Centre for Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teaching and Learning
Centre for Teaching and Learning

SGS902: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Time and Location

The next offering of this course is expected for Winter 2021. Look for more information in August!




This course is intended for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows across the disciplines who want to develop as skilled, thoughtful, and confident post-secondary teachers.  The goal of this course is to challenge and broaden conceptions of learning and approaches to teaching.  Sessions will be literature-informed but activity and discussion-based with an expectation of a high degree of collaboration and participation.  The course has been organized in such a way as to balance theory and practice and to support both conceptual and skill development.

As part of the development experience you will assemble teaching dossiers to document your teaching effectiveness and on-going professional development.  Through participation in the course, you'll experience and experiment with a broad range of instructional strategies, and, along with the feedback you'll get from the course instructors, you will benefit from self- and peer-assessment techniques to monitor progress.

There are mandatory teaching and teaching observations components of this course that require each participant to observe peers teach and be observed by peers while teaching.  Everyone in SGS 902 is responsible for organizing his or her own teaching opportunities for this element of the course.

Observations and teaching components must be completed during the term in which the course runs.

Intended Learning Outcomes

To be successful in this course you must demonstrate a consistent ability to:

  1. Relate formal and theoretical knowledge of teaching and learning to the post-secondary teaching and learning context (evidenced through your guest lecture).
  2. Adopt and adapt a learning-centred approach to teaching a variety of post-secondary learners (evidenced through the Course Syllabus, Session Plan, Guest Lecture and mandatory completion of Accessible Instruction for Educators*).
  3. Engage with and adapt active learning techniques that focus on collaboration (evidenced through your participation in class).
  4. Select and implement a variety of instructional and assessment practices that are aligned with intentions for students' learning (as evidenced the Session Plan, Course Syllabus and Guest Lecture).
  5. Access, summarize and adapt scholarly literature on teaching and learning related to your own discipline to establish your own scholarly approach to teaching (as evidence through class discussions, annotated bibliography, Course Syllabus and Teaching Dossier).

* Accessible Instructional for Educators is an online module available through the Queen's University Equity Office Accessibility Hub at: http://www.queensu.ca/equity/training


Regularly assigned readings will often serve as the basis for class discussion.  You are expected to come to class fully prepared to engage in the discussions.

Methods of Registration

Graduate Students

Please complete an Academic Change Form and take it to the Centre for Teaching and Learning (F200 Mackintosh Corry) for instructor approval once you have signed approval from your supervisor.  This is a credit course, offered on a pass-fail basis. The course may not be used to meet program requirements unless explicitly approved by the student's department.

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Please send your first name, last name, department and Queen's NetID to ctl@queensu.ca for instructor approval. 

NOTE: Enrolment is limited to 30 on a first-come first-serve basis and requires the instructor's permission.

For more information contact:

Email: ctl@queensu.ca
Phone: 613-533-6428