Teaching in Higher Education Certificate

Project Team

  • Peter Arthur, Professor of Teaching, Okanagan School of Education (Lead Applicant)
  • Sally Willis-Stewart, Associate Professor of Teaching, Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • Ramon Lawrence, Academic Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning, UBC Okanagan; Professor, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science


  • Teaching Resources



About the Project

The proposed Teaching in Higher Education Certificate program is a comprehensive and innovative offering designed to empower educators across disciplines with the knowledge and skills necessary to create effective and engaging learning experiences. This program will include topics most relevant to teaching in higher education, including curriculum design principles, learning theories, assessment strategies, multimedia integration, and technology tools for learning. Participants will learn how to design and deliver courses that address diverse learner needs, foster meaningful engagement and support achievement of learning outcomes. By combining the exploration and application of evidence-based and learner-centred practices, this certificate program aims to equip individuals with the expertise to design, implement, teach and evaluate instructional materials and courses effectively, ultimately enhancing the quality of education in higher education environments. Impacts from this program will be observable from all corners of disciplines and contexts across campus; educators completing this micro-credential will transform teaching and learning experiences at UBC Okanagan.

Non-credit credentials must be proposed by a Faculty or the College of Graduate Studies. The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), an administrative unit, has an existing partnership with CoGS to jointly develop and deliver the non-credit credentials. The CTL administers, develops and delivers the Teaching Assistant Foundations program, and CoGS issues a Letter of Completion to TAs who successfully complete 10 hours of the program. The CTL has an ongoing initiative with CoGS to develop the Learning Design Certificate for Graduate Students and is in a partnership to develop and deliver the Teaching in Higher Education Certificate program.