Posted on March 1, 2012 by Tia Lalani

The 5th Annual Festival of Teaching runs March 12-15, and Augustana has a prominent place in the talks, panels and feature classrooms.

The 5th Annual Festival of Teaching at the University of Alberta takes place March 12 – 15, 2012. 

Excellence in teaching deserves to be celebrated; innovation in teaching needs to be shared. Taking time to focus on what happens every day across the university, our Festival of Teaching celebrates the excellence, enthusiasm, and engagement of our faculty, contract academic staff, and graduate student instructors in teaching.

Just as there are many different ways of teaching, there are many ways of recognizing and celebrating achievement and of sharing effective new approaches to teaching. This year’s event will take place on North Campus, Augustana Campus, and Campus St.-Jean. The Festival will include a Teaching Fair where instructors can see presentations in a variety of media on new teaching methods recently introduced or being tested on our campuses followed by FoT spots (TED-style talks) on Monday, March 12; a keynote closing address and World Cafe on Thursday, March 15, where participants will discuss the effectiveness of different styles of teaching; throughout the week there will be Festival Classes where instructors will open their classrooms, studios, and labs for other instructors to observe their work.

Undergraduate students compete in a video contest on the topic “Who is the greatest teacher of all time?” and talk about their favourite classes in a speaker’s corner. Alumni, too, are part of the Festival of Teaching: last year, they top trended on Twitter in Edmonton with their own “Festival of Tweeting” naming the great teachers they remembered at the University of Alberta. We look forward to their attendance again at the keynote, fair, and Festival Talks.

Augustana at the Festival of Teaching

Monday, March 12
4:15-5:30pm FoT Spots in TELUS Centre Auditorium
“Inspire the student/Inspire the teacher”

In this event, hosted by Malcolm Azania (aka Minister Faust), three great U of A professors will each appear on stage with one of their students to discuss inspiration in education. Billy Strean (Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, 3M Scholar), Janet Wesselius (Department of Philosophy, Augustana Campus) and Michael Kennard (Department of Drama, stage actor) will try to answer the questions: What can teachers do to inspire students? And how can students can inspire teachers?

Wednesday, March 14
12:30-2:00pm Augustana Panel in Roger Epp Conference Room
Taking Off: Putting international experience onto the syllabus

Augustana has a rich history of international programming, with approximately 1 in 5 of its students graduating with an international experience. Augustana will host a panel discussion on the topic of international learning, moderated by Augustana Dean Dr. Allen Berger. The discussion will encompass the views and experiences of both faculty involved with delivering Augustana’s international programs and students who have experienced them.

The two faculty members on the panel are Dr. Doris Audet (Associate Professor of Biology) and Dr. Karsten Mündel (Director of Learning and Beyond). They have each hand-picked a student to participate on the panel. Kasondra Hebert just returned from an undergraduate research experience with Dr. Audet on the Osa Penninsula of Costa Rica where they were studying bats. Leah Johnson was a student in Augustana’s Cuba exchange program, which is administered by Prof Mündel’s Learning & Beyond office.

The Augustana Panel will be streamed live on the Festival of Teaching website ( for those who are unable to attend in person.

Augustana classes included in the Festival

Alexander Carpenter
AUMUS 226: Romantic and Twentieth-Century Music.
A music history course that surveys the art music of the 19th and 20th centuries, studying major composers, works and styles, in context.
What to expect during FoT? Lectures, with interaction between students and instructor (questions about readings, musical works), study and analysis of scores, listening to music.
Date: Tuesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 15
Time: 9:25-10:40am
Location: C 103 Classroom Building, Augustana Campus

AUMUS 369/469: Retheorizing Music.
A study of the music of the 20th century, with a particular emphasis on modernist and postmodernist aesthetics. Students study selected readings and recordings, and compose their own music, in a variety of styles.
What to expect during FoT? Listening to music, studying scores, listening to student compositions, discussion.
Date: Tuesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 15
Time: 10:50am-12:05pm
Location: C 103 Classroom Building, Augustana Campus

