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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Teaching Strategies

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How do we teach effectively? How do we convey disciplinary passion, curiosity, critique, and instinct to our students? How do we engage with them and learn with them? What do we do when they are struggling? How can we help those at the top of our courses go farther without leaving those who are struggling far behind? How can we get them talking to and learning from one another? How can we cover everything that we need to cover, and still have time to engage in intellectual debate and explore nuance?

The scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as the broader areas of learning and motivational science, have helped us to discover some foundational principles and sound teaching strategies that can help address these and a host of other questions that we face in higher education. ATS has put together some basic materials outlining some popular, evidence-supported teaching strategies below. We invite you to explore and use one or more of these strategies to help further your dreams as an instructor. We also make efforts to support the listed strategies with materials directed at supporting student engagement. You may view our entire catalog of engagement materials in our 10 Strategies for Engaging Learners series


Feel free to contact us should you have questions or comments or need assistance in designing your course using these or other teaching strategies, or if you'd like us to add a teaching strategy that is not represented here.


The Basics

If you are new to teaching with online tools (either as part of your face-to-face course or your blended or online course), there are a few basic types of activities that are commonly used as a starting point, including basic presentations (for use in-class or online), online assignments, readings and course packets, discussion boards, and quizzes and exams.  Get a grounding in the tools and principles of good design for these types of activities before you start integrating more advanced tools and strategies. 


Blended Learning and Flipped Instruction

Just-in-time teaching

Problem-based and case-based learning

Game-based learning

Competency-based instruction and badging

Project-based learning

Teaching with Social Media

Experiential Education

Service Learning