Provide clear expectations and explicit course learning goals to foster student success.
Design courses with learning goals and measurable outcomes that align with departmental and programmatic expectations and course level. These goals and objectives will guide your selection of course content and assignments and assessments. Well-designed and aligned courses ensure that courses are transparent, enabling all students to understand a course’s value and the route to course success.
This page provides guidance and templates for what instructors need to do to prepare to teach each semester. Clear is a deceptive word. It appears simple to be clear, for when a course, assignment, or sentence is clear, it’s effortless for readers to follow. However being clear is difficult as it requires writers – instructors – to anticipate questions that may never be asked.
Using backward design ensures the essentials of a strong course: learning outcomes, a course outline, assignments, assessments, and learning activities.
Effective syllabi communicate essential information about the course and instructor, learning objectives, required materials, and assessments, and course calendar.
Refresh and expand your repertoire of strategies for supporting student learning through varied assignments and assessments.
Advice for choosing course materials that support diversity and inclusion, and using course reserves and open educational resources.
Online modalities require a more fully developed Canvas course and more attention to organization, clarity, technological integration, and accessibility, as well as some different approaches to engaging in active learning.
Compressed or accelerated courses need special attention to course design to ensure a robust course that is manageable for both students and instructor.
Develop a strategy for grading that leverages grades to maximize learning without putting yourself into an impossible workload situation.
Strategies to cope with academic dishonesty begin with the course and assignment design but do not end there: review suggested practices as you design your course.
ChatGPT and other AI present new challenges and opportunities for teaching and learning.
Options and considerations as you develop your attendance policy and respond to special situations.
Making a plan for disruption saves stress later.
Use campus resources to connect students with academic and other support offered by campus partners.
Information about what all courses must include on Canvas.
Information about University resources and policies relating to teaching that every instructor will need to use.
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