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Seven Characteristics of Effective Teaching

Faculty Senate Resolution #91-29


Good Organization of Subject Matter and Course: Reflected in the objectives, course materials, assignments, examinations, instructor preparation for class, and effective use of class time.


Effective Communication: Reflected in lecturing ability including use of motivational techniques such as audiovisual aids, clarity of presentation, verbal fluency, interpretation of abstract ideas, good speaking ability, good listening skills, and the ability to communicate the organization and sequence of a course.


Knowledge of and Enthusiasm for the Subject Matter and Teaching: Reflected in the choice of textbook, readings and reference lists, lecture content, course syllabus, and personal interest displayed in the subject and in teaching.


Positive Attitudes Toward Students: Reflected by helping students master subject matter, encouraging students to ask questions and express opinions, being accessible to students outside the classroom, and expressing a general concern for student learning.


Fairness in Examinations and Grading: Reflected in clarity of student assessment procedures including papers, assignments, exams, classroom discussion, and other activities, including relative weight toward grade, consistency among objectives, course content, and assessment procedures, and timely, useful feedback on student progress.


Flexibility in Approaches to Teaching: Reflected in the use of alternative teaching strategies such as small group discussion, simulations, use of audiovisual materials, and varying the approach and pace of instruction to meet different learning styles among students.


Appropriate Student Learning Outcomes: Reflected in student performance on various assessment measures and positive changes in student attitudes and values.