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Record number of teachers attend TFSC 2021 teaching camp


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A record number of teachers attended the Teaching and Teacher Support Center teaching camp in Eureka Springs.

A record number of University of Alberta faculty attended the 2021 TFSC Teaching Camp, held August 3-5 in Eureka Springs, with 80 participants in person and 31 remotely via Zoom. The theme of the teaching camp this year was “Back to Class”.

Keynote speaker Shane Robinson, Professor and Associate Director of the Institute for Teaching and Learning at Oklahoma State University, gave the keynote presentation on “Engaging Students for Successful Learning Experiences”. Professors were then invited to participate in sessions in one of three streams: Inclusive Education, co-sponsored by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (with Brian Dewsbury, Florida Atlantic University); Student engagement and motivation (with Shane Robinson); and Peer Review of Teaching (with Tracy Wacker, University of Michigan – Flint).

In addition to these three tracks, the following individual workshops were presented by the faculty of the U of A:

  • Student Engagement – Tish Pohl, Samantha Robinson, Chris Shields
  • Teaching Large Classes – Lorraine Brewer, Tim Kral and Kate Walker
  • Create opportunities for students to explore culture in any classroom – Paul Calleja, Lynn Meade and Rocio Paez
  • Dealing with Difficult Students – Deb Korth, Leigh Southward and Jenn Veilleux
  • Chalkboard Tips and Techniques – Heather Walker, Shelly Walters and Kathryn Zawisza
  • Building a Culturally Competent Campus – Margaret Butcher and Jackie Mosley
  • Assessing Student Learning: Beyond Examinations – Jeanne Eichler and Karl Schubert

Kathryn Zawisza, recipient of the 2021 Ro Di Brezzo Award for Excellence in the Service of Education.

In another highlight of the teaching camp, Kathryn Zawisza, Philosophy Instructor and Director of Academic Technology and Innovation at IT Services, received the 2021 Ro Di Brezzo Award for Excellence in Teaching.

This annual award recognizes an individual who has provided outstanding service to on-campus education through programs led by the TFSC. In 2020-2021, Zawisza presented five TFSC workshop sessions and, along with Shelly Walters, provided technical assistance for the remote delivery of all workshop sessions in the teaching camp.

The Teaching Camp is an annual faculty teaching development program sponsored by the Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center. The TFSC covers all expenses (travel, accommodation and meals) of participating teachers.

Make sure to research the teaching camp announcement and apply next spring so you can join us for the camp in August 2022!


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