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.

14 Editing Tips

Decorative: "Editing Tips to Make You a Better Writer"

 

"14 Invaluable Editing Tips" (post) offers practical suggestions for making your writing -- especially online writing (as for online course content, posted notes and material, etc.) -- clearer, more accessible, and more effective.

1. "Put yourself in your audience’s shoes."

  • "Tailor your content to your audience’s needs ... preferences ... interests ... problems, [abilities, and knowledge]." 

2. "Read your writing out loud."

6 Ways to Use Videos for Learning & Engagement

Decorative: "V-I-D-E-O" letters hanging from a clothes line

 

"Six Ways to Use Video to Promote Learning and Engagement" (post) outlines ways to make productive use of video "whether you teach online or face-to-face" -- video options, that is, that are not simply "talking-head lectures."

  • Such "videos can be added to courses without significant extra time and effort."

1. Course-introduction videos

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