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Certificate in University Teaching



The Certificate in University Teaching is offered to all faculty, part-time/sessional instructors, and staff 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, principles of instructional design and Universal Design for Learning, 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 teaching assistant or graduate student who is interested in the program, please visit our Certificate in University Teaching for Teaching Assistants page.


 Program LearnIng Outcomes:

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

  1. Engage in a community of practice through discussion and reflection to critically evaluate teaching practices and classroom strategies.
  2. Use evidence-based teaching practices to design teaching and learning activities that foster student engagement (active learning, UDL, authentic assessment, etc.).
  3. Discuss and apply principles of instructional design including constructive alignment, strategies to promote significant learning and relevant assessment (methods/activities/techniques).
  4. Make informed choices regarding the use of various learning technologies in your teaching practice.
  5. Articulate a personal teaching philosophy based on your investigations and analyses of teaching and learning.


  1. Attendance/participation in 10/14 modules. Includes completion of ‘exit ticket’ for each completed module.
  2. Classroom observation by Teaching and Learning Centre Representative
  3. Peer observation outside of your Faculty area (completed between January and end of February).
  4. Teaching Philosophy Presentation.
  5. Adobe Connect and In Person sessions will take place on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 Schedule 2018/2019

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



Module Title

Delivery Method


Monday Sept 17, 2018 

1: Introduction

In person + BB


Monday Sept 24, 2018

2: Good Teaching and Learning Practices

BB only

Bridgette Atkins

Monday Oct 1, 2018

3: Universal Design for Learning (+accessibility principles)


Jeanette Oliveira 

Monday Oct 15, 2018

4: Instructional Design

BB only

Caroline Ferguson 

Monday Oct 29, 2018 

5: Learning Theories


Bridgette Atkins


Monday Nov 5, 2018

6: Learning Outcomes 

BB only

Jeanette Oliveira 

Monday Nov 12, 2018

7: Assessement 

In Person Caroline Ferguson


Monday Nov 19, 2018

8: Intersectionality and Communication 

BB only

Bridgette Atkins/ Susan Forbes

Monday Nov 26, 2018

9: Active Learning


Bridgette Atkins

Monday  Dec 3, 2018

10:  Technology and Teaching

BB only

Bridgette Atkins


Monday  Jan 14, 2019 

11: Signature Pedagogies and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Effective Classroom Communcation


Caroline Ferguson/ Susan Forbes

Monday Jan 21, 2018

12: Effective Classroom Communication

BB only


Bridgette Atkins

Monday Jan 28, 2019

13: Teaching Dossiers/Documentation of Teaching


Jeanette Oliveira/

Susan Forbes


Monday Feb 11, 2019

14: Teaching Philosophy Presentations

In person


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