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Classroom and Pedagogical Techniques

A framework for successful lesson delivery consists of six parts:

  1. Gaining the students' attention and establishing expectations.
  2. Reviewing relevant, previously-learned material.
  3. Presenting the new information by linking it to previous learning.
  4. Providing learning guidance or elaboration.
  5. Providing time for practice and feedback.
  6. Providing for spaced practice to enhance retention.

This page is a one-stop shop for specific instructional strategies to enhance student engagement and learning in the classroom.

Designing Online (and in-class!) Discussions
Determine the role of questions, examine common problems, and motivate students to participate. (Although primarily aimed at online instructors, the information you'll find there is easily adaptable to the face-to-face classroom.)

Teaching Large Classes
Strategies, guidelines and resources for creating interactive environments, successful lectures, and managing the large classroom.

Problem-Based Learning
Engage students in problem-solving activities by employing this strategy.

Team-Based Learning
A highly successful "flipped classroom" technique for engaging students and keeping them accountable for course content.

Writing as a Learning Activity
Written assignments often reveal deficiencies in student writing that, while not specifically related to course objective, can still affect the quality of submitted work. Fortunately, the FSU Reading-Writing Center now provides online, synchronous tutoring sessions for distance students. When giving writing assignments, you may wish to include a link to the center and/or a direct link to their appointment-making tool.

In-Depth Resources
Several chapters from the ODL document Instruction at FSU: A Guide to Teaching & Learning Practices are particularly relevant -- especially Chapter 11: Teaching Contexts. You will also find useful information in the following chapters:

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