In this module, faculty learn how to plan for a successful first day of class or first week of an online module by building a community of learners, and implementing active learning strategies to help students understand course expectations.
To satisfy the module requirements, faculty must apply one or more techniques, such as creating an outline for the first class session, developing an online orientation module, using an icebreaker or online introduction activity, or assigning a syllabus activity.
2b: Promoting a Civil Learning Environment
In this module, faculty learn how to work with students to set expectations for a civil learning environment in the classroom or online. In addition, the module helps faculty effectively address low-, mid-, and high-level disruptions.
To satisfy the module requirements, faculty must apply one or more techniques, such as writing policies regarding classroom civility or online netiquette, establishing classroom norms with students, or using appropriate methods to respond to student behaviors.
2d: Motivating Your Students
In this module, faculty learn how to motivate students by developing students’ appreciation for their discipline. In addition, faculty learn to support student success through goal setting, incentivizing assignment completion, and using a variety of assessment and instructional strategies to meet varied learning needs.
To satisfy the module requirements, faculty must apply one or more techniques, such as discussing their interest in the discipline in class or in an online video, establishing incentives for assignment completion, or teaching students the DAPPS formula for setting goals.
2e: Ensuring Equitable Access to Learning
In this module, faculty learn how to assess students’ levels of readiness in order to inform instruction and encourage the use of campus or online resources for academic support. The module also teaches faculty how to clearly communicate their expectations and use grading practices that fully support student success.
To satisfy the module requirements, faculty must implement one or more techniques, such as using ungraded assignments early in the semester, creating an online Buddy System, using a performance prognosis inventory, or sharing academic support resources.
2f: Helping Students Persist in Their Studies
In this module, faculty learn how to build intrinsic motivation by offering choice, providing targeted feedback and revision opportunities, and connecting course learning to career goals. It also introduces the concept and motivational impact of a growth mindset.
To satisfy the module requirements, faculty must implement one or more techniques, such as providing students with a choice in the type of project they will complete, offering students an opportunity to use feedback to revise an assignment, showing students how course content is connected to their career goals, fostering a sense of belonging to an online course community, or sending messages of encouragement and support.
2g: Embracing Diversity in Your Classroom
In this module, faculty examine how their own experiences have shaped their perspectives and the importance of valuing different viewpoints. In addition, faculty learn about the power of explicit and implicit messages (microaggressions, stereotype threat) and how to create an inclusive classroom or online environment, as well as a curriculum, that is representative of diverse student perspectives.
To satisfy the module requirements faculty must implement one or more techniques, such as creating an inclusive classroom and online environment by ensuring your curriculum and course site reflects a diverse society, setting ground rules for productive discourse, managing or mitigating unconscious biases and microaggressions, and creating a syllabus that sets the tone for embracing diversity and inclusion.
The learning environment you build impacts persistence, learning, and chances for student success. Learn how to lead a productive first day, promote a civil learning environment, motivate your students, and much more.
2a: Leading a Productive First Day
2b: Promoting a Civil Learning Environment
2c: Motivating Your Students
2d: Ensuring Equitable Access to Learning
2e: Helping Students Persist in Their Studies
2f: Embracing Diversity in Your Learning Environment
From group learning activities, to planning effective discussions – you’ll unlock evidence-based strategies that promote active learning, giving all students the chance to be fully involved in their own education.
3a: Using Groups to Ensure Active Learning
3b: Using the Active Learning Cycle
3c: Developing Effective Class Sessions and Lectures