C-Hub Teaching and Course Design Certificate Program

Fall 2022 – Spring 2023

Target Audience: The program is open to all OIST members but please understand that students, faculty, and postdocs will be given first priority if we receive applications in excess of available spots.

Application deadline: September 30th

Session format: In person

Venue: E01, Lab 4


  • Fri Nov 25, 15:30 – 17:00
  • Fri Dec 16, 15:30 – 17:00
  • Fri Feb 17, 15:30 – 17:00
  • Fri Mar 17, 15:30 – 17:00

Program description:

The Teaching and Course Design Certificate Program is an introduction to the core components of inclusive, student-centered teaching and effective course design. The program will help you develop pedagogical skills to actively inspire students to support their learning, and apply best practices to create engaging courses. Using a rhetorical lens, participants will also refine their communication skills that are fundamental to every career.

Core Components:

The program is organized into four modules each of which contains readings (or sometimes a video), an interactive workshop, and an assignment for which you will receive peer feedback.

The topics of these modules are:

  • Reflections on Teaching and Creating Inclusive Learning Environments
  • Rhetorical Practice: Effective Communication
  • Course & Syllabus Design
  • Active Learning

Participants will also complete a Micro-Teaching session, which provides you with the opportunity to gain constructive peer feedback and reflect on your teaching goals.

Program Requirements:

To receive a Certificate each participant must:

  • Complete all four modules in a single academic year: To complete a module, you must do the readings (~2 – 3 articles or equivalent); attend the entire workshop, and complete the assignment).
  • Complete a Micro-Teaching session
  • Submit a final program feedback survey

Application deadline: September 30th


FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

Q: Is the Certificate Program a formal credential for teaching in schools?

A: C-Hub Certificate Program is not a formal certification in teaching and is not a teaching license or credential. Completion of the Certificate documents professional development as university-level instructors.

Q: Does the Certificate Program satisfy PCD requirements for the OIST Graduate School?

A: Students can earn 8 units toward the PCD2 (Professional and Career Development program) requirement upon completion of the course. Please consult the Professional and Career Development (PCD) Coordinator for more details. [gscareer@oist.jp]

Q: Is there a fee for the Certificate Program?

A: The program is free - there is no charge.

Q: Will any of the sessions be recorded or can I attend via Zoom?

A: The program is in-person only, and we will not be recording any sessions.