Teaching Tools in a Flash mock up 2 | Kent State University

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


Backwards Design |   Successful Syllabi

Backwards 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 |    Peer Instruction |   Jigsaw |   First Day of Class

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) 

Peer Instruction

  • This ~5 minute cooperative learning activity involves students in learning by prompting students to examine their own and their classmates’ thinking. Questions are posed, responded to individually, followed by discussion with others (peer instruction) to determine the appropriate response. Students then respond again before the instructor reviews the responses with everyone in class. Coming soon.  


  • 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)

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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 (Based Introduction)

  • 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.
    Coming soon. 

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Student Success


Distributed Practice |   Cultural Context

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. 

Cultural Context

  • Every classroom is unique and to take into consideration every students background, experience, cultural norms and preparedness may seem impossible. This teaching tool provides you with some prompts related to your classroom and how your responses may shape your classroom.

Coming soon. 

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Preparing to Teach   |     Teaching
Assessing Student Learning   |     Student Success