Professional Teaching is one of four pillars of teaching quality defined by UO and includes:

  • readily available, coherently organized, and high quality course materials; syllabi that establish student workload, learning objectives, grading, and class policy expectations.
  • respectful and timely communication with students. Respectful teaching does not mean that the professor cannot give appropriate critical feedback.
  • students' activities in and out of class designed and organized to maximize student learning.

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Professional, Inclusive, Engaged, and Research Informed Teaching at UO

Teaching at UO

What is Teaching Excellence? Teaching at the University of Oregon is Professional, Inclusive, Engaged, and Research-informed. The University of Oregon is committed to exceptional teaching, discovery, and service. Achieving excellence in teaching means first defining it to reflect the best of what…

Active Learning & Metacognition

Teaching and Learning Topics

Research indicates that students who engage actively with course content – by asking and answering questions, discussing issues and presenting ideas, applying and synthesizing their knowledge, etc. – perform better and retain their knowledge longer than those who passively listen to lectures or…

Aligned Course Design

Teaching at UO

Whether designing a new course from scratch or revising an old or inherited course, it can be challenging to ensure that the content and activities of the class actual match the stated goals and objectives. The gold standard for course design is to begin the process by articulating goals for…

Creating a Community of Inquiry in Online Classes

Teaching and Learning Topics

An educational community of inquiry is a group of people who work together to develop personal meaning and reinforce mutual understanding via critical dialogue and reflection. Creating a community of inquiry in your online courses can lead to highly engaging and meaningful learning experiences. In…

Navigating Changes in Winter Teaching

Teaching at UO

The University of Oregon has updated winter 2022 instructional policies in response to COVID conditions. Instructors may move courses with 20 percent or more Covid-related student absences to synchronous online instruction for a limited period of time in consultation with their unit heads and deans…

Flexible, Equitable Access to Course Content During COVID

Teaching and Learning Topics

The University of Oregon’s Academic Council states that, for fall 2021, “Instructors should ensure that absent students have equitable access to course content” and “clear communication and make-up protocols in place for students to follow if students are going to be or have been absent.” What…

Bringing Remote Teaching Strategies Forward to In-Person Classes

Teaching and Learning Topics

To engage students in remote learning, many instructors adopted new strategies or innovated existing practices in creative ways.  As we transition forward to in-person classrooms again, we can bring many remote teaching strategies along with us, providing us a bevy of dynamic options for…

Designing for Academic Integrity

Teaching and Learning Topics

Faculty have used four main assessment strategies to strengthen academic integrity, regardless of teaching modality:  Scaffolding assignments is a key way to both enhance learning and deter academic misconduct.  Because scaffolding provides a number of touchpoints before submitting for summative…

Communicating for Academic Integrity

Teaching and Learning Topics

The communication practices below have been instrumental for many faculty and graduate student instructors in supporting greater academic integrity in their classes. Reflect on what we believe about students and why they engage in academic misconduct, as our beliefs influence the tone and…

External Vendor Digital Tools in Teaching

Teaching at UO

No UO policy de facto prevents UO instructors from using digital tools in their teaching that are not supported by the university. UO appreciates instructors’ creativity in experimenting with their teaching and with tools that may deepen student learning. However, some key considerations—…