Certificate in Effective University Teaching Practice

Presented in partnership with the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) and the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE)

June 2019 – June 2020

On June 3 and 4, CTSI and ACUE launched the Effective University Teaching Practice pilot program with our cohort of 45 participants. It was an inspiring and engaging 2-days and an exciting start to this full year program. Provost Cheryl Regehr shared opening comments with the participants regarding the importance of teaching at the University of Toronto and commending faculty member’s participation in this pilot.

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There was a tremendous response to the call for applicants and the 45 selected participants include 14 tenure stream and 31 teaching stream assistant and associate professors and represent 10 Divisions and 3 campuses:

  • Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
  • Faculty of Arts & Science
  • Faculty of Information
  • Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
  • Rotman School of Management
  • Faculty of Social Work
  • University of Toronto Mississauga
  • University of Toronto Scarborough

2019-2020 Cohort

Nouman Ashraf, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Rotman School of Management
Paul Ashwell, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Mississauga
Jade Atallah, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Mississauga
Jennifer Brant, Assistant Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Cassie Brownell, Assistant Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Jessica Burgner-Kahrs, Associate Professor, University of Toronto Mississauga
Sarah Caskey, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Faculty of Arts & Science
Ariel Chan, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Andrew Cooper, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Scarborough
Maggie Cummings, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Scarborough
Heidi Daxberger, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Mississauga
Michelle Dubek, Assistant Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Jeri English, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Scarborough
Obidimma Ezezika, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Scarborough
Jennifer Farmer, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Colin Furness, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Faculty of Information
Craig Geoffrey, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Rotman School of Management
Daniel Gregory, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts & Science
Andreas Hilfinger, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Mississauga
Robert Irish, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
James John, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Faculty of Arts & Science
Jonathan Kelly, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Toula Kourgiantakis, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Faculty of Social Work
Vincent Kuuire, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Mississauga
Vivienne Luk, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Mississauga
Elham Marzi, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Julia Mikhailova, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Faculty of Arts & Science
Safieh Moghaddam, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Scarborough
Monika Molnar, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine
Emily Moore, Associate Professor, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Michael Nixon, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Mississauga
Cillian O’Hogan, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts & Science
Alex Rennet, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Mississauga
Juan Carlos Rocha Osornio, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Faculty of Arts & Science
Daniel Santa Mina, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
Manuela Scarci, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Faculty of Arts & Science
Chester Scoville, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Mississauga
Karen Smith, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Scarborough
Olivier St-Cyr, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Faculty of Information
Gail Super, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Mississauga
Ralph Tassone, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Rotman School of Management
Malama Tsimenis, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Scarborough
Bettina von Lieres, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Scarborough
Andreas Williams, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Faculty of Arts & Science
Debra Wunch, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts & Science

Over the next year the cohort will engage in face-to-face workshops, online modules and a community of practice that addresses essential teaching skills and knowledge that are fundamental to university educator success, with a focus on designing effective courses, establishing a productive learning environment, using active learning techniques, promoting higher order thinking and assessment approaches to inform instruction and promote learning.

The group started with the Course Design module and will continue with Active Learning and Engaging Learners in the Fall and Winter. A mini-certificate will be awarded for each of the 3 blocks completed. Completion of all 3 blocks (25 modules) culminates in a “Certificate of Effective University Instruction” offered through ACUE and endorsed by the American Council on Education.

ACUE Effective Practice Framework

Designing an Effective Course and Class

  • Establishing Powerful Learning Outcomes
  • Aligning Activities and Assignments with Course Outcomes
  • Preparing an Effective Syllabus
  • Planning an Effective Class Session

Establishing a Productive Classroom Environment

  • Leading the First Day of Class
  • Promoting a Civil Learning Environment
  • Connecting With Your Students
  • Motivating Your Students
  • Engaging Underprepared Students
  • Helping Students Persist in Their Studies
  • Embracing Diversity in the Classroom

Using Active Learning Techniques

  • Using Active Learning Techniques in Small Groups
  • Using Active Learning Techniques in Large Classrooms
  • Delivering an Effective Lecture
  • Planning Effective Class Discussions
  • Facilitating Engaging Class Discussions

Promoting Higher Order Thinking

  • Providing Clear Directions and Explanations
  • Using Concept Maps and Other Visualization Tools
  • Teaching Powerful Note-Taking Skills
  • Using Advanced Questioning Techniques
  • Developing Self-Directed Learners

Assessing to Inform Instruction and Promote Learning

  • Developing Fair, Consistent, and Transparent Grading Practices
  • Developing and Using Grading Guides, Checklists, and Rubrics
  • Providing Useful Feedback
  • Checking for Student Understanding
  • Using Student Achievement and Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

 

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University of Toronto and ACUE Facilitation and Administration Team:

Carol Rolheiser, Director, CTSI and Professor, OISE, University Lead
Carmen Macharaschwili, Director of Academic Programs, ACUE
Megan Burnett, Associate Director, CTSI, University Lead
Cora McCloy, Faculty Liaison Coordinator, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, CTSI, Course Facilitator
Karen Reid, (as of July 1st) Professor, Teaching Stream, FAS, Course Facilitator

Not pictured: Erin Macnab, Coordinator, Programs & Strategic Initiatives, CTSI Administrative Lead