Best Practices in Teaching Modules


A set of 12 Best Practices in Teaching modules offers faculty the opportunity to learn research-based instructional approaches, apply these approaches in class, and reflect with colleagues on the outcomes. These approaches align with the domains in the Teaching Effectiveness Framework and support faculty in integrating teaching practices shown to deepen learning and increase students' academic success.

The facilitated hybrid format allows faculty to engage with the course asynchronously at convenient times while fostering substantive exchanges and dialogue among faculty participants. Each module is offered as a standalone course in Canvas, CSU’s learning management system, and takes three weeks to complete. You will earn a certificate for each module completed and a full course certificate for completing all 12.

Topics include:

  • Rethinking the Syllabus
  • The First Four Weeks of the term
  • Classroom Climate
  • Learning Outcomes and Course Alignment
  • Creating Assignments
  • Grading and Rubrics
  • Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Planning an Effective Class Session
  • Active Learning
  • Student Motivation
  • Supporting Student Success
  • Effective Group Work

Course Goals

Upon the completion of all 12 modules of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Use a variety of researched best teaching practices to support student success for all students.
  • Align and prepare teaching materials to best serve CSU’s diverse student body.
  • Establish a positive, engaging, and inclusive classroom.
  • Plan and implement an effective class session.
  • Use feedback and grading practices to inform instruction.
  • Identify support and resources available to CSU teaching faculty.

Course Presentation and Participation

The design of this course is intended to promote open dialogue about teaching among colleagues. Teaching is a complex, multi-faceted, often daunting task that is also extremely rewarding. We would like your experience in this course to be comfortable, collaborative, and rewarding, as well.

Each module includes readings, videos, discussions, assignments and an opportunity to practice and reflect upon what you learn. Your active participation is an important part of this course, and the discussion forums are an opportunity for you to learn from one another. We encourage student-to-student engagement within discussions as this encourages deeper thinking and sharing of information, ideas and experiences among you and your colleagues. All assessments must be completed to receive credit for a module.

Offerings and Registration

To learn when Best Practices in Teaching modules will be offered and where to register, please visit the TILT Events Calendar.


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Barb Houser

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