The Centre for Academic and Instructional Development (CAID)
The Centre for Academic and Instructional Development (CAID) office enhances student learning by supporting excellence in teaching. We offer resources to encourage and recognize teaching excellence and provide professional development services and programs for faculty.
Join us for an individual consultation to discuss teaching and learning, support services available and the use of technology. We offer programs to enhance technology skills, awards and grants and additional resources for faculty. We also provide services for new faculty, such as an orientation and a discussion group for new professors to ‘talk teach’ with colleagues.
Communities of Practice
A community of practice creates a resource network of people who experience similar circumstances, across disciplines, and can share strategies for effective teaching.
Registration in all Communities of Practice is limited to 20 participants. Please register, indicating the Community(s) in which you would like to enrol.
Teaching Large Classes
Dr. Julie Quinn
Are you teaching a course with 100 or more students?
Do you feel like you’re trying to teach the mob?
We all know teaching a large class of students can differ from teaching a small class. Large classes present their own challenges which can include student assessment, student engagement, facilitating learning, and creating a cohesive learning community. This community of practice will explore the unique facets of larger classes and members will have the opportunity to share strategies for effective teaching in large courses.
Meeting times in AT 212, 10:00-11:30am:
- Friday, January 24, 2014
- Friday, February 14, 2014
- Friday, March 14, 2014
“Teaching What My Students Need to Know”
Dr. Shelagh Crooks and Dr. Paul Muir
Most of us would agree that the in-class performance measure is far from perfect: it gives us only a small glimpse into the student learning story. What we really want to know is what the students have taken away from the course- after the course has finished- such that what they have learned is accessible and useful to them when they are thinking and problem-solving in the rest of their academic, personal and professional lives.
In this Community of Practice, we will look at student learning from this long-term perspective. We propose to ask: How might one design a course so that it supports an effort in the direction of long-term retention of knowledge/concepts/skills/dispositions and makes a difference in students’ lives?
Meeting times in AT 212, 10:00-11:20am:
- Sept. 27
- Oct. 18
- Nov. 22
- Dec. 12
There are a number of awards and grants administered by the Senate Committee on Learning and Teaching. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Awards for full and part-time faculty and librarians provide funding to support:
1) SoTL projects at Saint Mary's University, 2) the dissemination of the results from these projects, and/or 3) the presentation of the results of scholarly research focussed on innovative pedagogical techniques at conferences.
New Faculty Orientation
Each year, the Centre for Academic and Instructional Development (CAID) and the Senate Committee on Learning and Teaching welcome new faculty to campus with New Faculty Orientation. 2013 Orientation events will be held on August 27 and 28, 2013.See the New Faculty page for details.
New Faculty Network
2013 / 2014
New Faculty Network is a special interest group for new full and part-time faculty and a follow-up program to New Faculty Orientation. Sessions are designed to provide you with an informal, relaxing opportunity to "talk teaching" with your colleagues, to exchange experiences, discuss challenges, and learn about strategies to assist you through your first year at Saint Mary's.