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 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.

Course dates and times

Term: Fall 2020, September 18 – December 11
Day/Time: This course will include asynchronous online sessions in D2L as well as synchronous Zoom sessions. All Zoom sessions will be held on Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m. See the schedule below for specific dates.
 

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
  • Create or refine your teaching philosophy statement and dossier

Blended course schedule


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

Week 1: Week of September 18 (Online)

Week 2: September 25 (Zoom)

Week 3: Week of October 2 (Online)

Week 4: October 9 (Zoom)

Module 2 — Engaging students: Activating learning

Week 5: Week of October 16 (Online)

Week 6: October 23 (Zoom)

Week 7: Week of October 30 (Online)

Module 3 — Assessment: Student learning and your teaching

Week 8: November 6 (Zoom)

Week of November 13 - Reading Week, no class

Week 9: Week of November 20 (Online)

Week 10: November 27 (Zoom)

Module 4 — Bringing it all together

Week 11: Week of December 4 (Online)

Week 12: December 11 (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.