Teaching and Learning Practices, Theories and Assessments

Explore teaching and learning practices, theories, and assessments as they relate to your teaching context and priorities. You will engage in conversations and activities that are grounded in a learning-centered, evidence-based approach which focuses on students’ learning as well as your own.

Course description

In this course, you will explore teaching and learning practices, theories and assessments as they relate to your teaching context and priorities. We will engage in conversations and activities that are grounded in a learning-centred, evidence-based approach which focuses on students’ learning as well as your own. We will examine practices such as:

  • Applying innovative and effective teaching approaches
  • Designing aligned learning activities and assessments
  • Setting clear expectations for both teaching and learning
  • Gathering feedback and critically reflecting on one’s own teaching

Assessment activities will include engaging in discussions and peer review of teaching and learning materials as well as your choice of reflecting on classroom observations conducted with colleagues (in a Teaching Square) or compiling artefacts developed in the course into a teaching dossier.

Please note: The Teaching and Learning Theories, Practices and Assessments course and the Blended and Online Learning course cannot be taken in the same semester.

Course dates and times

Term: Fall 2021, September 17 – December 10
Day/Time: This course will include asynchronous online sessions in D2L as well as synchronous Zoom sessions. All Zoom sessions will be held on Friday mornings from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. See the schedule below for specific dates.

Registration for fall 2021 is open until September 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. MT.
Please note: This registration form will close when the course is full, so register early!

You will learn to

  • Examine key learning theories and approaches in light of your own teaching practice
  • Apply evidence-based practice to plan and align innovative courses, activities, assignments and/or other learning experiences
  • Implement methods to assess student learning
  • Critically reflect on and document your teaching and learning using multiple sources of evidence

Blended course schedule


Module 1 — Laying the groundwork: Foundational theories, concepts and practices

Week 1: September 17 (Zoom)

Week 2: September 24 (Zoom)

Week 3: Week of September 27 – October 1 (Online)

Week 4: October 8 (Zoom)

Module 2 — Engaging students: Activating learning

Week 5: Week of October 12 – 15 (Online)

Week 6: October 22 (Zoom)

Week 7: Week of October 25 – 29 (Online)

Module 3 — Assessment: Student learning and your teaching

Week 8: November 5 (Zoom)

Week of November 8 – 12 is Reading Week, no class.

Week 9: Week of November 15 – 19 (Online) 

Week 10: November 26 (Zoom)

Module 4 — Bringing it all together

Week 11: Week of November 29 – December 3 (Online)

Week 12: December 10 (Zoom)


Our approach

This course strives to create and sustain a learning community among its participants by combining synchronous and asynchronous online learning activities. Through Zoom sessions, there will be opportunities to engage in discussions, collaborative learning activities, as well as teaching observations and reflections with your colleagues. 

Online components in D2L may include activities such as listening to podcasts, watching videos, interacting on discussion boards, and posting and reflecting on your work and that of your colleagues. In order to successfully achieve the learning outcomes in the course, active participation in both the Zoom and D2L online environments is necessary.