Professional Development for CECLs
The Chang School is committed to supporting our current continuing education contract lecturers (CECLs) in the development and enhancement of their teaching skills, particularly as they relate to the adult learner and to online learning. Under the leadership of our Teaching Chair, the Chang School Teaching and Learning Committee works collaboratively with Ryerson’s Learning and Teaching Office (LTO) to offer workshops and events on topics related to best practices in teaching and learning.
Reminders about professional development opportunities will be sent via email to CECLs throughout each term.
EVENTS FOR 2019–2020
(This page will be updated regularly throughout each term.)
Winter 2020 New CECL Orientation
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education’s New CECL Orientation provides you with the opportunity to:
- meet our continuing education program directors and staff
- understand course management responsibilities
- identify Chang School and University support services to assist in your teaching and program delivery
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
5:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. - Registration, Networking, and D2L Demo
5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. - Orientation
Peter Bronfman Learning Centre
7th floor, Heaslip House
297 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON
For questions or more information, contact Teaching Support Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TALO – Teaching Adult Learners Online
Online learning is becoming increasingly popular among students and CECLs here at The Chang School. As part of our commitment to offering high-quality courses and programs, we continuously strive to ensure that our CECLs have the information and support needed to create an environment that maximizes the student learning experience.
The Chang School offers Teaching Adult Learners Online – a professional development course for our faculty and CECLs that is anchored in research and expertise gained through over 15 years of experience designing and providing digital education at Ryerson University. TALO provides participants with the opportunity to advance their skills in online pedagogy, technology, and effective course management. TALO’s highly interactive, media-rich online modules are designed to create opportunities for faculty and CECLs to immerse themselves in learning experiences as both student and instructor, and to experiment with tools and learning strategies while being supported by seasoned online facilitators, technical staff, and peers.
Upon successful completion of the required work, participants will receive a Recognition of Completion Award from The Chang School.
Winter 2020: Friday, January 10 to Saturday, February 15, 2020
Spring 2020: Friday, May 1 to Saturday, June 6, 2020
Fall 2020: Friday, September 4 to Saturday, October 10, 2020
Duration: Five (5) weeks
There are five interactive, media-rich online modules:
- Module 1: Online Teaching and Learning Experience
- Module 2: Online Teaching and Learning Principles
- Module 3: Challenges and Opportunities in Online Assessment
- Module 4: Online Course Design and Development
- Module 5: Open Education Resources and Open Pedagogy in Online Learning
- “The instructors have always been outstanding, and the content is always very interesting. There is also usually a great use of different learning tools such as readings, videos, audio, etc.”
- “This course not only satisfied my expectations for an instructional course with respect to online learning, it thoroughly exceeded these expectations in every way. I would not only recommend the TALO program to instructors or contract lecturers who are new to online learning, but I would also recommend the program to individuals who may have experience teaching online but would like the opportunity to refresh their knowledge, or take advantage of its extensive resources in order to expand their skill set in this particular area.”
- “Upon completion of TALO, I gained two perspectives, one as the instructor and one as the student. As an instructor, I was able to observe varied instructional practices of the TALO facilitator. As a participant, I took on the role of a student, thus gaining insight into a student’s online experience. I strongly recommend TALO for new and seasoned online instructors to further enhance their online instructional skills.”
- “Even though I taught for close to ten years and have facilitated countless online courses I was surprised how much I gained from the course. I found the four week-long modules to be very well-designed and thorough. The lecture material that was facilitated by experienced instructors provided a very good mix of theory and hands on practice. Each module contained several activities that not only tested your knowledge of the material but challenged you in a fun and interactive manner. The TALO course would provide a great set of teaching skills and knowledge to beginners, as well as experienced instructors, regardless of how many years of experience someone has teaching online.”
Let's Connect! Winter 2020 Workshop for CECLs: Using Content Strategy Cards to Boost Engagement
You are invited to participate in Let's Connect, a workshop for all Continuing Education Contract Lecturers (CECLs). In this interactive workshop, you will have the opportunity to work together to respond to common teaching challenges using a set of content strategy cards developed by The Chang School's Digital Education Strategies team. You will also draft a personal action plan to explore how the content strategies outlined in the cards can be applied in your course design and teaching practice to shape learning activities, assessments, and an overall course experience that engages and encourages students in their learning.
Join us on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Heaslip House (297 Victoria Street, Peter Bronfman Learning Centre, 7th Floor).
Please confirm your attendance and your preference for attending in-person or via webinar by registering through the RSVP form.
Do you have a professional development topic that you would like us to feature? Email us at email@example.com.