Teaching for Effective Learning

In the previous part of the module we discussed the main learning challenges that students encounter in various courses. You heard first-hand accounts of student learning experiences, and the challenges that they faced as learners. Now we will turn our attention to the question of what you, as an instructor, can do to help your students overcome learning challenges. In this part of the module you will be introduced to practical teaching strategies that, according to educational research, can improve student learning and motivation.

The focus will be on strategies that fall under these three broad categories:

Engaging students in the learning process
Helping students be better learners
Fostering intrinsic motivation

Activity: How Do I Help My Students Learn in My Courses?

To guide your thinking about this topic, we’d like you to take a moment to think about what you are already doing to help your students learn. Jot down some ideas in response to the following questions:

  1. What do I do to help my students learn in my course?
  2. What do I currently do to reinforce good learning habits in my students, such as keeping us with coursework, or seeking help when they don’t understand?
  3. How do I help my students to see learning as a process that involves successes, obstacles, failures and growth?