The following online resources are a mix of self-paced modules, recorded presentations and workshops, handbooks, guides, and articles created by us, other institutions, and thought leaders, to enhance teaching, engage students, and create innovative instruction for student success and educational excellence.

New resources are added regularly.  If however, you’re not finding what you need, let us know and/or suggest a resource here.

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UTSA is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The following resources provide an overview of working at UTSA.

Modules
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Presentations/Workshops
(YouTube)

Other Resources

Online Faculty Orientation

Elevate Your Pitch

FAQs: About working at UTSA

FAQs: About academia at UTSA

UTSA Faculty Resources

Create Your Teaching Philosophy

Build Your Teaching Portfolio

Schedule a Peer Observation

Work-Life Balance:

UTSA is committed to supporting the mental health and well-being of our entire campus community. Faculty face unique challenges in both the classroom and in their careers. You are at your best as a teacher when you are practicing self-care and being mindful of the pressures you face at work and at home.

Presentations/Workshops
(YouTube)

Other Resources

The Balancing Act

Maximizing Your Time

Getting Time on Your Side

Dealing with Your Mental Health and Well-Being

Teaching Tips

Creating Safe and Healthy Learning Spaces:

Students learn best when they are in a positive and safe environment that engages and challenges them intellectually. Here are some resources for creating safe and healthy learning spaces.

Effective Classroom Discussions:

Presentations/Workshops
(YouTube)

Other Resources

Designing Effective Discussions

Effective Classroom Discussions

Two Minute Teaching Tip:
How to Use Note Cards
to Create Dialogue

Classroom Management

Diversity & Inclusion:

The student population at UTSA is unique among American universities. Almost half of our students are first-generation, meaning they are the first in their immediate families to attend college. A significant percentage are military-affiliated and nontraditional students. These characteristics provide unique challenges for faculty in ensuring student success.

We have compiled some resources for inclusive teaching to help you better understand your students’ needs and to assist you in ensuring inclusive teaching practices with your UTSA students.

Modules
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Presentations/Workshops
(YouTube)

Other Resources

Who Studies at UTSA?

Teaching Generation Z

Dealing with Students Mental Health and Well-Being

Sexual Harassment and Misconduct: What’s Your Role

Helping Students with Disabilities

UTSA Student Support Services Guide

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Inclusive Teaching

Developing a Growth Mindset

Creating Safe and Healthy Learning Spaces

Growth Mindset for College Students

Sexual Harassment and Misconduct

Class Preparation:

Whether you’re prepping a new course or refreshing an old one, planning is an essential component to the success of your courses. Here are some resources to help you develop your course.

Course Design:

Modules
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Presentations/Workshops
(YouTube)

Other Resources

FERPA

What the Best Faculty Do

Class Preparation

Syllabus Design

Creating a Transparent Classroom

Create Your Syllabus

It’s in the Syllabus: 10 Tips for Transparent Syllabus Design

Designing Your Syllabus for Student Success

Classroom Management

Flipping the Class: Myth vs. Reality

FAQs: About teaching at UTSA

Lead Your Students to Better Writing

FAQs: About library resources at UTSA

Two Minute Teaching Tip - Incorporating Time Capsules into Your Class


Featured Online Resources

Instructional Strategies:

When it comes to choosing instructional strategies for your course, there are a number of variables to consider including class size, learning outcomes, and time. The good news is, you don’t have to choose just one. Here are some resources to help you find the right mix for your class.

Active Learning:

Presentations/Workshops
(YouTube)

Other Resources

Active Learning Strategies

Instructional Strategies

Assigning Group Work (That Works)

Assigning Group Work (That Works)

Designing Effective Group Assignments

Experiential Learning

Make ‘Em Think and Move

Effective Classroom Discussions

Why Don't My Students Read?

Classroom Management

Designing Effective Discussions

Two Minute Teaching Tip:
How to Use Note Cards
to Create Dialogue

Active Learning in the Humanities,
Social Sciences and Professional Disciplines

Using Active Learning in STEM Disciplines

How People Learn and Implications for Teaching

Cooperative Learning: Using Groups Wisely and Well

Lectures & Presentations:

Faculty using lecture follow a great tradition of sharing information orally. Lecturing provides an opportunity to explain challenging material, add interest to readings, and link ideas together. The key to an effective lecture is to add activities that give students time to apply, reflect, and engage with the content. Here are some resources to help.

Presentations/Workshops
(YouTube)

Other Resources

The Lecture is Dead, Long Live the Lecture

Lecture

Making Bigger Better: Engaging Students in Large Classes

Present Like a Pro (module for students)

Effective Communication Leads to Effective Teaching

Getting Your Students to Think by Asking the Right Questions

What is an Effective Presentation?

Two Minute Teaching Tip: Enjoy Teaching

Technology for Teaching and Learning:

Technology enhances pedagogy in a variety of ways including adding interactivity to a lecture, creating spaces for group work, and expanding student capacity for creativity and research. To use it well requires purposeful implementation and careful planning. Here are some suggested technologies to explore and resources to help you adapt them to your instructional style.

Presentations/Workshops
(YouTube)

Other Resources

Using Social Media for Teaching

Technology for Learning and Teaching

Creating Effective PowerPoint Slides:

While PowerPoints are easy to create, the key to effective PowerPoints is to make sure they serve as visual accompaniments to your presentation and not just lecture notes. Here are some resources to help.

Presentations/Workshops
(YouTube)

Use PowerPoint for Good Not Evil

PowerPoint Basics

PowerPoint Tips and Tricks: Using Text

PowerPoint Tips and Tricks: Formatting

PowerPoint Tips and Tricks: Using Images

PowerPoint Tips and Tricks: Inserting Screenshots

PowerPoint Tips and Tricks: Using Charts and Graphs

Blackboard/ASAP:

Modules
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Presentations/Workshops
(YouTube)

Other Resources

Submitting Grades Through ASAP

Easy Attendance Taking
Using Blackboard

10 Best Practices
for Using Blackboard

Two Minute Teaching Tip -
Adding Online Classes to Your Semester

Office of Online Learning -
Blackboard Faculty Resources (ASAP, SoftChalk, Respondus)

Designing Effective Discussions

Designing Effective Assessments

Designing Effective
Group Assignments

iClickers:

An iClicker is a classroom Student Response System (SRS) that enables instructors to ask questions, gather student responses, display those responses in real-time, and even grade them if necessary. Below are some resources to orient you on them and their use in the classroom.

Modules
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Presentations/Workshops
(YouTube)

Other Resources

Using iClickers for Active Learning

Using iClickers to Promote Critical Thinking

OIT- Getting Started with iClicker

Using iClicker to Gamify
Your Class

Two Minute Teaching Tip -
Create Dialogue with Personal
Response System

Evaluating Learning:

Creating assessments that evaluate student learning in a way that doesn’t overwhelm the instructor challenges even the best teachers. Never fear, we’ve assembled great resources to help you think about student learning assessment in new ways.

Outcomes & Assessment:

Modules
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Presentations/Workshops
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Other Resources

How Do You Know They Know?

Introduction to Rubrics

Evaluating Learning

How Do You Know They Know?

Introduction to Rubrics

Formative Assessment

Designing Effective Assessments

Creating Multiple Choice Tests

Assessment and Student Engagement:
Formative and Adaptive Assessment

Active Learning in the classroom:
How to Use and Evaluate

Teaching Large Classes:
Does Size Impact Pedagogy?

Instructor Initiated Drop:
ADTS Shared Experiences Forum

DFW Revisited: How to
Reduce Percentages Not Quality

DFW Revisited: How to
Reduce Percentages Not Quality