What is Teaching Competency?
- Teaching competency is the ability to encourage and facilitate learning to a wide range of students
- By developing teaching competency, graduate students develop oral, written and organizational skills as well as strategies that allow them to explain complex concepts, provide clear instructions and facilitate learning and understanding
- Some of the specific skill sets workshops, courses and lectures whose primary competency focus is teaching provide are 1) the identification and development of learning outcomes, 2) the selection of effective teaching tools (e.g. assessment strategies, effective lecturing) and 3) the ability to adapt instructional aids and mentoring activities to different learning styles, motivations, backgrounds and experiences
- Finally teaching competency encourages pedagogical self-reflection providing individual graduate students with clear understanding of their own teaching methodology and style, and aiding in the development of individual and detailed teaching philosophies
Programs with Teaching as Main Competency
- Advanced Teaching Program (ATP)
- The Advanced Teaching Program (ATP) is a hands-on, 20 hr (6 half day) seminar specifically designed for advanced graduate students who would like to develop the practical skills necessary to teach their own courses.
- Graduate Student Teaching Award
- Each year, students and course instructors are able to recognize outstanding graduate student TAs by nominating them for a Graduate Student Teaching Award.
- Graduate Studies 9500: Theory And Practice Of University Teaching
- A 10-week graduate course that introduces students to the theory and practice of university teaching and includes four micro-teaching sessions and preparation of a teaching portfolio.
- ITA Day: International Graduate Student Conference on Teaching
- International TA Day is a half-day introduction to teaching resources and programs for international graduate students preparing to teach in Canada.
- Lead TA Program
- The Lead TA Program is a new initiative on campus to facilitate the professional development of teaching assistants at a discipline-specific level.
- Services for Students with Disabilities
- Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) plays a central role in Western's efforts to ensure that its academic programs are accessible. SSD arranges academic accommodation for classes, exams, practicum placements, and other course or program activities. SSD also provides digital and Braille textbooks, accessible campus transportation, learning strategy instruction for students with learning disabilities, access to computer labs that are equipped with assistive technology, referrals for assessments and other services, and bursaries for students who meet OSAP's eligibility criteria.
- TA Day: Graduate Student Conference On Teaching
- TA Day is a one-day conference that introduces new graduate students to teaching at Western and helps them prepare for their role as teaching assistants.
- Teaching Assistant Training Program
- The Teaching Assistant Training Program is a hands-on, two-and-a-half- day session taught by current Teaching Assistants (TAs) and designed for new TAs embarking on their teaching careers.
- Teaching in the Canadian Classroom
- Effective teaching is an essential element of being an international teaching assistant and the cornerstone of presentations for all graduate students. Join us for a 20-hour seminar series, and learn to teach and present with greater confidence in the Canadian classroom.
- The Teaching Mentor Program For Graduate Students
- The Teaching Mentor Program for Graduate Students is a unique opportunity for graduate students to be observed in their personal teaching environment and to receive valuable feedback from peers.
- Western Certificate In University Teaching And Learning
- The goal of the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning program is to enhance the teaching skills of graduate teaching assistants and to prepare graduate students for future faculty careers.
- Winter Conference On Teaching
- Join us for a day of workshops to continue learning about effective teaching and become re-energized for a second term in the classroom.
Programs with Teaching as Secondary Competency
- Communication in the Canadian Classroom
- Effective communication is an essential element of good teaching and learning, good research, and success in a university environment. Join us for a 12-hour seminar series, and learn to communicate with greater confidence in the Canadian academic environment.
- Indigenous Services
- The Student Development Centre's Indigenous Services provides culturally supportive services and programs to Indigenous Students at Western University.
- Leadership Education Program Facilitator
- The Leadership Education Program (LEP) is a free program providing Western undergrads with the opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge that will help them become truly effective leaders.
Facilitation is an exciting endeavour that will see you take existing content and develop your own method of delivery to present the module to small groups of engaged students.
- Teaching Portfolio Consultation
- Individual coaching and consultation is available for graduate students preparing their teaching portfolios for the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning or for those who are putting together teaching portfolios for use in applications for faculty positions.
- Time Management for Graduate Students
- A 90 minute workshop to help graduate students strengthen their time management skills.
- Union Opportunities for TAs and Postdocs (PSAC Local 610)
- Opportunities to get involved by becoming a department steward, running for an executive position, or joining a local committee. Participating in the Local is an excellent way for GTAs and Postdocs to contribute to the community and gain worthwhile experience.
- Western Certificate in Academic and Professional Communication
- This Certificate is designed to enhance the academic and professional communication skills of international graduate students in order to help them make a successful transition to Canadian academia and to prepare them for success in international research and professional settings.
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