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December Newsletter

Deepening Your Practice in Antiracist Pedagogy: Transforming learning environments through Antiracism actions and inclusive teaching practices
Delivered online: Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Jodie Glean-Mitchell

During this foundational interactive session, participants will engage discussions and materials that will highlight the following areas through an intersectional lens:

  • The foundational principles of Antiracist Pedagogy
  • The common challenges and pitfalls that faculty members and TAs experience in the learning environment and tools to deepen one’s preparation and response to difficult moments as they arise
  • Proactive strategies to integrating inclusive practices into one’s teaching practice

Deepening Your Practice in Antiracist Pedagogy: Transforming learning environments through Intentional Course Design
Delivered online: Thursday, December 8, 2022, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Jodie Glean-Mitchell

During this foundational interactive session, participants will engage discussions and application exercises that will highlight the following areas through an intersectional lens:

  • Antiracist and decolonial approaches to course design
  • The multifaceted factors to be taken into consideration in course and syllabus development across disciplines
  • The interconnectedness between one’s antiracist lens, inclusive teaching practice and course design

To register, visit:

Recognition and Reward: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and RTP
Schedule: Friday, December 2, 2022, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Medical Education Building, Room 3102
Instructor: Laura Cruz (Visiting Fellow)

Over the past 25+ years, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), in which instructors conduct research on their teaching practice, has becoming increasingly recognized in renewal, tenure and promotion (RTP) processes. In this interactive workshop, we will navigate considerations for the documentation and evaluation of scholarly work in this dynamic and diverse field of study. Even if you are not a SoTL scholar yourself, you may find this workshop useful if you are a member of a review committee, a peer mentor, a faculty leader, or related roles in which you provide insight or guidance on the RTP process.

Critical Thinking, Consensus, and Connecting: Techniques for the Face-to-Face Classroom
Schedule: Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: CTL 1232/1233 (700 California)
Instructor: Erica Stevens Abbitt, Andrew Allen, David Andrews, Frances (Frankie) Cachon, and Laura Chittle

After two years of sweatpants, Zoom calls, and remote teaching and learning, we found ourselves returning to in-person teaching in a way that is both familiar and unique. For some students and instructors, this was their first in-person University class. Using this pivot back to in-person learning experiences offers a valuable opportunity to rethink some of our approaches to teaching and take advantage of what we’ve learned during this challenging time. In this session, participants will meet a range of faculty members who will share practical strategies (e.g., note taking, classroom agreements, etc.) to enhance the face-to-face teaching experience.

To register, visit:

Grading differently: Rethinking how and why we grade our students

Is it time to reconsider conventional grading practices? Some think so. Learn about alternative approaches to grading

CTL will publish 1-2 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.

Winter GATAcademy 2023

Presented by the GATA Network, Winter GATAcademy offers professional development workshops for current and prospective UWindsor graduate assistants (GAs) and teaching assistants (TAs). Workshops feature material and activities for both new and experienced GAs/TAs.

Winter GATAcademy 2023 is a two-day event from January 3rd to 4th. Workshops are scheduled all day from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Registration is FREE. Participants register for each workshop separately. Links to the sessions will be emailed to participants the day before the scheduled workshops.

For registration information, visit

Let’s Talk Teaching Dossiers – A Community of Practice for Graduate Students

Schedule: Friday, January 20, 2023, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
and Friday, February 17, 2023, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
and Friday, March 10, 2023, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
and Friday, April 21, 2023, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
and Friday, May 19, 2023, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Instructors: Paige Coyne, Laura Chittle & Elizabeth Ismail

Are you, or do you know, a graduate student looking to put together a teaching dossier or refine the one you already have? If so, you’re invited to join the GATA Network’s Teaching Dossier Community of Practice (CoP) for Graduate Students. Members of the CoP will meet in-person on a monthly basis throughout the Winter 2023 semester to discuss, review, and share knowledge about teaching dossiers. Additionally, participants will be provided with optional self-paced modules and resources that can be utilized to start or refine an existing teaching dossier. All meetings will be facilitated by the GATA Network and are intended to provide graduate students an opportunity to meet, interact, and collaborate.

