Posted by: Richard Schwier | November 18, 2011

PD opportunities for graduate students at the U of S

If you’re a graduate student at the University of Saskatchewan, read on.  Sorry, but these opportunities are restricted to students in programs at the U of S.
The following opportunities are currently open to graduate students interested in developing professional skills, or acquiring instructional skills:
 
GSR984: Thinking Critically: Professional Skills for Global Citizens
Disciplinary excellence is necessary for future success, but is it sufficient? Many granting agencies and professional societies now recognize that graduate students will fail to achieve their potential if they do not recognize the role of broader professional skills in their careers.
To address this concern the CGSR offers a free multidisciplinary discussion-based course that is a unique opportunity to explore different aspects of professional skills. In each weekly 21Ž2 hour session, a different facilitator will lead discussions on ideas and issues that involve such topics as critical thinking; teamwork and leadership; the effect of personality, language, culture and mindsets on our actions and thinking; intellectual property issues, etc.
To assist you in understanding how this course could be useful for you, we invite you to view a 6-min video in which previous students who completed the course talk about their experiences and the transformative nature of the experience. This video, a timetable of topics, and complete course details can be found at http://www.usask.ca/gmcte/courses/gsr-984-thinking-critically-professional-skills-global-citizens
The course runs on Wednesday evenings from 7-9:30 p.m., starting Jan. 11, 2012. Registration is limited so if you are interested you should register ASAP through PAWS, under Graduate Studies (GSR) courses, CRN 27290.
If you have any questions please contact us by e-mail
Richard Cassidy richardmcassidy@gmail.com
John Thompson jontom@sasktel.net
Instructional Skills for Graduate Students
 
The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness is offering this non-credit course free to graduate students with no prior teaching experience. It will introduce them to basic pedagogical concepts and practices, and help them develop practical skills related to lesson planning, assessment, etc. Participants will also have the opportunity to put what they learn into practice by teaching 5-minute micro-lessons.
Classes run every Wednesday, from Jan. 25 to April 4, from 2-4:30 p.m. (2-5 p.m. on micro-lesson days). Participants must commit to attending and participating in each class.
Space is limited so register early if you are interested. To apply for a space, fill out the Application Form, http://www.usask.ca/gmcte/courses/instructionalskills under the Application Process tab, and submit it to: The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness, Attn. Tereigh Ewert-Bauer, 50 Murray Building, 3 Campus Drive, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5A4.
Inquiries may be directed to Tereigh Ewert-Bauer by email (tereigh.ewert-bauer@usask.ca) or phone (306) 966-6321.

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