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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, participants 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 a TA.
  3. Articulate a personal set of good practices as a 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 (module 1 and 14 are mandatory) - includes completion of ‘exit ticket’ for each completed module and activities tied to each module of choice.
  2. Reflective practice assignment - submitted at mid-point
  3. Observe two classes face-to-face or online and fill out an observation/reflection form.
  4. Presentation of personal set of good practices as a TA (format to be determined). 

Schedule for 2019/2020

  • Adobe Connect sessions will take place on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Terms BB = Blackboard (asynchronous), AC = Adobe Connect (synchronous), F2F = In class 

Month

Date

Description

Modality

Facilitator

September

Sept 13, 2019

1. Intro/ Life Hacks/ Time Management

F2F & BB

All

Sept 20, 2019

2. Good Practices in Undergraduate Teaching

BB

Caroline Ferguson

Sept 27, 2019

3. Active Learning Strategies

F2F

Jeanette Oliveira & Caroline Ferguson

 

October

Oct 4, 2019

4. Academic Integrity

Blackboard

Jeanette Oliveira

Oct 18, 2019

5. Universal Design For Learning

BB & AC

Jeanette Oliveira

November

Nov 1, 2019

6. Accessible Instructional Materials

BB

Caroline Ferguson

Nov 8, 2019

7. Good Practices for Grading & Effective Feedback

BB & AC

Caroline Ferguson

Nov 15, 2019

8. Reflective Practice

BB

All

Nov 22, 2019

9. Technolgy and Teaching Exchange

F2F

All

Nov 29, 2019

10. Learning Theories

BB

Jeanette

January

Jan 10, 2020

11. Critical Incidents

BB & AC

Susan Forbes

Jan 17, 2020

12. Intersectionality and Communication

BB

Susan Forbes & Bridgette Atkins

Jan 24, 2020

13. Mental Health and Wellness for TAs

F2F & BB

TBD

February

Feb 7, 2020

14. Poster Session/PechaKucha

F2F

All