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Faculty will provide evidence of quality teaching and a concern for improving the quality of their teaching. from Criteria for Tenure
Your teaching methods should scaffold learning by building opportunities for students to practice and improve their skills, deepen and broaden their knowledge, and generalize and apply learning in real world situations.
Presenting content using multiple methods; for example using readings, videos, case studies and role plays, can help make the material accessible to all students.
A Brief Summary of the Best Practices in College Teaching
Tom Drummond, North Seattle Community College (1995)
"These elements represent the broad range of effective actions teachers take, and requisite conditions that teachers establish, to facilitate learning."
Effective Strategies for Improving College Teaching and Learning.
Faculty Focus Special Report.
"Although there is no single best teaching method, approach, or style, this special report will give you a variety of strategies to try. Those that work effectively with your students you should make your own."
Active Learning in the College Classroom
Faust, J. L., & Paulson, D. R. (1998). Active learning in the college classroom. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 9 (2), 3-24.
"The authors present a catalog of active-learning techniques aimed at fostering student learning in the context of a lecture course. The activities they discuss range from listening practices, which require students to absorb what they hear, to short writing exercises, in which students react to lecture material, to complex group exercises, in which students apply course material to "real life" situations and/or new problems. In addition to their review of active-learning techniques, the authors discuss some of the potential barriers to implementing active learning and suggest solutions."
Creating Inclusive College Classrooms
Saunders and Kardia, University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching.
"In these classrooms, the content is explicitly viewed from the multiple perspectives and varied experiences of a range of groups. Content is presented in a manner that reduces all students' experiences of marginalization and, wherever possible, helps students understand that individuals' experiences, values, and perspectives influence how they construct knowledge in any field or discipline. Instructors in inclusive classrooms use a variety of teaching methods in order to facilitate the academic achievement of all students. Inclusive classrooms are places in which thoughtfulness, mutual respect, and academic excellence are valued and promoted."
Higher Education Best Practices - Teaching & Learning
National Education Association.
"Since 1999, NEA has partnered with the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network to provide practical advice to college and university faculty on how to more effectively teach higher education students. Their Thriving in Academe guides have included guides to using social media in the classroom, how to command the attention of students, how to "flip" your classroom, how to teach for "deep learning," and more."