U of T hosted a collaborative Ontario-wide university initiative entitled Engineering a Successful Teaching Experience, held May 27-29, 2009. The workshop was instructed by MIE Professor and Chair of First Year, Susan McCahan, and Gordon Stubley from the University of Waterloo, along with help from U of T staff, and facilitators Jason Foster and Lisa Romkey.
The workshop was designed to teach new instructors how to design an engaging learning experience for their students and how to ensure the time spent teaching was effective. Participants applied these principles during the workshop to develop their own course, or redevelop one of their existing courses. Expert instructors and facilitators worked with participants to develop a successful course plan including well-written course objectives, an effective assessment plan, an instructional plan, and a methodology for evaluating course planning. By the end of the workshop, each participant had a cohesive design for his/her course, ready to implement in the classroom.
The workshop left all participants feeling motivated and excited to get back to their classrooms and put into practice many of the concepts learned. Over 80% of evaluation respondents said the workshop was 'Outstanding'.
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