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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

Summer Semester Teaching Tips

Create an “Ask Your Librarian” discussion board in your Canvas course

June 17, 2020 | Claudia Stanny

UWF librarians answer questions virtually in a variety of ways. For example, students and faculty can send librarians an email, set up an appointment via Google Meet or WebEx, use live chat, or send a text message (described on the UWF Libraries Ask A Librarian page). Students can now send messages directly to their subject-specialist librarian from Canvas courses when instructors add an Ask Your Librarian Discussion Board.

Responding to microaggressions: How to be (and how not to be) an ally

June 16, 2020 |

If COVID-19 were not enough stress, we also find ourselves confronting the raw emotions associated with ongoing cultural issues surrounding race in the United States. Past teaching tips have given advice on how to respond to and defuse microaggressions in the academic environment. Today’s tip repeats some of this advice and offers some additional guidance regarding the ways in which well-intentioned efforts might misfire and exacerbate a problem.

What is instructor presence and why is it important for learning?

June 9, 2020 | Claudia Stanny

We understand intuitively what it means to be present in a face-to-face class. We are regularly in the room when class meets. We engage with ongoing discussion and learning activities. We interact with one another. In an online course, instructor presence describes how an instructor communicates, interacts with students, and engages students in meaningful and effective learning activities (Sheridan & Kelly, 2010).

Create videos that promote learning

May 19, 2020 | Claudia Stanny

Videos can create powerful learning experiences. The most compelling instructional videos enable learners to observe an instructor execute a motor skill or solve a problem step by step, making their thinking visible as they write out the problem components. In the remote learning context, videos can bring a student into a laboratory or studio or out into a field setting, where they can observe real applications and watch processes and procedures unfold in real time.