Degrees are good things to earn; they represent the knowledge you’ve learned, the challenges overcome and the tasks accomplished. But there are also many things that degrees don’t teach you, especially when it comes to teaching in higher education. There’s often no class to take that covers how to design a course syllabus, deal with a student who constantly disrupts class, or how to supervise graduate students. It’s often trial by fire.
This site is a compendium of resources, articles, insights, questions, and general comments about teaching and learning in higher education. Whether you’re a part-time instructor, tenured faculty, or a graduate student about to step into a higher education classroom as the instructor for the first time, hopefully this site acts as a valuable resource in stimulating reflection, asking and answering new questions around teaching and learning, and generating dialogue.
It is written and edited by Eric Ritskes, a PhD student in education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. There is no claim to authority in these pages, merely an engagement in the dialogue around teaching and learning in higher education.
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