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.

Register by clicking the link below. Please note, in order to be accepted into the course, you must also download and complete this enrollment questionnaire. Drop the questionnaire off at the front desk of the Teaching Support Centre (Weldon Libarary, Room 122). We will then contact you to confirm your acceptance into the course. 

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


Mondays, January 09 - April 03 (February 20 excepted)

1:00 - 4:00 pm*

Location: WALS UCC 66

*This course also includes an additional hour of work completed online independently each week (i.e., 3 hours in-class + 1 hour online)

Registration Information:

Registration is now open! Please join the waiting list when the course fills up. Often spaces open back up in early January. 

Course Coordinators:

Dr. Karyn Olsen
Teaching Support Centre
The D.B. Weldon Library
Phone: 661-2111 Ext. 84651
E-mail: kolsen5@uwo.ca 

Dr. Lauren Anstey 
Teaching Support Centre
The D.B. Weldon Library
Phone: 661-2111 Ext. 81218
E-mail: lauren.anstey@uwo.ca 

Course Syllabus:

SGPS 9500B Winter 2017 Course Outline 

Course Website: Only available to enrolled students
https://owl.uwo.ca/portal