Courses Offered

Courses Offered

CTAL currently offers courses to help graduate students, faculty, teaching staff learn more about the mechanics of teaching and learning. In addition, we provide workshops for faculty and TAs about specific educational topics such as classroom assessment techniques and other pedagogical strategies.

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UNIV601 Pedagogy

2017 Fall Semester  –  Sample Syllabus
Wednesdays from 4:30pm-6:30pm (Pearson 116 – Faculty Commons)
Independent Study (0 credit hours)

This course familiarizes participants with sound teaching principles and effective teaching strategies. The coursework has a practical orientation and seeks to help participants prepare to teach or enhance their classroom performance in their respective disciplines.

Notes: The course requires permission from the instructor.
It is open to graduate students and post-docs interested in developing their teaching. Students will be registered by the instructor. Please contact Kevin Guidry (

Department: PROV

UNIV600 Learning

2018 Spring Semester (Syllabus)
Wednesdays from 4:30pm-6:30pm (Pearson 116 – Faculty Commons)
Independent Study (0 credit hours)

This course explores cognitive, affective and social aspects of the learning process through research and reflection on learning and teaching literature in higher education. Students develop skills to facilitate learning in their respective disciplines.

Notes: The course is open to graduate students and post docs interested in developing their teaching and requires permission from the instructor. Please contact Rose Muravchick (

Department: PROV

In their own words

Here is some feedback we received from students of a previous UNIV600 class (Spring 2015)

“I actually used what I learned in UNIV600 while I was on the academic job market this semester. When asked about my teaching philosophy or how I approached undergraduate courses, I felt confident with my responses because of the foundational knowledge UNIV600 provided me. I was able to discuss deep learning versus surface learning and different learning taxonomies during my teaching presentations. Without a doubt, this course helped me learn how to be a better instructor in the classroom.”-  Ashley


“UNIV600 was a great course… It helped me understand both how I learn and how I would like my students to learn. It was a great opportunity for me to discuss learning theories with my peers and to learn from their experiences in teaching as well. I really recommend it!” – Mariana


“[UNIV600 and 601] have been immensely helpful in formulating my teaching philosophy and statement as I begin my career as both a scholar and teacher… [courses] offer specific strategies for engaging students in an interactive and thought-provoking manner that is genuinely fun while simultaneously increasing academic performance in the classroom.”- Tobias


“The UNIV600 course was a welcome opportunity to gain an understanding of teaching considerations to support student learning. The benefits of this course, however, extended beyond that. It was a chance to interact with graduate students in other disciplines, engaging in discussions regarding challenges encountered when teaching in our respective fields, as well as to connect with the support systems in place to help develop teaching skills within the university.” – Jennifer

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