Although there are many university-wide and college specific policies that apply to your teaching, these four are especially relevant:
University Learning Charter
Articulates our vision for learning and the roles of instructors and students
Academic Course Policy
Outlines specific rules with regard to exams, classes, grading and more
Covers academic and non-academic misconduct such as plagiarism or disruptive behaviour
Outlines acceptable use of materials protected by copyright
Preparing for a class
Once you know which class(es) you'll be teaching, you may want to take care of these items right away:
- Create a syllabus.
- Order course materials such as textbooks and consider potential homework systems.
- Set up and publish your course within Canvas, which is our learning management system (LMS) Canvas training is available here.
- Contact the University Library to put books on reserve.
If you are teaching a course with a lab, you will want to coordinate content and activities with the lab coordinator. You may also want to review the online lab safety material including traning resources.
Starting a class
Campus gets busy during the weeks leading up to the start of a new term. Here are some helpful things to know:
- Student registration
What you need to know if students ask you for permission to register in an over-subscribed or limited class.
- Classroom equipment
See what technology is in your assigned classroom.
- Know Your Class
How to access demographic information about the students enrolled in your class to help you tailor or adapt your lesson plans.
- Learning technologies
Ways to incorporate learning technology in your teaching, such as an audience response system for large classes.
- Access and Equity Services
What you need to know if you receive a Letter to Professor (LTP) indicating that a student enrolled in your class is registered with Access and Equity Services and requires accommodations. The LTP will outline their needs.
Teaching a class
Here are a few additional things to keep in mind when teaching a class:
- Exams and Grades
Scheduling information, grading system, appeals, etc.
- Course evaluation
Institutional tools for gathering feedback from students about the course content and your teaching style.
- Student support
If you notice that a student is in distress, please be aware of our support services so you can appropriately refer them.