Teaching strategies encompass a range of activities you may undertake in your role as an educator. Though it can be tempting to stick to teaching the way in which you were taught, it is a good practice to consider which teaching strategies you have been using, how your students have responded to them and whether trying other strategies may be beneficial.
Determining the teaching strategies you might use can depend on a number of factors including:
- Your own beliefs about teaching and learning
- Your comfort level
- The specific course you are teaching
- The size of the course
- The types of students who enroll in the course
- Feedback from students
- The delivery format (online, face-to-face or hybrid)
- The amount of time that you have to prepare
Below are a number of teaching strategies and a brief description of each. Contact us, if you would like to discuss these or any other strategies.
We recommend starting small by trying one or two strategies that are new to you before making dramatic changes in your courses. Additionally, taking the time to reflect on how things went and make note of it before the next time you might try something similar is a good practice. It is important to be aware that the same strategy can be a success with one group of students and fall flat with the next group. Be kind to yourself, if things don’t go quite as planned and be prepared to move forward with a backup plan.