Monday, February 26, 2007

LIDC Upcoming Events (March 2007)

Below, please find the Learning and Instructional Development Centre’s schedule of events for March 2007. We are trying to minimize the number of postings to email lists, so please keep this email if you are interested in any of these sessions, and please accept our apologies if you receive multiple postings.

All registration is done online using the links for each event.

Upcoming Events | March 2007
Learning & Instructional Development Centre

Calls for Proposals

Call for Proposals: 9th Annual Symposium on Innovative Teaching
Wednesday & Thursday, May 23 & 24, 2007| 8:30 am - 5:00 pm daily
Halpern Centre & MBC | Burnaby | No charge
Call for Proposals submission deadline is March 15, 2007
Join educators from SFU and elsewhere as we explore the challenges and rewards associated with the innovative use of pedagogical approaches and learning technologies in mathematics and science education. This year's Symposium will focus on strategies, tools, lessons and examples, and critical perspectives on quantitative reasoning, and beyond "Q". Relevant themes include: exploring Q as a form of critical, analytical thinking to demonstrate that Q is more than numeracy and calculations; overcoming Q anxiety; interdisciplinary Q courses, and course design to incorporate math, stats, and logic in traditionally non-Q courses; and, Q support mechanisms. The call for proposals application form (printable PDF) is available at
Symposium web site coming soon to

Call for Proposals: 22nd Annual Fall Semester TA/TM Day--The Teaching Orientation Program
Friday, September 7, 2007| 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Halpern Centre & MBC | Burnaby | No charge
Call for Proposals submission deadline is April 18, 2007
The Learning and Instructional Development Centre and the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies invite experienced teaching assistants and tutor markers to apply to lead workshops at the Fall TA/TM Day. This orientation day is intended for new and veteran TAs and TMs. Successful applicants will be selected on the basis of experience, references, and relevance and usefulness of workshop proposals to the intended audience.

Scholarly and reflective practice

Faculty workshop series: Preparing writing-intensive courses
3 Thursdays: March 8, 15, & 22, 2007 | 1:30 - 3:30 pm
EDB 7512 | Burnaby | No charge
Interested in rethinking your course(s) and adjusting them to meet the W-requirements? Do you want to learn more about writing-intensive learning? This workshop series offers an introductory orientation to writing-intensive learning and provides a background for revising an existing course, or creating a new course. Resources include SFU examples and instructional materials from across the disciplines.

Teaching & Learning Readers' Group: Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Thursday March 29, 2007 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Halpern 114 | SFU Burnaby | No charge
Freire’s seminal work is widely regarded as a classic, particularly for those in the field of adult education. The key message is that education must be linked to social change, and Freire acted this out in his own literacy work with the underprivileged in Brazil. To many, his book continues to remind us of what it should mean to be an educator. During this meeting, we will be viewing recordings of Canadian educators Roby Kidd and Alan Thomas in conversation with Paulo Freire when he visited the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.
The first fifteen people to register will receive a free copy of the book.

Skills for Teaching

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)
Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, April 23, 24, & 25, 2007| 8:30 am - 5:00 pm daily
Room TBA | Burnaby | $125 for TAs; $200 for sessional/lab instructors & staff; $250 for faculty
Registration deadline is March 15, 2007
Widely recognized as a forum for peer-based instructional development, this workshop is designed to strengthen instructors' skills through intensive, yet practical exercises in learning-centred teaching. A unique and rewarding experience, the ISW not only builds skills and confidence, but also enables participants to learn from, and foster partnerships with colleagues from other disciplines. Participants successfully completing the 3-day program will receive a Certificate of Completion that may be applied as credit to the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program. Space is limited and early registration is recommended. The 2-page ISW registration form (printable PDF) is available at If this workshop fills up, a second workshop may be held Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, April 26, 27, & 28, 2007.

Educational Technology

SCoPE Seminar: Learning the art of online facilitation
March 1 - 21, 2007 | Online | No charge
How do we learn to facilitate online? During this 3-week seminar, participants will be encouraged to bring their own stories about individuals, courses, workshops, communities, resources, (and mistakes!) that have made a difference in their own learning. We also extend a special invitation to individuals who have contributed to advancing our knowledge about online facilitation. We'd like to know about your books, blogs, workshops and whatever else you have to offer!

Online discussion: Delivering quizzes and surveys in WebCT
Beginning Tuesday, March 6, 2007 | Online | No charge
Create a short quiz in WebCT to test student comprehension, encourage critical thinking or self-assessment. Some of the benefits that quizzes can offer are automatic grades and mark release, ungraded self-tests, selective release of materials and repeat quizzing for mastery learning. Is cheating inevitable? Learn about some options!

WebCT drop-in
No registration required

Tuesday, March 6, 2007 | 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Education Building | Room 7512 | Burnaby | No charge


Tuesday, March 13, 2007 1:30 - 3:30 pm
SUR 3300 | Surrey | No charge


Tuesday, March 20, 2007 | 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Education Building | Room 7512 | Burnaby | No charge
This drop-in session is an opportunity to ask specific questions about your use of WebCT. Some possible questions or topics are: converting PowerPoint and Word files for use in WebCT, using the Gradebook, navigating the Discussions forum, loading files into WebCT, and deciding which WebCT tools to use.

For more information, please contact any of the LIDC's program coordinators:
Kathy Borneman tel: 604-268-6696; email:
Andrea Hankinson tel: 604-268-6570; email:
Christine Kurbis tel: 604-291-5529; email:

For assistance with registration, please contact the LIDC at 604-291-3910 or email