Course design and teaching skills

All students have had hundreds of teachers in their lifetimes. Only a few of these teachers are remembered as being exceptionally good. What are the qualities that combine to create an excellent, memorable teacher? Why do some teachers inspire students to work three times harder than they normally would, while others inspire students to skip class? Why do students learn more from some teachers than others?

The Faculty Development at Honolulu Community College has composed a Teaching Tip Index with numerous tips, for example:

  • Preparing a course syllabus
  • Preparing a lesson plan
  • Teaching techniques
  • Course design
  • Communication
  • Assessment
  • Getting organized as a teacher
  • Motivating students
  • Feel good about teaching

The Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) of the University of Waterloo has numerous resources to support the development of teachers. Their CTE Teaching Tips, based on research and experience, endeavour to describe best practices for teaching issues. New and seasoned instructors will find the ideas and strategies in the CTE Teaching Tips thought-provoking and helpful. The CTE Teaching Tips are on the following topics:

  • Planning Courses
  • Developing Assignments
  • Assessing Student Work
  • Lecturing and Presenting
  • Alternatives to Lecturing
  • Managing Students
  • Communicating with Students
  • Tips for Students
  • Professional Development

The Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development (OCSLD) of Oxford Brookes University is one of the UK’s largest and most established providers of staff and educational development for further and higher education. Their website provides resources (links to websites and literature) on several topics, such as:

  • Research based learning
  • Just-in-time-teaching
  • Linking teaching and research in departments
  • Science teaching
  • Small group teaching
  • Strategic teaching tips
  • Suggestions for teaching international students more effectively briefing paper
  • Teaching and learning online