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The December (Un)Conference took place on December 12, 2023, 9:30am-4:30pm. Thank you to all participants and to all our facilitators for great interactive sessions!

Our December UnConferences are free, online and open to anyone with an interest in Biology higher education.

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oCUBE members can click below for the "Scribe Notes" for all sessions, where you'll find detailed notes and summaries written by volunteer notetakers throughout the UnConference

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December 2023 (Un)Conference Program

9:30 AM


10:00 AM

Interactive teaching for a big class.

Facilitator: Sura Ali, University of Waterloo

10:30 AM

From Novelty to Normal: What Do We Do After Generative AI Has Been Integrated Into Our Large Introductory Biology Courses?

Facilitators: Kenneth Yip and Chris Garside, University of Toronto

11:00 AM


11:15 AM

Embracing the AI revolution.

Facilitator: Daniel Jeffery, Western University

11:45 AM

Experiences using the "Friends without Pens" Testing Strategy.

Facilitator: Nicole Nivillac, York University

12:15 PM

Meet the oCUBE Executive.

Find out what they do and see how you could contribute to oCUBE.

12:30 PM


1:15 PM

Specifications Grading in a Large Enrollment Lab Course - Lessons Learned.

Facilitators: Ana Tomljenov-Berube and Devon Jones, McMaster University

1:45 PM

Carrot or stick? How to increase attendance in seminar style course

Facilitator: Christoph Richter, University of Toronto

2:15 PM


2:30 PM

Group work: tips to make it tick.

Facilitator: Naomi Levy-Strumpf, University of Toronto

3:00 PM

Are multiple grading schemes worth it?

Facilitator: Maddy Rosamond, University of Waterloo

3:30 PM

The 3 C's - Compassion, Communication, Connections. Ways to provide open & safe spaces for our students to share their concerns, dreams, and hopes in teaching & learning settings.

Facilitator: Lovaye Kajiura, McMaster University

4:00 PM

Farewells, Goodbyes, see you in May 2024!

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