Instructional Development Resources
Whether you are designing a new course or trying to improve a course you’ve taught before, you may need resources to help guide your classroom management style or the student assessments you use. Here are some resources from within our university and outside our university to help with this process.
- Instructional Technology Services – The URI ITS department is here to assist faculty with the technology on campus. If you want to do something different in your class or want to understand how a certain product works contact or stop by the ITS office!
- Syllabus Development – The Faculty Senate offers a great template and samples for creating your syllabus.
- Teaching online – The Division of Online Education offers great tools for online course design.
- How to Write Effective Course-Level Student Learning Outcomes – A great how-to guide provided by the Division of Student Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Accreditation on developing learning outcomes for your course.
- What All Instructors Should Know (PDF) – This sheet covers the basics of good pedagogical practices for higher education classrooms.
External Websites or PDFs
Designing to Match your Course Setting – The number of students in your class, they primary content delivery, and the subject you are teaching all play a role in how you can design your course. Below are some tips to match your classroom setting provided by The University of Central Florida Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning.
- Face to Face: Large (80+) classrooms
- Face to Face: Midsize (20-80) Classrooms
- Face to Face: Small/Seminar Classrooms
- Informal Learning Settings
Innovative Approaches to Teaching – A primary goal for many instructors is keeping students engaged and interested in the course content. Here are a few approaches faculty use to keep students actively engaged with their learning.
Instructional Methods and Approaches – We’ve all sat in a classroom listening to a faculty member lecture on a topic, but are there alternatives to just lectures? Here are some helpful resources on switching up your instructional style.
- Cooperative Learning: Students Working in Small Groups (PDF)
- Enhancing Learning – and More! – Through Cooperative Learning
- Getting Students to Learn (PDF)
- Interactive Lectures
- Undergraduate Research
Learning Theory and Research – A great place to start when designing your course is to think about how students engage and learn new material. Below are a couple theories on how students learn.
- Learning Styles and Inventory
- Student Learning Styles and Their Implications for Teaching (PDF)
Evaluating your course – A great way to assess how you are doing as an instructor is to evaluate your own course throughout the semester. Here are a few helpful guides to evaluating your course.