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Summer Teaching Made Easy workshop series - March/April 2015

Summer courses are highly condensed, and they typically enroll fewer students than academic-year courses. They consequently present special challenges to instructors, challenges that can be intensified when the instructor has had little or no prior experience designing and implementing his or her own course. This workshop series will prepare graduate students for the unique challenges of teaching summer courses, and will provide hands-on experience designing course materials (including a syllabus) that they can use directly in their own teaching.

This workshop series consists of four half-day sessions to take place during the spring semester (March 16, 23, 30 and April 16). Topics to be addressed include:

By the end of the series, students will have developed a syllabus outlining course objectives, materials, and learning strategies that they can circulate to students on the first day of class.

Workshop takeaways:

If you are interested in joining, please email Dr Jenny Hadingham ( by February 15, 2015.

Download a copy of our 120-page booklet, Getting Started as a Teaching Assistant (PDF, 307 Kb).

Additional scenarios that you may wish to consider can be found at the links below. Please note that 'solutions' to each have not been provided - we would encourage you to reflect on what you might do in each case.