The following are suggested resources for a range of teaching needs and topics. If you’re looking for something not listed here, please reach out to us. We are happy to recommend reading or research from additional online sources or from our teaching library in Hill Hall. We are also happy to consult with you about any aspect of your teaching. To set up a consultation or request further resources, please email us at email@example.com.
We recommend approaching your courses from a backward design perspective, an approach championed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. Backward design in a three-step process that involves…
- Identifying your desired outcomes, or course learning objectives
- Determining what constitutes acceptable evidence that these goals have been met, or how you will assess students
- Planning your learning experiences and instruction, or determining what knowledge and skills students will need and what strategies you will use to impart that knowledge and those skills
Your syllabus should outline the learning outcomes, assessments, and instructional strategies of the course both for yourself and for your students. It should also outline any additional policies or procedures that are relevant to your learning context.
Please click the following link to download and view CETL’s Syllabus Template, which includes suggested language for a range of course policies as well as information on relevant university requirements and links to external resources.
For additional resources on syllabus design, please consult How to Create a Syllabus, by Kevin Gannon and the Accessible Syllabus website. Helpful resources for maximizing accessibility can be found at the University of Mississippi Accessibility Solutions website.
The University of Mississippi embraces its public flagship mission of inspiring and educating our diverse and vibrant community where all individuals are able to intellectually, socially and culturally thrive through transformative experiences on our campus and beyond. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is committed to helping instructors enhance diversity, mitigate inequity, and foster inclusion in their classrooms. Many of our programs address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and learning, and we regularly partner with the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement to offer workshops on Inclusive and Equitable Teaching Practices. To register for these workshops, visit my.olemiss.edu -> Employee -> Tools and Resources -> Training Workshops -> Inclusive and Equitable Teaching Practices -> Register.
We also recommend the following resources for inclusive teaching:
- How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive, by Viji Sathy and Kelly A. Hogan
- Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College Classroom, by Viji Sathy and Kelly A. Hogan
- What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Excellence in College Teaching, by Tracie Addy et al.
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning continues to collaborate with multiple units across campus to support faculty, instructors, and students amid the challenges posted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- For resources developed for faculty and instructors, please visit Keep Teaching.
- For resources developed especially for students, please visit Keep Learning.
- For the latest updates on COVID-19 for UM, please visit olemiss.edu/coronavirus.
For a list of resources compiled specifically for graduate students, visit our Graduate Teaching Resources page.
For a comprehensive directory of conferences on college and university teaching, visit the database maintained by Kennesaw State University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. CETL Travel Grants are available to support UM faculty’s and instructional staff’s attendance to conferences and workshops devoted to teaching and learning in higher education. Please click here for more information about our Teaching Development Grants.
CETL maintains an updated list of teaching awards offered across the university and their award winners. Visit the Teaching Awards page here.
CETL also offers two awards to graduate instructors: the Graduate Teaching Assistant Award and the Graduate Instructor Excellence in Teaching Award. Click here for more information and to apply.