Supporting Teaching and Learning

Top-quality, innovative and dynamic Academic Programming is critical to Waterloo’s future success. At the University of Waterloo, Academic Programming is supported by faculty who engage and inspire their students through their teaching and research. Initiatives in this theme will enhance the learning experience for all students, reshape the traditional classroom and expand the impact and reach of Waterloo programs.

- The University of Waterloo Strategic Plan

The Associate Vice-President, Academic is responsible for a number of initiatives and services that support innovative and effective teaching practices at the University of Waterloo.

The Centre for Extended Learning is the home for the university's programs in online learning, professional development, and part-time studies programs.

The Centre for Teaching Excellence fosters teaching and learning of the highest quality at The University of Waterloo by working collaboratively with departments and individuals at all career stages, and by promoting the importance of effective teaching and meaningful learning across the university.

The Quality Assurance Office oversees and supports the review process for existing undergraduate and graduate programs, the development of proposals for new programs and the reporting of program major modifications to the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance (Quality Council). This office is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the University of Waterloo’s Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP).  The QA Office reports directly to the Associate Vice-President, Academic (AVPA) and is indirectly accountable to and works closely with the Associate Vice-President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (AVPGSPA). The creation of the Quality Assurance Office was directly related to the Outstanding Academic Programing theme of Waterloo’s Strategic Plan 2013. The Quality Assurance Office currently employs two full-time staff, whose responsibilities are shared with the Office of Academic Integrity.

The University Teaching Fellows program consists of selected instructors from each Faculty who are tasked with the promotion of a culture of engaged teaching at the university. The activities of these Teaching Fellows  improve the depth, effectiveness, and efficiency of student learning in their respective Faculties.

The Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE) is dedicated to conducting and facilitating research related to co-operative education. With the largest co-op program of its kind in the world, Waterloo has the largest data sample to study, understand and improve the practice of co-operative education. WatCACE provides leadership on the ways that research can enhance practice in co-op and work-integrated learning at Waterloo, within Canada and internationally.

The Writing and Communication Centre advances a culture of communication and writing across the University community through individualized teaching and facilitated practice, collaborative programs, and research promotion and engagement.