Preparing for College Teaching

Ever feel out of your element as a teaching assistant?  Planning to teach your own course in the future? Just want to hone your teaching skills?

The Academy of Teaching and Learning Excellence is here to help with Preparing for College Teaching (PCT; IDS 5922). PCT is a free, zero-credit course (meaning it appears on your transcript!) that will teach you how to teach, and teach well. The course is beneficial to any graduate student who strives to be a great teacher. 

By the end of the course, students will be able to: 

Class meetings are highly interactive, focusing on discussions, activities, and "microteaching" exercises in which each student delivers a 5-minute lesson and receives feedback from the instructor and their peers. By the end of the course, students will have developed a digital teaching portfolio, including a sample syllabus, lesson plan, assessment, and teaching philosophy statement.

Fall 2018 Course Details

Meeting Times & Location
T/R, 11:00 am-12:15 pm, at EDU 411

Tues. 8/21/18 to Thurs 10/25/18 - (10 weeks of instruction)
- Per USF policy, attendance on the first day is required; those who do not attend will automatically be dropped from the course

Registration Info
Subject CRS#: IDS 5922

CRN: 92132

None, but some prior teaching experience (TAing included) is beneficial


Required Elements:
- complete assigned reading before each class
- create an e-portfolio, including a lesson plan, and a teaching philosophy statement.
- have no more than four absences (there are a total of 20 class meetings)

Session Topics (subject to change)
1. Strategies for starting the semester
2. Course design
3. Assessment
4. Grading
5. Classroom assessment techniques
6. Presentation skills
7. Learning theories
8. Science of learning (how people learn)
9. Active learning
10. Syllabus development
11. Lesson planning
12. Effective lectures
13. Classroom management
14. Group work/ Team-based learning
15. Leading a discussion
16. Writing a teaching statement
17. Constructive feedback
18. Teaching online courses
19. Evaluation of teaching
20. How to end a semester