The Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE) offers a variety of resources that support instructional personnel on the Tampa and Sarasota-Manatee campuses. The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning supports faculty on the St. Petersburg campus. A special section has been added to this page to provide assistance for teaching during the spring 2021 semester. For ideas on how to adjust, innovate, and expand your teaching horizons, visit the links below, which include:

teaching Dual Audiences - workshop

This webinar offers best practices for teaching dual simultaneous audiences, enforcing rules about masks and physical distancing, interactivity with physical distancing, teaching while wearing a mask, and first-day suggestions.

Teaching in Spring 2021 - Individual Guides

teaching in spring 2021 - resources to share with students

Browse the individual student guides below. Or, click here to download them all at once as a .zip file. Note that the video about TEAMS best practices isn't in the .zip file. 

Teaching in spring 2021 - related topics

  • Faculty Exhaustion & Renewal: an overview of reasons behind burnout and strategies to combat it
  • Hybrid Courses: suggested process for moving "part" of the class content and student practice online, while also having a face to face presence
  • Teaching in Times of Crisis: practices, tips, and advice for adapting your teaching during a crisis
  • Teaching Online: support for online teaching comes from Online Faculty Development, a division of Innovative Education. See their site for information on required training and related information
  • Teaching Across Time Zones: Because of travel restrictions due to COVID-19, some of our online students are not in the Tampa Bay area, or even in the United States. This creates challenges that we might not have had to consider in previous semesters. This page addresses some of the challenges you might encounter. 


preparing to teach

  • Assessment: ideas for optimizing your assessment strategies including, test construction and grading methods
  • Backward Design: information about the process used for both course design and creating lesson plans
  • Bloom's Taxonomy: levels and associated verbs useful for learning objectives, course design, and writing assessments
  • Classroom Management: strategies and policies to help you cultivate and maintain productive classroom environments
  • Course Design: ideas for jump-starting a course redesign that matches your skills and comfort level
  • Curriculum Design: resources about institutional effectiveness, academic learning compacts, and program-level learning outcomes
  • Learning Science: information about how (all) students learn, and some instructor choices that can help them succeed
  • Lecturing: information and best practices for effective lecturing
  • Lesson Plans: information about building a lesson plan of activities separate from a slideshow-driven class period
  • Starting the Semester: information to help you plan and facilitate a successful first day of class
  • Syllabus: information to help you build or refine your course syllabi, including a USF-specific template
  • Teaching Evaluation: information about how faculty are evaluated by departments and students
  • Teaching Topics: variety of issues related to teaching including diversity, sustainability, and globalization in curriculum
  • The Semester Cycle: While each academic semester presents its own unique circumstances, challenges, and opportunities, there are always some elements that are consistent. Learn more about the common teaching milestones and important markers of each semester cycle.


  • Accelerated Classes: suggestions for restructuring your courses to adjust for an accelerated schedule
  • Active Learning: definitions, strategies, and resources for practicing active learning in your class
  • Critical Thinking: a collection of resources and further reading on the topic of critical thinking
  • Escape Room Pedagogy: ideas for using the popular "escape room" concept as a teaching technique
  • Experiential/Service Learning: information and resources for teaching with this high-imapct practice
  • Flipped Classrooms: definitions and suggestions for creating a flipped class
  • Gamification: leveraging games and competitions in teaching and course design
  • High-Impact Practices: definitions and required key elements of HiPs
  • Inclusive Teaching: strategies for structuring classes around the idea that every student should feel represented and included
  • Inquiry-Based Learning: an umbrella concept for creating learning environments for students which allow them to discover answers themselves instead of being told the answers
  • Interactive Techniques: toolbox of activities, discussion starters, and partner/group work exercises
  • International Populations: resources and tips for international faculty and for teaching international students
  • Learning Assistants: undergrad peer leaders who assist with small-group discussions in large courses
  • Problem-Based Learning: students are presented with problems and given resources that could, when properly accessed and contextualized, be used to aid in solving the problem
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): resources to help you design and interpret SoTL research and find journals for publishing
  • Team-Based Learning: explore the Readiness Assurance Process, which is a specific instructional strategy associated with team-based learning
  • Visual Thinking Strategies: a teaching method that improves critical thinking skills through teacher-facilitated discussions of visual images

Additional usf Resources


further readings