Instructional Resources

Instructor leading a discussion with students at a table.How can I improve my teaching?  We want to help you find answers to this question. Each resource listed below is a simple, evidence based best practice with a history of successful use by universities. Every tool link below uses an intuitive tabbed interface allowing you to easily explore why it works, how to implement it and watch video exemplars with strategies and review research supporting the practice. Use these proven, low-risk instructional practices for these outcomes:

  • Increasing student engagement and attendance
  • Improving personal instructional satisfaction and effectiveness
  • Integrating "active learning" instruction with improved content mastery

A 3-4 minute reflection, discussion and sharing tool for active learning

students writing at desks

Use brief narrative writing checks to consolidate knowledge

Confused studentMuddiest Point

This learning activity asks students to identify the most confusing point in a lesson.

Help students visually organize important course content and knowledge relationships

books and bookends

Picture of person drawing at a white board Draw Structures From Memory 

Ask students to recall a biological structure from memory.

Taking quick measures of your student's comprehension to improve learning

Jigsaw puzzle picture Jigsaw

A cooperative learning activity where student groups work togther to build knowledge