Professional Development for CECLs

The Chang School is committed to supporting our current continuing education contract lecturers (CECLs) in the development and enhancement of their teaching skills, particularly as they relate to the adult learner and to online learning. Under the leadership of our Teaching Chair, the Chang School Teaching Committee works collaboratively with Ryerson’s Learning and Teaching Office (LTO) to offer workshops and events on topics related to best practices in teaching and learning.

Reminders about professional development opportunities will be sent via email to CECLs throughout each term.

EVENTS FOR 2018–2019 (This page will be updated regularly throughout each term.)

TALO – Teaching Adult Learners Online

Online learning is becoming increasingly popular among students and CECLs here at The Chang School. As part of our commitment to offering high-quality courses and programs, we continuously strive to ensure that our CECLs have the information and support needed to create an environment that maximizes the student learning experience.

The Chang School offers Teaching Adult Learners Online – a professional development course for our faculty and CECLs that is anchored in research and expertise gained through over 15 years of experience designing and providing digital education at Ryerson University. TALO provides participants with the opportunity to advance their skills in online pedagogy, technology, and effective course management. TALO’s highly interactive, media-rich online modules are designed to create opportunities for faculty and CECLs to immerse themselves in learning experiences as both student and instructor, and to experiment with tools and learning strategies while being supported by seasoned online facilitators, technical staff, and peers.

Upon successful completion of the required work, participants will receive a Recognition of Completion Award from The Chang School.

Date: Friday, May 3–Wednesday, June 5, 2019 (five weeks)

There are five interactive, media-rich online modules:

  • Module 1: Online Teaching and Learning Experience
  • Module 2: Online Teaching and Learning Principles
  • Module 3: Challenges and Opportunities in Online Assessment
  • Module 4: Online Course Design and Development
  • Module 5: Open Education Resources and Open Pedagogy in Online Learning
  • “The instructors have always been outstanding, and the content is always very interesting. There is also usually a great use of different learning tools such as readings, videos, audio, etc.”
  • “This course not only satisfied my expectations for an instructional course with respect to online learning, it thoroughly exceeded these expectations in every way. I would not only recommend the TALO program to instructors or contract lecturers who are new to online learning, but I would also recommend the program to individuals who may have experience teaching online but would like the opportunity to refresh their knowledge, or take advantage of its extensive resources in order to expand their skill set in this particular area.”
  • “Upon completion of TALO, I gained two perspectives, one as the instructor and one as the student. As an instructor, I was able to observe varied instructional practices of the TALO facilitator. As a participant, I took on the role of a student, thus gaining insight into a student’s online experience. I strongly recommend TALO for new and seasoned online instructors to further enhance their online instructional skills.”
  • “Even though I taught for close to ten years and have facilitated countless online courses I was surprised how much I gained from the course. I found the four week-long modules to be very well-designed and thorough. The lecture material that was facilitated by experienced instructors provided a very good mix of theory and hands on practice. Each module contained several activities that not only tested your knowledge of the material but challenged you in a fun and interactive manner. The TALO course would provide a great set of teaching skills and knowledge to beginners, as well as experienced instructors, regardless of how many years of experience someone has teaching online.”

You’re Invited to our 4 to 6ixer Mixer!

Join us for a CECL social event! Mix and mingle, enjoy a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres, and share your teaching experiences with colleagues. Meet representatives from offices across campus and learn about teaching supports available to you. This event is hosted by The Chang School’s Teaching and Learning Committee.

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Location: The Peter Bronfman Learning Centre, 7th floor, Heaslip House, 297 Victoria Street

Please RSVP by Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Let’s Connect! Spring 2019 Workshop for CECLs: Universal Design for Learning (Drawing Edition)

You’re invited to participate in Let’s Connect!, a workshop for all CECLs at Ryerson University. Recent literature about how people learn has shown that drawing can be a low-cost, easily accessible, and highly effective way to improve and optimize teaching and learning. This hands-on workshop will get your motor skills running to review the evidence and see how you can use the power of the pen for your own teaching and learning practice.

The session will be led by Giulia Forsythe, Associate Director of the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation at Brock University. Giulia supports teaching and lifelong learning for faculty and teaching assistants. She is an advocate for open education and champions the use of creative commons licensed work, especially for her visual notes.

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Time: 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Location: The Peter Bronfman Learning Centre, 7th floor, Heaslip House, 297 Victoria Street

The workshop will be simultaneously available as a webinar for those who cannot attend in person.

Please confirm your attendance and your preference for in-person or webinar participation by registering through the RSVP form. The registration deadline is Friday, May 10. 2019.

The Chang School and Digital Education Strategies (DES) are committed to ensuring our events are accessible to all participants. Please let us know in the RSVP form if you have any particular accommodation requirements.

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