Graduate Course 9565

Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Anatomy

Course Coordinator: Jeremy Roth

Class Meeting Schedule:
9:00 am – 12:30 pm, Monday, Sept 16 – Nov 25, 2013

Course Website:

Course Instructors:
Dr. Nanda Dimitrov, Karyn Olsen, Stefanie Attardi, Sonya Van Nuland, Danielle Brewer, Lauren Allen, Victoria Roach, and senior Clinical Anatomy students.

Syllabus Designer:
Dr. Ngan Nguyen

The goals of the course are:

In this course, students will have the opportunity to:

Students will learn the basics of teaching and learning from upper year students in the Clinical Anatomy program, including how to write learning objectives and how to plan and deliver a lecture. Students will have the opportunity to share their perception about effective teaching and learning strategies through classroom and group sessions. Students will practice their teaching skills by preparing three separate mini lectures and delivering the lectures to their instructor(s) and peers.

All course readings and supplementary materials will be provided in class or made available electronically through the Sakai site for this course:

All students are expected to do the following:
(1) Attend and be punctual for all class sessions,
(2) Participate actively in classroom discussion,
(3) Complete all micro teaching sessions,
(4) Develop and submit a teaching portfolio, which includes a teaching philosophy statement, as well as a course syllabus and curriculum vitae


Attendance, punctuality, and in-class discussion (4 % for each of the 10 sessions for a total of 40%): Participation marks will be based on the quality (not quantity) of students’ contributions to the dialogue about teaching and learning in anatomy.

Three microteaching sessions (10% each for a total of 30%): Marks will be based on microteaching instructor(s) and peer evaluation of the following criteria:

Assignments/Teaching dossier (10% each for a total of 30%)

In May, 2008, The University of Western Ontario's Senate approved a new medical note policy, which affects all students. The following is an outline of that policy. For more detailed information and forms, please visit the Student Services site, and for further policy information please read the Medical Accommodations Policy.

Documentation from Family Physicians and Walk-In Clinics: A Western Student Medical Certificate (SMC)* is required where a student is seeking academic accommodation. This documentation should be obtained at the time of the initial consultation with the physician or walk-in clinic. An SMC* can be downloaded under the Medical Documentation heading on the Student Services site. Hard copies are available from the student’s home Faculty Academic Counseling Service.

Documentation from Student Health Services: Students obtaining documentation from Student Health Services should sign a “release of information.” This form authorizes Student Health Services to provide information to the student’s home Faculty. Release of information forms are available from, and can be arranged through, the student’s home Faculty Academic Counseling Service. Documentation from Hospital Urgent Care Centre or Emergency Departments: Students should request that an SMC* be filled out. Students may bring this form with them, or request alternative Emergency Department documentation. Documentation should be secured at the time of the initial visit to the Emergency Department. Where it is not possible for a student to have an SMC* completed by the attending physician, the student must request documentation sufficient to demonstrate that his/her ability to meet his/her academic responsibilities was seriously affected.

*To print or see an example of the Western Student Medical Certificate (SMC) please visit and click on ‘Student Medical Certificate.pdf’.


Students must write their essays, tests, assignments, and quizzes independently. In the group setting, as described above, you are expected to participate otherwise you are committing plagiarism by allowing your name to appear on the work turned in.

Whenever students take an idea or a 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 current Academic Calendar).

Plagiarism Checking: The University of Western Ontario uses software for plagiarism checking. Students may be required to submit their written work in electronic form for plagiarism checking.





Sept 16
1030 – 1230

Course overview (10:30 – 10:45)

Jeremy Roth

Laboratory teaching in anatomy, Part 1
(discussion panel – 10:45 -11:30)
Year 2 MSc Students
Facilitator: Jeremy Roth
Course overview (11:30 – 12:30) Jeremy Roth

Sept 23
0930 – 1130

Writing Good Learning objectives

Danielle Brewer

Sept 30
0930 – 1130

Structure of a teaching session: BOPPS

Victoria Roach

Oct 7
0930 – 1130

Tips on preparing and delivering an effective lecture

Lauren Allen

Oct 21
1030 – 1230

Providing feedback (10:30 - 11:30)

Jeremy Roth

Laboratory teaching in anatomy, Part 2
(discussion panel – 11:30 - 12:30)
Year 2 MSc Students
Jeremy Roth

Oct 28
0900 – 1200 M016, M017, M018

Microteaching session I (with presentation software)


Facilitators: Sonya Van Nuland, Stefanie Attardi, Jeremy Roth


Nov 4
0900 – 1200 M016, M017, M018

Microteaching session II (without presentation software)

Facilitators: Sonya Van Nuland, Victoria Roach, Jeremy Roth

Nov 11
0900 – 1200

Teaching dossier (including teaching philosophy statement and curriculum vitae)

Dr. Nanda Dimitrov

Course syllabus (1130 – 1230)

Karyn Olsen

Nov 18
0900 -1200
M016, M017, M018

Microteaching session III (students’ preferred method)

Facilitators: Victoria Roach, Stefanie Attardi, Jeremy Roth

Nov 25
0900 – 1200

Fostering Diversity (including millennial and Gen X students)

Jeremy Roth

Perspectives on Teaching Drs. T. Wilson, M. Johnson
Wrap-up; Course feedback/evaluation Jeremy Roth


WesteWestern Certificate in University Teaching and Learning:

Teaching Dossier:

Learning Outcomes/Objectives:

Instructional Aids:


Course Syllabus:

Classroom diversity: