CMCC places high value on faculty and has put in place an evolving faculty development program which consists of faculty development days, a teacher education course called TEP 101, a semi-annual Teaching and Learning Conference and one on one mentoring of faculty with regards to teaching and technology.
Topics for discussion at faculty development days are determined by need. Recently, sessions have dealt with the introduction of Vericite, a plagiarism tool, assessment, accommodation and Sakai upgrades.
The Teacher Education Program (TEP 101) was first developed in 2009 as a result of feedback from a faculty development working group. This program has been completed by more than 100 members of CMCC faculty and staff and 9 participants from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) and the University Health Network (UHN).
Course Description – TEP 101
The fundamental theories and practice of effective teaching and learning are introduced: exploring teacher identity and philosophy; determining characteristics, diversities and learning styles; discussing adult learning theories; exploring approaches to teaching and learning; developing strategies for designing and facilitating learning experiences; and assessing curriculum, student learning and teaching practice. These areas of adult education are examined utilizing self-directed learning, critical reflection and experiential learning strategies.By engaging in reflection, presentations and assignments, students critically synthesize the key concepts, principles, theories and practices addressed in this course.
Dr. Scott Dunham is the Director of Curriculum and Faculty Development and is pleased to advance a curriculum that innovates new methods for effective content delivery and the development of critical reasoning skills. Our faculty is equipped to contextualize learning through strengthened connections between both courses and academic years. Faculty are empowered to make choices for their continued development as educators and armed with the tools for effective teaching methods.