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Thursday, December 10 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Teaching Squares: Building Community One Square at a Time

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The Teaching Squares program is designed to improve teaching skills and build community through a nonthreatening process of classroom observation and shared reflection. The process involves the best aspect of peer evaluation — observation and discussion — while excluding judgment and evaluation. Participants in a square learn about the best practices of other faculty in order to improve their own teaching.This study was undertaken to investigate whether a peer-based educational development program (Teaching Squares) involving classroom observation, analysis, reflection and discussion can shift instructors towards more student-focused approaches to teaching.  Teaching Squares participants (instructors from the University of Waterloo) were asked to complete online surveys containing both quantitative and qualitative measures. The first survey was completed shortly after the final debrief meeting and the second survey will be administered after the participant’s next teaching term(this may be anywhere from 4 to 12 months later). This session will present the findings to date.

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Monica Vesely

Instructional Developer, University of Waterloo
I am keenly interested in peer-based teaching development approaches such as Teaching Squares and the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW). If you have experiences to share, questions to pose or if you would just like to exchange ideas, I would be delighted to chat with you.

Thursday December 10, 2015 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Meeting Room C

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