Due to popularity, the Teaching and Learning Certificate (TLC) Program intake is full.
TLC Workshops Registration
Teaching and Learning Certificate (TLC) workshops are held twice a year in May and December. The workshops are two hours in length, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM or 1:00 – 3:00 PM. All TLC workshops are held on Cisco Webex in UM Learn. TLC workshops are for Pre-and Tenured Faculty Members, Instructors, Sessional Instructors, Librarians, and Post-Doctoral Fellows, regardless of enrollment in the TLC program.
Registration for Fall 2021 opens April 2021.
Course Schedule 2021
August 4, 2021
May 10 and 11, 2021
August 9, 10, 11, 2021
The UM TLC program, (designed using a competency-based framework for education programs; Johnstone & Soares; 2014), is designed for faculty and full-time instructors who are in the early part of their teaching career. The program has been specifically designed to accommodate the busy schedule of faculty: limited classroom hours, flexible workshop offerings, supportive mentoring, and individualized teaching feedback. Most importantly, the community of teaching and learning faculty members will become part of will support them through the program and for many years after.
Accredited by the Educational Developers’ Caucus of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
- increase your competency level in the teaching and learning process;
- gain a deeper understanding of evidence-based best practices in higher education pedagogy;
- understand the diversity of your students’ needs; and
- earn a certificate which formally reflects your development as an educator.
With the support of a mentor, you will need to complete all the classroom observations, workshops and institutes, as well as a TLC Teaching Dossier to complete the certificate.
Three classroom observations are conducted, by your mentor, in the course of the two-year program. The classroom observations, supplemented by mentor support, form a cornerstone of the TLC program.
The Institutes and workshops are designed to deliver the fundamental pedagogical knowledge required to meet the outcomes of the program. The workshops are designed based on the principles of evidence-based best practices in teaching and learning.
During the course of the program, and based on the material covered in the workshops and institutes, you will be asked to complete sections of the Teaching Dossier document required to fulfill the outcomes of the program.
Mentoring and Classroom Observations
The Teaching Mentor: A teaching mentor, who is recognized for teaching excellence and educational expertise, will be assigned to you. The role of the teaching mentor is to support you both in the certificate program and in your teaching development. The teaching mentor will meet with you regularly, give feedback on dossier submissions and provide the teaching support needed to complete the program.
For information about becoming a teaching mentor in the TLC program, visit the TLC Mentor Page.
Classroom observations: The teaching mentor will conduct the classroom observations and give you verbal and written feedback. The classroom observation tools are designed in accordance with evidence-based best practices in teaching evaluation. (Carroll & O’Loughlin, 2014; Elmendorf & Song, 2015; Greenwood et al., 1994, Leff et al., 2011, Sullican et al., 2012.) Prior to the observation, the mentor will meet with you, to discuss your lesson plan and goals for the observation. After the pre-observation meeting the mentor will observe the class, take detailed notes during the observation, and will collect feedback from the students. The feedback from your mentor and students will be collated by the mentor and shared with you in a post-observation meeting. These observations can be used as evidence of self-evaluation of teaching practice in your Teaching Dossier.
Workshops and Institutes
You are required to attend the following events and workshops:
- Orientation to the program
- Teaching Skills Summer Institute
- Ten foundational teaching workshops:
• TLCN01 Universal Instructional design
• TLCN02 Technology and Teaching
• TLCN03 Challenging Student Situations: How to Respond
• TLCN04 Teaching Strategies to Increase Learning and Promote Academic Integrity
• TLCN05 Supporting International Students: Improving Learning for All
• TLCN06 Teaching Dossier
• TLCN07 Mental Health in the Classroom
• TLCN08 Indigenous Knowledges and the Potential for Scholarly Exploration at the U of M
• TLCN09 Reflective Practice
• TLCN10 Self-Evaluation of Teaching Practice
- The Teaching Café
The Teaching Dossier
The Teaching Dossier document, required to fulfill the program outcomes, may not exactly align with your faculty requirements for a teaching dossier, but you will have a rich repository of teaching practice documents you can draw from to craft your own Teaching Dossier.
Elements of the TLC Teaching Dossier:
- A Teaching Philosophy Statement
- A Summary of Teaching Responsibilities with supporting documents
- Course materials (supported by an evaluation of the materials)
- Feedback on teaching: TLC mentor, peer, students.
- An evaluation and reflection of teaching practice
- Service to teaching
- Future teaching goals