Teaching and Learning Guides

The Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) has prepared guides on a variety of teaching topics with summaries of best practices, links to helpful online resources, and information about TLT resources available to instructors at Texas Woman's University. Our guides cover course design and delivery, accessibility & Universal Design for Learning, classroom technology, and quality assurance at TWU.

Course Design

Alternatives to Traditional Testing

Traditional testing methods, such as multiple-choice exams, may not always be the best tool, but there are alternative assessments you can use to help students demonstrate mastery of course content.

This guide includes a recorded webinar, articles, links, and resources designed to help you:

  • Describe alternative assessments to traditional testing;
  • Write effective questions for online assessments;
  • Modify student presentations for the online learning environment;
  • Create online discussion activities and other assignments;
  • Recognize best practices for online assignments;
  • Use student feedback for continuous improvement of your online course.

Learn more about Alternatives to Traditional Testing.

Designing Effective Courses

A well-designed course can help you communicate your course content and help students demonstrate mastery of learning objectives.

This guide includes articles, step-by-step roadmaps, links, and resources designed to help you:

  • Design a course using the backward design process;
  • Write a course mission statement;
  • Write (or review) measurable learning objectives;
  • Create instructional materials and learning activities;
  • Assess student success in meeting learning objectives;
  • Reflect on and improve your instruction.

Learn more about Designing Effective Courses.

Moving Your Face-to-Face Course Online

With proper planning and course design best practices, you can effectively move your face-to-face or hybrid courses online into Canvas.

This guide includes articles, step-by-step roadmaps, links, and resources designed to help you:

  • Determine your first steps based on your course type;
  • Follow the first steps to move your course online;
  • Request a Canvas Sandbox (if applicable);
  • Find Canvas guides with screenshots and step-by-step instructions;
  • Move content into your Canvas course.

Learn more about Moving Your Face-to-Face Course Online.

Course Delivery

Fostering Academic Integrity in Your Courses

Fostering a culture of academic integrity in your courses can help reduce incidents of plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty.

This guide includes best practices, tips, links, and resources designed to help you:

  • Build community with and between your students;
  • Communicate with your students about academic integrity;
  • Rethink your assessments and how they fit into a culture of academic integrity.

Learn more about Fostering Academic Integrity in Your Courses.

Incorporating Small Group Work in Online Courses

Small group work can foster a sense of community and belonging among students and spark meaningful discussions.

This guide includes best practices and tips designed to help you:

  • Identify effective methods to organize group activities in online courses;
  • Examine various online tools for using group work in online courses;
  • Implement group work using effective tools.

Learn more about Incorporating Small Group Work in Online Courses.

Providing Effective Student Feedback

Effective feedback is essential to the learning process. Providing students with meaningful feedback can greatly improve their performance, achievement, and development.

This guide includes best practices and tips designed to help you:

  • Write valuable grading comments on student assignments;
  • Use varied methods to give general feedback to the whole class;
  • Facilitate effective online discussions.

Learn more about Providing Effective Student Feedback.

Teaching HyFlex Courses at TWU

HyFlex ("hybrid flexible") is a course delivery model in which an instructor teaches an in-person and a synchronous online class session at the same time. This guide will introduce you to HyFlex, help you prepare to teach a HyFlex course, and connect you with resources to support you throughout the semester.

Learn more about Teaching HyFlex Courses at TWU.

Accessibility & Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design Toolkit

As an instructor, you have the primary and ultimate responsibility to ensure access to your course materials by every student in every course you teach. The information in this guide will help you make intentional design and development decisions.

This guide includes articles, step-by-step roadmaps, links, and resources designed to help you:

  • Apply Universal Design for Learning principles to your course materials;
  • Create new course materials that meet accessibility guidelines;
  • Revise existing course materials to become accessible to all students.

Learn more about the Universal Design Toolkit.

Classroom Technology

Classroom Technology at TWU

The Classroom Technology at TWU guide includes a workshop, articles, links, and resources designed to help you:

Learn more about Classroom Technology at TWU.

Quality Assurance at TWU

Quality Assurance at TWU

Quality Assurance reviews at TWU can help instructors improve the quality of their courses with continuous improvement.

This guide includes information and resources about the types of Quality Assurance reviews offered at Texas Woman's University:

  • Online Course Design Best Practices Checklist
  • Quality Matters Reviews
  • Internal Academic Component Review

Learn more about Quality Assurance at TWU.

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