Our educational development programs and events are designed to enhance the University of Guelph's learner-centred culture by supporting educators to improve their teaching practice. We provide an interdisciplinary approach and opportunity for participants to build and share expertise, explore new ideas, and increase pedagogical confidence. Our events create a space to ask critical questions; to openly discuss experiences, challenges and opportunities; to actively link theory to practice; and to inspire collaboration and build collegiality.
Events are delivered with an emphasis on engaging participants in active, collaborative and reflective activities. We encourage critical and creative exploration of ideas, peer interaction, and knowledge sharing. By inviting instructors and faculty to share their pedagogical expertise, we aim to build the teaching and learning capacity at the University of Guelph.
Our workshops will:
Visit our Teaching Support Calendar for a list of current workshop offerings.
The Teaching Development Program (TDP) offers graduate students the opportunity to explore teaching and learning questions through workshops and conferences. The TDP is recognized with a Certificate of Completion when graduate students complete 12 hours of workshops and/or conference(s).
The Graduate Teaching Community (GTC) is a group of graduate students passionate about teaching. The GTC has College Leads who represent each college and lead discipline-specific workshops for other graduate students. The GTC meets monthly in an informal group to discuss ideas and challenges related to teaching. Get involved in the Graduate Teaching Community.
University Teaching: Theory and Practice (UNIV*6800) is a 0.5 credit graduate course for graduate students interested in critically examining and reflecting on teaching and learning issues and research in higher education.
The key purpose of a community of practice (CoP) is to provide an opportunity for people to share their curiosity about a topic and to learn together. We provide support in creating and hosting CoPs on topics related to teaching and learning in higher education.
The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is widely recognized as a form of peer-based instructional development. Participants successfully completing the three day program will receive a Certificate of Completion that is recognized by many post-secondary institutions.
The Course reDesign Institute (CrDI) is a highly interactive four-day workshop. Participants of the CrDI will have the opportunity to discuss and apply research on teaching and learning, and explore a variety of innovative instructional strategies, assessment approaches, and learning technologies to promote active engagement and encourage student success.
The Educational Development team plays a key role in the organization of two annual teaching conferences that engage the University of Guelph academic community. These conferences focus on both the theory and practice of teaching and learning, and provide an important opportunity for students, staff and instructors to engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Find out more about the Teaching & Learning Innovations (TLI) conference.
Find out more about the Graduate Student University Teaching Conference (GSUTC) conference.
The Educational Development team offers two certificate programs accredited by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA).
The Educational Leadership in Teaching Excellence (EnLITE) program is designed to promote educational leadership through faculty engagement in the principles, practice and scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education.
The inquire: Graduate Certificate in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is designed to enhance graduate students' and educators' ability and competency in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). The year-long blended certificate facilitates students through the process of conducting SoTL. Students can expect to collaboratively research a question in the scholarship of teaching and learning and publicly share their findings.