Preparing to Teach

Course Design

  • “Cutting Edge” course design tutorial from Carleton College
  • A helpful guide from Carnegie Mellon
  • A quick primer on backwards design
  • A brief introduction to constructive alignment (PDF)
  • Further reading: L. Dee Fink. Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003.

Creating a Syllabus

  • Syllabus policies and templates: Bouve | COS
  • Syllabus guide, with additional resources, from Cornell University
  • Advice from Carnegie Mellon University
  • Further reading: Judith Grunert O’Brien et alThe Course Syllabus: A Learning-Centered Approach. 2nd ed. Jossey-Bass, 2008.

Writing Instructional Objectives and Learning Outcomes

How Students Learn

The First Day of Class

  • Advice from Carnegie Mellon
  • Tips from Vanderbilt University
  • 23 tips for learning student names, from University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Working with Teaching Assistants