Teaching Strategies

Using a range of teaching and learning activities can help to better engage students and encourage a deeper learning approach.

Using a range of teaching and learning activities can help to better engage students and encourage a deeper learning approach. It is important to view teaching spaces (lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars, labs) as a method for providing students the opportunity for active learning rather than as simply a space for transferring information.

In order for this to happen, teaching staff should shift their focus from what the teacher does to what the students should be doing and what we want them to be doing. A range of teaching and learning activities are provided that encourage a teaching and learning environment conducive to active student learning.

It is also important to keep a record of what constitutes teaching effectiveness. In order to document your teaching effectiveness it is important to be aware of the Nine Principles Guiding Teaching and Learning in the University. The nine principles can help you determine what forms of evidence you need to collect. The Student Experience Survey (SES) only form one part of your teaching effectiveness. Your teaching portfolio should also include evidence of teaching effectiveness beyond student evaluations.

For example, your evidence can include how specifically you foster “an atmosphere of intellectual excitement” and how you communicate “clear academic expectations and standards.Being aware of what you need to document is a good way for you to reflect on your teaching practice. It can also save you a lot of time when applying for teaching awards offered by the Faculty and the University.