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CUTLA Teaching Tips for Student Engagement

Teaching, learning, and assessment tips that facilitate student learning or promote student engagement based on scholarly literature and suggestions from faculty who have successfully used these strategies.

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CUTLA Teaching Tips are weekly e-mail messages to the faculty of UWF describing an instructional strategy that faculty might find helpful in promoting active learning and student engagement. If you are a UWF faculty member and do not currently receive the Teaching Tip e-mail but would like to receive future postings, contact CUTLA.

Contributions Welcomed

Do you have an instructional strategy that improves student learning or promotes student engagement with your class? Send a description of your teaching tip to Claudia Stanny at the Center for University Teaching, Learning, and Assessment for posting in a future Teaching Tip mailing.

Best of Teaching Tips

A collection of 80 of the best teaching tips from 2006-2016 categorized and presented in an easily readable PDF format. Best of Teaching Tips

Fall Semester Teaching Tips

Strategies for monitoring attendance in large classes

November 17, 2015 |

Students who attend class regularly tend to perform better in class, even when class grades are adjusted to account for personal characteristics such as SAT scores and high school GPA (Crede, Roch, & Kieszczyka, 2010). George Kuh has long advised that if an activity benefits student learning, we should require it (Kuh, 2001). Embracing this advice, UWF enacted a policy making attendance in General Education courses mandatory for all first time in college (FTIC) students.

Increase the impact of learning activities: Write prompts that set expectations for a substantive reflection on the activity

November 10, 2015 |

Do students fully understand the relation between the learning activities we create and course content? Many instructors ask students to write a reflection on a learning activity to focus attention on the connection between experience and course content. However, the prompt for the reflective essay can transform an activity that students enjoy into an activity that engages students in a meaningful way and promotes student learning.

Join a writing group to help you finish that manuscript

October 6, 2015 |

Academic life is busy. We have courses to teach, meetings to attend, students to mentor, exams to write, papers to grade. The list goes on and on. The tenure clock is ticking. The expectations for promotion haven’t changed. Declining internal budgets increase pressure to secure external grants to support our scholarly work. And we have (or should have) lives. We need time for our friends, family, and ourselves (down time to rest, recharge, and think).