CIRTL Foundations of Pedagogy (FoP1) - Fall 2018

Date & Time

Tuesday, 2 October 2018 - 2:00pm to Tuesday, 20 November 2018 - 4:00pm





The Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) at UBC introduces their Foundations of Pedagogy (FoP1) course for the fall 2018 semester.

At the end of the one-term course, you will be able to use concepts in evidence-based teaching to effectively teach a lesson in a STEM undergraduate classroom, with emphasis on alignment of learning objectives, activities and assessment. While there will be a focus on STEM, the concepts are transferable to other disciplines and UBC graduate students from all disciplines are invited to participate.



Successful completion involves participation in 7 out of 8 classes including pre-work, teaching one 10 minute mini-lesson and writing a first draft of your teaching portfolio. Upon completion, you will be awarded Associate status from UBC’s Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL).

There are no pre-requisites to participate in this course. The concepts are similar to what is covered in an ISW with a more emphasis on theory. Previous students who had taken an ISW prior to FoP1 said that both courses complement each other well.

Registration is first come, first serve but priority will be given to STEM students and those who have not yet taken an ISW.


Ambrose, SA, Bridges, MW, DiPietro, M, Lovett, MC, Norman, MK (2010) How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Time and Location

Workload: 8 sessions of 2 hours plus 2-3 h homework per week

Fall 2018 FoP 1 classes will be held Tuesdays 2:00 – 4:00 pm in UBC’s Research Commons (Koerner Library, 2nd floor). The first session (Oct 2) will be held in room 216, and all the other sessions in room 217.

Foundations of Pedagogy 1 is offered once per semester. The next course will start on October 2,  2018.