GTA Fellows Certificate Program
Note: All materials (documents, reflections) must be completed and filed in eLearning by midnight, Sunday, April 7th, 2013 in order to qualify for the 2013 Fellows Certificate.
To qualify for the GTA Fellows Certificate, the student will need to meet the following requirements:
- Attend 5 seminars covering the basics of the course development cycle. These seminars will be offered at least once in the fall and once in the spring. These seminars represent the “core curriculum” of GTA. Participants will be required to answer reflection-oriented questions regarding each seminar topic.
- Selecting Learning Outcomes
- Determining Student Prior Knowledge
- Assessment: Formative vs. Summative
- Selecting Teaching Methods
- Reflecting on Student Learning
- Attend 3 workshops producing teaching-related artifacts. These workshops will be offered at least once in the fall and once in the spring. Participants will be expected to bring drafts of each of the documents to the workshops. Group leaders will facilitate small group reviews of the documents. Upon completion of the program, participants will now have drafts of documents frequently required for academic positions.
- Writing a Philosophy of Teaching Statement
- Writing a CV
- Creating a Syllabus
- Attend 5 elective seminars on a variety of subjects related to teaching and higher education. These seminars will be delivered both in person (the more traditional seminar) and online. Topics will vary by semester, but a sample of potential topics is below. Participants will be required to answer reflection-oriented questions regarding each seminar topic.
- CIRTL coffee hours videos/podcasts
- Local CIRTL seminars
- Teaching Large Classes
- Learning Styles
- Engaging College Students
- Online/Blended Learning
- Perform 3 classroom observations, only 1 of which may be from the participant’s mentor. Participants will answer questions on e-Learning reflecting on the classroom environment, teaching methods used, and overall effectiveness of the class.
- Each participant will select a mentor. The mentor should be a faculty member in any department, but should not be the participant’s advisor. Participants will meet with their mentor several times over the duration of the program to discuss various topics covered in the GTA program. In particular, mentors will review drafts of the documents mentioned in #2 and ultimately will be asked to sign off on documents submitted as part of the GTA certificate program.
Up to 6 of the required or elective seminars may be viewed online instead of attending the actual seminars. If the student is unable to attend due to academic or geographic considerations they may request the distance option allowing the entire program to be done remotely.