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Ways to Make Your Teaching More Effective

by Center for Teaching and Learning


Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 3.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Mar 05, 2014 by Faculty Development
Overview: This handout/tipsheet provides a multitude of bullet-pointed tips for effective lecturing. The tips are arranged in categories and subcategories and many would be useful for teaching in any environment. The categories are: 1) Figure out the Basics; 2) The First Day, Openings, and Closings; 3) Preparation; 4) Delivery; 5) Credibility & Commitment; 6) Building Interaction; 7) Chalkboards (and other high tech media); 8) Handling Questions; 9) Getting Feedback; and 10) Tests and Grades. The article refers briefly to the use of instructional technology in reference to chalkboard and projection or slides.
Learning Goals: Teaching a large lecture can be a daunting task. This article provides a list of useful strategies that could be used as a checklist to be sure all areas are addressed before teaching and possibly as a diagnostic tool if something isn’t going well.
Target Student Population: Faculty members and teaching graduate students, particularly, individuals who are new to teaching
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: none
Type of Material: Reference Material
Recommended Uses: Resource can be used in workshops or just distributed to instructors
Technical Requirements: none

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: This resource contains a broad set of tips, most of which would be pertinent regardless of teaching venue. The resource could serve as a useful checklist for a new instructor and/or as a diagnostic tool if the class sessions aren’t going well. There are several nice suggested Classroom Assessment Techniques
Concerns: The resource provides the “what” but not always the “why.” Without the “why,” readers may not be convinced of the importance of the tips. Also, providing more of the “why” could help a new instructor develop his/her implementation more effectively. The introductory text does not seem specific to the contents of the resource. There is a lack of concrete examples. Although active learning is discussed. The resource could be improved including more tips how active learning can be implemented and encouraged. There are no references to support the tips.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: The resource could be an effective introduction to good teaching/lecturing strategies for new instructors.
Concerns: This content in this resource does not seem to follow directly from any of the other documents I could find on the web site. In addition to the concerns about the content, there is only brief mention of active learning and instructional technology. The resource almost implies that lecturing is the only way to teach.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The resource is easily read and contains many good suggestions in this compact document
Concerns: The resource could be strengthened with some references for those that would like to explore a particular strategy in more detail.