So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu . . . – Sheila Hannon

Sound of MusicAs that well known song from the Sound of Music suggests, there is a time and a place and many ways to say good bye. For me, So Long Farewell seems appropriate as I near the end of my role as a TA Developer at the Centre for Teaching Excellence. (I will admit that the inspiration came from a recent outing to the musical in Toronto. And just in case you’re a bit concerned, let me assure you that I won’t use this blog to paraphrase the song, nor is there a YouTube video of me performing it.) Continue reading So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu . . . – Sheila Hannon

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Sheila Hannon is a PhD student in English, studying Rhetorical Genre Theory and its application in Journalism. A former journalist, she is a TA Developer with the Centre for Teaching Excellence. She has teaching experience at the college and university level.

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Reflecting on our Registration System (Grad Students) – Darlene Radicioni

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Fall is upon us again with a new cohort of graduate students. Welcome!

With one term now behind us, using our now, not-so-new registration system, I thought I’d reflect on it. First, all new students should make sure that they are connected to the myHRinfo system. This can be done through your department secretary. Those of you who have been at UW for a while should already be connected to it. Once you visit this site, you can see a list of all workshops that are offered by our Centre. Continue reading Reflecting on our Registration System (Grad Students) – Darlene Radicioni

Darlene Radicioni

As Program Assistant for the Certificate in University Teaching program (CUT) and International TA (ITA) Training, Darlene Radicioni provides support to the Senior Instructional Developer, CUT and Internationalization, maintains records of participant progress, keeps statistics on CUT and ITA Training enrolment and completion rates. She organizes the venues for workshops, answers questions about the programs, maintains the CTE library, and assists in producing the Centre’s newsletter, Teaching Matters. She also provides support to other staff in the Centre for Teaching Excellence, when needed, in both their day-to-day activities as well as with regard to the Centre’s long-term projects and initiatives.

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Why do some students choose not attend tutorials?! – Walid Omran (International TA Developer)

3041908888_04ff4f701aWhen I was assigned my first duty as a TA in one of the electrical engineering courses, one term after arriving to Canada, I was keen to know more about Canadian students. Thus, I started asking other experienced TAs about undergraduate students and how to teach them effectively. One comment that I still remember until today and after being a TA for more than 6 courses was about the students’ attendance in the tutorials. Continue reading Why do some students choose not attend tutorials?! – Walid Omran (International TA Developer)

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As an international TA Developer (2008-2009), Walid Omran is responsible for developing and facilitating a series of workshops and microteaching sessions for international TAs. The objective of this series is to help the international TAs in developing their teaching skills and to familiarize them with the teaching process in Canadian universities, especially in UW. In addition to his work at CTE, Walid is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering.

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What I’ve Learned from Being a Graduate Teaching Assistant Developer

In just a few short weeks, my contract as a Teaching Assistant Developer (TAD) with CTE’s Certificate in University Teaching Program (CUT) will be coming to a close.  It will be a very bittersweet departure for me, as I’ve grown to admire and respect all of my colleagues at CTE, as well as the graduate students that I’ve been working with for the past two years.  As my final blog post, I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on my role at CTE and what I’ve learned from it. Continue reading What I’ve Learned from Being a Graduate Teaching Assistant Developer

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As the Acting Instructional Developer (2008-2009), Sally Heath oversees all aspects of the Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) program and works with graduate students who are interested in developing their instructional skills and expanding their teaching horizons. In addition to working at CTE, Sally is pursuing a doctoral degree in English.

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Faculty event: panel on writing reference letters for your graduate students – Trevor Holmes

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Three experienced (and successful) writers of reference letters for graduate students, Sandra Burt (Political Science, Associate Dean of Arts, Graduate Studies and Research), Ian Rowlands (Environment and Resource Studies, Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Environment) and Ralph Haas (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, FRSC), will share their advice and expertise. Continue reading Faculty event: panel on writing reference letters for your graduate students – Trevor Holmes

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As Senior Instructional Developer, Curriculum and Programming, Trevor Holmes plans and delivers workshops and events in support of faculty across the career span. Prior to joining the Centre for Teaching Excellence, Trevor worked at a variety of universities teaching courses, supporting faculty and teaching assistants through educational development offices, and advising undergraduates. Trevor’s PhD is from York University in English Literature, with a focus on gothic literature, queer theory, and goth identities. A popular workshop facilitator at the national and international levels, Trevor is also interested in questions of identity in teaching and teaching development.

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Time flies…things change… – Darlene Radicioni

The CUT (Certificate in University Teaching) program celebrated its 10th anniversary in Fall 2008. I’ve been here nearly that long too (since June 2000).How things have changed!

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In the beginning, the CUT program had one TA Developer working 10 hours a week. Registration occurred upon submission of a response paper after attending a workshop. We were happy to have 14 students in a workshop. Juice, water and sometimes cookies, were provided as additional incentive for participation. Once a student had met the requirements for a course, the Graduate Office would be notified and a grade of CR would appear on their transcript. There were no time limits to complete a course or the program (one student took 27 terms). Continue reading Time flies…things change… – Darlene Radicioni

Darlene Radicioni

As Program Assistant for the Certificate in University Teaching program (CUT) and International TA (ITA) Training, Darlene Radicioni provides support to the Senior Instructional Developer, CUT and Internationalization, maintains records of participant progress, keeps statistics on CUT and ITA Training enrolment and completion rates. She organizes the venues for workshops, answers questions about the programs, maintains the CTE library, and assists in producing the Centre’s newsletter, Teaching Matters. She also provides support to other staff in the Centre for Teaching Excellence, when needed, in both their day-to-day activities as well as with regard to the Centre’s long-term projects and initiatives.

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