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Foundations of College Teaching Course - GC 593

Since Fall 2013, the Graduate College offers Foundations of College Teaching, GC 593Dr. John Coumbe-Lilley developed this course for the Graduate College after seeing the need for teaching assistants to be mentored on teaching techniques.  (See also Seminar in College Teaching, GC 592, and Practicum in College Teaching, GC 594.)

GC 593 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 with active TA appointments. The course carries 3 hours of credit, runs for 16 weeks and is graded standard A-F.

GC 593 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

  • Prepare graduate students how to teach at the college level
  • Demonstrate effective teaching practices
  • Apply an evidence based approach to teaching

Course Outcomes

At the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Apply best practices to designing, delivering and evaluating a college course
  • Teach confidently in a diverse college setting
  • Develop a teaching portfolio

 Course Topics

(subject to change) 



Weekly Schedule


Primary Learning Outcome

1)    Working at College

Policies, Procedures and Expectations for Instructors

2)    Preparing to teach

Recognize knowledge, skills and competencies of a college teacher

3)    Learning Management System: Blackboard Tutorial

Demonstrate capability to use basic functions in Blackboard

4)    The science of learning

Explain how learning happens in their classroom

5)    Course design

Design a course, unit and a lesson plan

6)    Learner centered learning (LCL)

Identify LCL best practices; design a lesson plan

7)    Engaging students

Demonstrate use of student engagement techniques

8)    Diversity issues in teaching

Relate teaching best practices; design a lesson plan

9)    Teaching critical thinking

Construct a critical thought activity; design a lesson plan

10)  Motivation in the classroom

Relate motivational principles to teaching; design a lesson plan

11)  Assessing student learning

Evaluate student learning

12)  Teaching approaches: Lab/discussion

Identify teaching best practices; design a lesson plan

13)  Teaching approaches: small group/lecture

Identify teaching best practices; design a lesson plan

14)  Evaluating teaching

Recognize methods of teaching evaluation

15)  Introduction to online teaching

Experience differences between F2F and on-line learning

16)  Teaching portfolio

Present a teaching portfolio for hiring/promotion purposes

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