The Teaching Support Centre is offering a four-day intensive course, Teaching at the University Level, for faculty who are new to teaching. This course, which is modeled after the Instructional Skills Workshop, is designed to help full-time and part-time faculty members with less than five years of teaching experience develop their teaching talents and gain experience with a variety of teaching methods.
The course is offered within a small group setting and is designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of new instructors. These sessions provide new instructors with an introduction to designing and facilitating effective learning activities.
During the four-day course, participants design and deliver three different "mini-lessons" and receive verbal, written and video feedback from their peers. You are required to attend the full four days and you will need to do homework in the evenings.
Using an experiential approach, participants are provided with information on the theory and practice of teaching adult learners, the selection and writing of useful learning objectives with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for eliciting learner participation, and suggestions for evaluating learning. Participation in the course creates an opportunity for new faculty to find out about Western's unique learning environment. Added benefits are a sense of collegiality, team building, and self-discovery.
Topics may include:
- Learning Outcomes
- Learning Styles
- Classroom Management
- Interactive Techniques
- Lecture Structure
- Student Engagement
- Large Class/Small Class Teaching
The course will be held August 18 to 21 inclusive. Sessions are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. To participate in this teaching course, you must have a faculty appointment at Western and be teaching a course in the upcoming academic year. Enrollment is limited.