The University of Windsor is now a national leader in post-secondary education – the only university that offers an internationally-recognized certificate program in university teaching.
Despite the fact that much of an academic’s life is devoted to teaching activities, and student learning remains a primary goal of the university, few have the opportunity to systematically develop their teaching abilities, build a scholarly knowledge base about teaching, reflect on how the various elements of their teaching practices fit together, or actively cultivate a critically informed teaching persona as disciplinary practitioners teaching from a deeply-rooted academic perspective. The University Teaching Certificate (UTC) program is intended to provide such opportunities.
The UTC Program is designed to help academics develop as scholarly teachers engaged in evidence-based, theoretically-grounded pedagogy, course-design, mentoring and assessment – which makes it useful to any academic in any teaching role, from full-time faculty members to graduate assistants. The UTC Program is academic in its scholarly basis, emphasis on critical reflection, and rigorous assessment – yet it is designed to be immediately flexible, adaptive, and practical, encouraging academics to apply what they are presently learning to their work as teachers. Completion of a certificate will be neither the first nor last step in anyone’s pedagogical education, but it will provide a scholarly framework for what has been, and will be, learned informally through experience.
Every element of the UTC Program rests on several key assumptions: that academics of all disciplines can make use of evidence-based, research-informed teaching practices; that critical reflection on scholarly information, in combination with cycles of practice and feedback, can improve any teacher’s effectiveness; that all academics have the potential to become more effective teachers; that there are many kinds of effective teaching; and that the best teachers draw upon a store of knowledge and skills to adapt to changing circumstances.
The UTC Program was developed as an outcome-based developmental series of experiences that is:
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