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Instructional Strategies: Promising Practices in Teaching

7 Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education

The “7 Principles” are anchored in decades of research about teaching, learning, and the college experience, and are intended as a basis for improving teaching effectiveness. Use this detailed checklist to assess your individual teaching habits and determine for yourselves how well your practices line up with the identified “good practices.”

The First Day of Class: More Than Just “Going Over the Syllabus”

When it comes to establishing a classroom culture, it’s important to “begin as you mean to continue.” In this workshop we’ll view a film clip, discuss the pro’s and con’s of one professor’s approach to “the first day,” consider professor and student expectations, and brainstorm strategies designed to meet a variety of individual instructor’s goals for that all-important “first day of class.”

Designing an Orientation Module for Online Environments


Humor in the Classroom

You don’t have to be a stand-up comedian to experience the positive benefits of humor in the classroom. Humor in the classroom can be a successful pedagogical approach as well as a fruitful area of research.

Discussion Strategies for Classrooms

What does “effective” discussion in the classroom mean, and how do we facilitate making that happen? Compare the possibilities and consider the options that may work for you and your students.

Discussion Strategies for Controversial Topics

Discussion of controversial issues in the classroom can be an engaging and meaningful learning opportunity for students. Consider the techniques for guiding effective discussion of controversial topics in your class.

Discussion Strategies for Online Environments

What does “effective” discussion in the online classroom mean, and how do we facilitate making that happen? Compare the possibilities and consider the options that may work for you and your students.

“What the Best Teachers Do”

Based on best-selling author Ken Bain’s research, this workshop focuses on the findings of a 16-year study into the habits of heart and mind shared by some of the country's "best college teachers." We provide a "fly-by" tour of some of those findings and allow you an opportunity to compare/contrast their thinking & practices with your own.

Universal Design for Learning

How do you know that your course is designed to reach all students effectively in your classroom, regardless of nationality, language, gender, abilities, backgrounds, and other differences in learning styles and challenges? Universal Design for Learning covers the basic principles for developing teaching to address the learning needs of all students, no matter what challenges they bring with them.

Active Learning for Any Classroom

Frequently, when we visit classrooms to conduct Midterm Chats, we hear students suggest that their instructors integrate elements of active learning into those classrooms. Find out what active learning is and how it can make a difference in your teaching and your students' learning. You'll leave with specific ideas for integrating active learning into your courses, regardless of discipline or class size.

Teaching the Millennial Generation

Feel like you're getting older? Or maybe your students are getting younger? Consider some of the latest millennial research and how it may (or may not) impact your classroom.

Teaching the First Year Student

How are first year students different than other students and how might their needs impact you as an instructor? Consider strategies for working with students in their first year.

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