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Certificate in Advanced Methods of Teaching

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The Certificate in Advanced Methods of Teaching (AMT) for Medicine, Dentistry & Basic Medical Sciences leads participants through the process of making specific and directed enhancements to their teaching in a classroom and/or in a clinical setting. Participants will explore effective teaching and learning strategies through critical reflection and the evaluation of evidence-based, high-impact teaching methodologies. Participants will also learn how to use learning outcomes strategically to plan teaching sessions, significantly reduce planning time, and design learning activities, assessment tasks and assessment rubrics that are aligned to course learning outcomes.

Who Should Attend

The Certificate welcomes participants who:
- teach in Medicine or Dentistry in academic and clinical settings, in Basic Medical Sciences or in Health
  Sciences;
- have attended introductory training in teaching, learning and assessment in higher education and want more
  advanced, research-informed approaches to teaching and course design;
- currently teach or will be teaching (e.g. next term) and would like to make real-time enhancements through
  guided support and feedback from experienced faculty;
- are preparing for promotion and are looking for strategies to enhance their teaching portfolio;
- would like to meet and collaborate within a community of practice environment where they can share their own
  personal experiences and hear about the experiences of other faculty.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Certificate, participants will be expected to be able to:
- write and implement learning outcomes for a teaching session,
- design an assessment task and a grading rubric based on the course learning outcomes,
- design an engaging learning activity that is aligned to their course learning outcomes,
- plan a teaching session using a high impact teaching approach aligned to the learning outcomes they have
  written for a teaching session, and
- map the learning outcomes of a particular teaching session to the identified course level learning outcomes

Certificate Overview

AMT1 - Preparing to Teach

Prerequisite to enrolling in the following Certificate courses
Participants will be introduced to the teaching portfolio and the components important for promotion and tenure.  They will consider their own evidence-based philosophy that underpins their teaching approach.  They will also identify a pedagogical problem which will be their focal point for the course and drive their learning experience in the AMT.

By the end of the topic participants will be expected to be able to:
   1) identify and approach an appropriate mentor
   2) identify a pedagogical problem in their current teaching context
   3) write an evidence-based teaching philosophy that informs of their approach to teaching

AMT2 - Advanced Small Group Teaching

Using Learning Outcomes to Plan and Design Interactive Learning Sessions
Participants will be introduced to a Model of Planning (MOP) that uses learning outcomes to plan strategically, facilitate active engagement and cut planning time by up to 50%. This method has been taught to university faculty in Canada, the UK and across Europe. Participants will learn how to write learning outcomes that can be used to frame effective questions and engaging group discussions and increase higher level thinking (i.e. problem-solving; critical thinking).  

The topic will culminate with participants presenting course artifacts (e.g. learning activities) that they have designed during this topic.

By the end of this topic participants will be expected to be able to:
   1) use effective questioning techniques to engage students in higher level thinking
   2) employ strategies for effective group discussions
   3) plan an effective small group session for active student engagement
   4) design learning activities to engage students in higher level thinking
   5) identify and implement a variety of learning activities for different purposes and assessment goals

AMT3 - Methods of Assessment

Using Learning Outcomes to Design Assessment Tasks and Assessment Rubrics
Participants will discuss the purposes of assessment and consider how variety and innovation in assessment can enhance learning.  Participants will also learn how to use learning outcomes to design assessment briefs and assessment rubrics aligned to course learning and how to provide effective formative assessment (descriptive feedback) to foster higher order learning.  

The topic will culminate with participants presenting course artifacts (e.g. assessment task and rubrics) that they have designed during this topic.

By the end of this topic, participants will be expected to be able to:
   1) design and write an assessment task aligned to their course learning outcomes
   2) design and write an assessment rubric aligned to their course learning outcomes and an assessment task
   3) problematize the impact of assessment on student learning and engagement
   4) design an appropriate formative assessment strategy to enhance student learning

AMT4A - Clinical Teaching for Medicine

For clinicians who teach learners of all stage and across all clinical settings
This course is organized around 6 subtopics: learning climate; control of session; communication of goals; promoting understanding and retention; evaluation; and feedback.

This topic aims to enhance the physician’s teaching toolbox by exploring new teaching behaviors that can be applied to and implemented in day-to-day teaching moments.

By the end of this topic participants will be expected to be able to:
   1) create a stimulating learning climate that encourages learner involvement, promotes respect and comfort, and fosters the admission of limitations
   2) control a teaching session by focusing a topic and pacing it effectively
   3) communicate teaching goals through the establishment, expression and collaboration of goals
   4) promote understanding and retention through the organization of material presented, use of clarity and emphasis, and by fostering active learning
   5) evaluate the learner by observing, by questioning, and by assessing self-assessment.
   6) provide effective feedback by incorporating minimal feedback, behavioral feedback, and interactive feedback

AMT4C - Advanced Student Engagement Strategies

This topic for Clinical Academics and Basic Medical Sciences faculty is hands-on and interactive, and offers tips on how to deliver an effective lecture. Participants will learn techniques to make the best use of voice and body language to deliver more interactive sessions that capture and hold students’ interest. The workshop also covers how to incorporate humour, metaphor and story-telling techniques to enhance lectures.

By the end of this topic, participants will be expected to be able to:
   1) effectively plan a large group lecture
   2) build metaphor, humour and story-telling techniques into a lecture
   3) implement strategies for engaging larger groups in active learning

AMT5 - Verification of Competence

Participants will attain the Certificate in Advanced Methods of Teaching for Medicine, Dentistry and Basic Medical Sciences by demonstrating learning and competency following:
   1) participation in presentation and feedback based on the artifacts acquired through the AMT topics
   2) completion of a Peer Observation of Teaching (POT)
   3) update their teaching portfolio

Course Inquiries

For detailed information on the content of each topic, or to discuss a personalized plan on how to complete or transfer credits from the Faculty Development Teaching Certificate to the AMT Certificate, please contact Ellen Brown at Ellen.Brown@schulich.uwo.ca or phone 519.661.2111 ext 86204.

How to Register

To register for any of the above Certificate courses, or for information about or to register for any other Faculty Development workshops, click here.