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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.

To Receive Teaching Tips

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

Promote critical thinking by encouraging students to entertain opposing viewpoints

April 10, 2018 | Claudia Stanny

Do we shelter our students from hearing opinions and the supporting evidence that might make them feel uncomfortable and possibly moderate or change their positions? When we shelter our students from uncomfortable discussions, we also shelter them from learning how to articulate and defend their positions. Students need to learn how to discuss their ideas with people who may disagree with them.

Use Student Assessment of Learning Gains (SALG) to reflect on your teaching and improve student learning in future courses

March 6, 2018 | Claudia Stanny

The final weeks of the term are one of the best times to reflect on student learning and consider changes you might want to implement the next time you offer the course. Identify activities and assignments that worked well and make notes to yourself about modifications to assignments, rubrics, and other aspects of the course that might create improvements.