Graduate Teaching and Learning Program

Winter Session Coming Soon!

Our newly restructured program is gearing up for Winter 2019.
Our Level 1 workshop series starts Jan. 3 (schedule and registration will be announced next week). Our new Level 2 course will start the week of Jan. 21 with an online component. Our popular Level 3 project-based course starts Jan. 16.

About the Program

The Graduate Teaching and Learning Program is a multi-tier program designed to help graduate students excel in their roles as teaching assistants and beyond.  It is open to all graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. The workshops are free and the courses are free, pass-fail and not-for-credit.

The program offers high quality teaching and learning workshops and courses presented by dedicated, inspiring and award-winning instructors.

Overview

  • LEVEL 1: FOUNDATIONS - What you need to know to be a great TA.

    Workshop Series Description

    Level 1 covers not only the university policy and professional ethics training you need to know as teaching assistants, but also the teaching basics to become effective and confident instructors.

    It is delivered bi-annually as a series of free workshops in January and August. You may choose which workshops you wish to attend or complete the level over one or many workshop series offerings. Please consult your department for possible requirements.

    GTLP Enrolment

    You may attend the workshops without enrolling into the program. To enrol in the program, you must opt-in at a GTLP Level 1 workshop. 

    Transcript Notation

    Graduate students who complete Level 1 will receive the following notation on their transcripts: Graduate Teaching and Learning Program: Foundations. All participants will receive level completion letters for their teaching dossiers. 

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  • LEVEL 2: PRACTICUM - Become a better teacher.

    Prerequisite

    Level 1: Foundations

    Course Description

    Level 2 is a free, pass-fail, not-for-credit, blended course, equivalent to 17 hours of instruction. In the course, you will expand the knowledge developed in Level 1 and gain practical experience in lesson planning and delivery. You will also have the opportunity to develop a statement of teaching philosophy, a document required for academic job applications, as well as a teaching development plan.

    Transcript Notation

    Graduate students who complete Level 2 will receive the following notation on their transcripts: Graduate Teaching and Learning Program: Practicum. All participants will receive level completion letters for their teaching dossiers. 

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  • LEVEL 3: PEDAGOGY & COURSE DESIGN - Become a principal instructor.

    Prerequisite

    Level 2: Practicum

    Course Description

    Level 3 is a free, pass-fail, not-for-credit, project-based, 13 week course designed to deepen understanding in pedagogy and course development in higher education. It will prepare you to take on a primary instructor role and focuses on two integrated themes including: (1) course design and assessment and (2) classroom management and leadership.

    Transcript Notation

    Graduate students who complete Level 3 will receive the following notation on their transcripts: Graduate Teaching and Learning Program: Pedagogy and Course Design. All participants will receive level completion letters for their teaching dossiers.

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  • LEVEL 4: SCHOLARSHIP OF TEACHING & LEARNING - Engage with teaching research and course development.

    Prerequisite


    Level 3: Pedagogy and Course Design


    Description


    Level 4 is an advanced project requiring a minimum of 60 hours of scholarly work offering you the opportunity to engage with teaching research and course development.


    Transcript Notation


    Graduate students who complete Level 4 will receive the following notation on their transcripts: Graduate Teaching and Learning Program: Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Project. All participants will receive level completion letters for their teaching dossiers.

     

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Goals

The goals of the Graduate Teaching and Learning Program are to provide:

  • Graduate students with the opportunities to:
    • receive university policy and professional ethics training
    • build self-confidence and personal effectiveness in the classroom
    • develop pedagogical knowledge, competencies in course design and delivery, and classroom management and leadership skills
    • develop research skills in the scholarship of teaching and learning. 
  • Departments with resources to improve their teaching practice with teaching assistants who are better equipped for their roles in the classroom and laboratory, and faculty members who have a heightened awareness of teaching and learning issues.
  • The University of Alberta with support for the institution’s strategic plan, For the Public Good, to inspire, model, and support excellence in teaching and learning (Objective 14) and to foster a culture of excellence by enriching learning and professional development opportunities for staff, faculty, and post-doctoral fellows (Objective 15).

Enrolment

Graduate students must opt-in at a GTLP Level 1 workshop to enrol into the program.

Completion and Transcript Notation

Graduate students are not required to complete all four levels of the program; however, levels must be completed in sequence. Successful completion of each of the levels is recorded on the graduate students' transcripts and all participants receive level completion letters for their teaching dossiers.   

If you began your program prior to August 2018, please visit eClass for your program requirements.

The Professional Development Requirement and the Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement

Workshops and courses may be used towards the Professional Development Requirement and some Level 1 workshops may be used towards the Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement. All professional development and ethics activities must be approved by your department.