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Certificate in University Teaching for Teaching Assistants / Graduate Students

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Description:

The Certificate in University Teaching for TAs is offered to all teaching assistants and graduate students who are interested in developing their teaching practice and engaging in a community of practice along with their peers in the UOIT teaching community. The richness of the program is in shared experiences and the new connections that are formed.

The certificate program consists of 14 modules, which include an examination of learning theories, issues in academic integrity, intercultural communication, and an exploration into learning technology. Participants will also have the opportunity to facilitate modules with their peers. A presentation on personal teaching philosophies and teaching best practices will conclude the program. There are two in-person modules, at the beginning and at the end of the program. The remaining 12 modules are delivered online through Adobe Connect (for synchronous modules) and Blackboard (for asynchronous modules). Each of the 14 modules takes approximately 3 hours to complete.

If you are a faculty member or instructor who is interested in the program, please visit our Certificate in University Teaching for Faculty page.

 Program Learning Outcomes:

On the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Actively engage in a community of practice through discussion and reflection to critically evaluate teaching practices and classroom strategies.
  2. Utilize evidence-based strategies to develop and enhance practice as TA.
  3. Articulate a personal set of good practices as TA including effective communication, time management, and professionalism.
  4. Make informed choices regarding the use of various learning technologies in your teaching practice.
  5. Create a poster (print or digital) which expresses a personal set of good TA practices based on investigation and analysis of teaching and learning practices.
 Requirements:
  1. Attendance/participation in 10/14 modules includes completion of 'exit ticket' for each completed module.
  2. Observe two classes and fill out an observation/reflection
  3. Presentation of personal set of good practices as a TA (PechaKucha or 3 minute thesis style)
  4. Adobe Connect and In Class sessions will take place on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

SChedule for 2018/2019

Terms BB = Blackboard (asynchronous), AC = Adobe Connect (synchronous)

Month

Date

Description

Modality

Facilitator

September

Friday, Sept 14, 2018

Intro/ Life Hacks/ Time Management

In Person & BB

All

Friday, Sept 21, 2018

Good Practices in Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Outcomes

Blackboard

Caroline Ferguson

Friday, Sept 28, 2018

Intersectionality and Communication

BB & AC

Bridgette Atkins/

Susan Forbes

October

Friday, Oct 5, 2018

Academic Integrity

Blackboard

Jeanette Oliveira

Friday, Oct 19, 2018

Good Practices for Grading & Effective Feedback

BB & AC

Caroline Ferguson

November

Friday, Nov 2, 2018

Effective Presentations

Blackboard

Bridgette Atkins

Friday, Nov 9, 2018

Universal Design for Learning

BB & AC

Jeanette Oliveira

Friday, Nov 16, 2018

Technology and Teaching

Blackboard

Bridgette Atkins / Caroline Ferguson

Friday, Nov.23, 2018

Active Learning

BB & AC

Jeanette Oliveira

Friday, Nov 30, 2018

Special Topics

In Class

All

January

Friday, Jan 11, 2019

Critical Incidents

BB & AC

Susan Forbes

Friday, Jan 18, 2019

Learning Theories

Blackboard

Jeanette Oliveira

Friday, Jan 25, 2019

Mental Health and Wellness for TAs

In Class & BB

TBD

February

Friday, Feb 8, 2019

Poster Session/PechaKucha

In Class

All

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