Effective Teaching Strategies

Teaching effectively involves not only the use of tools, techniques, and strategies to optimize student learning but an understanding of context, in particular how your students learn, how they process information, what motivates them to learn more, and what impedes the learning process. Click on the links below for helpful tips and resources. For additional resources, look through the Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning or add your name to the Tomorrow’s Professor listserv, both excellent sources of information on effective teaching.


Effective Lectures

In Defense of Lecturing, Carnegie Foundation

How to Create Memorable Lectures , Stanford

Delivering Powerful Lectures, USC

Delivering a Lecture, UC Berkeley

Strategies for Teaching Large Classes

Energizing Large Classes , USC

Teaching Large Classes – Best Practices , Brown

Western Washington University, Washington State

Teaching Large Lecture Classes, Faculty Learning Community Workshop, FAU
     Books and Articles
     Classroom Response System (CRS)

Effective Questions

Asking More Effective Questions , USC

Answering and Asking Questions , Kansas State

Effective Discussions

Discussions , Vanderbilt

Discussions , Carnegie Mellon

Guidelines for Group Participation, USC

Using Class Discussion to Meet Your Teaching Goals , Stanford

Engaging Students

Capturing and Directing the Motivation to Learn , Stanford

Engaging Your Students in a Learner-Centered Classroom, USC

Effective Practices for Student Learning

What all First-Year Students should know, Shepherd University

Six Ways to Make your Teaching more Effective, UC Berkeley

Dealing with Problems/Difficult Situations

Classroom Dynamics, Harvard

Tough Problems: Difficult Students, Texas

Teaching to Diversity

Teaching Students with Disabilities, UC Berkeley

Gender Issues in Teaching , Stanford

Gender Dynamics in the Classroom, Ryerson University

Diversity in the Classroom, UNC CH

Teaching in Racially Diverse College Classrooms, Harvard

Sensitive Topics in the Classroom, UC Berkeley

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