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Guidelines and "how to's"

*NEW* Video demonstrations of classroom, lab, and other instructional strategies
This collection of videos was inspired by the observation that instructors are most likely to try new teaching strategies after watching a colleague or a video that demonstrates the strategy in action in a real setting. These are not documentaries or testimonials; they are demonstrations of evidence-based teaching strategies in action. Here is one example (V06 from the collection website).

Resources on the rest of this page:

Teachers are "learning coaches" not dispensers of information. These short guidelines are aimed at helping instructors continue to improve in that role.

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Source
Top 4 for instructors new to optimized courses.
1. What all instructors should know (PDF)
1
CWSEI
2. Educating Scientifically (PDF - Summary of C. Wieman's presentation)
4
CWSEI
3. Assessments That Support Student Learning (PDF)
2
CWSEI
4. At UBC: CWSEI resource collection, and ... University of Colorado Science Education Initiative resources.
Also, check out the EOS-SEI Times; a monthly 2-pager with ideas, recommendations, guidelines and best practices.
 
Bite-sized wisdom and tips from the literature and experience.
4. First Day of Class (PDF)
2
CWSEI
5. Teaching Expert Thinking (PDF)
4
CWSEI
6. Seven Principles for Good Practice In Undergraduate Education (PDF)
3
summary
7. Characteristics of an optimized course. (PDF)
2
eos-sei
8. Developing Learning Goals - experience from Comp. Sci. (PDF) (Or see CWSEI's Learning Goals collection.)
2
CWSEI
9. Clickers: Tips for Successful “Clicker” Use. (Or see CWSEI's clicker web page.) (PDF)
2
CWSEI
10. Clicker response patterns: tactics for following up in class. (HTML)
1
eos-sei
11. Multiple Choice question guidelines (HTML)
2
eos-sei
12. Bloom's Taxonomy: summary, some verbs and some question stems. (HTML)
2
eos-sei
13. Group Work in Educational Settings (PDF)
2
CWSEI
14. Using Jargon: some comments regarding service courses (PDF)
1
eos-sei
15. Critical Thinking - a Rubric for assessing students. (PDF)
4
summary
16. Exceptional Tutors; Lessons Learned from the Study of Highly Effective Tutors (PDF)
2
eos-sei
17. A course about teaching: Phys520, Teaching Techniques in Physics and Astronomy (Prof. C. Wieman, 2009) (PDF)
1
18. 50 Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) summarized. (Based on book by Angelo and Cross.) (PDF)
4
19. Five Short Guidelines (PDF)
  • Supporting improvement at thinking & acting like an “expert”
  • Pedagogic principles (Ask an STLF for references)
  • Guidelines for lecturing
  • “Best practices” for using PowerPoint
  • Using "jargon"
6
eos-sei
20. Multiple instructors: What works - what doesn't work? What are benefits - what are costs? Summary + links (HTML)
1
eos-sei
21. Science and mathematics education journals: a partial list. (HTML) Apr'09
1
eos-sei
22. Setting Exams: Summary of a local EOS BrownBag discussion. (HTML) Apr'09
eos-sei
23. Workshop on Learning Goals - Closing the Loop: Connecting learning goals to assessment. Presented at the 34th international Improving University Teaching (IUT) conference. Jul'09. slides | handout
eos-sei
24. Improving students' science article reading skills: a brownbag discussion. Jun'08. PDF
Thank you Kai Chan and Douw Steyne for sharing your experiences. (Audio MP3 of 13 Mbytes of the 1hr meeting).
4
eos-sei
25. From students' perspective: How to Succeed in College: Learning How to Learn (PDF)
26. From students' perspective: Succeeding at Learning 101. (PDF)
2
CWSEI
27. Eight Promising Practices in Undergraduate STEM Education and the standards used to assess them as "Promising" (PDF)
White paper at www7.nationalacademies.org (STEM = Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). These are highly consistent with CWSEI initiatives.
22
External
28. How well did your test or exam work? How can test results help your NEXT test be better? (PDF of Slides of a short 1-2hr workshop)
16
eos-sei
29. Targeting Challenging Concepts with In-Class Exercises: a workshop for the BC Earth Science Articulation meeting, May 2011.
  - Powerpoint slides used in the workshop (PDF 8 pgs)
  - Data gathered via survey of participants before the workshop (PDF 3 pgs)
  - Activities generated for three "challenging concepts" by groups (PDF 5 pgs)
  - Reference list with web links (HTML 1 pg)
 
eos-sei
30. Guidelines for running group worksheet‐based activities (PDF 3 pgs)
3
eos-sei
31. A framework for reading scientific articles; guidelines and a worksheet that should be adaptable for use at all undergraduate or graduate levels. (PDF 4 pgs)
4
eos-sei

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See also

Extensive resources for teachers and students are at the CWSEI Website under these headings:


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