Our goal is to provides faculty a wide array of resources to help them design, teach, and assess their courses. Browse the links for ideas, or zero in on an area of particular interest. And please contact us to suggest resources we should add to the site.

Course Development

Course Design: Guidance in thinking through what you want your students to learn, designing the course to get them there, and assessing how well you've succeeded.

Syllabus: Drafting a syllabus that provides all the required information, and makes students excited to be in your class.

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Effective Teaching

Teach your Course: Ideas for teaching methods and for handling particular teaching contexts.  This section also links to articles that provide resources for teaching in particular disciplines. Includes: teaching methods, teaching situations, discipline-specific ideas.

Pedagogical Theory: Learn more about the research and theory that underlies principles of good teaching.

Teaching with Technology: Technological tools can help faculty engage students in active learning, make presentations more vivid, and help with the mechanical tasks of teaching.

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Feedback & Reflection

Assess Student Work: Ideas for giving students feedback that will help them improve their learning, using rubrics, grading student work, and encouraging students to be self-reflective learners

Reflect on your Teaching: Learn how to gather feedback from students and peers and use that feedback to make teaching more effective and enjoyable 

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SMU Students & Policies

Our Students: Learn more about SMU undergraduates (and today's college students generally), and see what resources SMU offers for student engagement and support

SMU Policies on Teaching:  Information on federal law, university policy, and other guidelines that relate to our role as teachers.

Support for Department Chairs: A list of web resources to help department chairs mentor junior faculty members.