GTLP Level 3: Pedagogy & Course Design

Level 3: Pedagogy and Course Design is a free, pass-fail, non-credit, hybrid course equivalent to 39 hours of classroom instruction. It is offered in the Winter and Spring terms. Applications for Level 3 will open in December. Qualifying candidates will be invited to apply through campusBridge.

Course Description

Level 3: Pedagogy and Course Design will deepen, expand, and integrate your knowledge of teaching scholarship developed in Levels 1 and 2 through practical application. While Levels 1 and 2 were aimed at developing your skills and competencies as a teaching assistant, Level 3 shifts the focus to your development as a principal instructor through the creation of an integrated course design portfolio. Drawing on your statement of teaching philosophy, you will design a discipline-specific course, create a course outline and syllabus, and develop a representative lesson plan and assessments. Using the course portfolio you develop, you will expand the teaching dossier created in Level 2 and build your capacity to be a self-directed learner, critically reflective educator, and critical colleague. This in turn will better prepare you as a future faculty member, leader in all fields of work, and will contribute to a culture of teaching excellence in post-secondary education.

Prerequisite: Level 2: Practicum

Time Commitment and Approach

Level 3: Pedagogy and Course Design is offered in the Winter and Spring. It is a free, pass-fail, non-credit, hybrid course equivalent to 39 hours of classroom instruction. This course blends a project-based approach with synchronous virtual learning with time for independent teaching development. Face-to-face sessions combine mini-lectures with participatory and experiential learning. Independent teaching development time is aimed at creating space for you to create your GTLP learning artifacts. There are 13 modules that organize the course, each of which requires approximately 2-3 hours outside of class to complete assessments.

Program At-A-Glance and Upcoming Sessions

GTLP At-A-Glance

Level 3: Pedagogy and Course Design - Course

  • January 12- April 13, 2022 (9:30 am - 12:30 pm) 
  • June 6 - 22, 2022 (9:30 am - 12:30 pm) 

In addition to the class time, participants should expect to spend approximately 3 hours each day completing their course design portfolio. 

Level 3 Enrolment

Level 3: Pedagogy and Course Design is open to current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Participants who successfully complete Level 2: Practicum will be invited to register for Level 3 through campusBridge. Level 3 is offered in Winter and Spring and is limited to 80 participants each term. Qualifying applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Staff and alumni do not qualify for the course.

Course Objectives
  • Deepen knowledge of scholarly teaching in higher education
  • Gain practical experience in course design and lesson planning and delivery
  • Develop skills and competencies needed as a principal instructor, especially as it relates to strategies for classroom management, leadership, and student support and inclusion 
  • Deepen ability to be a critical colleague and to receive/act upon feedback
  • Augment understanding of workplace professionalism and ethical principles in university teaching and build capacity for personal accountability as it relates to these areas
  • Augment capacity to apply self-reflective and reflexivity practices and to assess/(re)evaluate teaching development goals
Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Apply self-reflective practices in instructional development and delivery;
  • Set and monitor personal learning outcomes for Level 3;
  • Revise statement of teaching philosophy created in Level 2;
  • Expand teaching dossier created in Level 2;
  • Express knowledge acquisition and integration in the creation of a discipline-specific course portfolio and two microteaching presentations;
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication strategies to offer and receive peer feedback and to participate in peer discussion; and
  • Exhibit professional behaviours and ethical practices in teaching through personal conduct and in the design of Level 3 learning artifacts.
Completion Requirement and Transcript Notation

Successful completion includes the development of a course portfolio including: (1) revised teaching development plan; (2) revised statement of teaching philosophy; (3) course syllabus; (4) assessment and rubric; (5) short quiz; (6) lesson planning and microteaching; (7) written peer feedback; (8) dossier; and (9) course completion survey. Attendance and peer engagement are mandatory and a significant component in the completion requirements.

The Professional Development Requirement

This course may be counted towards the Professional Development Requirement. All professional development activities must be approved by your department

Contact Information

Questions regarding the Graduate Teaching and Learning Program (GTLP), including the recent changes to the program can be directed to: