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Teaching Tools in a Flash mock up 2


These easy to use evidence-based resources are intended to address your interests related to teaching and learning. Each topic has brief explanations as to what it is, research supporting the tool, step-by-step implementation guidelines, frequently asked questions (FAQs), other resources and references. We have developed a list of resources that we are developing. These new resources will be added as they are completed. If there is one you’d like to see in the future, please email the Center at ctl@kent.edu.

Preparing to Teach


Backward Design |   Successful Syllabi

Backward Design

  • The most successful learning environments are designed. There is a better way to creating or revising a course than going to the textbook or previous syllabi, it’s backward design. The basics of backwards design and alignment between learning objectives, activities and assessments are discussed.
    Coming soon.  

Successful Syllabi 

  • The syllabus is usually the first introduction students have to your course. This Teaching Tool provides you with tips to ensure that the syllabus is a document that can engage students in their learning.
    Teaching Tools—Successful Syllabi (PDF)

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preparing to Teach   |     Teaching
Assessing Student Learning   |     Student Success



Think, Pair, Share | Jigsaw |   First Day of Class  |   Concept Maps  |   Online Teaching Laboratories

Active Learning Techniques 

Think, Pair, Share

  • A short activity where the instructor poses a question, students think about their responses then pair with someone near them to discuss their thinking before sharing out to the class.

Teaching Tools—Think, Pair, Share (PDF)


  • This 20-30 minute cooperative learning activity is where students first work in groups, becoming an expert on a prompt. The students then form inter-mixed groups with an expert from the previous prompt. Intermixed groups then rely on the diverse experts to complete a new prompt.

Teaching Tools—Jigsaw (PDF) 

First Day of Class 

  • This evidence-based resource will help you make the most of your first class and will provide helpful hints to ensure your expectations are transparent to your students and also set the tone for a welcoming learning environment. 

Teaching Tools—First Day of Class (PDF)

Concept Maps 

  • Concept maps are a visualization of knowledge that is organized by relationship between topics. They provide an opportunity for students to make meaningful connections between information; whether that is before, during or after class. This Teaching Tool will provide you with not only the background and basics for implementation but a few variations on implementation that might help this highly effective learning activity to fit best in your course.

Teaching Tools—Concept Maps (PDF)

Online Science Laboratories

  • An online science laboratory is just what it sounds, a laboratory that takes place remotely at home, online via computerized robotics, or virtually through simulations or software. They have the same learning outcomes as the traditional laboratory, but the focus and the structure of the online laboratory may make more use of and implement greater reliance of online content, at-home or local materials and learning centers, or online peer-to-peer collaboration.

Teaching Tools—Online Science Laboratories (PDF)

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Preparing to Teach   |     Teaching
Assessing Student Learning   |     Student Success

Assessing Learning


Writing Effective Multiple Choice Questions |   Student Response Systems |   Rubrics

Writing Effective Multiple Choice Questions

Student Response Systems

  • Student Response Systems (SRS) allow you to receive immediate feedback on your teaching and their learning. It could take 10 seconds or 10 minutes of your class time but works well in small or large classrooms.
    Teaching Tools—Student Response Systems (PDF) 


  • Rubrics are tools that layout expectations of an assignment for students. It can prompt students to self-evaluate and can help with those questions "why did I get this grade" and decrease subjectivity that is apparent in grading.
     Teaching Tools—Rubrics (PDF)

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Student Success


Distributed Practice |   Culturally Inclusive Teaching

Learning Theory


Distributed Practice

  • While we know that cramming for an exam is a bad idea, our students are likely studying right before the exam. Research has indicated that cramming does not allow for meaningful learning. This teaching tool will provide you simple ideas to prompt students to engage with the material over a period of time. Coming Soon. 

Culturally Inclusive Teaching

  • Each class context is unique. Culturally inclusive teaching recognizes and capitalizes on the diversity of learning backgrounds in order to enrich the learning experience of all students. This teaching tool provides you with prompts to create an inclusive class environment for students with varied cultural backgrounds and varied prior learning experiences.

Teaching Tools—Culturally Inclusive Teaching (PDF)


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Preparing to Teach   |     Teaching
Assessing Student Learning   |     Student Success