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April 23, 2014
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Non-credit Teaching Courses

Each year, Educational Development offers a non-credit course on university teaching to graduate students. First offered in Winter 2003, we now offer two complementary courses - one for masters students and one for doctoral students. Each course is intended to facilitate the development of knowledge and skills critical to teaching in higher education settings. Students (masters and doctoral) who successfully complete either course will receive a signed certificate of completion. Doctoral students taking Foundations in University Teaching will additionally receive a notation on their transcript. Topics may include: student assessment; establishing a positive learning space for students with different needs and experiences; managing the classroom environment; teaching with learning styles in mind; course design; the generation of assignments; grading and assessing students; and developing a teaching portfolio. The topics and the degree to which they are addressed will vary by course. Refer to the syllabus for each course for details.

Comments and Questions?

For more information, please contact Educational Development Program and Events Coordinator at 519-884-0710 ext. 3507 /

Next Course Offering:

Starts April 2014, Tuesday and Thursdays

April 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 and May 1, 6

Room: BA208, Bricker Academic Building, Waterloo Campus.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Course Descriptions

Each course is intended to facilitate the development of skills recognized as being critical for teaching in higher education settings. The course content will draw heavily from research and evidence-based practice as well as from the personal experiences of the course facilitators, guest speakers and students. A hands-on, workshop model will be used to introduce students to a variety of content areas and to allow students to practice newly acquired skills in a supportive learning environment. The goal of the course is to provide students in all disciplines with the foundations needed to become skilled, thoughtful, and confident teachers in higher education. This includes gaining an understanding of and reflecting on learner and teacher issues. Students will be introduced to a variety of teaching approaches, and will use both peer- and self-assessment techniques to monitor their progress.

NB: The depth and coverage of topics will vary by course

Course Structure

Each session will be taught by a multidisciplinary team of faculty members from various universities and will involve lecture, discussion and hands-on interactive activities.

Foundations in University Teaching (PhD Students) 8 sessions, 3 hours each (total 24 hours)
University Teaching: Fundamentals for Masters Students 6 sessions, 3 hours each (total 18 hours)

Learning Expectations

Assessment is based on student participation, completion of in-class activities, and assignments. Participation is a critical component of the course. As such, attendance is mandatory. Participation, however, is not just a measure of attendance or a student's willingness to talk - it is a measure of the meaningful contributions made to the class. Those who actively involve themselves in each class will maximize their learning. As such active and meaningful participation from all students is expected. When readings are assigned, it is expected that they will be read prior to the class at a level that will allow discussion beyond a surface level. Students should be prepared to listen to their peers, encourage peers to share their ideas in a way that allows other participants to understand their contributions, and engage in thoughtful discussions of the readings and materials presented throughout the course. Students are further expected to complete in-class assignments and engage in hands-on activities. Throughout the course students will be provided with opportunities to "practice" what they are learning. This includes preparing written material, engaging in cooperative group activities, and role-playing opportunities.

Course Offerings

Winter 2014 PhD Students Foundations in University Teaching for Doctoral Students
Winter 2015 Masters Students University Teaching: Fundamentals for Masters Students

A minimum of 10 students is required to run either course. The course for masters students is capped at 20 registrants; the course for doctoral students is capped at 15 registrants. Register early to secure your spot. Please note there is no charge for participation in these courses and materials are provided.