Advanced Teaching Program (ATP)
The Advanced Teaching Program (ATP) is a 20-hour short course designed for advanced graduate students who would like to develop practical teaching skills for current and future teaching roles. Topics include course design strategies, active learning, authentic assessment of student learning, and maintaining a culture of respect and community in the classroom. Participants gain hands-on experience by practicing instructional techniques in microteaching sessions where they receive constructive feedback from peers and an experienced team of instructors.
The capstone project for the program involves designing and submitting a course syllabus. The syllabus design project helps participants to integrate key course design ideas including aligned outcomes, assessments and active learning strategies.
Note: The syllabus design project also fulfills the “Written Project” requirement of the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning. By completing ATP, participants now fulfill two components of the Certificate.
Course design, active learning, authentic assessment, microteaching, classroom community
By the end of this program, participants will be able to:
- design learning outcomes and align them with assessment techniques and teaching and learning strategies at the lesson- and course-level
- develop and implement active learning to increase student engagement
- assess student learning using formative and summative methods
- refine and practice teaching skills by giving and receiving peer feedback in a supportive multi-disciplinary setting
- engage in self-reflection and self-evaluation on personal teaching strategies and approaches.
What to expect
This 20-hour course is comprised of three synchronous zoom sessions totaling 7 hours, and 13 hours of asynchronous course work. Each participant will prepare two ten-minute lessons and deliver these lessons to a small group of peers. For the capstone project, due two weeks after our final synchronous session, participants design a course syllabus on a course topic of their choosing.
Research on the impact of ATP
- Assessing Graduate Teaching Development Programs for Impact on Future Faculty (HEQCO Research Report, 2013)
There is no upcoming session scheduled at present.
Spring ATP: July 12 to 26
Synchronous meetings will be held via Zoom on:
Tuesday July 13th from 6pm to 7pm
Friday July 16th from 1pm to 4pm
Friday July 23rd from 1pm to 4pm
In addition to these synchronous sessions, participants will are expected to complete approximately 6 hours of asynchronous work per week via OWL.
***For these final two synchronous sessions, it is highly recommended (but not mandatory) that participants use web-cam-capable computers so that they may share video of themselves during teaching demonstrations.
Current graduate students and postdoctoral scholars
- Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password.
- Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section. Select Event Calendar and select the program you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
- Select the Register on Waiting List button. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account.
- To complete your registration and to be considered for enrolment, complete Steps 1 & 2 found in your automated confirmation email. If we do not receive a completed registration (both Steps 1 & 2), you will not be considered for enrolment and remain on waitlist. If space is available, you will receive a confirmation email to your Western account within one week.
Due to limited enrolment, we are not able to accept everyone who completed the registration process. Once the program spots are full, you will remain on the waitlist until/if a spot becomes open. If a spot does not become available for you, we encourage you to register for the next offering of ATP.
Prerequisites / Recommended Preparation
This program is recommended for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with some prior teaching experience (TA experience or other teaching experience).
To complete the program, participants are expected to attend and engage in all synchronous sessions, engage with all the asynchronous material by its associated deadline, deliver two microteaching lessons, participate in feedback discussions, and submit the capstone project within two weeks of the final synchronous session.
Typically 3 times per year (February/March, May/June, October/November)
Applies to following certificates
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Testimonials from ATP participants
“I developed confidence in my teaching ability and an insight into different active learning strategies that I wouldn’t necessarily think to incorporate into a classroom.”
“I found the capstone project the most effective activity as it allowed the student to take an in depth look at a topic that is relevant to their specific discipline. The requirement to reference primary pedagogical literature was a good opportunity to become familiar with published resources that are available.”
“The microteaching sessions were the most useful because this gave us an opportunity to teach, have recorded evidence of our teaching, gain valuable feedback from our peers, and listen to our peers introduce us to interesting subjects we may not know about.”
“I was happy to see that the ATP program is actually designed for educators by educators and deals with real teaching issues.”
“Incredible experience! I would recommend it to anyone who has to teach anything. I learnt so much. I learnt the importance about building rapport with your students right away, and how it's important for them to build rapport amongst themselves to enrich learning. I learned the importance of using active learning in the classroom and how to engage it with different sizes of classes.”