Research-informed Teaching is one of four pillars of teaching quality defined by UO and includes:

  • Instruction models a process or culture of inquiry characteristic of disciplinary or professional expertise.
  • Evaluation of student performance linked to explicit goals for student learning established by faculty member, unit, and, for core education, university; these goals and criteria for meeting them are made clear to students.
  • Timely, useful feedback on activities and assignments, including indicating students' progress in course.
  • Instruction engages, challenges, and supports students.

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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…

Student Success Toolkit

Teaching Toolkits

Faculty efforts to promote student success can have a huge impact, not just in individual classes but across students’ experiences at UO. Faculty can promote student success through (1) deliberate course design and teaching practices and (2) by guiding students’ development of knowledge and…

Core Education Syllabus Statements

Teaching at UO

The value of core education is often not obvious to students. Faculty are critical for making the goals and value of core education transparent for students. You can help students embrace the value of exploration, intellectual growth, and practicing broadly applicable skills that underpin core…

Trauma-Informed Pedagogy

Teaching and Learning Topics

This resource was developed by Anita Chari, Associate Professor of Political Science, 2020-21 Provost’s Teaching Fellow, and the Trauma-Informed Pedagogy CAIT (Communities Accelerating the Impact of Teaching) facilitated by Dr. Chari.

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…