Microcredentials

WHAT ARE MICROCREDENTIALS?

Microcredentials are short, professional programs that focus on skills and competencies. Learn what you need to advance in your career, with the flexibility to manage your many responsibilities at work and at home.

As a part of our commitment to supporting our newest contract faculty, the TLX is happy to announce the launch of a new Micro-Certificate, “Foundations of Teaching Excellence”. This program is targeted for contract faculty and instructors who have been teaching at the college for fewer than 5 years (though it is open to all faculty). It involves approximately 15 hours of online learning as well as 4 synchronous online sessions. 

Further details can be found below.

The tuition for this program is $300, but we are offering it free of charge to George Brown faculty. Successful participants will receive a digital certificate of completion at the end of the program. 

Seats are limited for the first cohort, which launches the week of January 22, 2024.

For more information, please contact Michelle Lee (mmilee@georgebrown.ca). Interested faculty can click here to register.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Apply current principles of adult education when planning, implementing and evaluating learning and curriculum.
    • Design learning to support student engagement, success, and inclusion. 
    • Integrate new ideas into current practices, including educational technology and instructional strategies.
    • Articulate the value and role of inclusion and belonging within the context of post-secondary education.
  • The criteria for successful completion includes engagement in discussions, journal reflections, group and individual activities in each module as well as submission of a final 'assignment' which synthesizes many of the ideas you generated in your culminating journal activities from each module. The intention is that this course will support your sustainable teaching practice.

Module 1: Getting Started

Through self-assessment, discussion, and goal-setting this introductory module will help to set the stage for your engagement with the course and your colleagues. It will provide a starting point and roadmap to guide you in making the most of this experience and to maximize your learning. 

Module 2: Building Community

Through a combination of reading, reflecting, and active engagement, participants will consider the importance of students’ well-being in learning, development, and success. Explore what it means to build and maintain a learning community, create a positive learning environment, and promote inclusive practices. 

Module 3: Designing Learning

Through an exploration of adult learning principles, curriculum design processes, outcomes based learning and educational technology, participants will recognize the importance of intentional design. You'll have the opportunity to enhance a past lesson and consider ways to integrate these ideas into your own planning process.

Module 4: Facilitating Learning

An exploration of facilitation strategies sets the foundation for pulling the pieces of effective teaching and learning together. You'll review strategies that promote student participation and resilience, including integrating the learning management system and technology to promote student success. 

Module 5: Assessment Learning

Through an examination of and reflection on concepts and principles of effective assessment, participants will differentiate types of assessment and recognize which are best applied in their context.  Topics include exploring how assessments and course outcomes should align, choosing effective methods of formative and summative assessment, and the importance of variety in assessment methods.