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Course Design, Development and Delivery

Teaching is one of the most complicated jobs today. It demands broad knowledge of subject matter, curriculum, and standards; enthusiasm, a caring attitude, and a love of learning; knowledge of discipline and classroom management techniques; and a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people.

Course Design

Course Design

 In designing a course, start with what you want students to have learned by the end. Instead of asking, "What should I cover?" ask "What should they learn?" Course materials and activities should all support articulated learning outcomes which reflect what students should be able to do at the end of the course. So before jumping into creating your syllabus (the end product), follow these steps for course design.

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Grading As Fair Teaching Tool

Sometimes a student’s view of your course is more about their grade than what they learn. Fairness is foremost on the students’ minds when it comes to grading. 

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Handling Classroom Distractions

Occasionally, you may find yourself faced with a student whose behavior threatens to sidetrack or disrupt the course. 

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Help With Student Issues

USC has a wealth of resources available to assist faculty and staff in addressing a range of student issues that may arise.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

 Learning outcomes describe the measurable skills, abilities, knowledge or values that students should be able to demonstrate as a result of a completing a course. They are student-centered rather than teacher-centered, in that they describe what the students will do, not what the instructor will teach.

College Lab

Make Your Lab Run Smoothly

Teaching a lab section requires all the skills necessary for teaching any class - and more. Here are some strategies to make your lab run smoothly.

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Manage Classroom Discussion

Class discussion can result in students engaged with course content and with each other. 

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Seven Principles for Good Teaching Practice

Based off of 50 years of educational research these seven different recommended principles improve both teaching and learning in undergraduate education.

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Teaching Styles

Your teaching style reflects on what you value in education, what methods you believe are effective, and how your students learn your subject best. 

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Tips for Your First Class

Even if you have taught for years, every "first class" is a chance to start things off on the right foot and to set the tone for the weeks to come. 

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Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approaches learning from the aspect of addressing barriers keeping students from becoming expert learners.

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