Professional development is not restricted to research. As teachers we have to continually update and refine our course learning outcomes, course materials and activities, and our approach to teaching. The classroom is an ideal place for innovation, and for testing our approaches to provide evidence of their effectiveness (e.g., vis-a-vis the students’ achievement of the desired learning outcomes). Doing so is referred to as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
This concept is part of Boyer’s four scholarships: discovery, integration, application and teaching, with research on one side linked by a continuum to teaching on the other side. Common to all four stages are the activities we engage in: “clear goals, adequate preparation, appropriate methods, significant results, effective presentation, and reflective critique” (Hutchings et al., Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Reconsidered, Jossey-Bass, Stanford 2001, p. 16).
Two resources are at your disposal to support your scholarship of teaching and learning:
- The Schulich Centre for Teaching Excellence, which provides one-on-one help in troubleshooting issues, as well as a host of advice on its website. Please see the second tab on this page.
- The YorkU Teaching Commons, which runs a range of courses, workshops and seminars that you can pick and choose from. Please see the third tab on this page.
Please contact the ADA or SCTE if you’d like to experiment and conduct teaching research in your class and/or need any type of information or support. The Schulich School encourages a diverse range of innovation and continuous improvement, be it on a global or local scale.
Schulich Centre for Teaching Excellence (SCTE)
What is the Schulich Centre for Teaching Excellence?
The overarching goal of the Schulich Centre for Teaching Excellence (SCTE) is to create an academic community within Schulich that is committed to teaching and learning excellence.
A typical year’s activity includes providing development and support for over 200 full-time and part-time faculty members, conducting workshops and training, individual coaching, working through JIT issues as they arise in various courses, maintenance of the SCTE website, peer evaluation, overseeing the student-run Seymour Schulich Awards for Teaching Excellence, as well as a range of other teaching and learning issues that arise in any particular year.
What are the goals of the Schulich Centre for Teaching Excellence?
For more information about the SCTE, including its collected knowledge on teaching, please click here:
- Build knowledge and skills to enhance course design, delivery, and assessment for both new and more experienced faculty
- Rapid identification and response to teaching issues
- Recognize teaching excellence and diffuse best practices
- Lead and interface with various committees, administrators and students on teaching and learning policies, curriculum and resources within Schulich
- Scholarly engagement on teaching and learning with the wider academic community
York University Teaching Commons
The York University Teaching Commons offers courses on eLearning, teaching certification courses and workshops for faculty. The Teaching Commons employs a group of experts on educational development, experiential education, eLearning, design of learning outcomes, and assessment and evaluation strategies.
Schulich collaborates with the Teaching Commons in order to provide a relatively seamless support for our faculty members.More information on a wide variety of topics directly related to teaching can also be found on the website of YorkU’s Teaching Commons.