Effective Teaching Practice Certificate Program

Contact Jonathan Waugh with any questions you have about this program.

Core Modules

  • First Day of Class Fundamentals
  • Functional Learning Objectives
  • Organizing a Course for Clarity
  • Effective Presentation
  • Motivating Students to Learn
  • Difficult Teaching Situations

Potential Elective Options

  • Creating and Using Rubrics
  • Teaching Large Classes
  • Test Question Construction
  • Attributes of Outstanding Teachers
  • Facilitating Teaching Cases
  • Team-Based Learning
  • Critical Thinking with Active Learning
  • Student Evaluation of Teaching
  • Micro-Teach with Feedback
  • Integrating Ethics and Values in Teaching

Initial Module Schedule

Topic: The Crucial First Day of Class and How to Maximize It
Description: Important practices to include in your first day of class to set tone, expectations, and ensure a good start that will influence the rest of the term. Emphasis will be on techniques to comfortably obtain helpful information about your students, rapport-building techniques, how to start establishing you teaching presence and present course policies so they will be positively received.

Note that it occurs Sept. 15, and repeats on Sept. 23.

Topic: Essentials of Creating Good Course Objectives
Description: The ABCD Method of writing course learning objectives, selection of appropriate terms and outcomes, and linking your objectives to professional behavior will be explored. Bring your syllabus.
It occurs on Oct 7, and repeats on Oct 15.

Topic: Enhancing Course Organization
Description: Course organization is typically considered by students to be the most important aspect when evaluating a course. This session will include discussion of techniques to enhance you course organization. Participants are encouraged to bring syllabi for courses that they would like to discuss with regard to improving organizational aspects (design, execution, communication and assessment).
It occurs on Nov 5, and repeats on Nov 11.