Diploma in University Teaching

Program Description

When given the opportunity to teach, most of us start by teaching the way we have been taught in the past.  Often this is not the best way.

During this program, you will develop new knowledge and skills in all the aspects of teaching a successful course including:

  • understanding our students and their different learning needs
  • course planning, defining course outcomes, sequencing learning
  • varieties of teaching methods that promote effective learning
  • assessment of teaching and learning

Peter Gross, Diploma in University Teaching CoordinatorThis is an opportunity for you to really look at how you teach, and why, and to consider new ways to engage students for more effective learning.

The focus in this course is on teaching practice as opposed to theory.  It is delivered in a workshop type format where you will have the opportunity to work with your colleagues, and to actually teach and get detailed feedback to help you improve.  You will develop useful new course materials and try out new approaches in a supportive environment of your colleagues and an enthusiastic and knowledgeable facilitator.

You will end this course with more tools, skills and knowledge to bring directly into your teaching.  You will also be more confident as a teacher.

Peter Gross has a Masters degree in Education and has been the DUT Coordinator for the past eight years.  He has more than 35 years experience teaching, primarily at the NB College of Craft and Design.  He has also taught part-time for over 25 years with UNB’s Faculty of Education and has taught for UNB in Bhutan and Nunavut. 

Some comments from previous sessions:

  • This is one of the most comprehensive courses that I have taken in preparation for my teaching career. The course is full of new ideas on effective teaching and its techniques and may be extremely useful for those who are at the early stages of their teaching career. Now, after attending this course my teaching will never be the same again. You will be very happy, and so will be your students, that you have attended this course. ~ Vokhid Urinov, Faculty of Law
  • this was one of the best courses I have ever taken.
  • Peter Gross and the whole DUT program at UNB are to be congratulated!

Course Objectives

At the end of the course you can expect to:

  • Demonstrate new knowledge and improved skills related to course design as evidenced particularly by the production of: a lesson plan that uses a new or improved teaching method; a description of how you will use effective feedback techniques to improve teaching and learning; the creation of a new test of students' learning.
  • Conduct a 20 minute mini teaching session that uses new or improved teaching methods.
  • Provide constructive critiques of your colleagues in feedback of their mini-teaching sessions, as well as in reviewing their written assignments.
  • Assess your own teaching, particularly in the feedback from your 20 minute session, clarify your strengths, and outline a plan for continued improvement.
  • Formulate a statement of your teaching philosophy that forms part of a teaching dossier.