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Half Courses

Authentic Assessment

This half-course introduces participants to the principles and practice of this approach to assessment of student learning. Authentic assessment is an approach that takes into account the contexts in which learning will actually be used once students leave the university. It is an attempt to assess what students actually know, value, and can do in a way that is well-integrated into the entire learning environment of a course. In this course participants will learn how to align assessment with intended learning outcomes, how to design meaningful assessment measures that motivate students and even design assessments that help students learn as they are being assessed.

By experiencing a variety of authentic assessment methods in the student role, reading about them, and practicing adaptations of them, participants will be in a better position to judge which of these methods they can use in their own courses, as suits their personal teaching style and disciplinary needs. Most importantly, participants will have the opportunity to create an authentic, well-reasoned assessment measure that they could use in their own disciplinary context – with feedback and help from instructors and colleagues.

Pre-requisites: Undergraduate degree in any discipline. Preference will be given to individuals currently enrolled in the University Teaching Certificate Program.

Audience: Faculty, Sessional Instructors, Graduate Students with teaching responsibilities.

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Online Education

This half-course focuses on the qualities of effective online pedagogy in university courses. This is a hybrid course, with two in-class face-to-face sessions (one each at the beginning and end of the course), coupled with weekly online lessons and activities.

Topics include: Determining an appropriate model of delivery to support learning, interaction and collaboration techniques, course design, building instructional elements, and design of assessment and feedback for learning.

Pre-requisites: Undergraduate degree in any discipline, and a computer with broadband Internet access.  Preference will be given to individuals currently enrolled in the University Teaching Certificate Program.

Audience:  Faculty, sessional instructors, and graduate students with teaching responsibilities.

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Leading Effective Discussions

This half-course introduces participants to the basic skills involved in promoting, leading, and sustaining educationally-effective discussions. The course involves discussion-based active learning lessons and participant-led microteaching sessions. Participants have an opportunity to put what they have learned into practice, and receive feedback on their teaching from the other participants.

By experiencing a variety of discussion methods in the student role, reading about them in the text, and practicing some of them, participants are in a better position to judge which methods they would like to use, and how these methods can be adapted to suit personal teaching styles and disciplinary needs.

Pre-requisites:  Undergraduate degree in any discipline. Preference will be given to individuals currently enrolled in the University Teaching Certificate Program

Audience:  Faculty, sessional instructors, and graduate students with teaching responsibilities.

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Lecturing

This half course introduces participants to basic skills and techniques of communicating successfully to students, in particular, explaining complex ideas, grabbing and holding attention, phrasing, communicating nonverbally, and generating emotional response.

Throughout the course, participants practice using the skills and concepts they use in active-learning lessons and participant-led microteaching sessions. There is also an opportunity to give and receive feedback. Experiencing a variety of lecturing and presentation techniques in the student role, reading about them, and practicing some of them, enables participants to evaluate these techniques for incorporation into their own  lecturing, and how they can be adapted to suit personal teaching style and disciplinary needs.

Pre-requisites: Undergraduate degree in any discipline. Preference will be given to individuals currently enrolled in the University Teaching Certificate Program

Audience:  Faculty, sessional instructors, and graduate students with teaching responsibilities.

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