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Program Description

This non-degree program, SEDA accredited, certificate will appeal to participants who are interested in enhancing their ability and competency in the scholarship of teaching and learning. With the underlying philosophy of developing teacher-scholars (Boyer, 1991), at the heart of the certificate is a framework of collaborative, inquiry-based learning. Over three consecutive courses taken in a one-year time frame, students enrolled in the certificate will collaboratively research a question in the scholarship of teaching and learning and publicly share their findings.

The inquire certificate models the research process in the scholarship of teaching and learning. The first course focuses on the development of a research question, the consideration of methodologies and ethical questions and the articulation of a research proposal. The second course focuses on conducting the proposed research. The third course analyzes and consolidates research findings in the form of a publicly shared, peer-reviewed conference presentation.

With attention to the authentic experience of conducting the scholarship of teaching and learning, the inquire certificate is designed to be collaborative and inquiry-based. Recognizing the value of collaborative technologies, the inquire certificate is a blended-learning offering, allowing participants to make the best use of face-to-face and online collaborative learning opportunities. As the certificate is cohort based, the three courses must be taken in sequence and during a one-year time frame.

Free to the all members of the University of Guelph community, and with a sliding scale for non-University of Guelph participants, the inquire certificate builds community in the scholarship of teaching and learning here at Guelph and beyond.

Participants who successfully complete the program of study will leave the program with the following:

Intended certificate learning outcomes

Participants who successfully complete the certificate should be able to:

  1. Evaluate and critically reflect on strategies and approaches to scholarly teaching within their own discipline and in the broader context of higher education in Canada.
  2. Evaluate methodologies and research practices in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  3. Collaboratively identify, investigate and answer a question related to teaching and learning and disseminate the peer-reviewed findings.
  4. Use appropriate tools and techniques, including research management software, online collaboration tools and joint goal setting, to successfully manage research collaboration.

Certificate framework

The certificate is comprised of three courses:

All three courses must be completed in sequence to be awarded the Certificate.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation, accommodations and meals during the face-to-face sessions at the beginning and end of the certificate.

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INTERNAL registration now closed for U of G community members: Graduate Students, Faculty, Staff, Sessionals, PostDocs

EXTERNAL registration remains open until May 1st at 4:00 pm for non-U of G graduate students, non-U of G non-graduate student