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Drafting a Teaching Development Plan

Course Overview

In 2006, the University Teaching Committee added a teaching development plan as a component of the teaching portfolio required for nominees in all categories of the Outstanding University Teaching Awards.

The decision was based on the assertion that becoming the best teacher is through a persistent and intentional effort at self-improvement and development throughout their career. To be an “outstanding teacher” does not mean reaching a destination but rather engaging in an ongoing process of reflection and growth. In short, the best teachers (and those striving to become one of the best) see themselves as “works in progress.”

The teaching development plan is an opportunity for you to describe your own experience as a work in progress and to chart your path for your ongoing evolution.

You will be actively engaged in activities throughout the sessions and have opportunities to interact with your colleagues through the ISUTEACH Listserv.

The modules include:

  • Module 1: Understanding a Teaching Development Plan
  • Module 2: Reflecting on your Teaching
  • Module 3: Analyzing and Prioritizing your Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Module 4: Drafting your Teaching Development Plan

Estimated Time of Completion

Approximately 10 - 20 minutes per module.

Target Audience

The modules on Drafting a Teaching and Development Plan are intended for faculty who need to develop a plan for self-improvement and successful teaching career.


  1. Study each module.
  2. Complete the accompanying module worksheet.
  3. If applicable send questions related to modules to the CTLT staff, or post to them to the ISUTEACH Listserv.

Required Technical Skills & Assistance

Keyboarding ability, familiarity with a browser (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome), and a computer with internet access are required.

For technical assistance, please contact your department or college support person or the Technology Support Center at (309) 438-HELP.

How to Get Organized

Each module includes worksheets, examples and templates that could be modified for your course. You may might want to create a folder on your desktop to use to save these materials (perhaps labeling it with the course name).

Before you begin, please read through the ISU Statement on Portfolio Preparation Guidelines.

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