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Past Announcements

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Our friends at OTL (Office of Teaching and Learning) are offering a series of upcoming

workshops for graduate students:

  • International Teaching Assistant Workshop: Thursday, February 8, 2:30 – 4:30pm: Register
  • Inclusive teaching workshop: Tuesday, March 5, 3:00 – 5:30pm
  • Hybrid teaching strategies workshop: Friday, March 22, 10:00am – 12:00
  • Teaching philosophies and dossiers workshop: Wednesday, April 10, 2:00- 4:00pm

Consider applying for the COESP Graduate Student BioEd Research Award, applications due Feb 23. Our award recipient will give a talk in April highlighting their research, watch for further information. Come out to support your fellow graduate students and gain exposure to education research!


Conferences are coming up, and they are very close to home! 

SABER is a scientific community whose members develop theory and generate evidence with the goal of improving post-secondary biology education. SABER fosters Biology Education Research (BER) and its dissemination. 

SABER: East Coast Regional Conference 

May 29-31, 2024 

Rochester, NY, just a 3 hour drive away!  

Registration opening Feb 1  

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education strives to be the preeminent Canadian voice, and a world leader, for enhancing teaching and learning in higher education. It also supports increased awareness, research, dissemination, and application of scholarly approaches to teaching and learning. 

STLHE 2024 

June 11-14, 2024 

Niagara Falls, just a 1.5 hour drive away!  

Registration opening soon 

35th Teaching and Learning Innovations (TLI) Conference 

Fostering Transformative Learning: Challenging Assumptions, Reflecting Critically, Learning Together, and Taking Action. Come together to explore the theme of transformative learning as it weaves through the learning experiences of students, faculty, and staff. 

TLI 2024 

May 8-9, 2024 

University of Guelph, just a walk across campus!  

Registration: Early April  

As always, COESP offers travel awards for conferences centered on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) 

Look forward to seeing you at these upcoming conferences exploring teaching and learning research! 


Reminder! COESP Funding: Apply by December 1, Feb 1, or April 1

Funding available for:

Course Improvement

BioEd Research

Student-led SEED Grants

Graduate Student Research in Teaching and Learning

Travel Grants for Conferences focusing on Teaching and Learning

and more! 


This term we shine the Spotlight on Julia Mellary, MSc student with Dr. Dan Grunspan. Read in our attached Spotlight Series about Julia’s research that earned her the Bill Wood Graduate Student Talk Award at the recent Society for the Advancement of Biology Education (SABER) conference. 

Julia traveled to SABER on a COESP Travel Grant! Start thinking now about conference season and plan to apply for a COESP Travel Grant for conferences with an emphasis on DBER and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL)


Think about teaching and generative AI (ex. chatGPT)

How do you feel?




Hear from your colleagues in CBS about how they are using AI in their courses: 

  • Marissa Dahari (Undergraduate Course Coordinator/Lab Demonstrator, MCB) 
  • Timothy Bartley (Assistant Professor, IB) 

Tuesday Nov 21, Noon-1:00pm

Organized by The Centre for Advancing Responsible and Ethical Artificial Intelligence (CARE-AI) and the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL)

If you get inspired to incorporate AI into your course, apply for a COESP Grant to implement your idea! 

Learn more

Apply by Dec 1, or next round by April 1