Traditional Teaching

Web Resources on Traditional Teaching

Instructional Design. Reviews key instructional design theories and frameworks and provides practical guidance on applying key instructional design principles to curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation. 3 links

Planning Your Course. Covers the basic steps in course planning; assessing student characteristics; applying course goals and setting outcomes, selecting teaching/learning activities and developing assessment approaches. 3 links

Developing a Good Syllabus. Covers the basics of syllabus construction: course objectives; course content and sequencing; student assessment and course evaluation; administration and syllabus presentation; and teaching strategies and the syllabus. Includes links to an online “workshop” on constructing learning-centered syllabi, and a description and handy checklist of items useful in constructing a syllabus. 4 links

Lesson Planning. A selection of tutorials, questions and practical worksheets designed to assist faculty in planning particular topical lessons. Emphasis is on using your goals, objectives and desired outcomes as the basis for selecting your teaching methods and assessment strategies. 2 links

Delivering Effective Lectures. A large collection of tips gleaned from over a dozen university teaching centers. Covers fundamental of communication; organizing ideas and supporting evidence; why to lecture; strengths, weaknesses and best use of the lecture method; giving lectures that are easy to outline and capture students’ interest, mastering delivery techniques; providing for feedback and interaction; using A/V aids; and modifying the traditional lecture format. 9 links

Engaging Large Groups. Special tips and techniques for those managing large lecture courses or sections. Covers strategies to increase student motivation and articipation and ways to help develop a sense of community. Provides FAQs about teaching large classes, including how to encourage attendance, get students actively involved, check student preparation and learning, prevent academic dishonesty and get feedback. Also includes tips on how to give frequent assignments and avoid impossible grading loads. 6 links

Using Questioning and Discussion. Reviews the strengths and weaknesses of the discussion method and its best use. Includes tips on preparing for and facilitating discussions and solving the common problems that can occur with this method. Provides answers to common questions about the discussion method. Covers levels and types of questions, planning questions, interaction skills, and how to assess one’s questioning skills. 16 links

Teaching in the Laboratory Setting. Provides key tips on effective laboratory teaching in the sciences, including safety procedures; student preparation; and planning, leading, supervising and evaluating the laboratory experience. 15 links

Faculty-Student Relations Addresses major issues that arise in faculty-student relations. Subcategories include Diversity & Inclusive Teaching, Legal & Ethical Issues and Academic Integrity. 92 links

Structured Medline Searches on Traditional Teaching. Run dynamic searches of the Medline database using the NLM PubMed interface on the lecture method and handouts, discussion and questioning techniques, or laboratory instruction. 6 links