The Taylor Institute offers resources that summarize, synthesize, and clearly present evidence-based ways of better understanding and improving student learning, and the teaching approaches and practices that facilitate that learning.
Approaching, preparing for, and designing teaching and learning
Threshold concepts are "core ideas that are conceptually challenging for students, who struggle to grasp it—but once grasped, it radically transforms the their perception of the subject. Although this material is difficult to learn, understanding threshold concepts is essential to the mastery of any field of study."
The more we know about how our students think about knowledge (what it is and who has it), the better equipped we are to help them learn, to recognize where and why they struggle, and to identify ways of helping them move through struggle toward greater understanding. This is the fundamental idea of the research on students' cognitive development.
Guiding Principles for Assessment of Students' Learning
Effective assessment of student learning is one of the most important components of postsecondary education. Assessment is one of the biggest motivating factors for student learning. The following TI guide builds upon an extensive literature review to present 19 research-informed principles for guiding assessment of student learning in diverse postsecondary contexts.
Graduate Student Teaching Development
The Graduate Student Teaching Development Guide is designed to empower TAs to engage in their role in ways that enhance their teaching and learning capacities, and promote student learning. Each chapter provides practical information and strategies to use in real-time, and reflection prompts when considering how to best translate these elements into the classroom.
Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that guides the design of courses and learning environments to appeal to the largest number of learners. This guide outlines the principles of UDL and provides examples of how it could be implemented in university courses.
Student Mental Health and Wellbeing: Supportive Teaching and Learning Practices
What specific teaching and learning practices support student health and well-being? This guide is an annotated bibliography, exploring articles that address this question. Results have been categorized according to three themes: Implementing empirically supported interventions into the classroom and/or curriculum that support student health and well-being; adapting the pedagogical approach to support student health and well-being; and supporting student health and well-being by promoting faculty understanding and knowledge of mental health.
Practices, activities, and tools of teaching and learning
Focus on Formative Feedback for Teaching Development
Formative Feedback for Teaching Development is a comprehensive guide for instructors to receive feedback about their teaching with the goal of better understanding and improving student learning. The 28 page guide contains strategies, examples, resources, and references, with practical materials that are ready to use, and/or adapt.
Teaching Squares: Observe and Reflect on Teaching and Learning
Peer observation of teaching programs are becoming increasingly popular in the postsecondary environment as they provide unique and valuable opportunities to learn from colleagues and to enhance one’s own teaching. This guide outlines the Teaching Squares philosophy and method for peer observation of teaching and learning. Practical directions and tools to guide square participants through the components of the Teaching Squares process are included in the document. The guide can be used or adapted to implement a teaching square with peers in your context.
Enhancing Critical Thinking through Class Discussion: A Guide for using Discussion-Based Pedagogy
Discussion-based approaches to teaching and learning are those that rely predominantly on dialogue and discourse rather than didactic transmission of information. This guide discusses the theoretical foundations of discussion-based pedagogy, and offers user templates for three specific discussion-based strategies that can be adapted for higher education classrooms across disciplines.
Assessing, evaluating, and documenting teaching and learning
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
SoTL is inquiry to understand or improve student learning in higher education and the teaching approaches and practices that affect student learning. SoTL is informed by relevant research on teaching and learning, and conducted by members of educational community from across campus who from their disciplinary expertise by gathering and analyzing relevant evidence from the learners in their own specific contexts. As scholarship, SoTL is then shared broadly to contribute to knowledge & practices in teaching and learning.
Ethics in The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
This guide takes researchers through the essentials of the Canadian standards for ethical practice in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Teaching Philosophies and Teaching Dossiers Guide
This guide is a comprehensive resource for creating a teaching dossier that presents an integrated summary of your teaching philosophy, approaches, accomplishments, and effectiveness.