Teaching Excellence Guidelines
The Faculty Mentoring Committee
Syllabus is designed to include all elements as required by college Use MSMC Syllabus Guidelines
- Course objectives and goals are clearly and fully stated.
- Assignments and requirements for course are clearly and fully stated.
- Expectations are clear to all students.
- Regular and multiple means of student progress and evaluation are provided.
- Students are given adequate lead time for assignment deadlines and test dates.
- Course outline and content are presented in a coherent and organized manner.
- Assignments encourage analytical thinking, writing, & connection of theory to practice.
- Engage students through providing a positive, dynamic learning environment.
- Promote active participation of every student.
- Treat student input with respect and regard.
- Apply teaching methods that promote student collaboration and dialogue.
- Use visual aids (of high quality).
- Strive to apply new and effective methods, technology, and applications to teaching.
- Demonstrate knowledge and enthusiasm of course content and for teaching.
- Fairly assess student work.
- Maintain approachability as a teacher so that students will feel comfortable expressing their perspectives, concerns and questions.
- Recognize diverse cognitive and communication modalities and teach so as to provide multiple ways of grasping course content.
- Demonstrate compatibility with and ability to teach students who differ with respect to culture, race, ethnicity, gender, language, and socio-economic status.
- Provide students opportunity to improve their performance.
- Show direct links between in-class activities/materials and assessment instruments.
- Encourage students to strive for excellence.
- Strive to motivate and inspire student interest and involvement.
- Adequately prepare lesson plan for each class session.
- Give attention to pacing so that comprehension and analysis of course content is maximized.
- Provide appropriate practice to enable students to attain course objectives.
- Apply a variety of presentation modalities of course content.
- Use terminology in a clear and understandable manner.
- Present learning as a process, not only acquisition of a body of knowledge.
- Use examples and illustrations that increase understanding of concepts and processes.
- Do you allot adequate time for each component of the course content?
- Establish and maintain necessary routines.
- Sustain appropriate student conduct through efficient management techniques.
- Come to class on time and ready to teach.
- Each time you teach a course, reflect on and assess course objectives strategies, activities, materials, and assessment plan in order to optimize teaching-learning experience.
- Attend professional development opportunities to remain current in your field.
- Interface with colleagues and join in teaching forums/training workshops (at MSMC and elsewhere) to advance the teaching and learning process. Be involved in the dialogue.