Whether you are a seasoned instructor looking for new ideas or a new instructor looking for tips on how to get started, we offer the following resources to assist you in the process of planning a course. To jump start the planning process, start with the basic steps of course design, move to writing measurable course and module objectives, and then write your syllabus.
Lecture, Studio, and Large Classes
Once you have developed your course, your next step will be to implement strategies and procedures designed to help you meet the challenges of teaching your classes. To get started on your own, check out the following resources:
Online and Blended Courses
The Center for Teaching and Learning is happy to partner with faculty in all aspects of instructional design and development for online and blended courses, including the Quality Matters review process. The following links provide information on distance ed course design and online and blended learning.
Assessment and Feedback
Giving students feedback during the learning process is proven to increase learning and student outcomes. Gathering data from formative and summative assessments helps you identify your students’ current knowledge of a subject, their skill sets and capabilities. Use the following links to help you identify your students’ strengths and weaknesses and help you better plan what to teach and how to teach it.
Once you’ve developed and delivered a course, one of your next steps might be getting feedback from your students and your peers. In addition to end-of-semester evaluations, you could use mid-semester and periodic check-ins to gain feedback from students on your materials, lectures, activities, and assessments. Use the links below to learn more about developing mid-semester evaluations, the course evaluation process, and CTL’s TOP program: Teachers Observing Peers.
Student engagement is crucial to student success. One way of increasing student engagement is choosing strategies and techniques that actively engage students in the learning process. You may want to begin by learning how to engage students in discussions. Or you may want to learn more about building learning teams, which uses small group instructional methods to promote achievement.
Building Inclusive Classrooms
Inclusive classrooms accommodate individual preferences and abilities, giving all individuals equal opportunities to learn. A first step may be to learn about universal design in instruction, which gives students multiple means of representation, expression and engagement. You may also want to learn more about accessibility at UNC Charlotte through the Accessibility and Disability Services office.
Working with Students
Keep in mind the types of students who will be taking the course and what they need to be successful in your course. For example, there are a number of campus resources available to help students succeed. If you are teaching online courses, UNC Charlotte has an online backpack for students in the distance education program that will help connect students to important resources.
Teaching Through Tragedy
When tragedies hit close to home, like the Keith Lamont Scott shooting in 2016, students may be looking to faculty for guidance, support, and understanding. Recognizing that all disciplines are different and all faculty are different, the comfort level for most instructors will vary greatly in how well-equipped they are in to handle these situations as an in-class, instructional exercise. Click the link for ideas and resources to help.