uoSyllabus: An Innovative Tool in the Service of University Teaching

This article was originally published on the TLSS website The Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS), working in collaboration with Computing and Communications Services (CCS) and with the financial support of the Government of Ontario (Ontario’s Productivity and Innovation Fund), is offering professors an innovative tool for designing and managing course syllabi. This tool is…

Professors of Instruction

This blog post was written by Colleen Flaherty and originally published in Inside Higher Ed. What’s in a name? A lot, evidently. A year after Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences introduced new titles for full-time, non-tenure-track faculty members, along with longer contracts and clearer paths to promotion, proponents say the system has…

Open Invite to Community of Practice Meeting

In October, we’ll be hosting our next Community of Practice meeting. Earlier today, we sent out an invite email to our colleagues at the University of Ottawa, and now we’d like to extend this invite to you! If you’re interested in large class teaching and pedagogy, you’re welcome to attend this event at the University…

Student and Professor Success in the Classroom: What Can you Do?

Tomorrow, we’ll be presenting a lecture as part of the TLSS Orientation Program for New Professors at the University of Ottawa. We’re so excited to be presenting alongside colleague and friend Simon Beadry. Together, we’ll discuss student and professor success at the University of Ottawa. As a new professor, what strategies can you use to ensure…

3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

This article by Vicki Davis was originally published by Edutopia.  During the summer, you’ll want to improve your teaching and lessons, but how do you decide where to start? Your students! I use these three ways to get feedback from my students on my lessons, activities, and what I can do to improve next year. Collecting…

(TED)Talking about Education

Over the years, we’ve enjoyed TEDTalks from leading thinkers around the globe about science, technology, and all manner of ‘big ideas’. With over 34 million views, Ken Robinson’s TEDTalk “Do schools kill creativity?” tops the list of most-watched talks. He’s followed this with two more: “Bring on the Learning Revolution!” and “How to Escape Education’s Death…

A Learner-Centered Syllabus Helps Set the Tone for Learning

This blog post was written by Mary Bart and originally published by Faculty First.  At its most basic level, the syllabus is used to communicate information about the course, the instructor, learning objectives, assignments, grading policies, due dates, the university’s academic integrity statement, and, in some cases, an increasingly long list of strongly worded admonitions on…

Are you a “Growth Mindset” educator?

This post was written by Keith Heggart and originally published on the Edutopia blog. An idea that is beginning to gain a lot of favour in educational circles at the moment is the notion of fixed versus growth mindsets, and how they might relate to students and learning. Based on the work of Stanford University…

Global Student Attitudes on Higher Education Infographic

The following blog post is brought to you by e-learning infographics and Laureate.  Laureate International Universities has partnered with Zogby Analytics to poll students on their attitudes about the present and future of higher education. More than 27,000 students in 22 countries were surveyed—the largest student survey of its kind ever. The Global Student Attitudes…

Study of colleges shows ‘encouraging’ texts dramatically cut dropout rates

In an article published in FE Week, Paul Offord presents the findings of a study on the effect of regular, encouraging text messages on student dropout rates. Reads about the findings below: ‘A study of three colleges has shown that sending regular encouraging text messages to learners can dramatically cut dropout rates.’ The experiment was carried…

What’s challenging about large-class teaching?

If you’ve taught a large class before, you’ve probably experienced challenges in both the design and execution of the course. Large class lecturers typically have questions like: How do I design meaningful assignments that are manageable to grade? How do I encourage interactivity and active learning in my large class? How do I reduce anonymity and enhance…