Courses: Best Practices in Teaching

Course Presentation and Participation

The Best Practices in Teaching curriculum offers 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 TILT’s Teaching Effectiveness Framework (TEF) and support you in integrating teaching practices shown to deepen learning and increase students’ academic success. The courses are also part of the TILT Teaching Effectiveness Initiative (TEI) curriculum.

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

The facilitated online format allows you to engage with the courses asynchronously at convenient times while fostering substantive exchanges and dialogue among CSU instructors. Each course is offered in Canvas and takes three weeks to complete. While each course is asynchronous, there are due dates throughout the three weeks to which you should adhere.

After completing each course, you will receive a “Certificate of Completion,” which may be applied as professional development evidence for purposes of promotion, tenure, and annual review.

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Complete course descriptions and objectives

Topics Include

  • Accessible and Inclusive Electronic Content
  • Active Learning
  • Classroom Climate
  • Creating Assignments
  • First Four Weeks
  • Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Learning Outcomes and Course Alignment
  • Planning an Effective Class Session
  • Rethinking the Syllabus
  • Student Motivation
  • Teaching Online: Facilitation and Engagement
  • Critical Thinking
  • Rubrics to Support Student Success
  • Designing Inclusive Curriculum – in development
  • Supporting Student Success – in development
  • Secrets to Effective Group Work – in development

Upon Completion of the Curriculum,
You 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, evolving student body.
  • Cultivate 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 instructors.
  • Connect with colleagues across campus.

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Contact Info

Barb Houser

Barb Houser

Operations Manager

Operations

Contact

Phone: 970-491-4820

Email: Barb.Houser@colostate.edu

Course Information

Scheduled Courses

Date: January 30, 2023 - February 19, 2023

Time: All Day

Best Practices in Teaching at CSU: Critical Thinking

This three-week, mostly asynchronous course TAKES PLACE IN CANVAS. Participants can expect to spend 4-5 hours per week completing assignments, discussions and readings. Instructors consistently identify critical thinking as an essential outcome for students. This course will help you capitalize on your students' current critical thinking skills and scaffold critical thinking with supportive activities and feedback. You will consider content that is typically difficult for students and design appropriately leveled..


Date: January 30, 2023 - February 19, 2023

Time: All Day

Best Practices in Teaching at CSU: Planning an Effective Class Session

This three-week, mostly asynchronous course TAKES PLACE IN CANVAS. Participants can expect to spend 4-5 hours per week completing assignments, discussions and readings. Consider practices fundamental to an effective class session: learning outcome alignment, instructional strategies, formative assessments, and language you use to communicate with students. You will develop a plan for a class session that promotes critical thinking, self-directed learning, and student engagement for all learners. You will also..


Date: February 2, 2023

Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Writing a Teaching Philosophy

As post-secondary teachers, it is becoming increasingly more important to articulate an individual teaching philosophy and that it be available for review when applying for a college or university faculty positions. This session will give you the opportunity to learn about best practices in creating a teaching philosophy as well as solicit advice from TILT Professional Development staff as you develop your own. Specifically, this session will include: An overview..

Location: TILT 221