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Support for Teaching in New Ways

Three things faculty can do to help students succeed in any course

Create predictability in your course

An organized and well-structured course not only improves learner success but also improves instructor efficiency through ease of navigation, course updates, and ongoing management. That means investing the time in good course design will pay off for you! 

  • Create modules that follow a clear pattern.
  • Let students know how much time they should be spending on specific tasks.
  • Provide grading rubrics or criteria for all assignments in advance.

9.png2)  Increase communication to improve connection and motivation

Focus on practical ways to infuse your course with exercises that involve interaction and connectedness. 

  • Send weekly emails to your class.
  • Be sure to communicate your confidence in students' ability to learn and your willingness to support them.
  • ​Reach out directly to any student that hasn't been participating in your course without judgment and offer to connect them to resources. 

10.png3) Increase flexibility
Flexibility is beneficial is that it allows educators to respond to different learner abilities, needs and interests.

  • ​​Implement flexible deadlines and/or student choice around some assessments.
  • Be flexible about how students demonstrate their learning. Consider accepting audio voice recordings, photo documentation or other ways that students can show they have learned what you want them to learn.
  • Record your lectures or class presentations and allow student to engage either synchronously or asynchronously.  



 Professional Development Opportunities and Supports from CETL


 Designing & Teaching an Effective Virtual Course

CETL has developed a comprehensive se​lf-paced course​ for anyone developing and teaching a virtual course, including hybrid courses. This course is non-facilitated, meaning that you can work through the contents at your own pace, and based on your own needs and interests. 


 ACUE Courses

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning partnered with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) to provide a targeted initiative aimed at providing support for faculty to learn about and apply proven teaching techniques.  ACUE Course and Micro Credentials are designed to help faculty teach effectively online and in-person.

The goal of these courses is to prepare college instructors to use research-based techniques that help students succeed. Faculty will participate in a cohort of colleagues from CU Denver.  Knowledgeable CETL Faculty Fellows will facilitate the online course and will structure a faculty learning community to provide wrap-around support, an essential element of this program. 

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 Teaching Consultations

We offer confidential, individual consultations to faculty colleagues concerning any teaching issue.  For example, we can help you: (1) design or re-design a course or syllabus, (2) identify teaching strategies aligned with your teaching and learning goals, (3) generate creative ideas for assignments, projects and classroom activities, or (4) develop assessments and rubrics to measure and provide feedback on learning.  We can also help you to trouble-shoot more complex teaching problems by gathering relevant information, helping you interpret it, and working with you to generate effective solutions.  Our goal is to tailor the teaching consultation to meet your needs.​ 


 Lunch & Learn

Our Lunch-and-Learn series is designed to provide you with appetizing opportunities to learn about innovations in teaching and discover concrete strategies for academic career success. These sessions provide an opportunity for teachers and scholars to become more effective in their work and are infused with plentiful opportunities to meet colleagues from across camps.  Join us for eating and edification on the first Tuesday of each month during the regular academic year. Lunch & Learn Events​​


 Assessment and Instructional Alignment

This tutorial introduces an assessment approach using the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy. Using the taxonomy can improve your assessment system and improve student learning by aligning course objectives, activities and assessments with each other. ​​


 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.​


 Using Student Feedback to Strengthen Teaching

The goal of this website is to help faculty translate course feedback gathered through the Faculty Course Questionnaire (FCQ) into actionable steps to improve student learning. Each of the new FCQ questions listed below is hyperlinked to a list of concrete evidence-based suggestions and resources that will support faculty in the work they do as educators.​​



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