Teaching Resources

 

Design Effective Learning Experiences

Create learner-centered experiences in which course goals, activities, assignments, and assessments are aligned and accessible. Develop activities that are authentic and applicable to real world contexts.

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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.

Aligned Course Design

Active Learning

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.

Active Learning

Team Projects

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.

Faculty Guide to Team Projects

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.

Academic Integrity Resources for Instructors

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.

Teaching in an Active Learning Classroom

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.

Leveraging the Learning Sciences (Canvas Site)

Create Inclusive Learning Environments

Foster a climate of belonging by creating learning environments that support a broad range of learners and represent a diversity of scholars and perspectives. Consider the accessibility of all aspects of your course.

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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.

Inclusive Teaching at a PWI

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. 

Anti-Racism Resources for Higher Ed

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. 

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. 

Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning

Assess Student Learning

Use varied formative and summative assessments that provide opportunities to learn and promote the achievement of stated learning outcomes. Ensure transparency, consistency, and fairness.

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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.

Assessments

Online Assessments

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. 

Create Online Assessments

Reflect on, Evaluate, and Improve Teaching

Develop a process for intentionally reflecting on your course and pedagogy that includes using your own experience, feedback, and student data to make improvements.

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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.

Gathering Feedback and Documenting Professional Growth in Teaching

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.

Early Term Feedback on Teaching

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.

A Guide to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

 

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.

Writing Your Teaching Philosophy