TILT Course Catalog

Course Descriptions

Best Practices in Teaching at CSU:

Active Learning

Discover a range of instructional techniques related to active learning, which research on learning has consistently identified as a key factor in academic success. Explore these approaches that include checks for understanding, designing learning activities, exploring challenging concepts, managing materials and the classroom, and providing students adequate time to reflect on course content and class materials. The content is designed to support you wherever you are – and whether you teach online, in the classroom or in a hybrid environment – as an active learning instructor.

Participant Time: 12 hours over 3 weeks

Delivery Method: Asynchronous with due dates

Teaching Effectiveness Framework alignment: (1) Instructional Strategies (2) Pedagogical Content Knowledge

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Classroom Climate

Consider classroom techniques that create a positive and productive classroom climate and contribute to student motivation, satisfaction, and achievement. This course introduces you to research on the importance of student sense of belonging in higher ed. You will practice setting course norms, hear from students about their experience at CSU, and examine researched techniques to increase students’ sense of belonging.

Participant time: 12 hours over 3 weeks

Delivery Method: Asynchronous with due dates

Teaching Effectiveness Framework Alignment (1) Classroom Climate (2) Student Motivation

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Creating Assignments

Examine assignments and major assessments to ensure alignment between student learning outcomes. You will explore the components of clear and transparent assignment directions, how to chunk assignments into manageable pieces, and how to scaffold concepts. This course introduces you to the value of curating resources for your students and developing a variety of assignment types to reach all learners.

Participant time: 12 hours over three weeks.

Delivery Method: Asynchronous with due dates

Teaching Effectiveness

Framework Alignment: (1) Curriculum and Curricular Alignment (2) Pedagogical Content Knowledge

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First Four Weeks

Use research-based instructional techniques and low- to medium-stakes assessments to prepare students for success during the first four weeks of your course. Approaches include establishing a positive and inclusive classroom climate, priming students’ interest in course subject matter, promoting an effective learning environment, and preparing students to succeed on high-stakes assignments. 

Participant time: 12 hours over three weeks. 

Delivery Method: Asynchronous with due dates

Teaching Effectiveness Framework Alignment: (1) Classroom Climate (2) Feedback and Assessment

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Inclusive Pedagogy

Engage in self-reflection to consider your own lived experiences and how you use those as a lens to make decisions regarding all aspects of your teaching: your class climate, your instructional practices, and what you inherently believe about your students. In this course, you will consider your students’ diverse strengths and how to leverage those to develop an inclusive classroom. You will review your current curriculum and look for opportunities to incorporate inclusive practices that heighten students’ sense of belonging which, ultimately, contributes to their level of success. 

Participant time: 12 hours over 3 weeks 

Delivery Method: Asynchronous with due dates

Teaching Effectiveness Framework Alignment: (1) Inclusive Pedagogy (2) Classroom Climate

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Learning Outcomes and Course Alignment

Write measurable learning outcomes and align them with your course content and assessments following the principles of backward design. You’ll establish the level of proficiency your students should achieve and then work backward to develop individual units/lessons with short-term outcomes that lead to course outcomes. You will also consider how to engage students at deeper levels of thinking and identify outcome measures (what students are doing/producing) that determine success.

Participant time: 12 hours over 3 weeks 

Delivery Method: Asynchronous with due dates

Teaching Effectiveness Framework alignment (1) Curriculum and Curricular Alignment (2) Feedback and Assessment

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Planning an Effective Class Session

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 receive several class-session templates to use in future planning. 

Participant time: 12 hours over 3 weeks 

Delivery Method: Asynchronous with due dates

Teaching Effectiveness Framework alignment (1) Feedback and Assessment (2) Instructional Strategies 

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Rethink the Syllabus

View your syllabus through multiple lenses to create a document that gives students the information they need to be successful in your course. Your syllabus is often the first point of contact between you and your students. Word choice, formatting, and visual appeal all contribute to students’ perception of your course and their sense of belonging. Rethinking your syllabus gives you an opportunity to apply research-based techniques to your syllabus design, including a course map that guides instruction and learning. 

