Integrity

A common concern about assignments that don’t occur in a proctored setting is the possibility that students will cheat. Research into student motives for cheating, however, indicates that the key reasons students resort to plagiarism and other forms of cheating are not connected to the degree of oversight, but are related to pressure, work overload, lack of confidence in their ability to complete assignments successfully, or cultural differences in views of citation and authority. The Academic Integrity resource provides further details and some key strategies for fostering academic integrity.

Deadline for Nomination Moved

The deadline to submit nomination packages for the Educational Leadership Award has been moved to January 11, 2020.  We recognize that work loads have increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic and want to give nominators time to create nomination packages. Read more about the Educational Leadership Award.

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

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.

Blackboard Conference - Save the Date

Blackboard's annual conference is taking place online this year July 21-22 for free. Award-winning educator Dr. Michael K. Moore, will be delivering the keynote. Moore's driving passion is broadening access to high-quality, affordable, and workforce-relevant educational opportunities. He will share his perspective on the need for innovative solutions to better serve the student of the future.
Visit bbworld for more information.
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