Category Archives: About the Centre

“Learning from Challenge and Failure”: Resources — Julie Timmermans

Presenters at CTE’s recent Teaching and Learning conference explored the theme of Learning from Challenge and Failure. As a follow-up to the Conference, we’d like the share the following list of compiled resources: Books The Five Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward Burger & Michael Starbird The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery by […]

Meaningful Conversations in Minutes – Mylynh Nguyen

With constant media stimulation, increase in competitiveness, and stress overload, “Is it possible to slow down” (1)?  Our culture can be self-driven and individualistic so it is no surprise that for many, time is a finite resource that is draining away. As a result, we try to do as much as we can in a […]

What We Can Only Learn from Others — Donna Ellis, CTE Director

You know when you have an “a-ha” moment and two ideas from completely different contexts suddenly merge in your mind?  I had this happen to me when I attended a recent faculty panel discussion in Math about the use of clickers.  The panelists shared a variety of experiences and gave excellent advice to their colleagues.  […]

Graduate Student Teaching on Campus

As a Graduate Instructional Developer who works mainly with CTE’s Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) program, I have the privilege of observing graduate students teach in classrooms across campus. Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to observe over 35 classes taught by graduate students in all six faculties. I have been incredibly impressed by the quality of […]

Walking the Talk: Preparing for an External Review — Donna Ellis, CTE Director

As many of you know, one of CTE’s key services involves facilitating curriculum retreats for departments as they prepare a self-study for academic program review. We help faculty to: identify program-level outcomes, map courses according to those outcomes, and explore how course assessments fit into the curriculum map. See our curriculum renewal website for more […]

Making Teaching and Learning Visible at the University of Waterloo’s Teaching and Learning Conference – Julie Timmermans and Crystal Tse

 It is moving and inspiring to see 250 colleagues gathered for a day of thinking and talking about teaching and learning.  This year’s Teaching and Learning Conference took place on Thursday, April 30th, with over 200 people from the University of Waterloo and numerous colleagues from neighbouring universities participating in over forty research-based and practice-based […]

What Inspires You? — Donna Ellis, CTE Director

Our work days get packed with various tasks – giving lectures, running discussions, holding meetings, getting caught up on the latest research literature. What part of your work day do you look forward to most? Donna EllisDonna Ellis has supported the teaching development of Waterloo faculty members and graduate students since 1994. In her role […]