Participant time: 12 hours over 3 weeks

Delivery Method: Asynchronous with due dates 

Teaching Effectiveness Framework alignment (1) Curriculum and Curricular Alignment (2) Classroom Climate

Outcomes:

Student Motivation

Research on learning consistently identifies motivation as a key factor in student success. Help students make connections between course subject matter and their lived experience, prompt them to make connections across topics, and convey your belief in their capacity to succeed. Emphasis is placed on helping students develop a growth mindset and self-efficacy and applying evidence-based motivation techniques to your teaching. 

Participant time: 12 hours over three weeks. 

Delivery Method: Asynchronous with due dates

Teaching Effectiveness Framework Alignment: (1) Student Motivation (2) Pedagogical Content Knowledge

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Teaching Online: Facilitation and Engagement

Incorporate research-based practices designed to foster a supportive online classroom community, engage students, and develop feedback and assessment strategies, with attention to doing so effectively in both small and large-enrollment sections. 

Participant time: 12 hours over three weeks. 

Delivery Method: Asynchronous with due dates

Teaching Effectiveness Framework Alignment: (1) Classroom Climate (2) Instructional Strategies (3) Feedback and Assessment

Outcomes:

Critical Thinking

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 activities for them to practice critical thinking in a supportive environment.

Participant time: 12 hours over three weeks. 

Delivery Method: Asynchronous with due dates

Teaching Effectiveness Framework Alignment: (1) Curriculum and Curricular Alignment (2) Feedback and Assessment

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Workshops and Seminars

Student Engagement in Online and Hybrid Learning

Student engagement involves the frequency and level of student participation in the class. We generally talk about three types of engagement: student-to-student, student-to-content and student-to-instructor. In this 90-minute workshop, participants will develop a plan to engage students in their online or hybrid course.

Participant time: 90-minute workshop 

Delivery Method: F2F or video meeting

Teaching Effectiveness Framework Alignment: (1) Classroom Climate (2) Inclusive Pedagogy

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An Introduction to Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the cornerstone to content mastery and ultimately student success. In this workshop participants will align essential course concepts with instructional strategies and Bloom’s Taxonomy so that student thinking can move from identification and description to application and analysis. Prior to the workshop, you will be asked to identify 3 – 5 course concepts that are essential to student learning in your course. Bring these essential course concepts and your syllabus to the workshop.

Participant time: 90-minute workshop 

Delivery Method: F2F or video meeting

Teaching Effectiveness Framework Alignment: (1) Curriculum and Curricular Alignment (2) Feedback & Assessment

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Feedback and Assessment: Integrating Formative Feedback into Your Teaching

Frequent formative assessments and low stakes assignments inform instructors and students of how much, and the extent to which, content or skills are mastered. Teaching strategies can then be adjusted to meet students’ needs.  This workshop will introduce you to a variety of formative assessment strategies that can provide students within the moment feedback.

Participant time: 120-minute workshop

Delivery Method:  F2F or video meeting

Teaching Effectiveness Framework Alignment: (1) Feedback and Assessment (2) Instructional Strategies

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Teaching Squares: (Residential/Hybrid Faculty / Online Faculty)

A teaching square is a group of four instructors who agree to observe each other a few times during a semester, using an agreed upon schedule and set of observation norms. The Teaching Squares program offers teaching faculty an opportunity to observe colleagues in action and reflect on their own teaching practices. It is designed to be a non-evaluative, supportive and growth-based process. Participants are coached in setting a personal teaching goal and then observe others to give feedback and reflect on their own practice. This session is required for instructors participating in the Teaching Squares cohort.

Participant time: 16 hours over 15 weeks 

Delivery Method:  F2F or virtual depending on mode of instruction

Teaching Effectiveness Framework Alignment: Instructor choice 

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Introduction to the Teaching Effectiveness Framework and Toolkit

Join TILT for a tour of the Teaching Effectiveness Framework developed to guide faculty and departments in the process of defining, enhancing, and evaluating teaching effectiveness at CSU. After extensive research into best practices in teaching and learning, along with feedback from CSU faculty and leadership, TILT has identified 7 domains for effective teaching and, therefore, student learning. The team has developed a process for departments and faculty to set a teaching goal and evaluate goal achievement. The tools can be modified by departments or individuals to meet their needs as they grow their teaching practice.

