The Centre of Teaching, Learning & Scholarship (CTLS) contributes to faculty development and the culture of teaching and learning at RDP. 


  • We lead collaborative discussions and facilitate interdisciplinary connections among faculty to improve the quality of teaching and learning at RDP. 
  • We design faculty development experiences grounded in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to positively impact student outcomes. 
  • We support faculty in innovating practices and approaches designed to create a unique and meaningful Polytechnic experience for students.

Faculty Performance

Peer Observation

An opportunity to observe peers and reflect on feedback to enhance teaching practice, benefitting student learning and experiences.

Small Group Instructional Feedback

Small Group Instructional Feedback sessions are designed to gather qualitative data from students about their learning experiences. 

The process is designed to create opportunities for dialogue between instructors and students. Completed before the mid-point of the term or intake, the SGIF results can be used by the instructor to impact students within the current session. Feedback gathered in this way is primarily for formative assessment purposes, providing important information for instructors to formulate a growth plan and to organize professional development activities to support that plan.

Student Feedback Instruments

A Student Feedback Instrument (SFI) is how students provide feedback on instruction at Red Deer Polytechnic.  Your voice matters and can help enhance teaching and learning at RDP.

SFIs for credit courses will be administered after completing 75% of a course. Once available, students can access SFIs through their Red Deer Polytechnic email or Blackboard.

Teaching Development Programs

Introduction to Teaching & Learning (ITL)

The Introduction to Teaching & Learning (ITL) Program introduces new faculty to teaching and learning at Red Deer Polytechnic. We provide a supportive environment for discussion, self-reflection and practice.

Introduction to Teaching and Learning Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of ITL@RDP, new faculty will be able to:

  • Integrate self-reflective practices into their teaching
  • Reflect on and incorporate feedback related to teaching
  • Identify key policies at RDP (or beyond, e.g. AIT) that govern teaching and learning and integrate these into their teaching and planning processes
  • Employ principles of Outcomes Based Curriculum Design into course planning to ensure alignment, threading and laddering
  • Evaluate a variety of lesson plans for their applicability to one’s teaching focus
  • Discuss relevant evidence from the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to create a learner-centred classroom

Additional information will be sent to participants upon registration. 

Excellence in Teaching and Learning (ETaL)

The Excellence in Teaching and Learning (ETaL) program is a Career Development Certificate credentialed through Continuing Education & Corporate Training at Red Deer Polytechnic. 

This program is currently offered internally to Red Deer Polytechnic faculty as a voluntary program. Curriculum is taught by the faculty Learning Designers in the Centre of Teaching, Learning and Scholarship. Learning Designers all have advanced degrees and extensive teaching experience at the post-secondary level.

Grounded in the foundations of learner-centred teaching, evidence-based practice and self-reflection, participants are able to incorporate and apply the work of the program to their current teaching. 

During the three years of the program (five years if taken part-time and less than three years if taken on an accelerated, or fast-track, schedule), faculty meet in interprofessional groups to explore teaching and learning in post-secondary in Canada. 

Though many faculty complete the program within the three-year time period of a full-time program, the program is not limited to a cohort model. 

Faculty on the fast-track or part-time schedules join faculty in the full-time program for modules as needed for completion.


  • Pre-Module: Self-Reflective Practice
  • Module 1: Course Design & Course Outcomes
  • Module 2: Assessment & Evaluation
  • Module 3: Technology Enhanced Learning


  • Module 4: Indigenization of Post-Secondary in Canada
  • Module 5: Learner-Centred Classroom
  • Module 6: The Inclusive Classroom


  • Capstone Planning
  • Capstone Project
  • Capstone Presentation 

Module Structure and Requirements:

  • Each module consists of a two-hour online seminar followed by a final two-hour wrap seminar
  • Each module has a required reading/preparation element before the first online seminar; all readings are available online through the Blackboard course site
  • Each online seminar involves a discussion of the core topic for the module based on the preparation
  • All module assignments are completed through Blackboard; each module consists of 4 assignments in the form of journal entries, group discussions and course component (re)design assignments (e.g. course outcomes, authentic assessment, universal design)
  • all requirements must be completed before the final wrap-up seminar for each module
  • there is a 4-6 week interval between the initial module seminar and the module wrap-up seminar during which requirements can be completed at your own pace

Teaching Resources

A Process for Getting Started: Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Collaborate Ultra General Overview: Best Practices
Continuous Appointment ePortfolios at RDP: Rationale and How-Tos
Creating your Continuous Appointment ePortfolio with CTLS's Google Sites Template: Step-by-Step Guide
New to Online Teaching? The CTLS is Here to Help

Contact Us

Team members in RDP's Centre of Teaching, Learning & Scholarship are happy to assist you.

Email Us