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“How To” . . .

question 2Welcome!  Here you will find short 2-3 page articles related to specific techniques and issues.  Feel free to print them for your own use.  We only ask that you not redistribute them without consent.  If you don’t see something you are interested in knowing more about, please feel free to contact us.  Thanks for visiting!

What’s New:

Techniques to Try:


Active Learning in the Classroom – Research shows students who are engaged with the content of their courses learn more.  What are your students doing? Need more ideas?  Try this! Or this!

Case Study  Using them in your class?  Read more about the possibilities.

Clickers :  How can they improve my teaching experience and my students’ learning outcomes?

Discussion may seem like an easy pedagogy to use.  However, a well-planned discussion takes time, planning and attention to detail to work.

Fishbowl Technique: This guide explains how to facilitate a small discussion in a large group.  Essentially, the class forms an inner and an outer circle–details are on this sheet.

Reflective Writing  This handout addresses different types of reflection writing, such as free-writing responses and journal writing.


Artifacts in Your Course (using a museum): At UT, we have many places that we can take or send students for a “field experience”–including collections on campus at the McClung Museum and the Baker Center.  Use this guide to help you think through and structure a hands-on lesson in primary source materials.

Flipped Classrooms Some tips and tools for Flipping the class for those who have already tried it or would like to attempt a flip!

Guided Discussion in the Classroom This handout addresses some best practices for leading an entire class through a discussion, so that students contribute more, and talk at a higher level of critical thinking.

Peer Learning (Group Work): This sheet describes different types of peer learning situations, including instructions for how to create and manage group work.

Peer Teaching: This handout deals with peer teaching, including 5 key models, recommendations, and links to leading peer teaching resources.

PowerPoint: PowerPoint is a useful tool but can be better used when we understand basic design principles and understanding the power of visuals.

Problem Based Learning (PBL): This handout will help faculty successfully create a PBL learning environment, which engages students and gets them thinking about real-life problems.

Service Learning:   What is Service Learning and how can I incorporate it into my course?  These are just a few of the questions answered in the latest “How To”  paper.

e-Portfolios– How do you plan yours?  What’s in it?  How do you share it?

Unit Session Design :Good unit/session planning provides an intentional path for the use of time both in and out of class.

Writing Learning Outcomes is not always as easy as it seems.  Check out this How-To for some simple to follow guidelines to make the process a bit clearer.

Management Issues:

Addressing Cheating and Plagiarism in the Classroom: This guide deals with issues of academic dishonesty, and provides many resources to help faculty who encounter this issue.

Disruptive Students can negatively impact your course.  What do you do?  How do you respond to the disruption in a constructive manner?

First Day:  You only get one chance to make a good first impression, and the first day of class is no exception.  This How To page contains tips for Rapport Building, Motivating and  Engaging students as well as setting the stage for the semester’s goals.

Rapport With Students:  Building and maintaining rapport with students are vital components of achieving excellence in teaching and learning.  The practical advice in this paper is presented in a manner adaptable to any classroom setting.

Rubrics: This guide defines the term ‘rubric’ and gives you some starting points for constructing a grading rubric for a class assignment.

TEAL and Scale-Up Classrooms: This handout will familiarize UT faculty with technology enhanced and student-centered learning environments.

Threshold concepts: When students have difficulty with a concept in a course, how do you get them past the “threshold”?  This paper explains the term, threshold concepts, and how you might identify and address a concept in your discipline to the benefit of your students.

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