Preparing To Teach

Preparing to Teach

Preparing to step into the classroom at the beginning of a semester requires instructors to consider many issues that impact both the teaching approach and a course’s learning activities. Example considerations include developing course content, organizing content in a manageable way, and choosing strategies that will align assessment and evaluation methods with course objectives. Additionally, determining how to make learning accessible, writing well-constructed assignments and exams, and creating an inclusive and learner-centered syllabus. It is also essential to consider how you will build rapport with students and support their learning, starting on the first day of class.

This section of the website features content that will help instructors prepare to teach a course and includes:

A basic background and starting point for course design using the constructive alignment framework.

These syllabus statements communicate a consistent message to all students.

Help foster a more engaging and shared learning environment

The goal is where we want to be. The objectives are the steps needed to get there.

A simple ISU Course Template in Canvas and a straightforward process aid instructors in the must-have elements.

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” — Will Rogers

Small simple things, or more involved and mindful actions throughout the course.

These modes may be defined by the integration of technology and the amount of synchronous (real-time) interaction between the instructor and students.

Help make your course more equitable for students of all income brackets with a variety of affordable course material options.