The Educational Development Centre (EDC) is the teaching and learning office that works with teaching assistants, faculty members, and contract instructors. It supports educators in their preparations for class, aids them with their evaluation of student learning, and helps to collect feedback on their teaching.
Teaching assistants are on the front line of teaching, and contribute greatly to undergraduate education at Carleton University. In order to support TAs in their assignment of duties, the EDC offers a wide variety of training options based on their needs and level of experience. (Note, however, that the EDC does allow some graduate students who are not TAs to participate in several of their training workshops. These are all listed on the Grad Navigate site under Teaching Skills.)
Training options include:
- Peer Feedback
- Teaching Talks
- (Online) Workshops
- Teaching Events
- Workshop Panelist/Voice of Experience
- Workshop Creator
- TA Articles and more
All of these opportunities can be used as requirements towards the Certificate in Teaching Assistant Skills, a flexible certificate program open to all teaching assistants. Participants must complete 10 training sessions and write two reflexive response papers and a TA Article. On average, the certificate takes two years to complete.
Upper-year doctoral candidates who have yet to teach a course are eligible to register for the Preparing to Teach certificate, an intensive nine-week program that prepares future faculty to design their first course, prepare learning outcomes, create assessments, and develop active learning teaching methodologies. The certificate is only being offered once this school year (in the fall term) and details can be found here.
The EDC provides still other services that help support you in your role, from mid-term evaluation forms that you can use to get feedback on your teaching to the TA Mentorship program. This program provides a unique opportunity for TAs to be mentored, advised, trained and supported by an experienced peer familiar with their department’s policies, faculty, and student population. For more information on the Mentorship program, including the participating departments, please click here.
All graduate students who work as contract instructors are also welcome to register for the Certificate in University Teaching and a Certificate in Blended and Online Teaching and Learning programs (both are already fully booked this term, but you can get on the waitlist).