Graduate Teaching and Learning Program

GTL Program Level 3

The Graduate Teaching and Learning (GTL) Program Level 3 - Pedagogy and Course Design is a free, not for credit course designed to deepen understanding in pedagogy and course development in higher education. 

This course focuses on two integrated themes: 

1) Course design and assessment 
You will apply the pedagogical knowledge explored in class to the development of a course in your discipline, including a syllabus, sample test, assignment and lesson plan.

2) Classroom management and leadership
You will prepare to take on a primary instructor role, and become more adept at handling academic interviews and more capable of tackling roles that require training, mentoring, or leadership in other employment sectors.

Time Commitment 

Three hours per week for 13 weeks. Approximately one hour per week outside of class to complete course project and provide peer feedback. Attendance is mandatory and a significant component in the course evaluation. Participants are permitted one excused absence.


Open to all UAlberta graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Priority will be given to students who have imminent teaching responsibilities. It is recommended that GTL Program Level 3 participants be active in or have completed GTL Program Levels 1 and 2.  If space is available, tenure track and sessional instructors are also welcome.


Graduate students completing level three will receive the following notation on their transcript: Graduate Teaching and Learning Program: Pedagogy. Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible for the transcript notation.


  • Approach
    This course takes a hands-on approach to learning, and emphasizes the practical side of teaching and learning with real life examples and workshop style learning modules. Through group discussion, weekly peer feedback and one-on-one consultation, this course offers you a platform to engage deeply with course material, gain confidence in your teaching, and develop a network of teaching colleagues from across campus.
  • Course Design Project

    This course uses a project-based approach through which you will have the opportunity to develop your course portfolio. You will apply the pedagogical knowledge explored in class to the development of a course in your discipline, including a syllabus, sample test, assignment (with accompanying rubric) and lesson plan. As a capping exercise you will give a five-minute micro-teaching presentation and will receive written peer feedback on your presentation. Your project and peer feedback make important additions to your teaching dossier.

  • Course Evaluation
    Evaluation in this course is based on the course design portfolio, participation in peer feedback, attendance and adherence to the professionalism and ethical principles in teaching codes.
  • Registration

    Next course: January 2019

    If you have any questions, please contact:  

    Deanna Davis, PhD
    Professional Development Instructional Design Specialist 
    Graduate Teaching and Learning Level 3 Principal Instructor
    Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research