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Teaching & Learning

The teaching and learning resources below are constantly updated to reflect the ever-evolving learning environment. You will find helpful categories and sub-links to assist with your course and instructional design, engaging students, teaching, assessment, learning environment structure, maximizing your learning outcomes, and utilizing technology to promote learning. Please contact the TLC for any questions or support. Happy teaching and learning!

Really Learning Section Your Students Section

Planning for Learning Section

Learning Environments Section

Course Design Section

Utilizing Technology


Really Learning
Learning is an ever-evolving process. The following resources will assist you in developing more effective approaches to teaching and learning. 
Active Learning

Active Learning  is meaningful and purposeful student engagement where the students are the central drivers of the learning process.

Learner-Centered Experiences

Providing Learner-Centered Experiences should be the goal of all educators. The key is to identify and implement learning experiences which maximize each student’s learning potential.

Learner Engagement

Learner Engagement asks the questions:

  • What provokes student attention?
  • What will motivate or excite the students?
  • What will sustain student attention and engagement?
Learning Theory and Research

Learning Theory and Research

A Goal for All Educators - Identifying ways to maximize each student’s opportunity to learn

Metacognition is an accurate self-awareness of how we each think and learn in various contexts.
The term Scaffolding was developed as a metaphor to describe the type of varying opportunities to both challenges and appropriately support indivvidual student learning.

"Colleges and universities do demand the creation of new knowledge. But that's not typically the task assigned to most students; for them, education consists of learning about existing knowledge, committing collective memory to personal memory," (Watters, October 23, 2017, EDUCAUSE)


Planning for Learning

The following resources are organized to follow the recommended planning sequence:

  1. The learning outcomes
  2. The methods for measuring learning
  3. The learning experiences for attaing the stated learning outcomes.

A Quality Matters certified open source opportunity to learn more about effective planning can be accessed via ACUE's Course in Effective Teaching Practices.


Course Design

Course Design is a critical starting point for facilitating and maximizing student learning. Effective course design provides numerous advantages for both the teacher and learner.



Your Students
Discover how your students learn, their rights and strategies to increase learning success. 
Group Dynamics

Group Dynamics are always a factor as we constantly work in groups or teams throughout the day. Groups are defined as people interacting within a specified space and time.

Health and Learning
Content coming soon.
Learning Strategies

Learning Strategies are listed to better support learning including strategies to consider before, during, and after class. 

Student Rights
The Student Handbook provides students and the UTHSC campus community with information about the opportunities, rights, and responsibilities of students at this institution.
Successful Students

Annie Murphy Paul, for TIME Magazine, writes about the "Secrets of the Most Successful College Students"



Learning Environments
Essential to any learning process is establishing enviornments which best support, encourage and facilitate learning. 
Learning Environments
or spaces define: who is responsible for the learning; roles in the learning space; how learning occurs; what is learned; and how much, if anything, is learned.
Content coming soon.
Power of Design
The Power Of Design

Design is all around us, but much of it could be better, bolder, more elegant. This episode, TED speakers on the essence of good design in buildings, brands, the digital realm and the natural world.
Time Management
The Time Management Matrix will help you identify what you really spend your time on. It's a particularly useful tool if you want to know how to prioritize work, personal roles, goals and commitments.
TLC Spaces
Learn more about the Teaching and Learning Center's spaces and associated technological resources.
Universally Designed Learning Environments

Universally Designed Learning Environments

The context and environment determine what is learned and how it is learned. These strategies and resources help embrace the diversity of the learners in every course. 



Utilizing Technology
Determining your learning goals is the first step in utilizing technology to promote learning. Then identifying which tool(s) and how best to comprehensively incorprate the  technologies into your courses and learning experiences is the next essestial step.
Creating Video and Audio Files
Adding audio, video, GIFs, and captions to your PowerPoint presentation and creating PowerPoint videos and podcasts, this  digital media creation webpage will support your technological initiatives.
Digital Storytelling
Digital Storytelling is "the practice of combining narrative with digital content, including images, sound, and video, to create a short movie, typically with a strong emotional component," (EDUCAUSE, January, 2007).
Effectively Utilizing Your LMS

Effectively Utilizing Your LMS

A Learning Management System (LMS) is a fantastic tool for managing your course, engaging and supporting your students, sharing learning experiences, encouraging interaction and collaboration, track and assess student performance and provide 24/7 access to your course materials and resources. Currently UTHSC uses Blackboard

Learning Support
The tools and applications which can provide Learning Support faculty and students to engage, present information, express what has been learned and increase accessibility. 
Office 365
UTHSC is a Microsoft Office 365 campus. Faculty, staff, and students have access to a suite of helpful productivity tools such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Sway, OneDrive, etc. 
Tech Tool Opportunities

Tech Tool Opportunities are provided which offer suggestions and ideas to consider when using our  Tech Tools

Why Technology?

Why Technology? This page offers information and research on why technology is an integral part of our lives and our teaching and learning.

May 26, 2022