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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 Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching to offer workshops and events on topics related to best practices in learning and teaching.

Reminders about professional development opportunities will be sent via email to CECLs throughout each term. 

EVENTS FOR 2020-2021

Spring 2021 New CECL Orientation

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education's New CECL Orientation provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Meet The Chang School staff
  • Listen to other peers share their experiences teaching at The Chang School
  • Be introduced to D2L and some of its key features
  • Understand course management responsibilities
  • Identify Chang School and university support services to assist in your teaching

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

WHERE:  via Zoom (Registered participants will receive a link.) 


Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 27, 2021. For questions or more information, please contact Teaching Support Services at


FORT - Foundations of Remote Training

This online training is designed to support faculty and CECLs in effectively configuring course materials and assessments for an online environment using Ryerson University’s learning management system (D2L) and other teaching tools. Participants get hands-on practise adapting content and communication for the online learning environment while receiving one-on-one guidance and recommendations from training facilitators. Sharing experiences with peers, receiving feedback on activities and creating communication help to enhance the experience. Two activities are recommended for the successful completion of the training - drafting a remote teaching communication plan and outlining the redesign of a summative assessment.

Dates:  April 24 to May 8, 2021 

Duration:  6 hours
Register for FORT
If you have any questions, please contact 

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.

Dates: April 24 - May 22, 2021 

Duration:  5 weeks
Register for TALO
If you have any questions, please contact


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

Participant Testimonials

“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.”


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