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Choosing teaching strategies – an overview

Matching teaching methods to course objectives is an essential, good teaching practice. Preparing your course has parallels to preparing your research.  You wouldn’t choose a research method without first knowing your research questions; you should treat choosing your teaching strategy with the same mindset.

Here is the teaching/research analogy:



Questions, Aims

Course objectives

Research Methodology

Teaching methods

Data Analysis

Student assessment
Faculty assessment

Here is an example of matching your teaching methods to your course objectives:


Possible Teaching Methods

Recalling, recognizing facts


Applying facts

Active learning techniques
Lecture with case study
Lecture with lab
Lecture with discussions

Creating new information from old
Evaluating someone else’s information

Active learning techniques

In this chapter we will be discussing common teaching practices in greater detail. We'll also pass along tips on teaching large classes and enhancing your teaching with technology.

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