Postdoctoral Certificate in University Teaching and Learning


2 years (suggested)

Time commitment

1 - 2 hours per week


Blended (online and in-class)



Program description

The Postdoctoral Scholar Certificate in University Teaching and Learning provides you an opportunity to develop evidence-based teaching expertise and skills that are relevant across disciplines in postsecondary education. 

Throughout the program, you’ll develop skills and confidence in supporting student learning, success and engagement. You’ll also document your understanding of teaching and learning into a robust dossier that reflects your evolving experience, goals and skills.

To complete the certificate, you will need to earn five digitals badges — or microcredentials — that you can work on simultaneously or one at a time. This is a continuous enrolment program designed to give you complete flexibility in how you decide to structure your learning. 

This certificate will enable postdoctoral scholars on diverse career paths in academia, government, industry and non-profit to gain essential teaching and learning skills and knowledge.

There is no formal application process to enrol in this certificate. Once you have registered for a course, we suggest you self-enrol in the certificate program so you can track your progress as you complete the badges and earn your certificate. 

Important information

Registration for Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 courses for badge programs will open at the end of June. 

IMPORTANT: All Taylor Institute courses will be managed through a new registration system. More information to come. 

Register early for cohort-based badge programs in the fall. 


You will learn to

  • Engage in collaborative, critically reflective conversations with colleagues to explore current issues, theories and research in postsecondary education
  • Identify and implement research-informed teaching methods that enhance student learning
  • Practice peer teaching, and collecting and responding to feedback from colleagues
  • Articulate a research question and develop a plan to conduct a SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) project
  • Evaluate and select effective learning technologies and maximize spaces to enhance student learning
  • Develop a teaching philosophy/dossier that aligns key beliefs about teaching and learning to sources of evidence drawn from participation in the certificate program

Program format

By taking designated short courses and completing a summary learning task, you will earn five individual badges. Each badge has its own requirements. Once you have successfully completed all five badges, you will be eligible to receive the Postdoctoral Scholar Certificate in University Teaching and Learning.

Badges are digital icons with embedded information about when, where and how they were earned. These microcredentials provide a visual record of achievement, and can be combined with a portfolio to allow users to demonstrate their learning in ways other than traditional credit course work. More information on badges can be found at UCalgary Badges


Emerging Teachers Development

Develop your university teaching and learning skills, with opportunities for discussion, practice and reflection. 

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SoTL Foundations

Learn about scholarly, evidence-based approaches to student learning and teaching and have reflect and build upon your own teaching and learning practices.  

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Learning Spaces & Digital Pedagogies

Learn about how learning spaces and digital pedagogies can be integrated in teaching practice. 

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Theories and Issues in Teaching & Learning

Focus on some of the big issues and questions in postsecondary teaching and learning and explore what researchers currently know about how learning happens.

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Developing Your Teaching Dossier​

Integrate your understanding about teaching and learning into a portfolio format known as a teaching dossier.

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