In the Sheridan Teaching Seminar, members of the Brown teaching community aim to improve their students' learning and their own experiences as teachers through a reflective exploration of their own practices and beliefs about teaching. As the first of the Sheridan Center's teaching certificate programs, the Sheridan Teaching Seminar introduces a number of topics that will help you develop and refine fundamental, evidence-based teaching skills and strategies. Throughout the seminar, you'll reflect critically on your own teaching and learning experiences; consider how to establish inclusive learning environments that support the diverse students you'll encounter in your teaching; practice public speaking and communication skills; apply principles of learning design; explore methods of evaluating learning; and investigate how student engagement leads to lasting and deep forms of learning.

A Blended Learning Experience

The seminar is organized as four separate modules. Each module contains a self-paced online component—consisting of videos, readings, and guided activities that lead to the module's assignment—followed by an in-person, hands-on workshop. These workshops are a critical part of the program, giving you an opportunity to give and receive constructive peer feedback and to learn from the experiences of colleagues from across disciplines.

The four modules of the Teaching Seminar are:

  • Module 1: Critical Reflection and Inclusive Classrooms

  • Module 2: Rhetorical Practice and Classroom Communication

  • Module 3: Learning Design

  • Module 4: Engaged Learning

Each program participant also completes a Teaching Observation.  The Teaching Observation allows participants to reflect on their students’ learning experience and to gain constructive feedback from the Sheridan Center’s trained Teaching Consultants on achieving their individual teaching goals.

For more information, visit the Sheridan Center website.