Graduate Teaching and Learning Program

GTLP Level 1


The Graduate Teaching and Learning Program Level 1: Foundations is a workshop series that offers introductory knowledge of teaching and learning in higher education.

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 will be able to opt-in at a GTLP Level 1 workshop.


Open to all UAlberta graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Build foundational knowledge of:
  • SoTL principles in higher education
  • Ethical practices in teaching and learning
  • Strategies for classroom communication, management and leadership skills
  • Strategies for student and inclusion
  • Deepen workplace professionalism
  • Build self-confidence and personal effectiveness.

Completion Requirements and Transcript Notation

To complete Level 1 students must participate in approximately 20-25 workshop hours, (core requirement workshops and two of the options) an exit survey and a critical reflection.

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. 

Level 1 is a prerequisite for and intended to provide the basis upon which Levels 2 through 4 are built by establishing foundational knowledge associated with student-centered learning.

Core Requirement Workshops

Pedagogy principles

  • Mapping Learning Objectives and Outcomes
  • Lesson Planning
  • Fundamentals of Evaluation and Assessment
  • Teaching and Learning: Context Matters
  • Supporting an Environment for Student Motivation 

Classroom communication, management and leadership

  • Classroom Communication I: Context Matters (Previously: Circular Communication in the Classroom)
  • Classroom Communication II: Managing Difficult Situations (Previously: Dealing with Difficult Situations and Students)
  • Identifying, Helping, and Referring Students in Distress
  • The Policy and Practices of Classroom Inclusion (OR Social Location and Unconscious Bias in the Classroom)
  • Teaching Presentation Skills

Ethical practices in teaching and learning*

  • Code of Student Behaviour in Teaching
  • Copyright in the Classroom
  • Ethical Principles in Teaching

Optional Workshops

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

  • Effective Teaching in the Lab
  • Facilitating Classroom Discussions
  • Mindfulness in the Classroom
  • Your First Class: How to Make it First Class OR First Class: Creating a Positive Tone in Campus Classroom 
  • Indigenizing and Decolonizing the Academy

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

All workshops except the GLTP information session and the ethical practices in teaching workshops may be used towards the Professional Development Requirement. *The ethical practices in teaching workshops may be used towards the Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement. All professional development and ethics activities must be approved by your department.