Participant time: 60-minute workshop

Delivery Method:  F2F or video meeting

Teaching Effectiveness Framework Alignment:  Not eligible for Teaching Effectiveness Initiative program

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A Vision, A Goal, and A Plan: Improve Your Teaching Effectiveness

The Teaching Effectiveness Framework (TEF) provides instructors with evidence-based teaching techniques to help identify strengths and grow their teaching practice. Join instructional designers from TILT who will walk you through a visioning and goal-setting process that aligns with your definition of student success and the TEF. You will leave this session with a goal and action steps to achieve your goal. 

*Need to set a goal for annual review? This process can also help faculty interested in setting a goal for annual review. The TEF Developing and Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness Toolkit provides supervisors and instructors a common language and tools that can be used for annual review. The toolkit includes goal setting forms and suggestions for evidence that can be modified to meet instructors’ individual needs for annual review.

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Collecting Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness

The Teaching Effectiveness Framework Toolkit includes a recommended process for departments and faculty to set teaching goals and evaluate goal achievement for annual review. The Teaching Effectiveness Framework (TEF) provides instructors with evidence-based teaching practices to help identify strengths and grow their teaching practice. The TEF provides supervisors and instructors a common language to discuss teaching. The TEF Toolkit includes goal setting forms, suggestions for evidence that demonstrates teaching effectiveness, and other tools that can be modified to meet department and/or instructors’ individual needs for annual review. This workshop focuses on collecting evidence of teaching effectiveness. It would be helpful (but is not required) for attendees to have participated in A Vision, A Goal, A Plan: Improving Your Teaching Effectiveness and have a teaching domain and goal in mind as they participate in the workshop.

Participant time: 60 minutes

Delivery Method:  F2F or video meeting

Teaching Effectiveness Framework Alignment:  Not eligible for Teaching Effectiveness Initiative program

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Annual Review Guidance for Committees and Chairs/Heads

The Teaching Effectiveness Framework Toolkit includes a recommended process for departments and faculty to set teaching goals and evaluate goal achievement for annual review. The Teaching Effectiveness Framework (TEF) provides instructors with evidence-based teaching practices to help identify strengths and grow their teaching practice. It also provides supervisors and instructors a common language to discuss teaching. The TEF Toolkit includes goal setting forms, suggestions for evidence that demonstrate teaching effectiveness, and other tools that can be modified to meet department and/or instructors’ individual needs for annual review. Join TILT in a walk-through of the TEF Toolkit and recommended process for developing and evaluating teaching effectiveness.

Participant time: 60 minutes

Delivery Method:  F2F or video meeting

Teaching Effectiveness Framework Alignment:  Not eligible for Teaching Effectiveness Initiative program

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Creating a Teaching Persona for Online Learning Environments - Video Dr. Hailey Otis

The Latin word “persona” most directly translates to “mask.” What kind of mask should we wear while teaching? Should we wear a mask while teaching? How much of our teaching persona should be our authentic personality and how much of it should be a mask? How do we develop a teaching style that works for us as instructors and is also conducive to student learning? These questions are particularly salient for Graduate Teaching Assistants who may not be much older than their students and/or may not perceive themselves as having much more experience than their students. Together, we will explore what it means to put on a mask and to embrace a persona that strikes the right balance between your authentic self and the masked authority figure needed to effectively manage a classroom. 

 

Participant time: 30 Minute video + discussion questions 

Delivery Method: Asynchronous Video

Teaching Effectiveness Framework Alignment: (1) Instructional Strategies (2) Classroom Climate

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Creating a Learner-Centered Syllabus - Video Dr. Hailey Otis

Traditional approaches to syllabus construction treat the syllabus as a “contract” between student and instructor and, as such, often take on a punitive tone, communicating to students the negative consequences of their poor behavior/performance in class. More recently, there has been a turn to “learner-centered” syllabi, which, instead of focusing on punishment and what not to do, present students with a roadmap for success in a given course. This workshop will focus on how to build a learner-centered syllabus that puts students and their needs/perspectives/success at the center of the document, positions students and the instructor as part of a partnership and offers opportunities for shared decision-making between students and instructor.

Participant time: 30 Minute video + discussion questions 

Delivery Method:  Asynchronous Video

Teaching Effectiveness Framework Alignment: (1) Curriculum/Curricular Alignment (2) Classroom Climate

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