Nominations invited for graduate and teaching assistant awards

The Centre for Teaching and Learning is calling for nominations for the GA/TA Awards for Educational Practice and the GA/TA Award for Educational Leadership (up to two will be awarded for each award) recognizing contributions that graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants make to the University of Windsor’s learning environment.

The awards aim to:

  • recognize and honour exemplary graduate and teaching assistants who contribute to a positive, learning-centred environment at the University;
  • inspire GAs and TAs to recognize their potential for excellence in educational practice and leadership, and motivate them to transform that potential into reality; and
  • publicize examples of excellence in GA/TA educational practice and leadership that can inform the practices of all teachers, while contributing to student and faculty pride in teaching and learning at the University of Windsor.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. May 26, 2023. Find details on the nomination process on the CTL website. Direct questions and comments to learning specialist Laura Chittle at

Looking for something to read during the holidays? In The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy, two Canadian authors, Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber, encourage each of us to pause, and adopt the principles of the Slow movement in academic life.

The corporatisation of the contemporary university has sped up the clock, demanding increased speed and efficiency from faculty regardless of the consequences for education and scholarship. Focusing on the individual faculty member and his or her own professional practice, Berg and Seeber present both an analysis of the culture of speed in the academy and ways of alleviating stress while improving teaching, research, and collegiality.

Read a review by Inside Higher Ed. Purchase the book, or a downloadable copy.

All courses will be in Brightspace for the Winter 2023 semester. Find the resources that will help you get ready, including how-to documents, videos, self-paced training, workshop recordings, and FAQs, on UWindsor’s Brightspace information webpages.

All instructors should have their course shell for Winter 2023 in Brightspace and migration of the previous two years of Blackboard course sites into Brightspace has been completed.
CTL’s Brightspace workshops, open for registration to all faculty, staff, and GAs and department specific Getting Started workshops are on-going. Workshops are available in-person or on-line. A workshop specifically for GAs and TAs is available this Friday, December 2.

Virtual and in-person Brightspace Drop-in support is available Monday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.:

  • Virtual (through MS Teams):
  • In-person: CTL offices, room 2263. Find us at 700 California.

If you have any questions, email

BBCafé Fall Hours

CTL will continue to provide individualized Blackboard support through the BB Café Blackboard Virtual Help Desk, during the fall hours of Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  and in-person Mondays 1:00-2:30 p.m. in CEI 2263 (accessed through 700 California) beginning September 6th. 

The BB Café Virtual Help Desk can be accessed through the guest link or through Organizations -> BB Café -> Virtual Classroom -> Join the BB Virtual Help Desk.

Office of Open Learning (OOL) Workshops

OOL aims to provide faculty and students with the tools and training they need to be successful with online, blended and open learning. They offer a wide range of expertise and training through workshops and other flexible learning opportunities. If you have any questions or topics you would like to discuss, please email


National Dialogues and Action for Inclusive Higher Education and Communities

Theme: Addressing Ableism, Disability, and Accessibility in Canadian Higher Education
Delivered online: Friday, December 2, 2022, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The conversation will engage participants from across Canadian higher education landscape and experts from outside the sector, and will critically address issues such as: structural ableism in the Canadian academy; inclusive curriculum, learning design, work facilitation, and research supports; and inclusive infrastructure, design, and planning.

View event details or register.


2022 Innovations in Education Conference (IEC)

Theme: Past, Present, and Future of Teaching and Learning
Dates: Thursday, December 8 (virtual) & Friday, December 9 (in-person)

A variety of presentations, workshops, panel discussions and showcases will encourage a deep investigation of the old, the new and the unexplored principles of teaching and learning through the lens of scholarly research and educational technologies.

View event details or register.


Call for Proposals

The following conferences currently have calls for proposals:

  • UWill Discover 2023 Conference. Deadline: Jan. 19, 2023. Learn more.
  • University of Winchester's third institutional Decolonising the Curriculum. Deadline: Dec. 19, 2022. Learn more.
  • Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching - Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. Theme: Collective transformation: How blended and online learning have changed postsecondary education. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2022. Learn more.
  • University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference. Theme: Teaching and Learning with Kindness and Care. Deadline: Jan. 25, 2023. Learn more.
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