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. By mixing various types of instructional strategies, students stay engaged and you can alter your style to fit the situation. Consider lecturing one day and having a cooperative learning exercise the next. Generate discussion with a demonstration and then challenge students to work in teams to solve problems. Here are some resources to help you find the right mix for your class.

 

Lecture

Lecture still dominates as the primary instructional strategy used by faculty. Faculty using lecture follow a great tradition of sharing information orally. When choosing to lecture, consider the best practices that can improve its effectiveness.

Cooperative Learning

Cooperative learning allow students to share ownership of learning and knowledge through collaboration and teamwork. This instructional strategy features shared learning goals and a requirement that students complete specific tasks and assignments as a team. The teacher’s role is to prepare the lesson, explain the task, monitor the learning, intervene when necessary, and assess achievement of the goals.

Visit these sites for more information on cooperative learning:

 Group Projects

The ability to work in groups is one of the top requirements of employers. Students, on the other hand, tend to hate them.  This comes from years of experience with dysfunctional teams caused by a lack of instruction on how to work successfully in a group. The good news is that TLS has resources to help you help your students.

Student Resource on Team Norms and Charters A Quick How To

Team Charter Template

Keeping Groups Organized: Agendas and Minutes

What Kind of Group Member Are You Sorting Quiz

Individual Assessment by Group Members

Using Time Wisely

Give Your Students 5 Tips for a Group Presentation

Group Assignment Planning Worksheet

What kind of group partner are you

Flipped Classroom

Ready to turn your class upside down? Try a flipped model. The key feature of the flipped class is the different use of in-class and out-of-class time.

Out of class: watch videos, read articles, view recorded lectures, and generally get prepped on the information necessary for the in-class activities.

In-Class: engage students in activities, hands-on project, problem-based learning, and demonstrations to use the content they learned out of class.

Ready to flip? Contact TLS for a consultation and get in touch with OIT to learn more about lecture capture at UTSA. Here are some resources:

Discussion

Discussion offers the opportunity to hear student perspectives and engage in debate and dialogue, but it also presents challenges like encouraging participation among a wide variety of students, ensuring a variety of ideas and points of view are heard, and helping students engage in civil dialogue about difficult topics. Here are some of our favorite resources to help improve the experience and increase learning: