Graduate Teaching and Learning Program

GTL Program Level 1

The Graduate Teaching and Learning (GTL) Program Level 1: Foundations is the first step in a multi-tier program that helps graduate students and post-doctoral fellows develop skills and competencies in teaching and learning within the post-secondary environment.

Level 1 is intended to provide the basis upon which Levels 2 through 4 are built by establishing foundational knowledge associated with student-centered learning. Participants will gain introductory knowledge of pedagogical principles, classroom communication, management, and leadership, and ethical approaches to teaching and learning.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Build foundational knowledge:
    • Of fundamentals of teaching and learning in higher education
    • In classroom management and leadership
  • Apply concepts to case studies and other participatory learning activities


Open to all UAlberta graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. 

Time Commitment

Approximately 20-25 workshop hours including core requirement workshops and two options offered during GTL Week held in August and January.

Core Requirement Workshops

  • Active Learning 
  • Circular Communication in the Classroom
  • The Code of Student Behaviour in Teaching
  • Copyright in the Classroom
  • Dealing with Difficult Situations and Students
  • Ethical Principles in Teaching
  • The Fundamentals of Grading and Assessment
  • Identifying, Helping, and Referring Students in Distress
  • Learning Objectives and Outcomes
  • Lesson Planning
  • Social Location and Unconscious Bias in the Classroom
  • Student Motivation 
  • Teaching and Learning: Context Matters
  • Teaching Presentation Skills

Current Options 

To be selected from a variety of sessions, including (but not limited to): 

  • Effective Grading in Biology
  • Effective Teaching in the Lab
  • Leading Discussions
  • Mindfulness in the Classroom
  • Your First Class: How to Make it First Class


Participants will receive a letter of completion once they have attended once they have met their level one requirements.