Teaching Master Classes

Step into the classrooms of Western’s most respected and innovative instructors and observe them engaging with their undergraduate students, their course material, and their discipline. Following the in-class observation, join us to meet with these instructors and discuss the strategies they employ in their classrooms.

Each month we will feature one or two instructors from departments across campus who teach in varied classroom settings – large, small, upper year, survey, practical, theoretical. This is an excellent opportunity for you to benefit from the experience and insight of our most successful teachers. Limited space is available in each master class and registration is required.

Participation in a Teaching Master Class counts for one Future Professor Credit toward the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning.

Fall 2016

Teaching Master Classes – Lecture in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Join Professer José Herrera, winner of multiple teaching awards, as he delves into the intricacies of heterogeneous catalytic processes in industry. Herrera is known for his dedicated teaching and passion to see his students succeed. Come observe how these complex topics are made relevant and engaging to a class! (Cap at 20)

Classroom Observation: Thursday, November 3, 2:30-3:20 pm (UCC 37)

Post-class Conversation: Thursday, November 3, 3:30-4:15 pm (Teaching Support Centre, Room 121)

Teaching Master Classes – Lecture in Astronomy
Tuesday/Wednesday, November 15/16, 2016

Are you ready to deepen your awe of the universe? Have you ever pondered Jovial Planets or how on Earth to explain this to learners? Join Dr. Robert Cockcroft as he engages students in an evening General Astronomy course. Dr. Cockcroft joins us at Western from the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning where he used evidence-based teaching practices to enhance physics and astronomy education. We will regroup the following morning for a conversation on teaching strategies.

Classroom Observation: Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Health Sciences Building, Room 40)

Post-class Conversation: Wednesday, November 16, 10:30 am – 11:20 am (Teaching Support Centre, Room 121)

Teaching Master Classes – Lecture in Classical Studies
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Come explore the Ancient Cities in the Mediterranean with Dr. Elizabeth Greene. Professor Greene brings her archaeology experience into her classrooms, engaging students and opening their eyes and imagination to the amazing ancient world. Join in the follow-up discussion where we will explore how to navigate large lecture courses.

Classroom Observation: Tuesday, November 22, 10:30 am – 11:20 am AHB 1R40

Post-class Conversation: Tuesday, November 22, 11:30-12:15 pm TSC 120

If you have any questions regarding the Teaching Master Classes program, please contact Christina Booker (cbooker2@uwo.ca)