Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2018-2019

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The Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is a free, optional, non-credit program for Lakehead University graduate students that introduces practical aspects of teaching in Canada at the post-secondary level.

  • Running online in two cohorts -- from October through the following September and from May to the following April -- the certificate offers modules covering learning theory and practice as well as information about Indigenous research and teaching, the globalization of learning, and the ethics of university teaching.
  • Students are also introduced to preparing a teaching dossier and alt-ac (“alternative academic”) career development.

Six of the nine modules use open educational resources prepared by Queen’s University, Western University, and University of Waterloo, and the remaining three were developed locally to round out the program.

  • Incoming students have just short of 12 months to work through the included content and submit the necessary assignments to receive the TLHE certificate, with special weight being given to the submitted teaching dossier.

A. Included modules are as follows:

1. Fall Term

  • How Students Learn
  • Active Learning
  • Principles of Course Design
  • Assessment Strategies
  • Ethical Principles and Professionalism in University Teaching

2. Winter Term

  • Indigenous Research and Teaching
  • Globalization of Learning
  • Preparing a Teaching Dossier
  • Alt-Ac Career Development

B. Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, successful participants will be able to the following:

  • Articulate principles of how students learn and how instructors can enhance this process
  • Plan active-learning activities implementable in undergraduate courses in their field of study
  • Generate effective learning outcomes (or objectives) relevant to their field 
  • Demonstrate familiarity with a variety of assessment types, tools, and criteria
  • Design a working sample of undergraduate-level authentic assessment relevant to their field of study that links assessment tasks to learning objectives (or outcomes)
  • Construct a sample course outline for a hypothetical undergraduate class based on their own research -- an outline that shows appropriate alignment between stated learning outcomes (or objectives), assessments, and active teaching and learning activities
  • Explain (with examples) best practices for incorporating Indigenous content in a post-secondary class relevant to their field of study, using appropriate terminology and demonstrating informed awareness of Indigenous methodologies, research ethics, and protocols
  • Apply inclusive and interculturally fluent approaches to teaching in their field of study
  • Interpret and apply ethical principles to analyze and propose solutions for a variety of ethical dilemmas in teaching
  • Prepare a basic teaching dossier/portfolio as a professional job-search tool
  • List a variety of relevant, interesting, and viable non-academic career opportunities related to their current field of study

C. Information Sessions

  • Dates and times for information sessions will be announced in late summer 2018 (and spring 2019).

D. Deadline to Register

Registration for the Fall Teaching and Learning in Higher Education certificate program will be available by mid-September and for the Spring session in April.

1. To register, log in to mycourselink. From there, you will do the following:

  • Select “Self-Register. Non-Academic Course ONLY" (top right).
  • Select the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2018-19.
  • Complete the registration form.

2. You must register online no later than October 5, 2018 for the Fall session (May 13 for the Spring Session).

  • MySuccess registration will open in the Winter term if you want the program added to your Co-Curriculuar Record.

E. For more information, contact Dr. Rhonda Dubec (Teaching Commons).

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