This tutorial provides background Information, advice, examples of best practices, and inspiration to those using or thinking about using the exciting and challenging learning environments known as "Active Learning Classrooms" (ALCs).
When done well, lectures can motivate students, spur their critical thinking, and help them draw complex connections between ideas. This tutorial provides suggestions to help you avoid common problems while offering practical advice as you design your lectures to engage students actively and creatively.
This tutorial breaks down the often challenging task of course design into four components: establishing learning outcomes, assessing learning outcomes, planning class sessions, and reviewing your course design based on student feedback. It walks instructors through each of these stages in the design process and includes working guides that instructors can complete to assist them in the design of their own courses.
You want your student teams to succeed on their course-based group projects while simultaneously developing teamwork skills. If you’re like most faculty though, you don’t have time to design and teach all of the group process pieces, so we’ve done the initial work for you. Teamwork.umn.edu delivers research-based teamwork strategies and tools that you can assign or modify for students.
A syllabus is a written or electronic document that contains information students need to know in order to successfully complete the work of a course. Instructors are required to develop a course syllabus for each offering of a course and communicate the syllabus to students.
A teaching philosophy is a self-reflective statement of your beliefs about teaching and learning. Starting a teaching philosophy can be a difficult task, but it need not be. The steps outlined in this tutorial provide a structure for taking you through the drafting process step by step.