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Queen's University

Centre for Teaching and Learning


This course is currently under revision and will not be offered until the 2015/16 academic year.  Below is a description of the course offering in the past.  


Overview of 2013/14 Course Offering

This course is intended for graduate students across the disciplines who want to develop as skilled, thoughtful, and confident post-secondary teachers. The goal of the course is to challenge and broaden conceptions of learning and approaches to teaching. Sessions will be literature-informed but activity and discussion-based with an expectation of a high degree of collaboration and participation. Students will assemble teaching dossiers to document their teaching effectiveness and on-going professional development, will experience and experiment with a broad range of instructional strategies, and will use self- and peer-assessment techniques to monitor progress.

It is highly recommended that participants have some prior teaching experience (for example as a TA) and/or be acting as a TA at the time the course is offered.

There are teaching, and teaching observation, components of this course that require each participant to observe peers teach and be observed by peers while teaching. Each participant is responsible for organizing his or her own teaching opportunities for this element of the course. Observations and teaching components must be completed during the term in which the course runs.

Intended Learning Outcomes

In successfully completing this course you will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Relate formal and theoretical knowledge of teaching and learning to the post-secondary environment.
  2. Adopt a learning-centred approach to teaching.
  3. Engage with active learning techniques that focus on collaboration.
  4. Select and implement a variety of instructional and assessment practices appropriately aligned with intentions for students’ learning.
  5. Develop and establish your own scholarly approach to teaching in your own discipline


This is a credit course, offered on a pass-fail grading system. Registration requires the instructor’s permission and the course may not be used to meet program requirements unless explicitly approved by the student’s department.

Enrolment is limited to 25 participants and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.


For more information contact:

Phone: 613-533-6428 613-533-6428  

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000