Graduate Studies 9500

The Theory and Practice of University Teaching

Graduate Studies 9500, an interdisciplinary graduate credit course on the theory and practice of university teaching, is offered by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The goals of the course are: (1) to familiarize students with background research and theory relevant to university teaching, and (2) to provide the opportunity for practice and feedback on basic teaching skills. Students are expected to actively participate in class meetings through discussions and other learning activities and through their involvement in mandatory microteaching sessions. Although the course will appear on the student's transcript, it may be used as a substitute for departmental course requirements only with special permission from the department. Course grades (fail, pass, or pass with distinction) will be forwarded to Graduate Chairs, but will not affect the student's academic average.

Graduate Studies 9500 will be offered again in Winter 2017. Registration will open in late fall 2016.

If you are interested in taking GS 9500 in Winter 2017 consider attending the information session:

GS 9500 Winter 2017 Information Session
Monday, November 14, 2016
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

This course is best suited to those with some university teaching experience and is recommended for upper-year doctoral students.
Course enrollment is limited to 30 students.

PLEASE NOTE: Completing Graduate Studies 9500 satisfies the following components of the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning: the TA Training/Microteaching requirement, and the Written Project. You will also complete part of the Teaching Portfolio component during this course.

Course Information
Class Meetings:

Graduate Winter Term 2017
January - April 
3 hours in-class & 1 hour online each week

Location: WALS UCC 66

Registration Information:

Registration will open in late Fall 2016

Course Coordinators:

Dr. Karyn Olsen
Teaching Support Centre
The D.B. Weldon Library
Phone: 661-2111 Ext. 84651

Dr. Lauren Anstey 
Teaching Support Centre
The D.B. Weldon Library
Phone: 661-2111 Ext. 81218

Course Syllabus:

Example Course Outline: 

GS 9500B Winter 2015 Course Outline 

Course Website: Only available to enrolled students