Best Teaching Practices

Best Practices

The words "best practices" written on a chalkboard

 

“Best practices” connect relevant educational research to in-course application to help instructors do the following:

  • Inject rigour into the curriculum and its presentation
  • Develop students’ thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Motivate, engage, and prompt students to learn

While the entire “Resources” section of the site addresses “best practices” for university-level teaching, this section covers other important but more “miscellaneous” issues not found under the specific topics listed in the left column.

Questions Against Colonization

Decorative: A question mark drawn in chalk on a blackboard

 

1. "Questions Academics Can Ask to Decolonise Their Classrooms" (post) argues that "decolonising the classroom" is not just a matter of "changing the content of what [we] teach" but also requires that we "shift the tasks required to engage with that literature," considering "how different ways of teaching might bring decolonial practices into the classroom."

Asking Authentic Learning Questions

Decorative: "Good questions go a long way"

 

"How to Begin Asking Authentic Learning Question Right Now" (post) outlines a useful and accessible "approach for encouraging our learners to develop the critical thinking skills and confidence needed to tackle real-life situations." 

1. What Is Authentic Learning?

"Authentic learning ... connect[s] what is taught ... to real-world issues, problems, and applications."