Foundations of Pedagogy 1

Registration for the Spring 2019 session is now closed. Please check back in July to register for the Fall 2019 session.


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 CIRTL Associate status.

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.

Impact on your career

“I just wanted to let you both know I was offered the position at XX State University!  I’m pretty excited & blown away with this opportunity, and can’t think of a better environment to have practiced and developed my example lesson than the Foundations of Pedagogy classroom.  Thank you again for your time / effort in running FOP, and especially for giving me that additional direction with the teaching exercise.  It’s been a crazy few months, and I’m super thankful to have been a part of CIRTL at UBC and to meet you all!” – FoP1 student

Course Schedule

Week 1: Introduction to STEM teaching

Learning Objectives:

  • Formulate your individual teaching development goals
  • Reflect on your teaching teaching philosophy

Week 2: How People Learn (Theories of Learning)

Learning Objectives:

  • Relate theories of learning to your own experience.
  • Contrast novice and experts approaches to learning
  • Describe how students’ prior knowledge and metacognition influence learning


Week 3: Designing Well Aligned Lessons

Learning Objectives:

  • Formulate a learning objective for your STEM mini lesson
  • Develop well aligned active learning and assessment techniques
  • Give and receive meaningful feedback on any lesson plan

Week 4: Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives:

  • Design realistic, achievable, measurable and student-centered learning objectives
  • Analyze any learning objective with respect to Bloom's Taxonomy.


Week 5: Active Learning

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe several common STEM active learning strategies
  • Evaluate active learning strategies in light of theories of learning


Week 6: Assessment that Support Student Learning

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe several assessment techniques and recognize their alignment with particular types of learning goals.
  • Evaluate assessment techniques as learning/feedback opportunities


Week 7: Learning Through Diversity

Learning Objectives:

  • Define diversity, equity and inclusion, and their implications for the classroom
  • Implement strategies for creating equitable and inclusive classrooms


Week 8: Teaching Portfolio

Learning Objectives:

  • Refine your statement of teaching philosophy
  • Identify at least one idea for each component of your teaching portfolio
  • Define at least 1 next-step to preparing your teaching portfolio0


Time and Location

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

January FoP 1 classes will be held Tuesdays 2:00 – 4:00 pm in UBC’s Research Commons, Koerner Library, 2nd floor in room 216.

Foundations of Pedagogy 1 is offered once per semester. The next course will start on January 08,  2019. Registration is now closed.