Essential Teaching and Learning Tools for Part-time Staff at Niagara College, and the Canadian Food and Wine Institute

Part-time staff at Niagara College will effectively learn how to use a teaching and learning plan template, a course outline template, and how to follow standardized late policies. This e-module will also teach the importance of using each of these essential teaching and learning tools to prepare students for success. 

Part-time staff at Niagara College will effectively learn how to use a teaching and learning plan template, a course outline template, and how to follow standardized late policies, and the importance of these tools.

Essential Teaching and Learning Tools for Part-time Staff at Niagara College, and the Canadian Food and Wine Institute

Part-time staff at Niagara College will effectively learn how to use a teaching and learning plan template, a course outline template, and how to follow standardized late policies, and the importance of these tools.

The importance of Essential Teaching and Learning Tools

  • Why is preparing Essential Teaching and Learning Tools important?
    1. Keeping yourself organized
    2. Cuts time from answering student emails and questions
    3. Allows peace of mind for students
    4. Helps your students on the road to success 
    5. Presents a written contract helping you in case of student-teacher disputes

Learning Objectives

A learning objective is a statement of what the students are expected to be able to do in the completion of the course. 

Teaching and Learning Plans

The course Teaching and Learning Plan (TLP) is a vitally important communication tool between you and your students.  Your Teaching and Learning Plan will help your students to understand the intended learning outcomes for the course.  TLP's also list when and how students will be required to demonstrate their learning through assessments.  

How to write a Teaching and Learning Plan

Essential Teaching and Learning tool templates are to be followed when putting together a teaching and learning plan for your course. Teaching and Learning Plans cover the following information: 

  1. Instructor name, contact information, and office hours
  2. How and when the students are evaluated and the weight of each evaluation 
  3. Weekly course plan that breaks down the course topics, material covered and required assignments, and readings
  4. Ensure that you include a disclaimer on the bottom highlighting that course material and assignment due dates are subject to change if deemed necessary from instructor

Assignments and Late Policy

Niagara College has a standardized assignment and late policy for all courses:

Assignments and projects are due on the date and time given by the subject professor. Professors will return assignments or projects within a reasonable period of time following the due date. If a student is absent from the class in which assignments are returned, it is the student‘s responsibility to contact the professor to arrange a time to pick up the assignment. Teaching and Learning Plans provided to the student will indicate any penalties for late submissions (Typically, 5% each day late). 

Course Outlines

New courses and changes to course curriculum are controlled through Course Outlines which are maintained through the Academic Logistics system. Academic Chairs must approve all new and revised input to this system. Guides, handbooks, and templates on curriculum development, evaluation, program manuals, and course outlines are provided online.

How to Write a Course Outline

Essential Teaching and Learning tool templates are to be followed when putting together a course outline for your course. Course outlines cover the following information: 

  1. Write a course description that includes learning objectives, highlights topics covered and the KSA's that students will develop over the course of the term
  2. How the students are evaluated and the weight of each- i.e. midterm 30%, final 30%, assignment 40%
  3. Textbook information
  4. Learning objectives
  5. Academic misconduct and plagiarism policies (School policies should be explicitly stated in order to avoid student confusion)
  6. Late penalties for  assignment submission and repercussions in the case of late submission

Rubrics

A rubric focuses on measuring a stated objective in the course or in an assignment using a range to rate performance. Rubrics contain specific performance characteristics arranged in the degree to which the standard has been met, or exceeded. 

How to Write a Rubric

Essential Teaching and Learning tool templates are to be followed when putting together a rubric for your course. Rubrics cover the following information: 

  1. Write a learning objective explaining what should be accomplished by the completion of the training module
  2. Identify the tasks required- Provide a clear outline of evaluations that a student needs to accomplish as a requirement for completing the assignment
  3. Identify the difference between potential grades i.e. what is poor, fair, good, and excellent
  4. Assign a value for each part of the project or assignment  i.e. 15 points for proper grammar and sentence construction, 15 points for intro, 40 points for body, 15 points for conclusion, and 15 points for images/visuals

Tips and tricks to the completion of successful Essential Teaching and Learning Tools

  • Be specific to ensure that you include detailed information for your students. This will help alleviate stress and confusion your students may have with regards to any aspect of the course. This will also help alleviate the strain of numerous emails or student questions
  • Provide important links in your course outline and TLP, including links to Niagara College’s website in the case of college policies regarding late policy, academic misconduct, in/appropriate student behaviour
  • Contact program coordinator or administrative staff if undergoing problems

Time to test your knowledge!

The following slides will test your knowledge of Essential Teaching and Learning tools that you have learned within this module. 

Fill in the Blanks!

A Teaching and Learning Plan will help students to understand the intended for the course and how they will be required to demonstrate their learning through

Fill in the Blanks

New courses and changes to course curriculum are controlled through  which are maintained through the Academic Logistics system. Academic Chairs must approve all new and revised input to this system. Guides, handbooks and templates on curriculum development, evaluation, program manuals and course outlines are provided online.

Fill in the Blanks

A rubric focuses on measuring a stated objective in the course or assignment using a range to rate . Rubrics contain specific performance characteristics arranged in the degree to which the  has been met, or exceeded. 

Congratulations!

Congratulations. You have completed the Online Module: Essential Teaching and Learning Tools for Part-time Staff at Niagara College, and the Canadian Food and Wine Institute. 

 

You are ready for the next step: Face-to-Face Training Workshop at Niagara College. 

For more Information, Please visit the Centre for Excellence on the Niagara College Website

http://eddev.niagaracollege.ca/content/CurriculumDesign/TeachingandLearningPlans.aspx