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Instructional Foundations Series

Description and Requirements for Spring 2023

Instructional Foundations is a series of workshops for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and instructors from all disciplines who have never taught at the university level (grading experience OK) prior to Spring 2023. The series is designed to provide people new to college teaching with knowledge, skills and confidence they can use in their first teaching experience. As a participant in this series, you will gain:

  • information on best practices from the teaching and learning literature
  • opportunities to discuss implementation with a group of peers
  • a chance to discuss teaching techniques and strategies with an experienced instructor in your discipline

Register for IFS no later than January 16, 2023.

Overall series objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, you should be able to:

  • articulate an approach to planning a lesson
  • know how to handle challenging situations that may arise in your classroom
  • explore one of your own teaching interests
  • reflect on your beliefs and practices about teaching and learning

Series completion certificate:

While this series does not serve as a formal “certification” process, it does provide you with documentation of your participation in this professional development opportunity. This certificate may be included in your teaching portfolio as evidence of your professional development as an instructor.

In order to earn a completion certificate for the Instructional Foundations Series, participants must complete all of the following program requirements:

  • Attend a minimum of 3 workshops (according to the specific distribution requirement which will be shared with you in the beginning of January, if you have registered).
  • Perform a teaching observation and debrief meeting with a faculty member of your choosing.
  • Post a reflection on the series blog and respond to peer posts by the specified deadlines.

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