Teaching Advancement Program (TAP)

Launching AUC’s Faculty Learning Community, Leading Innovation in Teaching and Learning at AUC

The Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) is pleased to launch AUC’s new faculty learning community, the Teaching Advancement Program (TAP). We hope the flexibility and diversity of the offerings will encourage our faculty, both new and experienced, to join in conversations and share experiences with colleagues and peers.

Faculty are the key change agents in student learning and an engaged teacher can be an important path to students' success. With its new initiatives in AUC’s Centennial, CLT aims to become the AUC hub for faculty to innovate and learn in a community of faculty developers and peers.

Faculty can now choose from daylong certificates and workshops or engage in a more immersive experience over a semester or the academic year.

The face of faculty development is changing and CLT is responding to this global trend while building our faculty development program to meet the diverse needs of our AUC faculty body.

TAP into one or more of the below pathways:

Pathways

  • Your choice of one or more certificates:

    1. Teaching at AUC Certificate

    Teaching at AUC certificate - previously named the Teaching Enhancement Certificate (TEC). The Teaching at AUC Certificate fulfills the provost's Teaching Enhancement Initiative. This is a 3-hour workshop open to all faculty and required for all adjunct faculty. This certificate includes:

    • Exploration of liberal arts education
    • Applying backward design and writing effective learning outcomes
    • Aligning course assessments with learning outcomes
    • Developing engaging lesson/session plans with the enhanced lecture session
    • Meta-reflection on pedagogy and processes used in the workshop itself, including classroom assessment techniques and technology
    • Introduction to academic integrity at AUC
    • Plan for follow-up with one-one consultations with CLT

    CLT Online Teaching Institute

    The online teaching institute explores the different aspects of designing fully online courses and building rapport with your students. The institute offers opportunities to reflect on participants' experiences teaching online, exchange lessons learned, and share questions and concerns in a supportive learning community. Faculty members will also explore the CLT resources available on the Blackboard course, Preparing to Design your Spring 2021 Course Online. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to read through and make use of the material for teaching courses online this semester. Send an email if you do not have access to this course on Blackboard. To receive a certificate of completion, faculty members must submit a redesigned syllabus on Blackboard.

    Note: Our regular teaching enhancement certificate is paused during the period of remote instruction and the online teaching institute is now offered in its place.

    2. CLT Certificate Tracks

    These tracks are offered in the fall and spring semesters. These are day-long or half-day thematic workshops. Two or more will be offered every fall and spring semester. Check the faculty workshops page for dates and registration details.

    • Active Learning Track (I and II)
    • Assessment for Learning Track
    • Web-Enhanced Learning Track (I and II)
    • Course Design Track
    • Community-Based Learning Track
    • Problem-Based Learning Track

    3. Blackboard build-your-course Day (Offered in late August and early in each semester)

  • This is a two-hour interactive workshop sessions offered to both full-time and adjunct faculty. This certificate is offered over one semester with weekly workshops spanning six weeks. This certificate aims to provide faculty with a deeper understanding of the considerations for designing and facilitating blended courses as well as give faculty the opportunity to experience a blended course. The certificate ­workshop series is designed in a blended format, meaning that it includes face-to-face and online activities. The schedule includes five face-­to­-face sessions plus one to two hours/week of online activities - both of which are essential and integral to the learning experience. To obtain the certificate, faculty members are required to actively participate in online activities, attend at least 80% of face-to-face sessions, and submit a "skeleton syllabus" for their redesigned blended course due at the end of the semester.

    Face-to-face sessions will take place once a week (Wednesday from 1 - 3 pm) for five weeks, starting February 19 and ending on April 22.

  • This new pathway aims to cultivate reflective and innovative teaching in individuals participating in a year-long learning community for a cultural shift towards innovative pedagogy institution-wide. Through the Center for Learning and Teaching, faculty in this cohort will have the opportunity to engage in a newly launched year-long program of workshops, activities, and events within a learning community. This program is primarily for new AUC faculty and faculty who are new to teaching and interested in learning about higher education teaching. This program is also open to full-time faculty who have been at AUC for some time and are interested in teaching innovation and enhancing student learning.

    The goals of this track are to:

    1. Enhance higher education teaching skills at AUC, with a focus on liberal arts pedagogy
    2. Support faculty in learning about new approaches to receiving formative feedback on their teaching from CLT, their students, and their peers
    3. Enable faculty to make use of CLT resources and seek support and collaboration
    4. Help create a culture of habitually reflective teachers who continually strive to develop as teachers and innovate in their teaching
    5. Prepare faculty on the tenure track and practice lines with a strong teaching portfolio
    6. Build a supportive learning community that can benefit faculty early in their AUC career and beyond

    Program Details 

    Registration is announced to new incoming full-time faculty in August of each academic year. 

    Eligibility

    New AUC full-time faculty will be given priority. 

    Time Requirement

    Two hours weekly for six weeks per semester (approximately 24 contact hours over one academic year) plus a full-day teaching enhancement certificate in August or early September. Preparation time, follow-up, or online interaction time: One to two hours per week. Dates and times to be determined with each incoming cohort. 

    The Faculty Institute of Learning and Teaching (FILT) is a year-long program of workshops, activities, and events within a learning community. Faculty who complete FILT receive a certificate accredited by the Canadian Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.