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Practicum in College Teaching Course - GC 594

The Graduate College offers Practicum in College Teaching, GC 594.  The instructor is Dr. John Coumbe-Lilley, who developed this course after seeing the need for teaching assistants to be mentored on teaching techniques. 

GC 594 is designed for students across all disciplines.

The course is open to degree-seeking students in the Graduate College, with priority given to those students who have taken GC 593 (Foundations of College Teaching), and with active TA appointments. The course carries 3 hours of credit, runs for 16 weeks and is graded standard A-F.

GC 594 is eligible to be used as a free elective, although all programs may not allow the credit to be used towards degree requirements.  Students are advised to verify whether or not credit may be used towards degree requirements with their Director of Graduate Studies, if this is a concern.

Course Objectives

The purpose of the course is to provide a supervised field-based practical experience that progresses from the College of Foundations Course (GC593), i.e. from theory and content learning to application, analysis, evaluation and creation of an effective teaching approach to undergraduate education.

Course Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop, design, and delivery of a college course.
  2. Reflect on appropriate strategies to help students learn effectively.
  3. Evaluate their own teaching effectiveness and creatively revise their approaches for improvement.
  4. Document their development as college teacher - scholar through preparation of a well-designed teaching portfolio.

Course Learning Outcome Assessment Methods:

  • 30% Teaching Portfolio
  • 50% Demonstrated teaching effectiveness
  • 20% Teaching reflection

Course Topics

(subject to change)  

  • Week 1: Course Orientation. Defining college teaching roles and effectiveness
  • Week 2: Self-assessment & teaching portfolio review
  • Week 3: Outcomes-led teaching
  • Week 4: Motivating your students
  • Week 5: Video analysis and feedback
  • Week 6: Control-creativity paradox
  • Week 7: Office hours and tutorials
  • Week 8: Matching teaching methods with learning outcomes
  • Week 9: Making the lecture a learning experience
  • Week 10: Video analysis and feedback
  • Week 11: Leading  effective discussions & questioning techniques for discussion and assessment
  • Week 12: Learning in groups
  • Week 13: Inquiry-guiding learning & The case method
  • Week 14: Quantitative reasoning and problem solving in the sciences
  • Week 15: Classroom assessment techniques (CATS)
  • Final Week-Week 16: Video analysis and self-assessment comparison

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