New Instructor Toolkit

  • Everything You Need in Your Syllabus

    Everything You Need in Your Syllabus

    This guide offers insight as to how a well organized and thought out syllabus is key to a streamlined classroom where both instructors and students understand the expectations.

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  • Let Publishers Do the Heavy Administrative Lifting

    Let Publishers Do the Heavy Administrative Lifting

    Preparing for a class can be stressful and time-consuming. Publishers aim to alleviate some of this by offering videos, slides and other forms of content ready to go for any class.

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  • Listen Up: How to Communicate Effectively with Students

    Listen Up: How to Communicate Effectively with Students

    Cultivating a classroom that values open communication is a key to impacting student success throughout their time in your course to the rest of their lives.

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  • Best Practices for Engaging Students in Large Lecture Courses

    Best Practices for Engaging Students in Large Lecture Courses

    Large lectures offer challenges that are different from smaller classes. Creating some changes and utilizing best practices can help make a large class feel smaller to foster learning for students.

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  • What Supporting Adult Learners Really Means

    What Supporting Adult Learners Really Means

    Adult learners are students who have obligations beyond the classroom and experience to support the new material they learn. Reaching them means instructors may have to adapt to new ways of teaching.

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  • New Instructors: Know the Basics Before You Teach

    New Instructors: Know the Basics Before You Teach

    You've landed a position as faculty and now it's time to prepare for the first day of classes. Here are some things to know to help put your best foot forward.

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  • What to Include in the Syllabus: A Guide for New Instructors

    What to Include in the Syllabus: A Guide for New Instructors

    The syllabus is the handbook to your course and the key to students understanding expectations. There are some crucial details every syllabus should have to insure success.

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  • Control the Clock – 5 Time Management Tips for Instructors

    Control the Clock – 5 Time Management Tips for Instructors

    Students and instructors always seem to be running against the clock. Fortunately, a few things can be done to make everyone's lives a little easier.

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  • Equity in Practice: Addressing the Diverse Needs of Our Students

    Equity in Practice: Addressing the Diverse Needs of Our Students

    It's vital to create an inclusive, safe and empowering classroom so students can learn from not only their instructor but each other as well.

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  • Get to Know Your Resources – Campus, Publisher, and Free Materials

    Get to Know Your Resources – Campus, Publisher, and Free Materials

    A guide to resources that can increase student engagement and create more impactful classes.

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  • How to Save Time Using Connect and SmartBook

    How to Save Time Using Connect and SmartBook

    Through adaptive learning tools, students can pinpoint what they don't know faster and easier so instructors can spend more time answering specific need-based questions.

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  • The Pros and Cons of Open-Sources vs. Curated Content

    The Pros and Cons of Open-Sources vs. Curated Content

    While open-sources can provide more freedom in teaching, does it get the same attention to detail and care as curated content?

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  • Making the Most Out of Office Hours

    Making the Most Out of Office Hours

    How well time is spent during office hours doesn't entirely fall on the students. Instructors need to create an environment that supports students and can meet them halfway when necessary.

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  • 6 Free Classroom Resources to Try

    6 Free Classroom Resources to Try

    Utilizing online resources can increase student engagement and liven classroom discussions.

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  • 5 Tips to Reduce Your Work Stress

    5 Tips to Reduce Your Work Stress

    Mid-terms have past and the end-of-the-semester is just around the corner. Reduce your work stress with these 5 easy tips!

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  • Teaching Students to Use Email Professionally

    Teaching Students to Use Email Professionally

    Avoid the headaches-- teach students to email professionally early on.

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  • How to Effectively Communicate With Your Students

    How to Effectively Communicate With Your Students

    Emails don't always get read. Students are already packing up within the final 2 minutes of class. So how do you make sure students know important announcements?

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  • How to Use Active Lecturing Techniques

    How to Use Active Lecturing Techniques

    We know active learning is crucial to student success. But what do instructors need in order to encourage this type of learning for students?

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  • Before You Start: 4 Tips for New Adjuncts

    Before You Start: 4 Tips for New Adjuncts

    Key steps to start the academic year on the right foot before students enter the classroom.

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  • 7 Ways to Tackle Student Engagement

    7 Ways to Tackle Student Engagement

    Complacency is the enemy of a classroom. Bring excitement and engagement back with a few of these tips.

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