Appendix A: Badging at Ryerson University

Ryerson University aligned its badges to:

  • Clifton Strengths Training
  • ThriveRU Workshops
  • The Graduate Professional Development in Teaching program

Clifton Strengths Training

Participants receive a badge for each of two workshops: Personal Strengths and Team Strengths, detailed below.

 

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Badge Issued for Workshop I Attendance

Personal Strengths: Workshop I

Individuals who receive this badge will be able to:

  • List their Top 5 Strengths.
  • Feel more confident in how they can use their Strengths.
  • Explain at least one (1) of their strengths in their own words.
  • Describe the importance of understanding their Strengths.

 

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Badge Issued for Workshop II Attendance

Team Strengths: Workshop II

Individuals who receive this badge will be able to:

  • Feel more confident in how they can use their Strengths in a team setting.
  • Explain the importance of having diverse strengths on a team.
  • Explain how one of my strengths may be challenging to others.
  • Identify the four (4) Clifton Strengths theme domains

 


ThriveRU Program Completed

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THRIVERU Badge Issued by Ryerson University

This badge is awarded to participants who have attended all four ThriveRU workshops (Gratitude, Optimism, Self-Compassion, and Grit) and have submitted a reflection outlining their learning. Individuals who receive this badge will be able to:

  • Describe the five aspects of ThriveRU that combine to build resiliency (mindfulness, gratitude, optimism, self-compassion, and grit [perseverance]).
  • Describe at least one way to enhance happiness and build resilience in their own life.
  • Explain at least one way that incorporating ThriveRU tools into their life impacts themselves and others.

Graduate Professional Development in Teaching Program – Level I

Level 1

Upon completion of Level 1, participants will be able to:

  • Develop their teaching practice in the context of their own TA/GA role.
  • Understand and apply principles of student engagement and classroom inclusivity.
  • Investigate student learning in a university setting
  • Develop a statement of teaching philosophy.
  • Engage in a learning community made up of peers from across the university.

Level 1 comprises three components:

  1. 1.8 hours of teaching development workshops facilitated by the Ryerson University Learning and Teaching Office or at the Departmental or Faculty level.
  2. CILT 100 Learning and Teaching in Higher Education I, a 6-week (18-hour) course.
  3. A 1,000 word reflection on the SEDA Values and Outcomes that incorporates experiences from both the workshops and CILT 100.

Level 2

Upon completion of Level 2, participants will be able to:

  • Design and deliver effective and engaging lessons.
  • Design and develop a course outline based on stated learning outcomes.
  • Develop appropriate assessments that assess the extent to which learning outcomes have been achieved.
  • Develop a teaching dossier.
  • Engage in a learning community made up of peers from across the university.

Level 2 comprises three components:

    1. CILT 105 Learning and Teaching in Higher Education II, a 6-week (18-hour) course.
    2. One of the following two options:15 to 24 hours of Course Instructor Apprenticeship where, under the supervision of a faculty mentor, participants gain practical experience in course instruction, exclusive of duties normally carried out by a GA or a 24- to 30-hour Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW), an intensive, peer-based workshop that runs over three days.
    3. A 1,000 word reflection on the SEDA Values and Outcomes that incorporates experiences from CILT 105 and either the ISW or the Apprenticeship.

    Follow-up Survey

    Ryerson University’s Student Life and Learning and Teaching Offices sent out the following survey post-pilot (A Google form, replicated here in the link and embedded):https://goo.gl/forms/cgiMkOhjuGNIZJkD