WORKSHOPS REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON!

This year we are offering 3 pre and post-conference workshops, all free! These half-day events provide an opportunity to work closely with local and national leaders in active learning. We limit registration to small groups to maximize attention and time with workshop leaders.

Pre-conference: June 2, 9h30-12h00

  • Workshop #1: A Solution to the Teamwork Challenge: CATME, A Research-Based Tool for Forming and Helping Groups Work Effectively
  • Workshop #2: Learning From Error: Design Virtual Case Studies and Branching Scenarios Using Open Labyrinth

Post-conference: June 4, 13h30 – 16h00

  • Workshop #3 (English and French):
    • Structuring the new Science program to better prepare our students for university – encouraging them to think more like scientists via more authentic lab experiences
    • Développer le nouveau programme de Sciences de la nature pour mieux préparer nos étudiants à l’université : expériences plus authentiques en laboratoire pour penser comme un scientifique

Workshop Descriptions

Workshop #1: A Solution to the Teamwork Challenge: CATME, A Research-Based Tool for Forming and Helping Groups Work Effectively.

Date: June 2, 9h30-12h00

Max: 30 people

Workshop leaders:

  • Matthew Ohland – CATME Project Director, Purdue University
  • Kelly Miller – Harvard University
  • Sidney Omelon – McGill University
  • Phoebe Jackson – SALTISE, John Abbott College
  • Michael Dugdale – SALTISE, John Abbott College

Abstract: There are many reasons to put students in teams such as teaching them teamwork, the learning benefits of collaboration, the diversity benefits of finding out other students’ perspectives, and the teacher’s ability to provide a deeper level of feedback on the smaller number of assignments submitted by teams. For all these benefits, having students work in teams introduces other issues for instructors to manage, including forming teams, dealing with teams in crisis, and evaluating how much each student contributed to team assignments.  Fortunately, CATME can help! 

CATME is a  set of web-based tools designed to support multiple aspects of the teamwork challenge, helping us to form groups and keep them working effectively.  CATME has helped instructors around the world form and manage teams for over 1.6 million students.  

In this workshop, you will be introduced to CATME and how it supports group work.  Guided by experienced CATME users, you will gain hands-on experience with the tool.  You will also glean important insight into the more general issues of how to form teams, administer peer evaluations, and identify dysfunction in teams. The role of team formation and peer evaluation in improving student team experiences will be discussed.

Intended audience: Practitioners, education staff, and administration from any level who are interested in supporting group work.


 

Workshop #2: Learning From Error: Design Virtual Case Studies and Branching Scenarios Using Open Labyrinth

Date: June 2, 9h:30 to 12h:00

Max: 30 people

Workshop leaders:

  • David Topps, University of Calgary
  • Krista Bulow, Dawson College
  • Catherine Roy, Dawson College
  • Jason Lapointe, John Abbott College

Abstract: TBA

Intended audience: This workshop is designed for college and university instructors from all disciplines who are interested in teaching thinking and decision making related to open-ended complex problems – ethical dilemmas, clinical cases, etc.


 

Workshop #3: Structuring the new Science program to better prepare our students for university – encouraging them to think more like scientists via more authentic lab experiences / Développer le nouveau programme de Sciences de la nature pour mieux préparer nos étudiants à l’université : expériences plus authentiques en laboratoire pour penser comme un scientifique

Date: June 4, 13h30 – 16h00

Max: 60 people

Workshop leaders: 

  • Sean Hughes, John Abbott College
  • Michael Dugdale, John Abbott College
  • Kevin Lenton, Vanier College
  • Rhys Adams, Vanier College
  • Caroline Cormier, CEGEP André-Laurendeau
  • Veronique Turcotte, CEGEP André-Laurendeau
  • Karl Laroche, Vanier College

Abstract: TBA

Intended audience: CEGEP Science teachers, science program coordinators, university professors, Science program deans, students (I certainly hope we bring the RAs to the session), lab coordinators