Fundamentals of University Teaching

Susan McCahan, Professor, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, and Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education
Recipient of the 3M Teaching Fellowship, OCUFA, and the University of Toronto’s President’s Teaching Award

Karen Reid, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Computer Science
Recipient of the OCUFA and the University of Toronto’s President’s Teaching Award
2018 dates:

Thursdays, 1-3 pm
January 25 to March 22, except for February 22 (Reading Week)

Applications open: November 20, 2017
Application deadline: January 9, 2018 at 5pm

For more information please contact 416-946-3139 or

This 8-week course is designed for faculty who have an interest in improving their teaching and furthering their understanding of teaching and learning at the University of Toronto. Basic concepts in education will be introduced and discussed and participants will have the opportunity to explore how to apply these concepts to improve their teaching. The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) offers self-contained workshops related to several of the topics in this course. However, this course offers an opportunity for us, as a group, to explore a breadth of topics in a cohesive sequence. The instructor completing this course will be able to: take a more reflective, informed approach to their teaching; improve the value of the learning experience for their students; and mentor other instructors who seek to improve their teaching.

This course will combine applications of theory and practical strategies to help participant develop more effective teaching methods and materials. It is recognized that within the context of a research university, work on teaching must be balanced with work on research. Ideally these activities are integrated to some degree, but an instructor is always dealing with competing demands on their time. With this in mind, one of the practical objectives of this course is to give participants strategies that will improve the value of the time they put into teaching to get the best results for time spent.

By the end of the course you will understand…

  • Several learning models and how to use these models in your teaching
  • How to construct and use learning objectives
  • The fundamentals of designing a course
  • Strategies and instructional methods for effective teaching in different classroom environments
  • The advantages and disadvantages of different assessment methods
  • How to construct a teaching portfolio

Participants who attend at least six or more classes will receive a certificate upon completion. This course is free and enrollment is limited. The class is capped at 20 participants.

Application deadline: January 9, 2018 at 5pm

For more information please contact CTSI at 416-946-3139 or