Teaching and Learning Practices, Theories and Assessments

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
  • Exploring your teaching in the context of a current issue in postsecondary education  

Assessment activities will include reflecting on classroom observations conducted with colleagues, engaging in discussions and peer review of teaching and learning materials, and compiling artefacts developed in the course into a teaching dossier. This course aims to introduce activities pertinent to your teaching experience and context in order to meet your current teaching and learning needs.

Course dates and times

Term: Winter 2020, January 17 – April 17
Day/Time: Face-to-face sessions: Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon
Location: TI, Learning Studio E

You will learn to

  • Examine key learning theories and approaches in light of your own teaching practice
  • Critically reflect on and document your teaching and learning using multiple sources of evidence
  • Apply evidence-based practice to plan and align innovative courses, activities, assignments and/or other learning experiences
  • Implement methods to assess student learning
  • Analyze your teaching in view of a current topic or issue in higher education (such as diversity and inclusivity, Indigenization, mental health, or internationalization)

Blended course schedule


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

Week 1: January 17 (In-class)

Week 2: January 24 (In-class)

Week 3: Week of January 31 (Online)

Week 4: February 7 (In-class)

Module 2 — Engaging students: Activating learning

Week 5: Week of February 14 (Online)

February 21: No class (Reading week)

Week 6: February 28 (In-class)

Week 7: March 6 (No class)

Module 3 — Assessment: Student learning and your teaching

Week 8: March 13 (In-class)

Week 9: Week of March 20 (Online)

Week 10: March 27 (In-class)

Module 4 — Bringing it all together

Week 11: Week of April 3 (Online)

April 10: No class (Good Friday)

Week 12: April 17 (In-class)


Our approach

This course strives to create and sustain a learning community among its participants by combining face-to-face with online learning activities in a blended format. In the face-to-face environment there will be opportunities to engage in discussions, collaborative learning activities, course materials development and peer review, and teaching observations and reflections with your colleagues. 

Online components may include activities such as listening to podcasts, viewing 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 face-to-face and online environments is necessary as content offered in one environment will not be repeated in the other.  We will meet face-to-face in the classroom and asynchronously online.