Developing & Rewarding Effective Teaching


Effective teaching is an art and a science and takes effort. Instructional activities must be carefully planned and continuously examined (Boyer, 1990, p.23). Referred to as the Scholarship of Teaching, documenting the efforts of teaching and evidence of student learning is similar to the scholarship of discovery (traditional scholarship), application, and integration. Here at the CTL our priority is to help you highlight the hard work of teaching, and your pedagogical efforts, especially components suggested by the OSU Faculty Handbook (e.g., Peer Review, Student Learning Experiences).


Developing Effective Teaching

What IS effective teaching? There are many answers (see Gurung, 2023; Simonson et al., 2022).  Here at the CTL we have sifted and winnowed through all that is out there to focus on five core areasCTL provides three levels of certification in each of these core areas of pedagogy. Level 1 (Bronze Badge) entails completion of self guided canvas courses introducing the five areas. Levels 2 (Silver Badge) and 3 (Gold Badge) entail longer intensive sessions.

Start Here: We know faculty are busy. To accommodate hectic schedules, we have a series of self-guided and self-paced courses that provide you with an introduction to core areas of pedagogy. Take them when you can. Earn a badge on completion:

Not sure where to start? Take the CUETIP (College and University Educator Teaching Inventory and Practices), a quick pedagogical area self-test. You get a score and suggested resources.

In addition, CTL provides additional programs (e.g., Faculty Learning Communities, Mutual Mentors, Bookclubs) to develop additional skills and foster a community geared towards quality teaching.


Evaluating Effective Teaching

Given the reliance on a review of course materials (syllabi, texts, assigned readings, examinations) the following resources will help you document your teaching.

Key Tools & Guides
  • QT Snapshot: This short form provides you with an easy way to document your professional development, showcase badges and training, and link evidence.
  • Peer Observation Canvas Course: Learn the main steps in conducting a classroom observation. Recording and feedback templates provided.
  • You may also consider a portfolio as part of the Promotion and Tenure Dossier.
  • Contact us to schedule a consultation to find what works best for you.