Programs & Initiatives

  • Communities of Practice Educational Development Unit staff have served as catalysts and leaders for several communities of practice that are hosted in the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. These communities of practice form around specific teaching and learning activities, programs, approaches, and topics. Teaching Scholars. All recipients of Teaching Scholars project grants participate in a community of practice, which meets regularly ...
  • Course Design Program The Course Design Program is a facilitated 3-week blended program that uses evidence-informed practices to provide participants a supportive and meaningful environment to design or re-design a higher education course.  The Course Design Program is offered within the EDU and is often interdisciplinary in nature due to a representation from different faculties across campus. Participants ...
  • Curriculum Review As part of the University of Calgary’s Quality Assurance review process, I work with faculties and departments as they review their programs with the goal of improving the student learning experience. Curriculum review is “an academic staff-led critical examination of their own academic program for the purpose of optimizing the learning outcomes of that program” ...
  • D2L Course Administrator Community/ Quarterly Meetings The D2L Course Administrators meet quarterly.  This group consists of representatives from IT, program administrators, teaching & learning specialists, associate deans (Teaching & Learning) and in-house tech support staff from various faculties. The purpose is to provide updates and gather feedback about supported eLearning tools on campus, our eLearn support site, as well as existing ...
  • Documentation of learning technologies and spaces To improve support for teaching and learning at the University of Calgary, it’s important to understand what the current state is. Towards this end, we’re looking at where people are teaching, what they’re using to teach with, and how they’re doing that teaching. Part of the implementation of the Strategic Framework for Learning Technologies requires a ...
  • EDU National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Support Following recommendations of the NSSE Strategy Task Force, the EDU is supporting faculties in analyzing, discussing and moving forward with data from the 2014 University of Calgary National Survey of Student Engagement. In May 2015, an action team (Patti Dyjur, Robin Mueller, Carol Berenson, Patrick Kelly, Natasha Kenny, Nahum Arguera, Frances Kalu) was established in the ...
  • Educational Development Unit Research Projects The EDU is engaging in a diverse range of research projects and initiatives that contribute to our ongoing commitment to evidence-based practice.  These projects engage staff and faculty from across the EDU, even those who are not formal collaborators.  The projects are both conceptually and practically focused, but consistently leverage the “wisdom of practice” that ...
  • ePortfolio Development and Support at the University of Calgary The Educational Development Unit has recognized the value of ePortfolios, which are used for teaching, learning, and professional development at the University of Calgary.  Several of us have worked together since 2015 to develop a wide variety of tools, templates, workshops, and consultation strategies to help both teachers and students at the U of C ...
  • Graduate Student Teaching Development Program Description of Activity The Graduate Student Teaching Development Program is designed to provide evidence-based educational development in order to build the teaching capacity of graduate students at the University of Calgary. The program consists of a comprehensive workshop series on topics related to graduate student teaching, with opportunities for discussion, practice and reflection.  The program benefits ...
  • Instructional Skills Workshop & Facilitator Development Workshop Internationally recognized, the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is an intensive 24-hour (4 day) program that introduces participants to a learner-focused, evidence based framework for teaching, which they implement and reflect upon through a peer based feedback cycle process. The ISW draws new and seasoned instructors from across the disciplines including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, sessional ...
  • Learning technologies development (custom applications) The EDU supports instructors and groups across campus to experiment with new and innovative uses of technology to enhance learning and teaching. The EDU develops custom tools and applications to create new platforms or extend existing one. The EDU has developed a platform for issuing digital badges, a teaching resources repository, a conference app, a platform ...
  • Learning Technologies Faculty Support Program The Learning Technologies Faculty Support Programming (informally, the “technology coaching” program) is designed to provide participating faculties with technical assistance sensitive to the unique demands and contexts of each discipline. The core of the program consists of part-time technical experts, primarily graduate students, hired by the participating faculties, working with professors and instructors, to deepen and ...
  • Learning Technologies support Face-to-face (in-faulty & EDU) & online workshops Tier 3 eLearning tools support (eg Adobe Connect, D2L, Presenter), which includes Remedy Tickets, email correspondences, phone calls & 1-on-1 consultations Updating help resources on eLearn site & IT Knowledge Base Collaborate with IT, faculties & different units on campus, eg Student Success Centre, Wellness Centre Acting as liaison between the university ...
