Principles of Effective College Teaching

Principles of Effective College Teaching

College Teaching 101


Academics dedicate years to become subject-matter experts.

During the course of their education, they become authorities of their disciplines and develop a deep understanding of its complex issues and ideas.

Yet for all of the time scholars spend in the classroom and the library or at a desk and computer, they do not always learn much about teaching the material they have mastered.

That can be a challenge since almost all faculty, especially new faculty, are expected to teach. It doesn’t, however, have to be a problem.

Novice instructors and faculty can cover all the bases of effective teaching in this invaluable course.


Presented by James M. Lang, Ph.D., an experienced professor and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College, this course will give grad students, teaching assistants, new faculty, and other instructors the information and confidence they need to be successful in the classroom from the very first day of the semester.

Learning Goals

This course touches on all aspects of college teaching.

It begins with framing courses and covers course design, student motivation, Bloom’s Taxonomy, and more. It explores learning in the classroom and offers insight into managing course content, engaging learners, promoting deep and active learning, and employing instructional technology.

It delves into how to use feedback and evaluation to promote student learning and development. Before wrapping up, it also addresses academic dishonesty, distracted students, and other classroom challenges.

In essence, you will get a complete overview of the college teaching process and you will learn to:

  • Apply three key principles of human learning to course design and delivery
  • Develop course frameworks that foster intrinsic motivation
  • Articulate course learning objectives and construct assessments from those objectives
  • Plan varied class activities that engage students and promote active learning
  • Provide feedback that inspires learning growth

After completing Principles of Effective College Teaching, you will:

  • Know how to design courses and construct meaningful and effective learning objectives
  • Be able to identify opportunities for incorporating instructional technology, eliciting peer feedback, and adopting active learning strategies in your classroom
  • Recognize common warning signs that can lead to classroom problems—  before they get out of hand
  • Understand your role in motivating and engaging students, promoting deep learning, and guiding student development
  • Have the confidence and skills to control your classroom
  • Know where and how to seek information and resources when you run into challenges

Topics Covered


Unit 1: Framing the Course

  • Course Design
  • Student Motivation
  • Constructing Learning Objectives
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Assessment Plans
  • Creating Exams

Unit 2: Learning in the Classroom

  • Managing Content
  • Engaged Learners
  • Deep Learning
  • Active Learning Strategies
  • Role of Technology
  • Peer Instruction
  • Teaching with Twitter

Unit 3: Feedback and Evaluation

  • Student Learning and Development
  • Myth of Learning Styles
  • Academic Dishonesty
  • Distracted Students
  • Engaging Disengaged Students
  • Feedback and Evaluation


Mastering your subject matter and mastering teaching are two different things.

If you’re new to teaching, this course will quickly bring you up to speed.

It is designed specifically for anyone who needs a thorough primer on current strategies for effective college teaching.

It is also an invaluable resource for any campus centers for teaching and learning, because it is such an effective way to prepare new teachers for success in the classroom.

Principles of Effective College Teaching would be particularly useful for the following:

  • Professionals working in centers for teaching and learning
  • Academic vice presidents and provosts
  • Academic deans
  • Department chairs
  • Teaching assistants
  • Graduate students
  • New faculty

Course Materials

Each unit includes supplemental course materials and information on further resources that will continue to enhance faculty understanding of teaching.

  • Video tutorials
  • Interactive content
  • Checks on learning
  • Final check on learning and certificate of completion
  • Links to online resources
  • Complete handouts, supplemental materials and transcripts

Time Requirement
This self-paced course may take anywhere from six to fourteen hours to complete, depending on how comfortable you are with online tools and how much time you intend to spend on each course unit.

This course may be taken on any desktop computer system as well as mobile devices with the latest internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc). The course features easy to use navigation on desktop and mobile devices.


# of people Cost per person
1 $299
2-4 $269
5-9 $189
10-19 $149
20-39 $129
40-59 $109
60-79 $89
80-99 $79
100-149 $69
150-199 $59
200 $49

The course enrollment will expire one year after activation.


The flexible training model makes it possible to learn on your own schedule. That way you can stay on track and complete Principles of Effective College Teaching even when you have a full course and committee load.

Plus, the expert delivery makes it easy to grasp the concepts in the time allowed.

More simply, this is an incredibly efficient and effective way to prepare for a career in the classroom or to brush up on current instructional methodologies

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