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CAREER ADVICE

How to survive teaching your first course

Advice and insight to help you succeed in teaching your first university course.

SEP 05 2012

Presented as part of Congress 2012

Facilitator: Julia R. Woodhall, PhD candidate in sociology, University of Waterloo.

Presenters: Dr. Rachel McKinnon, Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo; Allison Cattell, Ph.D. candidate in German, University of Waterloo; Jenny Flagler-George, Ph.D. candidate in sociology, University of Waterloo.

Introduction (5:18)


Engage the thumb: Clickers in your class (15:04)




0:00 – 2:27 Introduction
2:28 – 6:04 Benefits of clickers
6:04 – 7:20 Logistics
7:21 – 14:03 Applications
14:04 – 15:04 Conclusion

 

Working with TAs, students and managing expectations (9:28)


0:00 – 2:17 Introduction
2:18 – 3:20 Working with other TAs
3:21 – 6:02 Dealing with students
6:03 – 8:10 Teaching a course created by someone else vs developing your own
8:11 – 9:28 Setting the course tone from the first day

 

Managing your teaching responsibilities with other aspects of your life (12:24)



0:00 – 2:20 Introduction and course preparation
2:21 – 5:40 Know your deadlines, regulations and guidelines
5:41 – 7:33 Balancing student demands
7:34 – 8:34 Managing work and life balance
8:35 – 9:24 Stressed students
9:25 – 12:24 Finding mentors

 

Q+A – Part 1 (13:28)



0:00 – 1:40 – Introduction
1:41 – 4:39 – Advice for teaching online courses
4:40 – 7:50 Using the clicker in classes
7:51 – 13:28 Dealing with students from different academic backgrounds and experience levels in your class

 

Q+A – Part 2 (15:39)



0:00 – 8:23 Engagement strategies
8:24 – 10:59 Figuring out the difference between a few discontented students and systemic problems
11:00 – 15:39 Respect and credibility

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