Winter Conference on Teaching

Please join us on Saturday, January 30th, 2016 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.

Registration opens in late fall 2015.

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 14th, 2015

PLEASE NOTE: Winners MUST be available on the afternoon of Saturday January 23th 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 Great Ideas for Teaching Award Winners:

Claude Bock, Art History

Allen O'Hara, Mathematics

Marylynn Steckley, Geography

More Previous Winning Submissions