CTE Welcomes Visiting Faculty Members from KSU – Donna Ellis

The next two weeks will be very different ones for the staff at CTE.  We are delighted to be welcoming twenty-five faculty members from King Saud University (KSU) in Saudi Arabia.  They are joining us as of July 12 for an instructional development program developed by our staff members. The first week of the program, entitled “Integrating Technologies into Your Teaching,” comprises a dozen workshops, including “A Survey of Learning Technologies,” “Blended Learning,” “Assessing Student Learning with Eportfolios,” “Facilitating Online Discussions,” and “Creating a Fully Online Course” (the latter workshop is being offered in conjunction with the Centre for Extended Learning). The program’s second week, entitled “Teaching Excellence,” also offers a dozen workshops, such as “Course Design Basics,” “Interactive Teaching Activities,” “Developing Rubrics,” and “Engaging in Reflective Practice.” We will be engaging in various activities and discussions in an effort to provide a top quality learning experience for our visitors.

Located in the city of Riyadh, King Saud University was founded in 1957, the same year as our university. KSU employs 5000 faculty and staff, and has an enrolment of 40,000 students. Since all CTE staff members will be involved in the instructional program, please note that all CTE offices will be closed the weeks of July 12 and 19.


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Donna Ellis

Donna Ellis has supported the teaching development of Waterloo faculty members and graduate students since 1994. In her role as Director, she oversees the development and delivery of all the Centre for Teaching Excellence programming and services, which include individual faculty consultations; events directed at graduate students, new faculty, and established faculty regarding face-to-face teaching, blended learning, and emerging technologies; online resources; curriculum and program review consultations; and research support services. Donna has a PhD from Waterloo’s Management Sciences program and completed her dissertation research on instructional innovations. She also has an MA in Language and Professional Writing from Waterloo, and has taught in the Speech Communication program. Donna, along with her husband, spends time away from work raising three fine boys.

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