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How-To: Techniques

Here you will find short 2-3 page articles related to specific techniques and issues.

Feel free to print them for your own use. We only ask that you not redistribute them off campus without consent. If you don’t see a topic that you are interested in knowing more about, please contact us.

What’s New

Testing – what are your options for testing, and what are the pros and cons?

The First Day of Class – What helps you and your students the most?

e-Portfolios– How do you plan yours? What’s in it? How do you share it?

Techniques to Try


Active Learning in the Classroom
Research shows students who are engaged with the content of their courses learn more. What are your students doing? Need more ideas?  Try this! Or this!

Case Study
Using them in your class? Read more about the possibilities.

How can they improve my teaching experience and my students’ learning outcomes?

Discussion may seem like an easy pedagogy to use. However, a well-planned discussion takes time, planning and attention to detail to work.

Fishbowl Technique 
This guide explains how to facilitate a small discussion in a large group. Essentially, the class forms an inner and an outer circle–details are on this sheet.

Reflective Writing
This handout addresses different types of reflection writing, such as free-writing responses and journal writing.


Artifacts in Your Course (using a museum)
At UT, we have many places that we can take or send students for a “field experience”–including collections on campus at the McClung Museum and the Baker Center. Use this guide to help you think through and structure a hands-on lesson in primary source materials.

Flipped Classrooms 
Some tips and tools for flipping the class for those who have already tried it or would like to attempt a flip.

Guided Discussion in the Classroom
This handout addresses some best practices for leading an entire class through a discussion, so that students contribute more, and talk at a higher level of critical thinking.

Peer Learning (Group Work)
This sheet describes different types of peer learning situations, including instructions for how to create and manage group work.

Peer Teaching
This handout deals with peer teaching, including 5 key models, recommendations, and links to leading peer teaching resources.

PowerPoint is a useful tool but can be better used when we understand basic design principles and understanding the power of visuals.

Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
This handout will help faculty successfully create a PBL learning environment, which engages students and gets them thinking about real-life problems.

Service Learning 
What is Service Learning and how can I incorporate it into my course?  These are just a few of the questions answered in the latest “How To” paper.

Unit Session Design 
Good unit/session planning provides an intentional path for the use of time both in and out of class.

Writing Learning Outcomes 
This is not always as easy as it seems. Check out this How-To for some simple to follow guidelines to make the process a bit clearer.

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