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Teaching and professional skills development

Graduate Student Teaching Development Opportunities

For further information please contact Erin Aspinlieder, Educational Developer.  (205 Day Hall, extension 58090)

UNIV 6800: University Teaching: Theory and Practice

  • 0.5 credit course offered in the fall semester
  • Interdisciplinary, ~40 students (graduate students, post-docs, occasionally staff/faculty)
  • Core learning outcomes:
    • Apply principles of constructive alignment and integrate research findings about learning and learning in planning a course to teach in your discipline;
    • Utilize and reflect on learner-centred instructional approaches by delivering a lesson;
    • Engage in critical inquiry and discussion on topics related to educational theory through in class discussion and reflection;
    • Critically examine relevant societal, institutional, disciplinary and personal factors that influence your teaching;
    • Integrate and communicate your course learning with respect to the theories, beliefs and contexts that shape your teaching in a self-directed project (e.g. teaching dossier)

inquire: Graduate Certificate in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

  • Senate non-degree certificate and Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) accredited certificate
  • Interdisciplinary, ~30 students (anyone may register)
  • Blended learning (principally online), inquiry-based and collaborative research
  • Core learning outcome:
    • Collaboratively identify, investigate and respond to a question related to teaching and learning and disseminate the peer-reviewed findings.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Graduate Student Grant

  • Annually awarded at $500
  • All winners to-date have published findings from projects

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)

  • Internationally recognized workshop focused on practice teaching, peer feedback and introduction to learning theory.
  • 24 hours, three practice lessons with peer, instructor and video feedback
  • Open to all members of the University community (~10 graduate student/year)

Graduate Student Teaching Network

  • New initiative in 2015
  • Two paid graduate student “coordinators” 10/week and one College representative with an honorarium
  • Design, deliver and evaluate discipline specific teaching development workshops
  • Provide peer teaching observations and feedback

Graduate Student University Teaching Conference

  • Annual conference held at the end of August/beginning of September
  • Interdisciplinary, ~250 graduate students attend, ~15 graduate student present
  • Graduate students form the core of the conference organizing committee

Teaching Development Program --- Certificate of Participation

  • Graduate student complete 12 hours of teaching development workshops to receive a “Certificate of Participation.”
  • Workshop topics this summer:
    • Teaching Tips, Tricks and Strategies (and the Theories Behind Them)
    • Teaching in Non-Academic and Alternative-Academic Settings: What Works?
    • The Purpose of Higher Education: Why Teach?
    • Learner-Centred Lecturing
    • Feedback & Assessment

Individual Consultations

  • Individual meetings for graduate students most often focus on topics such as
    • Teaching philosophy statements
    • Teaching dossiers
    • Applying for academic/non-academic teaching positions
    • Course design
    • Challenging teaching situations

Graduate Student Professional Development Opportunities

Library Support

Dissertation Bootcamp

  • Offered once a semester, ~16-20 participants; One week in length
  • Designed to help students accomplish writing goals

Presentation Bootcamp

  • One-day workshop to improve presentation skills; Give a presentation and receive feedback on the presentation

Brainfood: Letter of Recognition in Research and Writing

  • Complete “Graduate Thesis --- Fundamentals A and B”
  • Workshops include these topics
    • Managing the thesis process
    • Formulating your research question
    • Gathering and reading literature
    • Writing the literature review
    • Outline your thesis
    • Disseminating your thesis
    • Presenting and preparing for your oral defense

Scholarly Project & Research Management Course: Letter of Recognition in Research Management

  • Interdisciplinary, ten weeks, one hour/week
  • Complete eight hours to earn a Certificate of Recognition
  • Course is focused on management of research projects with attention to administration, ethical concerns, applying for grants, budgets, health and safety, project management processes and knowledge mobilization.

SAS/SPSS: Letter of Recognition for Data Analysis

  • Six different workshops offered in SAS/SPSS data management.

“Talk Like An Academic” Program

  • Targeted audience of English as Additional Language graduate students
  • Seven weeks with practice sessions built in
  • Writing camp as capstone experience

Individual Consultations

  • Members of Learning Services will meet with graduate students on a range of topics, including
    • Time planning and controlling procrastination
    • Working effectively in groups
    • Thesis completion
    • Preparing for and writing exams, including multiple choice
    • Reading and studying textbooks and scholarly articles
    • Listening and note taking in lectures
    • Memory and concentration
    • Presentation skills
    • Poster presentations

Graduate Student Association

Graduate Student Association Grants

  • $500 travel grant; $1000 compassionate bursary fund

Career Services

World of Work Series

  • Offered in collaboration with Graduate Studies
  • Three workshops (last offering I could find in 2009):
    • Career Planning; Resumes and Cover Letters; Interviewing Skills

Individual Consultations

  • Career advisors meet with graduate students on a range of career topics.

Student Life

Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program

  • Training for elected and appointed student representatives
  • Leadership training, advising and consulting for students in leadership roles in organizations.

Aboriginal Affairs Certificate

  • Complete workshops, foundational experiences and reflections
  • Workshops include “Introduction to Aboriginal People of Canada”
  • Foundational experiences include “Learning Circles,” “Living on the Land,” “individual session with ARC Visiting Elders”

Volunteer Engagement Certificate

  • Complete workshops, foundational experiences and reflections to earn the Certificate focused on developing skills and building community.
  • Workshops include topics like “Social Media for Social Good,” “Making Volunteerism Work for your Resume” and “Civic Engagement.”

College of Arts

Digital Humanities @Guelph

  • Summer workshops (Developing a Digital Exhibit in Omeka; Topic Modelling for Humanities Research)
  • DigiCafe: lecture and discussion series
  • DigiWorks: informal discussion group on works-in-progress