Roxanne Harde
AUENG 268/368: Women and Environmental Literature.
This is a course that uses the team-based learning approach to guide students through readings on eco-feminist theory and women’s nature writing.
What to expect during FoT? They will see students work through the stages of a readiness assessment text, including engagement in team and then whole-class discussions.
Date: Tuesday, March 13
Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Location: C 103 Classroom Building, Augustana Campus

Paula Marentette
AUPSY 101: Introduction to Basic Psychological Processes.
This introduction to the science side of Psychology covers the biological bases of behaviour and focusses on memory, learning, sleep and dreams, sensation and perception as well as language and thought.
This first-year course has 72 students and is taught used Team-Based Learning, an approach that focusses on permanent student teams working together in class throughout the term to master the basic concepts, prior to clarifications offered through mini-lectures by the professor. Teams then work on problems that require the application of the conceptual material.
What to expect during FoT? Tuesday March 13 will involve the start of a new unit (on Learning) and will begin with individual tests, followed by the same test taken as a team (first 20 minutes of class). This is followed by class discussion of challenging questions and then any necessary clarification offered in lecture format by the professor.
Thursday March 15 will continue the unit on Learning with teams working on problems based on the concepts that were the focus of Tuesday’s class. Roughly half of the time is spent working on the problems, the remaining is spent discussing the team’s various answers and further clarifying and developing depth in concept mastery.
Date: Tuesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 15
Time: 8:00-9:15am
Location: C 014 Classroom Building, Augustana Campus

Milton Schlosser
AUMUS: Group repertoire class – piano.
The class is an opportunity for advanced piano students to gather to play for each other and discuss together under the guidance of a university artist key elements related to performance skills, historic style, efficient physical motion, and emotional expressiveness. Observers of the group class would witness a talented array of self-motivated undergraduate high achievers who, on average, rehearse from 18 to 30 hours per week. Akin to graduate students or elite athletes in the degree of self-directed learning they engage in, this class characterizes the Augustana Campus as a lively artistic community.
What to expect during FoT?
1. Experiential learning theory: I use the TLEF funded tool “online music practice log” to assist students with tracking their own practice habits and to provide instructor guidance on their log entries. Because most of the students are teaching now or will in the future, this type of process assists them in learning as well in teaching others.
2. Contemplative practices: I incorporate active strategies drawn from contemplative practices–and backed up by neuroscience research–within students’ private lessons as well as within this group class. An environment of high achievement is marked by the cultivation of mental clarity, physical freedom, and emotional vulnerability.
Date: Wednesday, March 14
Time: 4:15-5:45pm
Location: Chapel, Augustana Campus

Tomislav Terzin
AUBIO 130: Cell Biology.
First year Cell Biology. Large class.
What to expect during FoT? I use unexpected, sometimes humorous examples from everyday life or personal stories to explain general principles of cell biology. In that way I achieve to keep attention of a large first-year class.
Date: Monday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 14
Time: 10:30am-11:20am
Location: C 167 Classroom Building, Augustana Campus

Chris Zarski
PTHER 534: Integrated Practice I.
An integrated practice course in which students work on case scenarios in small groups. This is a lecture/demo and lab class in which students practice skills.
NOTE: This course is linked by video-conferencing to the MScPT satellite program at Augustana Campus in Camrose.
What to expect during FoT? This is an opportunity to see a distributed learning model in action. In the Corbett Hall classroom/lab there are big screens which allow for viewing the ‘local’ action, the video-conferenced site and/or the presentation notes/powerpoint. PTHER 534 will be taught from Augustana to the MScPT students in Corbett Hall. This course includes a team of instructors at both sites.
Date: Monday, March 12
Time: 10:00-11:50am
Location: Corbett Hall 1-10

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