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GPTK703 - Graduate Seminar in University Teaching (All Disciplines)

This seminar series in university teaching will prepare graduate students for an academic teaching career.

Section 2 for the Fall 2019 term: December 11 – 17 (weekdays only from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) – All Disciplines – Intensive version - Cory Legassic

Section 1 for the Winter 2020 term: Thursday, January 16, 23, 30, February 5 OR Friday, February 6 and 13 (9:00 - 13:30) – Blended version - All Disciplines - Alicia Cundell

Section 2 for the Winter 2020 term: April 22 - 28 (weekdays only from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) – All Disciplines – Intensive version - Carol Hawthorne

Certain sections of the seminar are offered in a blended (also known as hybrid) format. A blended format means that the in- class time is reduced and replaced with online work. This means that instead of the usual 7 hours each day, class time is reduced to about 4 hours; however, students will be required to complete online learning activities to make up the remaining 3 hours for each of the five days. These online activities replace time that would otherwise have been spent in class so that the total time of instruction is equal to 35 hours. They include: videos, group discussions and collaborative tasks, readings, reflections and more which can be completed at a time convenient to the student within the time frame designated by the instructor.

In addition to the 35 hours of instruction time, there are readings and three major assignments in both the regular and blended formats that are done outside of class. These include: the development of a Teaching Philosophy Statement, a course syllabus and developing and teaching a short practice lesson to your peers in your field. Therefore, students can expect to spend approximately an additional 15-20 hours on course work.

Regular format: 35 hours in-class + 15-20 hours course work (readings & assignments)

Blended Format: 20 hours in-class + 15 hours online activities + 15-20 hours course work (readings & assignments.)

Participants receive a certificate upon successful completion of ALL requirements.

For further workshop information, contact the Centre for Teaching & Learning at

Learning Objectives

During this five-day seminar you will learn :
• To examine various approaches to teaching and current issues in higher education.
• To plan two mini lessons and practice different teaching strategies in a supportive environment, and to benefit from peer feedback and self-evaluation.
• To develop a syllabus for a course that you would like to teach in the future based on a principled approach to course design.
• To articulate your own teaching philosophy statement as a first step towards developing a teaching dossier (to be included in applications for academic positions).

Leaders Information

Section 2 for the Fall 2019 term: Cory Legassic
Section 1 for the Winter 2020 term: Alicia Cundell
Section 2 for the Winter 2020 term: Carol Hawthorne

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.

Feedback from Previous Participants

By no doubt, GradProSkills' Graduate Seminar in University Teaching paves the way for becoming a successful teacher.

-Rouzbeh Ghouchani, PhD Student, Economics

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