I’ve shared a resource in Canvas Commons with some examples of brief, research-based teaching strategies implemented in Canvas, such as: transparent assignments, minute papers, values affirmation, social belonging, goal setting, student testimonials, nudges, discussion protocols, wrappers, and midterm student feedback. You can preview this resource here.
|Briefer, Targeted Strategies||Broader or More Comprehensive Techniques|
|More Concrete Strategies||These are some of the strategies covered in this Canvas resource:
Examples of some face-to-face in-class strategies (which are not addressed in this Canvas resource):
|Many of these broader teaching techniques derive from discipline-based educational research and development.|
|More General Principles/Techniques||These are some strategies that primarily derive from cognitive psychology and mainly apply to practice and memory.
||These are links to more comprehensive Canvas-related resources on effective teaching practices.|
More Online Resources about Evidence-based Teaching Practices
- Online Teaching Activity Index
- Pedagogical Approaches for Teaching and Learning with Canvas
- Humanizing Tool Buffet
- SERC – Pedagogy in Action
- Physport – resources based on physics education research (PER)
- Active Learning Techniques
- Twenty-One Teaching Strategies to Promote Student Engagement and Cultivate Classroom Equity
- 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online
Books for Further Reading on Evidence-based Teaching Practices
- Reaching Students: What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering (free ebook; NRC, 2015)
- Instructional Practices Guide: Guide to Evidence-Based Instructional Practices in Undergraduate Mathematics (free ebook; MAA, 2018)
- Applying Science of Learning in Education: Infusing Psychological Science into the Curriculum (free ebook; TeachPsych, 2014)
- Improving How Universities Teach Science: Lessons from the Science Education Initiative (Wieman, 2017)
- Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide (Felder & Brent, 2016)
- Online Teaching at its Best (Nilson & Goodson, 2018)
- Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Educational Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success (Major et al., 2016)
Some Other Potential Canvas Activities that Could be Included in the Future
I shared a self-assessment for faculty preparing to teach online. You can try the Online Teaching Readiness Self-Assessment here, or import it from Canvas Commons.
It’s based on Penn State’s Faculty Self-Assessment: Preparing for Online Teaching. I also like the Online Teaching Self-Efficacy Inventory (OTSEI), but forgot about it until too late to incorporate it.
Student can self-assess their readiness for online learning with UNC’s Online Learning Readiness Questionnaire or else see some other student online readiness surveys listed here.