Graduate Course 9562

Educational Techniques

Course Director:

Dr. Galil, MSB 489, ext 86810,

(No specified time, date or place- see below)

Course Description:
This course is designed to give students an exposure to educational practices across campus and introduce the students to campus-wide resources in education, in an effort to develop teaching skills in clinical anatomy.  Completion of this course is completion of the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning program.

As explained on the TSC site, " The presentation and group facilitation skills gained while completing the Certificate will not only benefit graduate students in pursuit of a faculty position, but are also valued by employers in business, industry and other non-academic fields."  Program participants receive a certificate and a letter of accomplishment after they complete the following five program components:

  • TA training and microteaching - 9565 satisfies this requirement (Dr  Johnson to sign off)
  • 10 workshops in the Future Professor Series - see road map found in above link to TSC; complete a selection of the suggested workshop sessions.  Please complete these workshops by Dec 1 of term 4.
  • Teaching Mentor Program - observe each other teaching and give written feedback; your guest lecture requirement satisfies this component (attending faculty to sign off)
  • Teaching Portfolio – 9565/9566 satisfies this component (Dr  Wilson and Dr. Johnson to sign off)
  • Written Project - design a course in your discipline and submit 10-page course outline.  The course syllabus you created in 9565 may be used as a framework for this component.   Dr Johnson  to sign off. Submit the 10-page written material to Dr Galil or Johnson. no later than April 1st of final year (term 5).

Workshops vary each term but may encompass: lecturing, giving pre-lab talks and demonstrations, leading discussions, using audio-visual aids and setting up exams, preparing a teaching dossier, how to get promoted etc.

Attending seminars that are part of another course (eg 9563) do not count.  Attending meetings to organize events do not count.  Attending the ACB Research Day, Moffat Day or Western Research Forum do not count.

Two sources of possible workshop lists:

Session attendance and certificate completion will be monitored by Dr. Galil.  Log in to record sessions attended -

Time: You have 19 months to complete the Teaching Certificate.

Evaluation of Student Performance: Log book of student attendance and certification.


Policy on Accommodation for Medical Illness
Students are expected to accumulate the required hours of workshop sessions.  If a student must be absent and cannot fulfill the workshop attendance requirements he/she is expected to contact the course coordinator.  A student requiring academic accommodation due to illness, should use the Student Medical Certificate when visiting an off-campus medical facility or request a Record's Release Form (located in the Dean's Office) for visits to Student Health Services.
The form can be found at:

  • Documentation for medical or non-medical reasons, according to the Policy on Accommodation for Medical Illness is required for absences from tests or exams.  Documentation is not required for attendance worth less than 10% of the total. When documentation is required, such documentation must be submitted by the student directly to the instructor.
  • The date and nature of a make-up hours  will be determined by the instructor, in consultation with the student

Course wt.: 3.0 Pass/Fail.   Completion of Teaching Certificate

Statement of Academic Offences:

Scholastic offences are taken seriously and students are directed to read the appropriate policy, specifically, the definition of what constitutes a Scholastic Offence, at the following Web site: .
Senate regulations require ALL instructors to include the following statements on plagiarism, cheating and proficiency in English in the course outline:

“Students must write their essays and assignments in their own words.  Whenever students take an idea or passage from another author, they must acknowledge their debt both by using quotation marks where appropriate and by proper referencing such as footnotes or citations.  Plagiarism is a major academic offence (see Scholastic Offence Policy in the Western Academic Calendar).”