Courses: Best Practices in Teaching

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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 hybrid 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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Topics Include

  • 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
  • Designing Inclusive Curriculum – in development
  • Rubrics as a Tool to Support Student Success – 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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