Winter Conference on Teaching

Please join us on Saturday January 24th, 2015 for a day of workshops (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM) to continue learning about effective teaching and become re-energized for a second term in the classroom. Attend the day and receive up to three credits from the Future Professor Series towards your Certificate in University Teaching and Learning.

LOCATION CHANGE: University Community Centre (UCC) Room 146

10:00 AM - Registration and Coffee (outside of UCC 146)

10:15 AM - The graduate game plan: Strategies for success (UCC 146)

12:00 PM - Lunch (please plan to provide your own lunch)

1:00 PM - Concurrent Session 1: Don't be aftraid of student evaluations: Getting and using feedback on your teaching (UCC 146)

1:00 PM - Concurrent Session 2: Case studies in teaching: Preparing for the unexpected (Weldon Library, 258)

2:15 PM - Coffee break

2:30 PM - Great Ideas for Teaching Panel Presentation (UCC 146)

Winter Conference Session Descriptions (pdf)

2015 Great Ideas for Teaching Award Winners

Claude Bock, Art History

Allen O'Hara, Mathematics

Marylynn Steckley, Geography

Great Ideas for Teaching Competition

The Winter Conference on Teaching features a panel of Western's most creative TAs who present their great ideas for teaching. Presenters are selected competitively and the top "Great Ideas" presenters will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Western Bookstore.

To submit a proposal, write a one- to two-page description of your teaching idea. The teaching idea may be a class activity, a creative assignment or any other strategy that enhances student learning.

The proposal should include:

  1. The activity's learning outcomes
  2. A description of key concepts
  3. The undergraduate course for which you designed this activity and an outline of the activity (including length of time and resources needed)

Do not forget to include your name, department and contact information! Please send your proposal to the Teaching Support Centre/Graduate Student Programs to Karyn Olsen via email at or by campus mail to Teaching Support Centre/Graduate Student Programs, Room 122, The D. B. Weldon Library.

DEADLINE: Monday, December 15th, 2014

PLEASE NOTE: Winners MUST be available on the afternoon of Saturday January 24th to present their "Great Idea" at the Winter Conference on Teaching.

For questions or more information on the Great Ideas for Teaching Contest, please contact Karyn Olsen at

Previous Winning Submissions