  • Microcredentialing Initiative Micro-credentialing is an initiative that allows participants to track, document, and display non-credit professional learning achievements. Digital badges embed information about when, where, and how they were earned, including the name of the issuer, the date issued, and the criteria for earning the badge. The Educational Development Unit developed the UCalgary Badges platform (badges.ucalgary.ca) to issue ...
  • Open Classroom Week Open Classroom Week is an initiative of the University of Calgary Teaching Academy, supported by the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. The event gives instructors the opportunity to observe classroom practices across Faculties and disciplines, and to engage in conversations about teaching with their colleagues.  Each term, a handful (10 – 15) instructors open their ...
  • Storyboard for Video Production Description of Activity This workshop focuses on storyboarding as a process to inform the videographer of scene layout, duration, special effects, transitions, and narrative.  Greater storyboard detail results in reduced video production cost. Audience University of Calgary staff, faculty, and students Outcomes Apply theme, colour theory, and design concepts in video production Apply design principles to storyboard visual layout and composition Apply ...
  • Teaching Challenge The Teaching Challenge is an online game-like environment (website) where educators can come together, try new teaching and learning methods, innovate, and share their experiences. To use the Teaching Challenge, anyone at the University of Calgary can create a profile, pick a teaching challenge, try it, reflect on the experience, and share their thoughts. Challenges ...
  • Teaching Controversial Issues Initiative   This project was initiated at the request of the Faculty of Arts in recognition that their courses frequently involve controversial content that can prove challenging from a teaching and learning perspective.  A case-based pilot workshop entitled Teaching controversial issues: What, why and how? was collaboratively developed by Florentine Strzelczyk (Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts), ...
  • Teaching Dossiers and Philosophy Statements Description of Activity A key strategy to building a campus culture that values ongoing growth and reflection about teaching is through the development of teaching philosophy and dossiers (Knapper and Wright, 2001; Seldin et al., 2010). EDU colleagues have collaborated, both within and outside of the unit, to develop and facilitate multiple workshops on teaching philosophies ...
  • Teaching Online Program The Teaching Online Program (TOP) is a 6-week professional development program for new and experienced online instructors who want to get started with or enhance their online teaching and learning skills. TOP is delivered completely online using a variety of activities, content, and technologies to provide an authentic online learning experience. Participants and the facilitators ...
  • Technology Lending Library The Technology Lending Library offers a range of different technologies for course instructors to borrow, so that projects involving technology integration can proceed quickly. This offers instructors access to technology which they may not otherwise be able to access, may not otherwise be aware of, and to build technical skills so that they can better ...
  • TI Research Associate Program The TI Research Associate (RA) Program is an internally-funded program with the vision of creating a community of research, innovation, and excellence in undergraduate and graduate students employed at the TI. In recognition of the diverse roles students hold at the TI (from Research and Program Assistants to Learning Technology Coaches), the Program collectively refers ...
  • University of Calgary Teaching Academy In 2014, the inaugural year of the University of Calgary’s Teaching Awards program, 18 educators were recognized for their contributions to teaching excellence at the U of C. The 2014 award winners became known as the Teaching Academy, a group of “on-the-ground” professionals who were interested in supporting the development of individual and collective teaching ...
  • University of Calgary Teaching Awards program The University of Calgary’s Eyes High vision inspires our university community to “enrich the quality and breadth of learning.” Acknowledging that outstanding contributions to this vision can take many different forms, the University of Calgary Teaching Awards recognize excellence in diverse learning contexts, by individuals and teams, and through curriculum design and educational leadership. A ...
  • University of Calgary Teaching Scholars Program The University of Calgary Teaching Scholars program pilot (2016-2019) will provide support for faculty to enhance their educational leadership by pursuing an initiative that addresses a specific teaching and learning opportunity of shared interest within and/or across faculties. Initiatives will help other instructors strengthen their teaching practice and improve student learning. The Teaching Scholars program fosters ...