Guides

The guides below cover a variety of topics important to our work. In each guide, we highlight connections between evidence-backed practices and our teaching, learning, and technology ecosystem within L&S.

Make Your Syllabus More Inclusive

A syllabus is one of the first ways students experience your course. Review 12 evidence-based ideas for making your syllabus more inclusive, and choose 1 or 2 to try now.

Canvas Course Orientation 2.0

Building on our course orientation from 2020, this new template version aligns with recommendations for creating a more inclusive classroom environment. Course orientations can help students in in-person, blended, or online courses be ready to start the semester. 

Our OUD Course Design Process

If you will be working with an IDC designer on a new course for an Online Undergraduate Degree Program, this Orientation is a great way to learn more about our process and is an essential part of onboarding.

Past Features

Awarding Extra Credit in Canvas

Instructors often want to incorporate extra credit at the end of the semester. See our recommendations for the best way to integrate extra credit into your existing Canvas grading arrangement.

Mid-Semester Evaluations

Implementing a short survey in the middle of the semester is a way to gather qualitative information from your students beyond assignments and grades to ensure success in the second half of the semester.

Absorb, Do, Connect Framework

This framework from William Horton can help guide activity design, creating a course rhythm, and other decisions in structuring active learning.

Remote Teaching Resources

Two toolkits, created in 2020 and 2021, provide foundational resources for instructors teaching remotely. Access these for Canvas templates, design documents, and technology recommendations.