Teaching and Learning Showcase
Course Design is a creative process. Get inspired for your course by seeing what your colleagues across disciplines have done as they pair their creativity and expertise to build courses across all modalities.
Engagement in the Digital Classroom: Enhancing Instructor-Student Communication
As an instructor, being present in an online course requires more intentionality and consistency, but it’s worth it. It’s a case where the little things make a big difference. Here are a few small practices to help instructors and students feel more connected.
Rethinking the University Lecture Experience with Podcasting
When you hear “lecture,” you likely picture a classroom full of students with an instructor talking and clicking through PowerPoint slides. In an online course, you may visualize a video of the instructor reciting their content on camera. However, “lecture” does not necessarily mean “video.” While lecture videos are often the go-to for instructors, podcasts can be an equally effective way to share information. Podcasting may be the preferred medium to dive deeply into your content.
Implement a Contract Grading System
Flip the traditional grading approach on its head by implementing a contract grading system in your course. As the name states, contract grading is a contract between student and instructor on how grades will be awarded. This system prioritizes students’ labor or effort over abstract “quality” of work.
The Scaffolded Final Project: Decrease Cheating and Provide Purpose
There’s no need to wait until the last week of class to assign your final project. Breaking up your final project into smaller chunks due throughout the semester is a hedge against academic dishonesty because it alleviates the undue pressure of high-stakes exams and short turnaround times.
Infuse Equity and Belonging into your Syllabus
The syllabus is both a contract between the instructor and their students and a marketing tool - some students may determine whether they want to take or stay in a class based on the syllabus. For these reasons, it's important to reflect on what your syllabus is saying about your course or the types of students your course is open to.