Graduate Students

Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education

The Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education is a free, two-part, non-credit, online program (with some synchronous elements) for Lakehead University graduate students. It runs from October through April and covers academic, research, career, communication, teaching, and life skills within a graduate-student context.

1. Modules

In the Fall term, students work through modules in in at least four of five areas: career development, communication, entrepreneurship, research, and teaching and learning. The modules included in each area are as follows:

How to Enrol in the Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education

To enrol in the Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education 2017-2018, you must first self-enrol in that course. To do so, follow the steps below:

1. On your main mycourselink page, locate the column entitled "Help" (top right).

2. In that column, click on "Self-Registration."

3. In the page that opens, you will see a list (one or more) of non-academic courses for which you are eligible. Click on "Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2017-201" to select it.

4. In the window that opens, click on "Register" (bottom right).

5. Enter the requested "Registration Information" in the window that opens. When you are done, click "Submit." 

6. In the "Confirmation" window, click "Finish."

7. In the "Registration Summary" window, click "Done."

Tips for SSHRC Applications

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"Tips and Myths to Consider when Preparing Your SSHRC Application" (online article) "highlight[s] 10 tips to ensure a successful SSHRC application, as well as [dispels] some of the myths that tend to pop up on the web about the application process."

A. Advice 

The article (and embedded video) offers practical advice for each of the following SSHRC-application activities:

Tips for CIHR Applications

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"10 Tips for a Successful CIHR Application" (online article) "provide[s] a list of 10 best practices to improve your chances of a successful application ... [for] trainees from all disciplines submitting for CIHR awards."

Each tip is briefly explained in the article:

1. Review all relevant funding information. 

  • "Make sure you read the available literature thoroughly at the start of the process."
  • "Before submitting your application, revisit these resources to ensure you’ve tackled all the important pieces."

2. Contact CIHR staff for clarifications or to confirm your eligibility. 

Time Management for Graduate Students

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A. "Time Management Tips for Graduate Students" (web post) tailors seemingly obvious time-management techniques for graduate students:

1. "Use a Calendar System"

  • Year scale
  • Month scale
  • Week scale

2. "Use a To-Do List"

  • "Prioritize your to-do-list."
  • "Schedule time to work on classes and research each day, even if it is just a few 20-minute blocks."
  • "Be flexible."

B. Useful Resources