Teaching at the University Level
Teaching at the University Level is a four-day intensive workshop designed for new faculty members with less than five years of teaching experience. The goal of the program is to strengthen instructors' skills in student-centred teaching through evidence-based, practical opportunities for teaching practice. Participants facilitate three, 10-minute lessons that provide them with an opportunity to try out new teaching techniques and receive feedback on the way in which they explain complex concepts, describe assignments or facilitate discussion. Participants successfully completing the entire three-day program will receive (i) a video recording of their three presentations, and (ii) a certificate of completion that is internationally recognized.
By the end of the workshop, successful participants will be able to:
- design well organized lessons
- employ active learning strategies that align with learning outcomes
- apply classroom assessment techniques
- provide constructive feedback
- critically reflect on their own teaching.
What to expect
The workshop runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily with homework each night - preparation of a new 10 minute mini-lesson for the following day. Please clear your schedule for the duration of the 4 days.
Research on impact
- The impact of the Instructional Skill Workshop on faculty approaches to teaching (HEQCO Research Report, 2013)
Not offered in 2020
Annually in mid-August.
New and/or experienced Western instructors, librarians, and archivists from all disciplinary backgrounds.
- Login to Western Connect using your Western username* and password.
- Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section and select Event Calendar.
- Search for and select the event you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
- Select the Register for this Event button. If the event has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
- You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account.
*If you are new to Western and do not yet have a Western username, please email us with your name and department.
Prerequisites / Recommended Preparation
Participants must prepare a ten minute lesson for days 2, 3 and 4 of the workshop.
To receive the certificate of completion, faculty must participate in all four days of the program (7 hours each day), complete all three mini-lesson presentations, and provide thoughtful feedback to peers in their group.
This program is a 4-day version of the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW). We do not recommend registering for this course on Teaching at the University Level if you have participated in an Instructional Skills Workshop at Western or at another institution within the past 5 years.
Applies to following certificates
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Testimonials from past participants
"…I became more student-centred…today we had a really good discussion but we just covered one-fifth of what I thought we would cover – I found that when it's more student-centred, then we go for the quality rather than quantity, but when it's more teacher-centred, it's quantity maybe over quality…"