Graduate Studies 9500

The Theory and Practice of University Teaching 

Course Information


SGPS 9500 will be offered again in Fall 2018.

SGPS 9500 is an interdisciplinary graduate credit course on the theory and practice of university teaching. The goals of the course are to: (1) share and discuss background research and theory relevant to university teaching, and (2) 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 (Pass/Fail) will be forwarded to Graduate Chairs, but will not affect the student's academic average.

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 SGPS 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 Fall Term 2018

Thursdays, September 13 - December 6

12:30pm - 3:30 pm*

Location: WALS TECH FNB 2210

*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 opens July 1, 2018.

To apply for the course:

1) Login to the registration system, then go to the event page for Graduate Studies 9500.

2) Carefully follow the registration instructions. You must register on the wait list and complete the online application form. 

3) The course coordinators will review registration applications and notify all applicants no later than August 29th.

** ALL online applications are placed on a waitlist for the course until the online Registration Application form is received and reviewed. The form is available within the registration system.

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:

Previous syllabus: Fall 2017 Course Outline  

Course Website: Only available to enrolled students