How to use this guide

Don’t start all at once!

The document took us more than two years to develop and three years to revise, evolving through following feedback from readers and new developments in research and teaching.

Here are a few ways we suggest you use this guide:

Look through the Table of Contents
Map a Plan
Experiment
Read as a Group
Repurpose
Workshop

Look through the Table of Contents

Identify one or two areas that are more urgent or pressing for your teaching. Focus on those areas first.

Map a Plan

Plan your reading by mapping out when you’d like to read through different sections.

For example, reading a new section each time you build or revise your syllabus for an upcoming semester.

Experiment

You are not required to read the whole document or use all the prompts. Use these resources as anchors or starting places to help you continue your experimentation and learning in your teaching.

Read as a Group

You may want to read through sections of this guide with colleagues, friends, your department, students, or peers.

Repurpose

Use materials in this document to develop your own department’s best/better practices guides using the CC BY-SA license.

Workshop

Plan workshops in your departments or program using sections of this guide as anchors to help build workshop curriculum; you can even invite specialists and hire skilled facilitators to help you through this process. You can also contact the author of this guidebook to inquire about available workshops.


Need help getting started?

If you are struggling with where to begin, we have included Self-Assessment Quizzes at the beginning of each section with scenarios related to its content. These scenarios can be used as navigational tools to review your knowledge, help you identify best practices, and engage with the material introduced in each section.

These scenarios appear within Pressbooks as H5P content. However, we have also included printable versions of each scenario from the Self-Assessment Quizzes in the Appendix. These scenarios can be used as prompts for workshops and discussions. Feel free to use and adapt them as needed.


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Better Practices in the Classroom by Natalie Kouri-Towe and Myloe Martel-Perry is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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