Introduction to College Teaching

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Course Overview and Learning Outcomes

In this course, we will look at instruction beyond the IA/TA role and consider the art and science of teaching. We aim to develop your expertise in evidence-based effective teaching practices that support student learning, culminating in creating a lesson plan for a class in your discipline.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain and implement evidence-based teaching strategies to create a student-centered, inclusive classroom, such as:
    • Scaffold instruction with an awareness of how people learn and support of a growth mindset
    • Align learning outcomes to timely and constructive assessment to support student learning
    • Identify appropriate and relevant active learning strategies
  2. Engage in an active and productive discussion surrounding effective teaching
    • Practice metacognition in their development as instructors through regular reflection opportunities
    • Analyze how effective teaching strategies discussed in class might impact learning, and consider the idea of teaching as research
  3. Develop a lesson plan for a class in your field
    • Recognize, create, and evaluate alignment of learning outcomes, assessment and teaching strategies
  4. Connect the value of a learning community associated with teaching and learning to their development as instructors
  5. Access and apply resources and support for their continued development as instructors


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