Teaching Strategies

Teaching has many aspects, and as faculty, we can best support our students when we understand the best teaching strategies for our diverse students with much different learning comprehension. We know that our unique and diverse student population learns differently, which is why understanding how to teach students in all modalities and forms is of the utmost importance. 

In CETL, we want to break down these teaching strategies and techniques so we can best help faculty teach our students.

Teaching is hard work, we want to make it easier for you.

Remembering Students' Names in Large Classes Teaching Effectiveness Program University of Oregon

Better Communication in Large Courses Lefton Learning Community Faculty Center

Group Work

​​​​Facilitating Small Groups: Elements of a Teaching Plan (Stanford University, 1999).  Outlines suggestions for using collaborative tasks to accomplish course goals, including advice on how to avoid potential problems; also includes a brief bibliography on cooperative learning.

​Student Teams in the Engineering Classroom and Beyond​ (University of Michigan, CRLT Occasional Paper 2011).  This summary of the research covers topics such as designing effective team assignments, forming teams, and assessing student teams.  

​​​Bibliography on Cooperative Learning, Group Work, and Teamwork​ (University of Michigan, CRLT) A comprehensive list of resources including best practices, concepts, principles, techniques, group dynamics, grading issues, and more.​​

Active Learning for the College Classroom (Paulson and Faust, California State University, Los Angeles, 1998)  This article presents a wide variety of active learning techniques that can increase student learning in a lecture course. Activities include listening, group, and writing exercises that foster student engagement.

Classroom Activities for Active Learning (Center for Faculty Excellence, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009)  Actively engaging students motivates deeper thinking about course content brings additional energy to a classroom and helps an instructor pinpoint problem areas.  This article provides summaries of current practices and gives practical suggestions for implementing active learning in a variety of disciplines.  Topics covered include Questioning techniques, small groups, whole-class involvement, and reading & writing exercises.

Does Active Learning Work?  A Review of the Research (Prince, 2004) This study examines the evidence for the effectiveness of active learning.  It provides a definition of active learning and explores the different types of active learning most frequently discussed in engineering education literature.  Those outside of engineering will likewise find this source helpful in providing concise definitions, literature reviews, and valuable questions that will promote the instructor’s understanding of active learning.​​

Inclusive practices for Managing Controversial Issues (Flinders University, Australia)

Tool Kit for Inclusive Learning Environments (Michigan State University)

Inclusive Teaching Resources and Strategies  (University of Michigan, Center for Research on Teaching and Learning)

Applying Seven Learning Principles to Creating LGBT-Inclusive Classrooms (AACU)​​

Disability Information for Faculty​ (UCDenver, Faculty Assembly Disabilities Committee):  This website provides information for faculty at CU Denver regarding disability, with a focus on better including and accommodating disabled students in your courses. 

Framework and Strategies for Inclusive Teaching: This document lists specific strategies for fostering four dimensions of inclusive teaching. Instructors can use it to reflect upon practices they already use or might adopt.

The Research Basis for Inclusive Teaching: This page provides an overview of the kinds of evidence that demonstrate inclusive teaching practices can benefit all students' learning.

Creating Inclusive Classrooms: This paper from the University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching discusses the range of elements that contribute to an inclusive classroom learning environment.

Setting the Tone for Inclusion: This google doc suggests concrete practices for intentionally establishing an inclusive learning environment in any discipline.

Facilitating Challenging Conversations in Your Classes:​ This blog post from the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching will help you to develop strategies for dealing with "hot topics" in your classroom.

Diversity & Inclusive Teaching Vanderbilt Center for Teaching

Diversity & Democracy publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities

What is Universal Design for Learning? Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) website

Connecting with generation X and Y Anna Litten, Emerson College & Beth Lindsay, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Radical Course Revision: A Case Study

This essay in The National Teaching and Learning Forum focuses on how to revise a course through rigorous, critical reflection on teaching, the same kind of systematic critical reflection that is often applied to research. This article includes four steps for a successful “radical revision” of an existing course.​

What is the Truth About American Muslims? Questions and Answers (Interfaith Alliance and Religious Freedom Project of the First Amendment Center) debunks stereotypes about Muslims in the US.

#Charlestonsyllabus (African American Intellectual History Society) list of readings that educators can use to broach conversations in the classroom about events in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015.

#Fergusonsyllabus (Sociologists for Justice) list of readings that educators can use to frame discussions about Ferguson, MO.

Being There for Immigrant and Refugee Students (Teaching Tolerance, Southern Poverty Law Center)

Teaching Tolerance (Southern Poverty Law Center) Lesson plans and resources. Mostly for K-12 but transferable to higher education.

Let's Talk Immigration Workshop  (Civil Right of Immigrants Task Force)

Sexism: From Identification to Activism (Teaching Tolerance, Southern Poverty Law Center) Lesson plans and resources. Mostly for K-12 but transferable to higher education. 

Debunking Stereotypes About Muslims and Islam  (Teaching Tolerance, Southern Poverty Law Center) Lesson plans and resources. Mostly for K-12 but transferable to higher education.

Challenging Anti-Semitism: Debunking the Myths and Responding with Facts (Anti-Defamation League)

#WhoWeAre (StoryCorp & Upworthy) Series of real-life stories told by everyday Americans that speak to our best selves., amplify love over hate, empathy over fear, and build bridges of understanding.​