Principles of Effective College Teaching

Principles of Effective College Teaching

Summer Enrichment Course


Session 2: August 4 – September 21, 2019


New faculty enter the classroom as experts in their field, but not necessarily as experts in teaching. Before they begin a new semester or year of teaching, new faculty members need quality training that introduces or enhances their understanding of key pedagogical principles and concepts.

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

After completing Principles of Effective College Teaching, educators 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 the classroom
  • Recognize common warning signs that can lead to classroom problems— before they get out of hand
  • Understand their role in motivating and engaging students, promoting deep learning, and guiding student development
  • Have the confidence and skills to control the classroom
  • Know where and how to seek information and resources when they run into challenges

Approximately 10 hours to complete course.


Unit 1: Framing the Course (3 hours to complete)

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

Unit 2: Learning in the Classroom (3 hours to complete)

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

Unit 3: Feedback and Evaluation (3 hours to complete)

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


This course is designed specifically for anyone who needs a thorough primer on current strategies for effective college teaching including:

  • New faculty
  • Adjunct faculty
  • Teaching assistants
  • Graduate students


  • At the start of the course, participants receive an email with information on accessing the online course
  • Participants can work through the course at their own pace. Participants can also review information in a previous unit as well as read supplemental materials and watch the accompanying videos as many times as they like within the session dates
  • Upon completion of each program, participants will take an assessment to gauge progress
  • A discussion board brings educators together for an enriching, national conversation about higher education
  • For the duration of the course, participants can use the discussion forum to interact with other participants nationwide and discuss the course content
  • At the end of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion


  • Video programs
  • Assessments, including a final exam
  • Transcripts of all video programs
  • Program slides
  • Online discussion forum
  • Certificate of Completion for the course


Reserve you seat(s) in the session that works best for you using the order box on the right. Discount pricing is for multiple seats purchased at the same time:

# of people Cost
1 to 4 $199 per seat
5 to 19 $99 per seat
20 to 39 $79 per seat


For 40 or more seats, please contact Customer Service at 1-800-433-0499

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