Strategy 1.1

Priority 1: Building capacity and creating community

STRATEGY I: Develop, facilitate, and lead educational development initiatives that build teaching and learning expertise and connect networks of practice throughout the U of C


  • Enhance educational development opportunities and resources for new faculty members
  • Provide educational development opportunities and resources for instructors who teach graduate students and courses
  • Support educational development and course design with a focus on enhancing student engagement in large enrolment and capstone courses
  • Connect people and networks of practice to share and disseminate scholarship and effective practices related to teaching and learning
  • Develop a sustainable peer support program through the foundation of the Teaching Academy
  • Support peer development processes through initiatives such as teaching squares, classroom observations and peer mentorship
  • Develop a comprehensive graduate student teaching development workshop program, including an interdisciplinary workshop series, TA orientation, a degree-credit course related to university teaching and learning, and a certificate in the theory and practice of university teaching
  • Facilitate discipline-specific initiatives to support evidence-based course design strategies
  • Enhance resources and training on the effective use of learning technologies and technology-enabled learning spaces
  • Develop, promote and support the exploration and meaningful adoption of relevant new learning technologies, through initiatives including the Faculty Design Studio and Technology Lending Library
  • Promote, support, and model effective online learning at the University of Calgary
  • Develop and enhance programs, resources, and initiatives to support the nomination and application process for the University of Calgary Teaching Awards Program and the University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Grants programs
  • Enable instructors to develop, implement and assess the impact of new teaching and learning approaches and technologies by actively promoting the University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Grants program
  • Develop a sustainable framework for the Instructional Skills Workshop Program, including training and development of facilitators, and offering an on-line and blended ISW framework
  • Develop a peer-reviewed open-access journal to support the sharing and dissemination of conference proceedings from the University of Calgary Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching
  • Pilot a Teaching Fellowship program to build capacity and networks of practice for teaching and learning within and across faculties and schools at the University of Calgary
  • Maintain and promote the online Teaching Community by posting resources and engaging in online discussion