Teaching Essentials Program

Overview

The Teaching Essentials Program (TEP) is part of a multifaceted approach to institutional on-boarding. The program is designed to equip new faculty members to be confident, well prepared, and comfortable in their new role as an instructor at Red River College.

In addition to participation in this program, it is expected that new instructors will work with a mentor within their own department, attend a New Employee Orientation, work towards your Certificate in Adult Education (to be completed within five years), and participate in faculty development sessions as appropriate to further develop their effectiveness in the classroom.

Overall goals of RRC new faculty programs:

  1. Assist in the transition from industry or business to new roles as instructors in an educational environment.
  2. Provide opportunities for new faculty to be socialized into the college setting and become familiar with the procedures and policies that impact college, program and classroom cultures.
  3. Assist new instructors in the development of pedagogical skills.

The intent of the Teaching Essentials Program is that workshops will begin prior to any teaching assignments. This program is a series of sessions that focus on introducing essential teaching and learning methodologies/skills to new instructors.

Research shows that effective new faculty orientation programs contribute to teacher retention rates, smooth the transition into the teaching profession, foster emotional development and job satisfaction, improve pedagogical practice, and most importantly increase student achievement through improved teaching performance.

The Teaching Essentials Program plays a significant role in meeting the overriding goals of supporting new faculty through a series of interactive sessions that link their subject specialty knowledge directly to the practical planning and instructional skills needed to meet the immediate needs of curriculum delivery and student learning.

Purpose

This program is a series of sessions that focus on introducing new instructors to essential teaching and learning methodologies; ideally, the first two sessions will begin before your first class. Topics addressed in the sessions include how to:

  • plan and organize for instruction
  • communicate effectively and manage the learning environment
  • identify and apply instructional technologies,
  • consider learning styles and teaching strategies in planning
  • assess and evaluate student performance
  • self-reflect on teaching practice 

The TEP will play a significant role in meeting the needs of new faculty members through a series of interactive sessions that link subject specialty knowledge directly to the practical planning and instructional skills needed to meet the immediate needs of curriculum delivery and student learning.

The Workbook

The workbook will provide an introduction to the TEP, guidelines for each of the sessions, places to keep notes, reflections and a contact list, and a list of resources related to each of the session topics.

Program Format

This three-day workshop is delivered using both synchronous (ie. live with facilitators using Microsoft Teams) and asynchronous (ie. independent participant reading and activities) approaches.

For further information, please contact the Teacher Education office.