Centre for Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teaching and Learning
Centre for Teaching and Learning

Frequently Asked Questions 

Who is eligible for PUTL?

Professional Development in University Teaching and Learning (PUTL) is intended for students and fellows of Queen’s University who have an interest in developing themselves in areas of university teaching and learning.

How do I complete each PUTL component?

Each of the 5 PUTL components can be achieved by meeting requirements specific to each of the areas of university teaching and learning. You will find an outline of these requirements, and helpful resources for their completion, here on the CTL website and in more detail in onQ. Once you have met all of the requirements for a given component you can submit the documents using the onQ Dropbox. An EDA will review the submissions and will be in touch with feedback. EDAs are also here to provide one-on-one support and mentorship to you as you proceed. Many students choose to meet to discuss a personalized plan for PUTL completion, which helps streamline the process. To arrange a meeting, please email TA&GradCTL@queensu.ca.

An Acknowledgment of Completion will be awarded for each component upon fulfillment of all requirements. A signed Letter of Completion in Professional Development in University Teaching and Learning will be awarded to successful candidates who complete all 5 components.

What exactly do I get for completing PUTL and how will that benefit me?

For each component submission which meets all the requirements, the CTL provides an Acknowledgement of Completion. A signed Letter of Completion in Professional Development in University Teaching and Learning will be awarded to successful candidates who complete all 5 components. This Letter of Completion can be cited on your resume and/or included in your Teaching Dossier or Portfolio. Such formal recognition may be helpful for professional development, job applications, professional school applications, etc. 

Do I need to complete the components in a particular order?

No. PUTL is flexible and you can progress through the components at your own pace and discretion. They can be completed in any order and can be completed concurrently. You may choose to complete any combination of the five components in any order.

How long does it take to complete the components?

Overall, numerous experiences contribute to one’s growth and development as an instructor. As you work and study here at Queen’s, the experiences you engage in will continually contribute to your development. Each component is designed to recognize such efforts and so you may find that you already meet some of the requirements in each of the areas of teaching and learning. However, the components also challenge you to reflect upon and formalize your growth as an instructor and so you may find that some additional effort is required. If you are just getting started with your studies, you can expect to spend about one term completing each component.

How do I use the rubrics that are provided for each of the PUTL components?

A Rubric is provided for each of the five components. These rubrics are used by CTL reviewers in order to effectively and objectively assess component submissions. Some students find it helpful to see how they are being assessed as they put their submission together, therefore the rubrics are available as a guide should you so choose to use them. The rubrics were designed using the ICE Approach. This means that they are focused on the process for learning rather than upon the specific content to be included. While each rubric offers specific details, typically a component is completed when the submissions meet all Ideas (I) and Connections (C) descriptors. Many of the Extensions (E) descriptors go above and beyond what is expected of PUTL, therefore a submission meeting all I, C, and E level descriptors goes above and beyond expectations. 

For more reading on ICE see Fostaty Young, S., & Wilson, R.J. (2000), Assessment and learning: The ICE approach. Winnipeg, MB. Portage & Main Press.

Where is the CTL office located?

You will find us in F200 Mackintosh-Corry Hall. We are on the main level across from the cafeteria area and the Great Canadian Burger Company.

I have more questions, who do I contact?

To register for PUTL please email ctl@queensu.ca. Please contact the EDAs at TA&GradCTL@queensu.ca with any additional questions you have regarding PUTL or any of the components.