Teaching

Teaching Methods

Active Learning

The umbrella term active learning encompasses many different types of classroom activity, including problem-based learning, project-based learning, team-based learning, and inquiry methods of instruction. Often these can be thought of as mirror images of traditional instruction. Where lecture provides an argument laid out using deductive reasoning, active learning methods frequently rely on inductive reasoning — students are provided with an initial problem, for instance, and they work backwards through the problem to discover first principles.

Experiential/Service-Learning

Service learning, internships, and other forms of experiential learning move the curriculum outside the classroom space and outside the normal meeting days and time. Service learning looks on first glance similar to volunteering, but it is tied through the use of carefully selected assessments and activities to the course learning objectives. It provides a much closer, and more real, experience of learning the same content that would be covered in traditional classroom lecture.

Flipped Classroom

Use PowerPoint directly to capture audio onto your slides, save the presentation as a move (.wmv), and upload it to YouTube for easy linking and embedding in your courses. Our tutorial shows the necessary steps and also discusses methods of classroom interaction if your lectures are delivered electronically.

Inquiry-Based Learning

Inquiry-based learning is an umbrella concept for creating learning environments for students which allow them to discover answers themselves instead of being told the answers (such as via lecture).

Interactive Techniques

Variation in the daily routine and in how students practice material is critical to continued engagement. This list of over 200 interactive techniques provides a toolbox for faculty members to choose different methods of interaction, discussion, and practice with students.

Problem-Based Learning

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is commonly employed in disciplines that encourage flexible knowledge and skills in solving challenges. Rather than listen to lectures, students are presented with problems and given resources that could, when properly accessed and contexualized, be used to aid in solving the problem.

Teaching Online

USF classes that are administered fully online receive support from Innovative Education. Courses that are taught in a hybrid modality (reduced seat time), and all face-to-face classes are supported by the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE). The following YouTube video contains some valuable, practical wisdom related to teaching online: 8 Lessons Learned from Teaching Online.

Team-Based Learning

Explore the Readiness Assurance Process, which is a specific instructional strategy associated with team-based learning that can dramatically enhance student learning.

Visual Thinking Strategies

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a teaching method that improves critical thinking skills through teacher-facilitated discussions of visual images.