Pedagogies and Evidence-Based Teaching Practices

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UAA faculty teach a vast array of subjects, from basic adult education through graduate courses. These resources cover a variety of effective strategies that work across disciplines. Although the focus is on approaches any instructor can try, experienced faculty will still benefit from exploring further.

Teaching is a field of continuous improvement and experimentation. To engage in that process more deliberately, consider joining one of our Faculty Learning Communities or participating in our professional development opportunities. Learn more about those programs.

General Resources

  • The UAA Teaching Academy is held twice a year, in August (Fall Teaching Academy) and January (Winter Teaching Academy). Recordings and materials from past sessions are available in a Teaching Academy self-enrolling Blackboard course (UA only)
  • Pivot 3: Self-Paced Course Design & Development (self-enrolling Blackboard course, UA only): In 2020, due to the COVID-19 situation, UAA offered two #Pivot programs to help faculty transition to remote delivery. AI&e has turned the materials developed for these #Pivot programs into a self-paced online workshop that any faculty member may enroll in and use to help with course design, development, and delivery. Although this course focuses on online teaching, it has an excellent collection of materials on different aspects of teaching, from designing for alignment to managing microaggressions in the classroom
  • Course Design Trail Guides: The Trail Guides are asynchronous professional development course design modules that are intended to expand faculty's knowledge and skill with course design and development. Each module walks through key concepts and UAA resources to build an effective course. Although the modules focus on online learning, the design process and resources also apply to courses delivered on campus
  • Our Accessibility pages provide an overview of the expectations and tools available to faculty and students to ensure full access to digital content. Accessibility is an important aspect of teaching at UAA, as part of our policy not to discriminate on the basis of disability
  • Universal Design for Learning guide and What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)?, AHEAD (video, 2:52): Universal Design for Learning is a framework which helps faculty design courses for a diverse group of students instead of the “average” student, who doesn't actually exist. If you can provide students with a flexible path to learning, they may not have to self-identify as needing special help
  • Lexicon of Academic Innovation, Steven Mintz, Inside Higher Ed: Heard about an approach, but not sure what it means? Start here!

Core Competencies

UAA has identified key skillsets that help students achieve academic and post-graduation success. Learn more about these Core Competencies on UAA's Institutional Accreditation page. As we develop guides for integrating the Core Competencies into your teaching, we will post them here:

  • Effective Communication (2021-22 focus area)
  • Creative and Critical Thinking
  • Intercultural Fluency
  • Personal, Professional, and Community Responsibility

Online Teaching

Online and hybrid courses are more effective when designed with the delivery mode in mind. The UAA-focused guides in Preparing to Teach Online can help you start planning your online or hybrid course, identify UAA tools for each step, and maximize student learning and engagement.

For ways to advance your teaching with technology, try a self-assessment on digital competencies (from the European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators) to identify areas and strategies for improvement.

Inclusive Teaching Practices

Students are why we are all here! These materials look at ways to create educational environments that welcome UAA's students, reflect Alaska's cultural diversity, reduce barriers to online learning, and encourage respect and understanding of diverse groups. Try some of these strategies to help students succeed in your course and beyond.

 

Assessing Learning

Assessment is the process and method of gathering and evaluating evidence on students' knowledge, skills, and attitudes to monitor and improve learning. Assessments are how faculty and students monitor, improve and appraise the student’s learning experience.

For ideas on how to design assessments for your courses and how your work fits into UAA’s assessment strategy, visit our Assessment page.

Making Learning Visible: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

“Teaching university-level courses is a form of serious intellectual work that can be as challenging and demanding as discovery research. When teaching is undertaken as a form of inquiry into the impact a course has on student understanding, the quality and depth of this work can be revealed through writing that reflects the relation between the process of teaching and its results.” (Bernstein, 2002).

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is scholarly inquiry into student learning which advances the practice of teaching by making research findings public and open to critique and evaluation. The intent is to create a community of “scholarly teachers” who add to the body of knowledge about teaching and learning as well as benefiting from the SoTL research of others. 

Our Making Learning Visible program is UAA’s version of SoTL which addresses how teachers can not only improve their expertise in the field, but also develop pedagogical expertise.  It is designed to help faculty assess the efficacy of classroom strategies, document the effectiveness of their teaching, share effective strategies with peers, and demonstrate exemplary teaching in the promotion and tenure portfolio.

Faculty Development & Instructional Support 
Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, Academic Innovations & eLearning, and Center for Community Engaged Learning 
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