E-CORE/CIEL Communities of Practice (CoPs)

The E-CORE/CIEL Communities of Practice (CoPs) started in June 2020 as part of the project’s work to generate and coordinate supports as engineering educators shifted online. The aim of the CoPs is to provide an accessible space for instructors, staff, teaching assistants, and other engineering educators across Canada to connect and share ideas, discuss challenges, and celebrate successes.

The CoPs can be roughly divided into groups that focus on a certain community of educators (e.g. First-Year Instructors), and groups that focus on a certain topic within engineering education (e.g. Supporting Student Mental Health & Wellness). There is no limit to how many CoPs an individual can join, and each group provides unique opportunities for discussion and connecting with peers across the country.

Community of PracticeExample Discussion TopicsMeeting Times
  • using quizzes in class
  • low-stakes assessments
  • competency-based assessment
Supporting Student Mental Health & Wellness
  • course design to support mental health
  • responding to students in distress
  • supporting wellness in online classrooms
Teaching Assistants
  • engaging with students in online classes
  • managing workload
  • TA-specific concerns in online teaching
Design Educators
  • assessing teamwork
  • managing student expectations
  • design projects in a online environment
Biweekly on Thursdays at 12PM EST
First-Year Instructors
  • assessment innovation
  • community building
  • academic integrity in first-year courses
Lab Instructors
  • logistics for lab kits
  • using TAs in remote labs
  • engaging students in remote labs
Non-Technical Course Instructors
  • grading writing assessments in large classes
  • finding inspiration for non-design projects
  • aligning formative feedback with TAs

To sign up for any of the above Communities of Practice, free of cost, join our mailing lists using the CoP Signup Form. Once you have filled out that form, you will begin receiving emails and meeting invites for the CoP(s) you sign up for. We look forward to seeing you at the meetings!

Please note that the above Communities of Practice are currently conducted in English. Our CIEL working group currently provides a regular meeting space for individuals seeking to find and contribute to francophone supports and can be joined by contacting [email protected].

Any questions can be directed to our team at [email protected].