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November 2023

OTL Announcements 

Save the Date TLI 2024 - May 8-9, 2024

Save the Date for the 2024 Teaching and Learning Innovations Conference 

The 2024 Teaching and Learning Innovations Conference (TLI) will be held on May 8th and 9th, 2024 in-person and online.  

TLI is an enriching and transformative event that celebrates teaching and learning at UofG and engages our community in knowledge sharing, critical reflection, and exploration of evidence-informed and promising teaching practices.  

Information about the conference theme and the calls for proposals and reviewers will be shared in early 2024 on our conference website and in our newsletter. We look forward to coming together in the Spring! 

Teaching & Learning Network

The Teaching and Learning Network Releases an Inventory of Teaching and Learning Initiatives at UofG 

The UofG Teaching and Learning Network has been actively engaged in multiple initiatives since their inaugural meeting January 2023. One of the first activities the TLN engaged in this year was capturing an inventory of key teaching, learning and educational leadership initiatives and activities across represented units.  

Visit the UofG Teaching and Learning Initiatives and Activities page to view the Teaching and Learning Courses, Certificates, Modules, Programs and Training; Events, Workshops, Webinars, Drop-ins; Grants and Awards; Committees and Groups; Static Resources (e.g., webpages, handouts, newsletters); and Faculty and Instructor Mentoring occurring across campus. 

We encourage you to check out each page individual to see what is happening in teaching and learning across UofG! 

The purpose of this activity was to:  

  • Collect, capture, share and bring awareness to key teaching and learning initiatives and activities happening across all Colleges, Campuses and Units 
  • Gain a better understanding of current and planned teaching and learning initiatives and activities 

  • Identify and provide opportunities for collaborations and synergies 

  • Identify gaps where the Network might consider filling, supporting, or amplifying 

  • Provide potential starting points for Network activities   

The TLN members were asked to reach out to their respective Colleges, Campuses and Units to request the help of those involved in teaching and learning activities to complete the collection of this key information. Many folks across campus contributed to providing information to create this inventory. Thank you to all who participated!  

The inventory will be updated annually by the TLN; however, if you would like to update or add to this inventory of teaching and learning initiatives and activities, please complete this Qualtrics form or contact your College, Campus or Unit representative listed on this page.  

Note: The cross-campus inventory of T&L initiatives and activities does not currently include the College of Arts as we have only recently had a COA representative join. Efforts will be made to collect this information as soon as possible. 

Upcoming Programming 

Register for UNIV*6800 – University Teaching: Theory and Practice

Register for UNIV*6800 – University Teaching: Theory and Practice 

Registration is now open for UNIV*6800 University Teaching Theory and Practice for the Winter 2024 semester via WebAdvisor. The course is open to graduate students, postdoctoral students, staff, sessionals, and faculty. The course will meet on Tuesdays from 8:30 – 11:20am.   

UNIV*6800 is a graduate-level course that focuses on the relationship between pedagogical theory and instructional practice. Topics include critical reflection and reflective practice, active learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, learner-centered pedagogy, lesson planning and constructive alignment, universal design, and assessment. Learners will also develop and deliver a micro-teaching lesson, give and receive peer feedback, and develop their approach to becoming a reflective instructional practitioner. 

We are also hiring a Teaching Assistant for the course. The TA job posting is available and closes on November 10th.   

Please contact with any questions. 

Fireside Chat: Generative AI in Teaching and Learning: Tue, Nov. 21 @ 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Save the date! The Centre for Advancing Responsible and Ethical Artificial Intelligence (CARE-AI) and OTL is co-organizing a virtual lunch-hour fireside chat about generative AI in teaching and learning. The chat will be hosted by Associate Professor of Philosophy Joshua (Gus) Skorburg, who is Academic Co-Director of CARE-AI. He will converse with three academics who have been actively incorporating generative AI into their courses to find out how that’s been going! They include:

  • Marissa Dahari (Undergraduate Course Coordinator/Lab Demonstrator, Dept. Molecular and Cell Biology) 

  • Matthew LaGrone (Program Head, Liberal Studies and Director, AI Literacy Lab at the University of Guelph-Humber, and Adjunct Professor, Dept. of History)  

  • Timothy Bartley (Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Biology) 

Please e-mail if you would like the link to this event when it is released, or keep an eye on CARE-AI Events website (or e-mail them at to be added to their mailing list). 

AI Literacy Lab Newsletter and Upcoming Event: Thu, Nov. 23 @ 1:00 - 2:00 PM

The University of Guelph-Humber's AI Literacy Lab has launched a newsletter AI-cademia Insights. Their first issue gives background on the AI Literacy Lab and its team, the 5 C’s of prompting, and features review of AI software. There are a variety of helpful links as well. The newsletter will also make note of ongoing programming from the AI Literacy Lab for the UofG community. Via the link above, you can subscribe to the newsletter to get it delivered to you by e-mail.  

The AI Literacy Lab is hosting A Sharing Session on Student AI Use at the University of Guelph-Humber (GH403) and online at this MS Teams link on Thursday, November 23rd from 1:00-2:00pm. This will be an opportunity for instructors to share their observations and experiences on how students are engaging with AI. 

OTL Staff Member Elected as Co-Chair of Council of Ontario Educational Developers (COED)

Our Educational Developer Christopher Laursen was elected to co-chair the Council of Ontario Educational Developers (COED). The announcement was made at COED's annual Fall Meeting on November 3rd. Christopher will be co-chairing COED with Mercedes Cardella, Associate Director, Curriculum Design at the Toronto Film School and Yorkville University and Shirley Hall, Curriculum Developer in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President at Wilfred Laurier University. Shirley is also a sessional instructor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph. Click here to read more about the three co-chairs-elect and their other three current co-chairs on the COED executive, Samantha Chang (University of Toronto), Brian Nairn (St. Clair College), and Mel Young (Cambrian College) – along with past chairs. 

Since 2008, COED has formally brought together professional educational, academic, and curriculum developers who work across higher education in Ontario. Together, COED members explore and advocate best practices in teaching and learning and in supporting graduate student and instructor development. Its members support each other's professional development around topics such as curriculum, experiential education, accessibility in education, generative AI, Indigenous pedagogy, leadership in educational development, and scholarship of teaching and learning. Former COED chairs have also worked on educational development and other roles at the University of Guelph, including Meagan Troop, Mary Wilson, Gavan Watson, and Trevor Holmes. 

Featured Teaching Resource 

Learning outcomes are statements that describe what a student should know and be able to do by the end of a period of learning (e.g., a lecture, a module, a course, or a degree program). Learning outcomes usually consist of three parts: a verb specifying the depth of learning, a statement about the learning context, and a description of how the learning will be demonstrated. Students can use learning outcomes to identify the important skills and knowledge in a course, and instructors can use them to plan teaching and assessment strategies that align with the goals of the course. Learning outcomes are also essential for course and program planning using curriculum maps. To learn more about writing clear and concise learning outcomes for your course or program, visit our website for more information or contact an Educational Developer at for a consultation. 

Reflections on Pedagogy: Musings for Educators 

“Students learn more and fail less when faculty members consult and utilize a large and growing body of research about effective teaching methods and make connections with students.”  

American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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