Graduate Teaching and Learning Program

Graduate Teaching Learning & Program

About the Program

The Graduate Teaching and Learning Program (GTLP) is a multi-tier program designed to assist you in becoming an effective educator by helping you to excel in your role as a teaching assistant and beyond. It takes you on a journey from the foundations of teaching and learning in higher education to engagement with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research and practices.

The program offers high quality teaching and learning workshops, courses presented by dedicated, inspiring and award-winning instructors, and opportunities to engage with faculty working on SoTL research projects. The Graduate Teaching and Learning Program is open to all University of Alberta graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The workshops are free and the courses are free, pass-fail, and not-for-credit.

Getting Started: Workshop Registration and Program Enrolment

The Graduate Teaching and Learning Program is a tiered program. This means if you enrol in the program, you must complete the levels in sequence. To get started in the program, register for a Level 1 workshop (offered in August and January) through campusBridge. Upon attending a Level 1 workshop, you will be invited to enrol in the program by self-registering in eClass. Access to self-registration is only granted after you have attended a Level 1 workshop.

You may also choose to attend Level 1 workshops without enrolling into the program. Your attendance for the purposes of the Professional Development Requirement will be recorded in campusBridge.

Program Goals

The purpose of the Graduate Teaching and Learning Program is support graduate students in their development as educators and help advance the broader teaching mission of the University of Alberta. The goals that inform the program and the intended learning outcomes include:

  • Recognize and support graduate students as a primary point of teaching contact for undergraduate students;
  • Transform graduate students in their teaching and learning practice;
  • Inspire and model innovation and evidence-based teaching practices;
  • Cultivate a culture of exceptional teaching by providing opportunities for persistent, intentional effort focused on self-reflection and personal growth;
  • Provide graduate students with outstanding professional development training in teaching and learning tat increases employability in all fields of work;
  • Support teaching excellence on campus by assisting departments in the development of their teaching practices with teaching assistants who are better equipped for their roles in the classroom and laboratory, and faculty members who have a heightened awareness of teaching and learning issues; and
  • Advance the University of Alberta's strategic plan, For the Public Good, to inspire, model, and support excellence in teaching and learning (Objective 14) and to foster a culture of excellence by enriching learning and professional development opportunities for staff, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows (Objective 15) by supporting graduate students to become more effective educators.

Complete and Transcript Notation

Graduate students are not required to complete all four levels of the program; however, levels must be completed in sequence. Successful completion of each level is recorded on graduate student's transcripts and all participants receive level completion letters for their teaching dossiers.

Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students who received equivalent training in teaching can discuss their unique situation about the appropriate level to enter. Such inquiries should be forwarded to: Deanna Davis at deanna.davis@ualberta.ca.

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

Most workshops and courses may be used for the Professional Development (PD) Requirement or Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement. All professional development and ethics activities must be approved by your department.


Overview

  • LEVEL 1: FOUNDATIONS - What you need to know to be a great TA.

    About

    Level 1: Foundations is a workshop series that offers introductory knowledge of teaching and learning in higher education and familiarizes you with university policy and professional ethics.

    It is offered in August and January. Your may attend Level 1 workshops without enrolling into the program. If you choose to enrol in the program, you must self-register in the eClass site for Level 1.

    Level 1 is open to all University of Alberta graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Graduate students who complete Level 1 will receive a transcript notation. All participants will receive level completion letters for their teaching dossiers.

    No prerequisite

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  • LEVEL 2: PRACTICUM - Become a better teacher.

    About

    Level 2: Practicum focuses on the development of a teaching philosophy and skill building in lesson planning and delivery. It is offered in Fall, Winter, and Spring terms, and is a free, pass-fail, not-for-credit, hybrid course equivalent to 18 hours of classroom instruction.

    It is open to all University of Alberta graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Graduate students who complete Level 2 will receive a transcript notation. All participants will receive level completion letters for their teaching dossiers.

    Prerequisite: Level 1: Foundations | Qualifying students will be invited to apply.

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  • LEVEL 3: PEDAGOGY & COURSE DESIGN - Become a principal instructor.

    About

    Level 3: Pedagogy & Course Design focuses on course design and assessment. Skills in lesson planning and delivery developed in Level 2 are deepened. It is offered in Winter and Spring terms, and is a free, pass-fail, not-for-credit, hybrid course equivalent to 39 hours of classroom instruction.

    It is open to all University of Alberta graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Graduate students who complete Level 2 will receive a transcript notation. All participants will receive level completion letters for their teaching dossiers.

    Prerequisite: Level 2: Practicum | Qualifying candidates will be invited to apply.

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  • LEVEL 4: SCHOLARSHIP OF TEACHING & LEARNING - Engage with teaching research and course development.

    About

    Level 4: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning focuses on the completion and dissemination of an advanced SoTL project under the guidance of a faculty member.

    Graduate students who complete Level 4 will receive a transcript notation. All participants will receive level completion letters for their teaching dossiers.

    Prerequisite: Level 3: Pedagogy and Course Design

    Level 4 does not have a regular intake of applicants. Those interested in pursuing a Level 4 project, or supervisors looking for students with this kind of expertise, should contact Deanna Davis, Senior Lead and Educational Curriculum Developer, Graduate Teaching and Learning (deanna.davis@ualberta.ca) with a brief description of the project and the name of your supervisor or proposed student.

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