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Wednesday, January 13, 1999
In the 1997-98 fiscal year, UW researchers received some $682,000 in grant support from SSHRC, with the bulk of the money directed to the faculy of arts, followed by environmental studies, engineering, and applied health sciences. The funds represented 2.4 per cent of total grant money received by the university.
The concept, a teaching journal, was developed by UW's teaching resources and continuing education (TRACE) staff to assist instructors in reflecting on their technique. While it may be the first time teaching journals have been promoted by TRACE, "it's an idea that runs through a lot of literature on education," said Hamlin. "Much has been written on the benefits and techniques of using one."
Using a journal facilitates observations and reflections, he added, noting he's used the concept in an informal way "to document what I'd done and how to improve it." More than just blank pages, the official TRACE version, entitled Teaching Journal: A Teacher's Reflections, offers a list of questions which teachers can use as prompts in making journal entries, whether on a daily or weekly basis.
"Sources for observations could be classroom or lab experiences, student assignments or exams, course materials, or course evaluations. Among the suggested topics to explore:
"There is no one correct way to use this journal," the liner notes advise. "You just need to find a method that works for you. Then try to implement your thoughts and ideas the next time you teach a course, or even the next time you walk into a classroom."
In addition to the benefits the journal offers to teachers, it also serves as a useful tool in documenting experiences for employers, said Hamlin. "The process indicates a conscientious, enthusiastic teacher."
Developed with an audience of teaching assistants in mind, the journal can be adapted by anyone doing instructional work, he noted. Grad students enrolled in the Certificate in University Teaching program receive copies of the journal, and numerous faculty have taken advantage of the offer of a free copy from TRACE in exchange for their feedback on the project. The Teaching Journal is also available at the Bookstore.
From the secretariat: "Generally, the Policy now includes strengthened procedures for informal resolution to avoid the formal hearings, where possible, and to ensure the availability of information to staff so that they can more readily understand the process. Key to the process is a description of the staff member's rights in pursuing a resolution to a grievance; also, timelines have been added to emphasize the desire to resolve conflicts quickly."
Hard copies of the revised policy and procedures are available from the secretariat (ext. 2749), and copies of the procedures can be obtained from human resources, the staff association or the office of ethical behaviour and human rights.
"An advanced management course for experienced administrators responsible for making institutional policy," the Senior University Administrators Course will be held June 10 to 20 at the Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta. The course will emphasize "the management of change, power and influence in the academic environment, resource management and planning, and legal and ethical issues." The University Management Course will consist of two sessions, the first from May 14 to 21 at the Banff Centre, and the second from June 11 to 18 at White Point Beach Resort in White Point, Nova Scotia. For "administrators of academic and administrative units with direct responsibility for recommending and implementing policy," the course will deal with human rights, administrative and contract law, financial management and budget planning, human resource management and conflict resolution.
Anyone interested in attending these two courses is invited to forward a resume/curriculum vitae to his or her supervisor, to be forwarded to the provost's office by January 25 at 4:30 p.m.
Of all the information on off-campus workshops, courses, and professional development opportunities that arrives in the TRACE mailbox, the one most highly recommended by the office is the 16th annual Faculty Development Summer Institute on Active Learning and Teaching in University and College offered by the University of Prince Edward Island, August 2 to 6 in Charlottetown.
UW political science professor Terry Downey (a recipient of the distinguished teacher award) has attended the institute and highly recommends it, said Verna Keller, TRACE administrative coordinator. "The overall goal of the Institute is to improve teaching and learning by enhancing the knowledge and skills of professors," a promotional brochure states, noting, "Prince Edward Island is an idyllic getaway just before the hectic fall term begins...a time to contemplate the glories and the challenges for the coming academic year."
TRACE instructional development grants can be used to fund travel to conferences, says Keller, who can provide more information on the grants at ext. 3132.
Co-op postings for the rank/match phase begin today, with the first posting available by noon and expiring at 8 p.m. Thursday. Students should note that the maximum number of applications is 18 this term. Also happening on campus today, Career Development Seminars (Co-op 101) continue in Engineering Lecture room 101, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Corel Corporation hosts an information session for technical writing, computer engineering and computer science students from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Ground Zero.
Women in the Know, a UW Staff Association brown bag seminar, provides an introduction to wealth management today at noon in Davis Centre room 1302. The event is open to men, as well, and offers pointers on "assessing your current financial situation, educating yourself on investing, and developing your investment portfolio." Refreshments are available at 11:45. Interested in attending? Contact Barb Yantha at ext. 3566.
Students Advising Co-op holds its first meeting of the term today at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Life Centre multipurpose room. On the agenda is a proposal to form a co-op student society, which would have a broader mandate than SAC, serving students in all aspects of co-op life at UW. All co-op students are invited, and free pizza will be served. For more information, contact Paul Schreiber at ext. 5328.
The Institute for Computer Research (ICR) will host a Bell Emergis/UW workshop tomorrow -- barring the shut down of the university -- from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.in the ICR board room, Davis Centre room 1331. Three parallel sessions will be held to discuss voice authentication/recognition, security, and general IP applications. All faculty members are invited, and a working lunch will be provided. To learn more, contact Jean Webster at ext. 5076.
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