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August 06, 2020

RESOURCES FOR INSTRUCTORS: Accessibility in Online Course Development


The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is pleased to provide this curated list of resources to assist instructors with developing accessible online courses.





August 04, 2020

JOB POSTINGS for Graduate Students at

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To learn more about professor positions in countries around the world, visit for ongoing updates.

July 23, 2020

ONLINE WORKSHOPS: New and Returning TAs -- Summer-Fall 2020 Programming Dates for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars


The Centre for Teaching and Learning is pleased to provide the new Summer-Fall 2020 Programming Dates for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

We hope that you incorporate any and all relevant programs into your Fall Orientation activities, and we encourage all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars (new and returning) to attend workshops designed to help them prepare for their teaching assignments.

Teaching Assistant Training Program (TATP)
Register for August sessions HERE

This is a four-day intensive training program for new TAs. It features two microteaching sessions, as well as modules on fair grading practices, diversity in the classroom, leading discussions, holding office hours, lesson design, and giving feedback to students.

  • Session 1: Mon-Thurs: August 10 - 13 – Registration Open!
  • Session 2: Mon-Thurs: August 17 - 20 – Registration Open!
  • Session 3: Tues-Fri: August 25 - 28 – Registration Open!
  • Session 4: Thurs-Sun: September 10-13 
  • Session 5: Thurs-Sun: September 17 - 20 
  • Session 6: Thurs-Sun: September 24 – 27

Perspectives on Teaching Conference
Registration coming soon

Wednesday, September 2 (9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) and Thursday, September 3 (9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)
A two-day conference for all graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff designed to showcase teaching innovations at Western, and introduce instructors to best practices in student-centred instruction which can enhance the student experience. The theme for this Fall’s conference is mental health and wellness.

TA Day
Registration coming soon

Tuesday, September 8 (9:00 a.m. - 12 noon)
Designed for both new and returning graduate students, this half-day conference provides an introduction to teaching at Western and helps them prepare for their roles as TAs. In addition to 3 hours of synchronous online sessions on the morning of September 8, a number of asynchronous learning modules will be released to registrants throughout the week, with most focused on TAing in the online environment.

ABC Online Course Design Workshop for Course Instructors **New opportunity for experienced TAs
Register HERE

Friday, August 7 (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
This synchronous workshop (with one hour of asynchronous prep-work) will assist first time and early-career instructors to rapidly map their course for the online environment.
Please note: Participants in this workshop must be teaching a course in the Fall or Winter term

July 17, 2020

Registration Information for Fall Term 2020



Any requests to change your fall term status should be submitted by July 28, 2020.

These changes include requests to change from full-time to part-time, part-time to full-time, leaves of absence, Intent to be eligible for TDO status, voluntary withdrawal, etc. Requests for Leaves of Absence, Part-Time Status, and Voluntary Withdrawal may be submitted online via the Graduate Student Web Services Portal.

Other request forms to be submitted in hard-copy are also found via the Portal.


If you anticipate that you will complete your degree requirements within the summer term and be eligible to graduate at the Autumn Convocation, you must apply to graduate via the Student Center.

Once logged in, under the Main Menu select "Self Service" and then “Graduation”. Select “Apply for Graduation” and follow the instructions to complete the process, which includes verification of your name and degree being awarded.

Please complete your application to graduate by July 28, 2020.

July 09, 2020

CONTRIBUTE YOUR STORY: Documenting the Impact of COVID-19 on Canadian Research

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Canadian scientists are responding to the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19. Under these new circumstances, Canadian science will undoubtedly be impacted in various ways. Some research is accelerating, some research has stalled; field work and lab work has had to change. The impact of COVID-19 will shape Canada’s future, and become an important part of the country’s history. Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation – is committed to preserving stories of science in the COVID era in the national memory.

As part of the initiative Curating Under Quarantine, we are compiling material (e.g. photographs, notes, videos) that capture how Canadian scientists have adapted to COVID-19. This material will form the basis for other eventual COVID-19-related projects, which could include: acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, education, and public engagement. Because you know your story best and because we cannot visit your lab/field/workspace in person at this time, we need your help gathering this material.
If you would like to contribute your story to this public-memory project, please send us your photos/videos/notes that document your lab or workspace, and how you have had to adapt to COVID19, or pause your research. If you submit photos, please provide a caption with each photo that:

  • describes the content
  • names any specific technology visible in the photo
  • conveys why this photo is important
  • explains when and where the photo was taken

If you include photos of people, it is important that they sign a consent form HERE.

By participating in this project, you consent to Ingenium preserving the material (e.g. photos, videos, notes) for both internal and external research purposes, and for various forms of dissemination (e.g. publication, display) including digital.  Please include the names, titles, and contact information of the person/people who is/are responsible for authorizing your participation in our project so that we will know to whom we should reach out as the initiative grows.

For more information or to submit material, please contact

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