I've shared a resource in Canvas Commons with some examples of brief, research-based teaching strategies implemented in Canvas, such as: transparent assignments, minute papers, values affirmation, social belonging, goal setting, student testimonials, nudges, discussion protocols, wrappers, and midterm student feedback.
You can preview this resource here. You can also download an export of the Canvas resource in the attachment section below if you do not have access to Canvas Commons.
Evidence-based teaching refers to teaching strategies and principles for which there have been research studies indicating their effectiveness at improving student learning, engagement, attitudes, or other factors related to academic success.
This resource is not meant to be comprehensive. As detailed in the table below, there are many different types and scopes of evidence-based pedagogical strategies and principles, and this resource only begins to tackle just one small part of this space.
And this is not to suggest that only evidence-based teaching strategies are useful or valid. Just as in medicine, science, and other disciplines, we must constantly experiment with strategies when teaching, even when there is not, or especially when there is not, a solid research base to help inform decisions.
|Briefer, Targeted Strategies||Broader or More Comprehensive Techniques|
|More Concrete Strategies|
These are some of the strategies covered in this Canvas resource:
Examples of some face-to-face in-class strategies (which are not addressed in this Canvas resource):
Many of these broader teaching techniques derive from discipline-based educational research and development.
|More General Principles/Techniques|
These are some strategies that primarily derive from cognitive psychology and mainly apply to practice and memory.
These are links to more comprehensive Canvas-related resources on effective teaching practices.
More Online Resources about Evidence-based Teaching Practices
- Online Teaching Activity Index
- Pedagogical Approaches for Teaching and Learning with Canvas
- Humanizing Tool Buffet
- SERC - Pedagogy in Action
- Physport - resources based on physics education research (PER)
- Active Learning Techniques
- Twenty-One Teaching Strategies to Promote Student Engagement and Cultivate Classroom Equity
- 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online
Books for Further Reading on Evidence-based Teaching Practices
- Reaching Students: What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering (free ebook; NRC, 2015)
- Instructional Practices Guide: Guide to Evidence-Based Instructional Practices in Undergraduate Mathematics (free ebook; MAA, 2018)
- Applying Science of Learning in Education: Infusing Psychological Science into the Curriculum (free ebook; TeachPsych, 2014)
- Improving How Universities Teach Science: Lessons from the Science Education Initiative (Wieman, 2017)
- Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide (Felder & Brent, 2016)
- Online Teaching at its Best (Nilson & Goodson, 2018)
- Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Educational Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success (Major et al., 2016)
Some Other Potential Canvas Activities that Could be Included in the Future
- Online Readiness Self-Assessment
- Growth Mindset Self-Assessment & other Wise Interventions
- Peer Assisted Reflection
Your Suggestions, Comments are Welcome
Feel free to comment below with suggestions for other activities to include or improvements to make to these samples. Or share your own examples on Canvas Commons, like the Metacognitive Awareness Inventory survey Kyle Heatherly shared and that I copied in this Canvas resource.