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Teaching and Learning Foundations Certificate of Completion
(36 hours)

    • EDUCATN 600: Essential Skills in Teaching and Learning (I) 
      This zero-unit graduate course involves both in-person and online components. Students select and complete six workshops from a list approved by the MacPherson Institute. The workshops are focused on key foundational themes in teaching and learning in higher education. Students are also responsible for completing workshop evaluation forms, engaging in online discussions, and writing a series of reflections. [No prerequisites.]
    • EDUCATN 650: Peer-Evaluated Teaching Experience
      This zero-unit graduate course is offered in a small group setting and is designed to enhance teaching effectiveness. During the 3-4 day course (full attendance is mandatory to earn a pass), students design and conduct three lessons and receive verbal, written, and video feedback from the other students who have been learners in the lessons. Using an intensive experiential learning approach, students are provided with information on the theory and practice of teaching adult learners, the selection and writing of useful intended learning outcomes with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for eliciting learner participation, and suggestions for evaluation of learning. Reflection and examination of one’s teaching practices are encouraged. [No prerequisites.]
      * In addition to this course counting towards the Teaching and Learning Foundations Certificate of Completion, it also earns individuals the internationally recognized “Instructional Skills Workshop” certificate.

Teaching and Learning Scholar Certificate of Completion
(100 hours)

The two Teaching and Learning Foundations Certificate of Completion Courses (described above) in addition to the following three courses:

      • EDUCATN 700: Essential Skills in Teaching and Learning (II)
        This zero-unit graduate course involves both in-person and online components. Students select and complete six workshops from a list approved by the MacPherson Institute. The workshops are focused on key scholarly themes in teaching and learning in higher education. Students are also responsible for completing workshop evaluation forms, engaging in online discussions, and writing a series of reflections. [Prerequisite: EDUCATN 600]
      • EDUCATN 750/751: Principles and Practices of University Teaching 
        This graduate course can be taken as a three-unit (EDUCATN 750*) or zero-unit (EDUCATN 751) graduate level course and is offered up to three times per. The focus is on honing essential pedagogical and practical teaching skills. This includes sessions on curriculum design, teaching strategies (e.g., Inquiry and Problem-Based Learning), assessment strategies, developing a teaching dossier, and research on teaching and learning. [No prerequisites.]
        * Graduate students should ask their department/school whether they have permission to take EDUCATN 750, and if so, whether the course will contribute to their degree requirements.
      • EDUCATN 760: Self-Directed Study 
        In this zero-unit graduate course, students will engage in a self-directed study on a teaching and learning topic of their choice. Students will be able to choose whether they wish to undertake a project with a research focus (e.g., literature review and research proposal, literature review and grant proposal), or an applied focus (e.g., develop and facilitate a workshop, develop and distribute a resource). The work will be supported via peer feedback and mentorship from the course instructor. All students will be expected to identify a venue through which they will share their work. They will also be expected to present their work to their peers during the final class meeting. [Prerequisites: EDUCATN 600 and EDUCATN 650]

Notes:

    • Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows do not incur any fees for taking the courses.
    • All courses will be offered in a virtual and/or online format for the Fall 2020 term.
    • All five courses will be offered each Fall and Winter term. Only EDUCATN 650 and EDUCATN 760 will be offered each Spring term.
    • Course registration generally opens one month before the beginning of each term (ie. on August 1st, December 1st, April 1st). Course registration for graduate students takes place each term via Mosaic. Postdoctoral fellows may register each term by emailing the MacPherson Institute and requesting that their name be added to a class list. Registration is on a first come, first served basis; there are a limited number of spaces in each course. There are no wait-lists maintained for the courses.
    • All courses are Pass/Fail and appear on graduate students’ transcripts.
    • Certificates of completion are printed and awarded at the end of each term.