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Teaching Handbook

This handbook is maintained by the staff of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning.  The materials here are a subset of CITL's larger Teaching Resources page.

Section 1: Preparing to Teach

Planning a Course

Preparing to Teach a Course

Designing Your Course

Choosing Learning Strategies that Encourage Student Success

The First Day of Class

Class Roster and Grade Book

Course Packets and Electronic Resources

Office Hours


Sexual Harassment in Learning Contexts

Privacy of Student Records

Accommodating Religious Observances

Assisting Students with Disabilities

Employment and Preparation of Associate Instructors for Teaching

Interpreting Course Evaluations

Administering and Interpreting Course Evaluations

Some Factors that Influence Course Evaluations

Using the Results of Course Evaluations to Improve your Teaching

Alternatives to Course Evaluations

Section 2: Teaching Methods



Facilitating Discussions of Sensitive Issues



Organizing the Groups

Designating Roles in Groups

Sharing Group Results

Lecturing Techniques

Alternatives to Lecturing

Resources to Meet the Challenges of Lecturing

Science Labs

Preparing to Teach Science Labs

Supervising Science Labs

Engaging Students in Problem-solving

Case Studies

Games for Learning

Team-Based Learning

Ways of Assessing and Evaluating Student Learning

Summative and Formative Assessment

Test Construction

Evaluating Student Written Work

Assessing Student Progress over Time

Section 3: Creating a Positive Environment

Ensuring Civility

Classroom Atmosphere

What is Incivility?

Instructor Behaviors to Avoid Incivilities

Classroom Climate

Managing Difficult Events

Teaching in the Face of Tragedy

Dealing with Disruptive Students


Academic Integrity

Academic Misconduct

Reporting Misconduct

Forms of Misconduct

Contacting the Office of Student Ethics and Anti-Harrassment Programs