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ECTL Certification in Teaching and Learning

Program Objectives

Through this certification, participants are exposed to the theory and practices of effective teaching and learning. The certification challenges participants to examine teaching and learning for ways to engage learners using innovative techniques and technologies that enhance the learning experience. Participants have opportunities to redesign aspects of courses and present their work to others.

 

Details

  • All UW teaching personnel may register, including faculty, APLs, adjunct and graduate teaching assistants.
  • A total of 100 points is required for certification, distributed throughout all areas of focus.
  • Participants will have up to three years to complete the requirements for this certification.
  • Participants must track their points in an electronic learning portfolio, and check in yearly with an ECTL instructional designer to discuss their plan and progress.

 

Program Outcomes

As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe various conceptualizations of teaching and learning.
  • Define a personal philosophy of teaching and learning.
  • Integrate a variety of teaching theories, methodologies and instructional technologies that will enhance student learning.
  • Incorporate assessment strategies to enhance student learning.
  • Analyze concepts of the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate effective teaching in one’s disciplinary/teaching area.

 

Areas of Focus

Reflection on "what does it mean to teach and to learn”

  • This Meta view examines the role(s) of teachers and learners. Participants will examine various key thinkers and philosophies on educational perspectives through discussions, readings and reflections.

Developing and refining a teaching philosophy

  • This involves writing a teaching philosophy and reviewing it with an instructional designer from the ECTL. It is recommended that this takes place after meeting the requirements in the reflection on what it means to teach and learn category.

Active and engaged learning

  • This category exposes participants to a variety of teaching methodologies on the active/engaged learning spectrum.

Assessment strategies

  • This category exposes participants to a variety of assessment approaches, such as backward course design, developing rubrics, etc.

Teaching and technology

  • This category involves online teaching, blended learning, WyoCourses and various other technologies that can assist teaching and learning.

The scholarship of teaching and learning

  • Good instructors share their good work. This category encourages participants to explore ways in which they can look at their teaching as scholarship, through research, presentations and publication.

Course observation/demonstration

  • This category involves observing others teach, as well as having one’s own teaching observed, in order to receive constructive feedback and gain useful insight and ideas.

Consultations

  • This category allows for consultation or mentorship from an instructional designer in order to assist faculty one-one one in any area they may like assistance (for example, syllabus review, course design or redesign, etc.).

 

Focused Specialty Track

Those interested in focusing on a specialty track, can choose courses that apply to the certification area of focus, but are concentrated in one of the specialty areas: First Year Studies, Service Learning, Distance Learning or Collaborative Communication.

 

Areas of Focus

Potential Activities to choose from (and possible points)

Focused Specialty (Focus points needed in this category)

Total points needed

Reflection on what it means to teach and learn

  •   Faculty learning community *
  •   Book club discussion (5)
  •   Book review/reflection (5)

 

10

Teaching Philosophy

  •   Paper and consultation (5)

 

5

Active and Engaged Learning

  •   John P Ellbogen Summer Faculty Institute *
  •   Faculty learning community*
  •   GRAD 5910*
  •   Workshops (2 each)
  •   Book review/reflection 

10

15

Teaching and Technology

  •   Teaching and Technology Invited Presenter Seminar Series (2 each)
  •   Rapid course design workshops (3 each)
  •   WyoCourses workshops (2 each)
  •   TOUCH sessions (1 each, Max. 5)
  •   John P. Ellbogen Summer Faculty Institute*
  •   eVolution Conference  (1 point for each session review/reflection,up to 5)
  •   Just in Time Excellence in Teaching Tutorial (JETT) session (1pt)
  •   Book review/reflection (5)

 

15

Assessment  Strategies

  •   Workshops (2 each)
  •   John P Ellbogen Summer Faculty Institute *
  •   GRAD 5910*
  •   Faculty learning community*
  •   Book review/reflection (5)

10

20

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

  •   Faculty learning community*
  •   SoTL seminar (10)
  •   Workshops (2 each)

 

10

Teaching Demonstration

  •   ECTL provided peer evaluation (5)
  •   Presentation to peers (5)
  •   Participant provides peer evaluation (with ECTL coach) (5)
  •   Syllabus revision/consultation (5)
  •   GRAD 5910*

5

15

Consultations

  •   Work with ECTL on course design, syllabus review, etc. (5)

5

5

Final Reflection

  •   Participants will complete a reflection that summarizes the impact of the certification on their teaching.

 

5

 

 

30 of 100 total points

100 total points

 

*These events will vary in points depending on the topics presented and points may apply to several categories (see table below for an example).

 

GRAD 5910

POINTS

 

 

Reflection

10

Teaching Philosophy

5

Active and Engaged Learning

20

Teaching and Technology

10

Assessment Strategies

15

Teaching Demonstration

10

 

70 total points

Points

All points will be accumulated from your registration date forward. Although the ECTL will keep records of their sponsored events, faculty are required to keep a detailed portfolio of their activities and acquired points.

Registration

If you are interested in registering for the certificate program, contact Janel Seeley at jseeley1@uwyo.edu or call 766-4814.


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