ATP - Advanced Teaching Program

Course Description

The Advanced Teaching Program (ATP) is a hands-on seminar specifically designed for advanced graduate students who would like to develop the practical skills necessary to teach their own courses. This seminar will touch on a number of topics including teaching strategically for maximum impact, developing and maintaining a culture of respect in your classroom, dealing with difficult students and authentically assessing student learning. Gain invaluable hands-on experience and practice innovative instructional techniques in our unique micro teaching sessions where you will receive helpful, constructive feedback from your peers and our experienced team of instructors. Upon completion of a capstone project, you'll receive a certificate of achievement as evidence of your commitment to the development of your knowledge and skill as a teacher.

ATP is generally run over six weeks. Attendance in each of the classes is mandatory to completing ATP. Successful completion fulfils one component of the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning. Please refer to the Personal Progress Tracker for additional details.

Upcoming Session

  • Dates: June 4, 11, and 18, 2018

  • Time: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Registration: Opens April 30, 2018

Registration Instructions

  1. Login to the registration system using your Western student username.
  2. Register on the waitlist. Everyone will be on the waitlist until they bring in their deposit.
  3. Bring in your $20 deposit (cash or cheque only)  to the front desk at the Teaching Support Centre, Room 122, Weldon Library between 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. If you are unable to bring in a deposit, please email to make alternate arrangements.
  4. Once we receive your deposit, you will be moved on to the registration list and will receive a confirmation email.

Due to high demand, spaces in this program are limited. Please bring in your deposit as soon as possible to secure your spot in the session.

How Does It Work?

  • The seminar is free. We collect a $20.00 refundable deposit, which will be returned to you after you complete your session.
  • All sessions are held on campus.
  • Graduates of the program receive a Western University certificate of completion.
  • Approximately one week before the session, we will email you a package of information about the session (location, detailed schedule, etc.).
  • If you are unable to attend you must contact us at 72 hours before the session starts. Without this notice, we will not be able to return your deposit.

What Are The Benefits?

  • Useful preparation for a future faculty career
  • Looks great on a CV or as part of a teaching dossier
  • Excellent preparation for teaching your own course
  • Enhanced skills in course design, classroom management and assessment
  • Increased confidence
  • Become aware of powerful strategies to improve student motivation in your classroom
  • Increased student learning as a result of your improved teaching
  • Meeting other skilled graduate students and gaining a wealth of ideas from their experiences and those of the ATP instructors

Contact Information:

Course Coordinator:
Karyn Olsen, Educational Developer