Teaching Week

During Teaching Week, instructors from the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science will “open up” their classes for observation by their colleagues. The event offers opportunities for faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students to observe different teaching styles, gain exposure and learn about different teaching strategies. One of the main objectives of Teaching Week is to promote a culture of classroom and peer observation that can encourage deeper discussions about teaching practices and strengthen our Faculty’s community of practice.

Past Events

Teaching Week 2021

After not being held in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, ELATE is pleased to announce its 4th Teaching Week (Open Classroom) event which will be held nominally from Mon, Nov 1 – Fri, Nov 5.

A separate Coffee & Chat will be held on Wed, Nov 10 from 12 – 1 pm so that participants can discuss and share their observations and experience with classroom observation.

Note-taking and Reflection Form

To help you with your observation, we have prepared a short form that you can use for note-taking and reflection.


Complete list of courses that are “open” for observation:

Faculty of Science

  • Dr. Ken Ragan, PHYS 101 Introductory Physics – Mechanics, and PHYS 131 Mechanics and Waves

(Note: the content and teaching approach is similar for both courses. However, PHYS 131 includes students from the Faculty of Engineering)

  • Dr. Pallavi Sirjoosingh, CHEM 110 General Chemistry 1
  • Dr. Jasmin Chahal, MIMM 384 Molecular Microbiology Lab

(Note: this course is open for observation on Mon, Oct 25 and Mon, Nov 8)

Faculty of Engineering

  • Dr. David Frost, FACC 100 Introduction to the Engineering Profession
  • Dr. Marta Cerruti, MIME 317 Analytical and Characterization Techniques
  • Dr. Sidney Omelon, MIME 352 Hydrochemical Processing
  • Dr. Anne Kietzig , CHEE 515 Interface Design: Biomimetic Approach
  • Dr. Marwan Kanaan, ECSE 321 Introduction to Software Engineering and ECSE 472 Fundamentals of Circuit Simulation and Modeling
  • Dr. Gunter Mussbacher, ECSE 223 Model-Based Programming
  • Dr. James Forbes, MECH 309 Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
  • Dr. David Plant, ECSE 331 Electronics

The above list includes courses that are offered online as well as in-person. Some of the strategies that might be featured include: (1) active learning, (2) flipped learning, (3) discussions and case studies, (4) team-based/group-based learning and activities, (5) polling questions, (6) teaching online using a lightboard, and (6) options for streaming online classes (e.g., using Twitch).

Teaching Week 2019

The list of professors who “opened up” their classrooms for Teaching Week 2019:

  • Marta Cerruti (Mining and Materials engineering)
  • Lawrence Chen (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Jeremy Cooperstock (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Marwan Kanaan (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Anne Kietzig (Chemical Engineering)
  • Michael Kokkolaras (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Mathias Legrand (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Meghan Marshall
  • Brett Meyer (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Georgios Mitsis (Bioengineering)
  • Christopher Moraes (Chemical Engineering)
  • Sidney Omelon (Mining and Materials engineering)
  • Laura Pavelka (Faculty of Science)
  • Ken Ragan (Faculty of Science)
  • Theodora Vardouli (Architecture)

Teaching Week 2018

The list of professors who “opened up” their classrooms for Teaching Week 2018:

  • Annmarie Adams (Architecture)
  • Jeffrey Bergthorson (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Marta Cerruti (Mining and Materials engineering)
  • Lawrence Chen (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • James Forbes (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Corinne Hoesli (Chemical Engineering)
  • Marwan Kanaan (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Christopher Moraes (Chemical Engineering)

Teaching Week 2017

The list of professors who “opened up” their classrooms for Teaching Week 2017:

  • Prof. Annmarie Adams (Architecture), ARCH 622 Critical Writing
  • Prof. Jeffrey Bergthorson (Mechanical Engineering), MECH 240 Thermodynamics 1
  • Prof. François Bouffard (Electrical and Computer Engineering), ECSE 361 Power Engineering
  • Prof. Marta Cerruti (Materials engineering), MIME 261 Structure of Materials
  • Prof. Lawrence Chen (Electrical and Computer Engineering), FACC 100 Intro to the Engineering Profession
  • Prof. Jeremy Cooperstock (Electrical and Computer Engineering), ECSE 529 Artificial Intelligence
  • Prof. Raphaël Fischler (Urban Planning), URBP 612 History and Theory of Planning
  • Prof. James Forbes (Mechanical Engineering), MECH 412 System Dynamics and Control
  • Prof. Corinne Hoesli (Chemical Engineering), CHEE 370 Elements of Biotechnology
  • Prof. Michael Kokkolaras (Mechanical Engineering), MECH 559 Engineering Systems Optimization
  • Prof. Nik Luka (Architecture), ARCH/URBP 604 Urban Design Seminar
  • Prof. Christopher Moraes (Chemical Engineering), CHEE 314 Fluid Mechanics
  • Prof. Ken Ragan (Physics, Faculty of Science), PHYS 101 Introductory Physics (Mechanics)
  • Prof. Inna Sharf (Mechanical Engineering), MECH 220 Mechanics 2
  • Prof. Ipek Tureli (Architecture), ARCH 684 Contemporary Theory 1
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