Aligned Course Design
In this guide, we introduce the 4As Framework (Atmosphere, Aims, Activities, and Assessment) which presents a practical and reflective design process you can rely on when creating new courses or redesigning existing courses.
Active learning is any approach to instruction in which all students are asked to engage in the learning process. Active learning stands in contrast to "traditional" modes of instruction in which students are passive recipients of knowledge from an expert.
Are you considering using a team project in your course? Have you used them before but feel that there’s room for improvement? Wondering how to address a challenge you or your students face?
This resource provides effective, research-based practices and resources to help you create, support, and assess team projects in your class, whether it’s online, face to face, or hybrid.
Academic Integrity Resources for Instructors
This teaching resource supports you in proactively designing for academic integrity, and to share ideas for supporting learners in meeting their learning goals with integrity.
Teaching in an Active Learning Classroom (ALC)
Active learning classrooms (ALCs) are student-centered, technology-rich classrooms. They are easily identified with their large student tables and moveable seating designed to facilitate and promote active learning.
Leveraging Learning Sciences Research for Teaching
Researchers in a variety of fields have made incredible discoveries about how people most effectively learn - comprehend, integrate, and transfer - information and skills. As educators, we can leverage this research on the science of learning to refine our teaching and enrich the learning activities we plan for students.
Inclusive Teaching at a Predominantly White Institution
This guide introduces a basic framework for “Inclusive Teaching at a Predominantly White Institution (PWI).” You will find definitions, key ideas, PWI assumptions, core concepts, suggested teaching practices, and references so that you can develop your capacity for inclusive teaching in ways that fit your teaching contexts.
Anti-Racism Resources for Higher Ed
Anti-racism positions racial equity work as an active and on-going process of identifying, describing, and dismantling racist systems, policies, and practices. These activities and resources aim to support academics across disciplines and identities who are engaged in addressing racism in higher education.
Teaching with Access and Inclusion
When embraced fully, accessible and inclusive teaching is a paradigm shift that fundamentally alters thinking about curriculum, course design, the classroom and campus culture. This resource provides foundational information for teaching with access and inclusion.
Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning
Trauma-informed teaching strategies incorporate calmness through clarity and flexibility, and integrate principles of Universal Design for Learning in course format and content delivery, assessment formats an grading, and instructor characteristics and practices.
Create Assessments that Promote Learning For All Students
This resource offers concrete suggestions for instructors, examples of applications of suggested strategies by UMN instructors, and links to additional resources and references. The content and approaches address different teaching formats so as to be useful whether you teach online, face-to-face, or in a hybrid format.
Online assessments may be used to support instructional goals, even if your primary course format isn’t fully online. They may be incorporated into any learning environment: online, blended, or in-person.
Gathering Feedback and Documenting Professional Growth in Teaching
Collect feedback from students, colleagues, yourself, and University instructional consultants to support your teaching goals and development.
Early Term Feedback on Teaching
An early term assessment of teaching/learning (between Weeks 3 and 8) is one of the most recommended formative approaches to improve the educational environment for your students. Get recommendations on how to collect, interpret, and respond to your students' feedback.
A Guide to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning or SoTL is a systematic investigation of a teaching/learning issue that is shared for review, dissemination and possibly some action that changes what is done in the classroom. Learn more about how engaging in SoTL will help provide evidentiary basis for your teaching practice.
Writing Your Teaching Philosophy
Your teaching philosophy is a self-reflective statement of your beliefs about teaching and learning. This resource helps you get started including the drafting process and provides rubrics and samples.