Every term, the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) offers workshops a number of workshops for Fundamental participants on a variety of topics on university teaching that explore lesson plans, interactive teaching methods, classroom delivery skills and assessment and motivational practices.
- Attendance at 6 workshops on university teaching (see below for details on your options)
- Effective Lesson Plans workshop (required)
Fundamentals workshops (on campus):
The majority of Fundamentals workshops are offered at the Waterloo campus in the CTE workshop rooms EV1-241 and EV1-242.
To view the workshop schedule for the current term, go to Fundamentals Events.
Registration for individual workshops is through myHRinfo.
- Only CTE workshops numbered CTE 490 or lower can be used towards credit for the Fundamentals program.
- As of September 1, 2015, a maximum of one Fundamentals credits can be obtained through attending the CTE 219 Special Topics workshops. Participants who have completed two of these workshops prior to this date, will still keep both workshop credits.
- As the Fundamentals program is dependant on attendance, you must arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop to get credit.
Fundamentals workshops (online):
Fundamentals credit may be granted for the below online courses completed through MyGradSkills.ca - a professional development program for graduate (Master’s and PhD) students in Ontario.
Which online courses from MyGradSkills.ca may count towards Fundamentals certificate credit?
Teaching Online - Basic Skills for TAs
This online module has one hour of instructional materials and consists of five separate units that are intended to “stand alone” without a facilitator or instructor. The module will provide introductory preparation for graduate students wishing to be teaching assistants in fully online courses or blended courses with significant online activities. It should be noted that no strategies for in classroom time will be given, although many of the good practices of teaching can be used regardless of the medium of delivery. This course was created by the Centre for Extended Learning, University of Waterloo.
Teaching Online - Advanced Skills for Graduate Students
In this 5-unit module, you will learn about strategies for facilitating online learning effectively. During the module, you will have a chance to hear short video interviews with online instructors who share how they engage their students; you will see examples of how instructors humanize their course, create instructor presence, and connect with their students by creating a sense of time in their online courses. This course was created by Western University.
This module will introduce you to several key concepts and strategies that will help you navigate this diverse world. The module provides an introduction to the key concepts of identity, bias, privilege, and intercultural competence. Five sequential units will include case scenarios and activities that provide you with an opportunity to test your new knowledge and to apply it to your own experience. Videos of graduate students reflecting on their own experiences are also featured. Those students who have already developed a more sophisticated intercultural awareness may wish review the readings provided at the end of the module.
How to receive credit for these workshops?
- Register in mygradskills.ca using your university email account, or login with your existing account
- Select one of the eligible online courses, and click on “Enrol Me”
- Complete the full module at your own pace (you will see a tick next to each activity name, which will indicate that the activity is complete)
- Once you successfully complete the course you will be able to access your “Certificate of Achievement”. Download this PDF file.
- Send your “Certificate of Achievement” PDF file to email@example.com. Please include your full name and student ID number in the email.
- Within 7 business days you will receive a credit for the online course(s) towards the Fundamentals certificate. You will not receive a confirmation email that the credit has been assigned, instead this credit will appear in your Training Summary within myHRinfo.
Prior learning for Fundamentals credit:
Participants with related prior learning may be eligible to receive advance credit in the Fundamentals program.
- B.Ed. or TESOL - Students who have completed one of these programs will receive credit for the equivalent of 3 Fundamentals workshop credits. Students are expected to complete CTE202: Effective Lesson Plans as one of their 3 required workshops. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with an electronic copy of your degree certificate or transcript to receive the advance credit.
- University teaching certificate from a different institution - You may be eligible to receive some advance credit. Contact Svitlana Taraban-Gordon with an electronic copy of your certificate and a detailed outline of the program components, to help us determine if any advance credit may be granted.
- Instructional Skills Workshops - If you have completed the instructional skills workshop series from CTE or a similar program, you may be eligible to receive advance credit. Contact email@example.com with proof of completion for further details.
Online Teaching Assistant/Preceptor (OTAP) program:
Students who have completed the Online Teaching Assistant/Preceptor (OTAP) program offered by the Center for Extended Learning will receive credit for the equivalent of five Fundamentals workshop credits (CTE401 to CTE405).
These students may complete the Effective Lesson Plans (CTE202) workshop and three Microteaching Sessions to receive the Fundamentals certificate. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.