Graduate Teaching and Learning Program

GTL Program Level 3 - Pedagogy & Design Course

Available during the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms, the Graduate Teaching and Learning (GTL) Level 3 - Pedagogy & Design is a project-based 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 Level 3 participants be active in or have completed GTL Levels 1 and 2.  If space is available, tenure track and sessional instructors are also welcome.

Now accepting registration for the Winter and Spring terms.

  • 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

    Now accepting registration for the Winter and Spring terms.

    Winter Session: Thursdays, 8:50 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. (January 11-April 12, Location TBA)
    Spring Session: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:50 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. (May 8-June 19, Location TBA

    If you have any questions, please contact:  

    Charity Slobod, MA
    Professional Development and Community Volunteer Coordinator
    Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
    780-492-0691 |