Learning outcomes are statements that describe what students should be able to know, think or do upon successfully completing a course or program.
Your syllabus is your guide for the whole semester. It is often the first thing your students know about you and your course. Read more about UMD guidelines, sample syllabi and templates, and other resources.
Students come to our courses with knowledge, beliefs and attitudes gained in other courses and through daily life. A student's prior knowledge about your content can help learning if it is activated, sufficient, appropriate, and accurate. For more information on accessing students' prior knowledge, take a look at the 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching.
It is important that your learning outcomes, class activities and materials, and assessments all match. Think about designing your course "backward" - start with your goals, then plan your assessments. Your day-to-day class lessons come last so that you can be sure they align. Read more about aligning your assessments with learning outcomes.
If you need to shift a class session online due to a natural or facility disruption, there are things to consider regarding student communications and planning. Use these materials for temporary modality changes.
Include All Learners
Do you want to make sure that all learners can access your content in the way that is most effective for them? The Universal Design for Learning framework can help you set up your course for student success.
Ensure your assignments have clear expectations so that students understand the purpose, instructions, deadlines and grading criteria for their work throughout the course. Learn more about the Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) Framework to support you with this.
Engage Your Students
When students talk to each other, they don't just learn your course content. They also learn how to articulate ideas, listen, and respond to others. Learn how to facilitate effective discussions in your class.
Team assignments can be the best or worst part of a class. When they are planned and facilitated well, students are more invested in the course and their learning. Learn how to integrate effective team assignments into your course.
Formative assessment allows you to see how students are learning throughout the course so that you can make adjustments and help everyone succeed. Read more about how to assess and analyze students' learning.
Rubrics are useful because they help students understand assignment requirements and help you grade efficiently and consistently. Learn more about the benefits of rubrics and how to create and use them.
Reflect on, Evaluate, and Improve Your Teaching
Students aren't the only source of data on your teaching. You can self-reflect, share feedback with peers, and get support from the TLTC. Learn more about the different types of teaching feedback you can collect and how to interpret your data.