Course Design

Building or redesigning your course? Find resources that help you define clear, measurable, and relevant learning outcomes that inspire and empower your students.

Videos [7]

Teaching Resources from Education Summit ’23

Download slide decks, ebooks, and other speaker resources from Education Summit ’23.

Ungrading and Self-Assessment: Practical Ways to Empower Students

Jen Newton discusses how empowering students through ungrading and self-assessment can lead to a more meaningful and independent learning experience.

A Teacher’s Guide to Critical Reflection

Dr. Brian Steinberg guides teachers on critical reflection, where they examine their own teaching practices to identify strengths and weaknesses. 

Co-Creating the Classroom Experience with Your Students

Dr. Michael London reflects on his experience developing the “co-created classroom” concept and emphasizes the importance of creating ownership through discussions. 

Inclusive Teaching Strategies You Can Implement This Week

Stephanie Malmberg uncovers practical techniques to intentionally include and celebrate the intersecting identities and experiences students bring to the table.

What Do I Do with THIS? Revamping Inherited Teaching Materials

Ben Wiggins’ session took place during Course Hero’s 2020 virtual Education Summit as a part of the Professional Development and Well-Being track.

The First Week of Class: Building a Virtual Learning Community

This session took place during Course Hero’s 2020 virtual Education Summit, from July 29-31, as a part of the Student-Centered Teaching track.

Articles [32]

How to Keep Classroom Discussions Productive this Election Season

Explore ways to address unplanned conversations on hot issues, and learn how to facilitate productive classroom discussions.

How to Revive the Syllabus and Keep Students Curious [Free Template]

Learn strategies to transform your syllabus into an engaging document that students will actually read.

5 Tips for Teaching Large Classes

This article explores ways to navigate large classes, including ways to improve student engagement and keep students’ needs front of mind.

Course Redesign: 5 Questions to Ask + GenAI Tips

In this article, we offer five crucial questions to ask during course redesign, as well as GenAI tips to help you through the process.

A Teacher’s Guide to Humanized Syllabus Design

Psychology professor Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassill explains the REACH method for creating a human-centered syllabus.

Help Non-Traditional Students Succeed with Universal Design for Learning

This professor’s approach combines her knowledge of special education and business in a way that meets a broad range of student needs.

Design Flexible Pathways to Increase Opportunity and Access for All Students

Engineering professor Adan Vela, PhD, shares his passion—and advice—for providing access to college students facing multiple challenges.

Rituals to Start and End Class—and Unlock Learning

Theatre professor Katie Dawson, MFA, has found ways that students can use sticky notes, simple props, and their own thumbs to connect more deeply with course content.

A Personalized Research Project for Community College Students

Joseph Lin created an honors biology project that has students investigate their interests while gaining real-world research skills.

Adapt Any Course—Fast!—for Multiple Schools

Mathematician Stephen Andrus, Jr., MS, shares his experience with adjusting instruction for different levels—and different schools.

Make Statistics Less Scary for All Science Students: A 3-Point Plan

To ease implicit bias, oceanographer Drew Talley, PhD, tackles the mindset behind it—and helps underrepresented students succeed.

5 Lessons I Learned from Flipping My Genetics Class

To help students overcome the “but it made sense in class” conundrum, Judith Leatherman, PhD, flipped her approach—and started producing lessons on video. 

Evolving as a Teacher: 4 Tips for Going from Good to Great

Dr. Lawrence C. Scharmann, an expert in evolution education, shares how to connect with students—and connect them with the material.

Teaching Science to Nonmajors? Rethink the Goals and Assessments

Role-play. Personal essays. Infographics. These make up half of the grade in Dr. Katelyn Butler’s biology class. The goal? To create savvy consumers.

6 Secrets for Post-Exam Reviews in a Stadium-Size Course

After students turned against him in a post-exam review, biology instructor Dr. Michael Moore experimented with these new approaches to improve results.

Bringing Mythology to Life: A Step-By-Step Guide for Creating a Modern Media Project

When students felt disconnected from the conventional myths of the Greeks and Romans, Jackie Williams, MFA, created a new, entirely modern approach.

A Love of Virtual Labs: One Biology Professor’s Thoughts

After experimenting with online labs, biology professor Dr. Yavuz Cakir has found many benefits that may outweigh real-world work.

Myth Busters: Teach Critical Thinking by Debunking Pseudoscience

Biology professor Dr. James Wilson makes examples of ghosts, Bigfoot, mermaids, and local legends to encourage students to think more like scientists.

8 Ways to Help Freshmen Outsmart the “Forgetting Curve”

Holly Greiner-Hallman, MS, a special lecturer in biology, structures her courses to help freshmen retain as much classroom learning as possible.

6 Class-Time Tweaks That Move Students Beyond Memorization

Brad Richardson, MBA, adjusted his lectures, class discussions, and other classroom elements to teach students biology concepts—and better ways to learn them.

6 Exercises to Help Students Tackle a Question with No Clear Answer

Dr. Amy Worthington helps biology students synthesize baseline knowledge and new information so they can tackle any problem that comes their way.

Service Learning in Business Courses: 9 Project Ideas

Richard Kido, MBA, says service learning is part of his school’s accounting program. Here, ideas from his session at Course Hero Education Summit ’19.

How to Create an OER Textbook: A Step-by-Step Guide

Dr. Michelle Kruse-Crocker turned to open educational resources to swap a problematic textbook for a free, course-specific text. Here is what she learned.

6 Tips for Teaching Students About Plagiarism

Biologist Dr. Emily Holt observed confusion about exactly what plagiarism is. So she created simple tips and an assignment to guide her college students.

5 Ways to Personalize Learning to Each Student

Dr. Brooke Miller helps students internalize and absorb concepts by connecting them to their lived experiences with journaling, media, and more.

5 Tips to Spice Up Your Class Syllabus

Course Hero educator partners show how they move the class syllabus from “read-only” (or not-read-at-all) to a mental playground—and helpful resource.

8 Mistakes That Novice Instructors Make—and How to Avoid Them

With the experience of nearly two decades and 9,000-plus students, biologist Dr. Kenneth Filchak shares insights on syllabi, exams, grading, and more.

7 Tips for Flipping a Stadium-Size Classroom

Nursing professor Casey Norris learned a lot by flipping a pathophysiology course of 125 students. Here is how she made the format work on a large scale.

A 4-Step Guide to Teaching Statistics to Science Majors

A love of Texas Hold ’Em helped genetics professor Dr. William Gilliland find ways to help science students understand, value, and apply statistics tests.

Why (and How) to Gamify Any Course

Public health professor Dr. Denise Rizzolo shares basics on 2 engaging games—plus 7 tips for other educators who are ready to play game-show host.

How to Start a New Academic Department: A 7-Step Plan

This professor dreamed of building a new department of web engineering. Here’s how he did it, what he learned along the way, and why he would do it again.

5 Practical Tips to Manage Teaching Assistants

Are you a good mentor to your TAs? Here, experienced professors share practical tips for fostering collaboration during meetings, setting goals, and more.

Ebooks / Printables [7]

Syllabus Essentials: The Ethical Learner: GenAI Checklist

This essential checklist helps teachers educate their students on using GenAI conscientiously for homework, research, and writing.

Teaching Resources from Education Summit ’23

Download slide decks, ebooks, and other speaker resources from Education Summit ’23.

Syllabus Essentials: The “Life Happened” Card

Download this free template for your syllabus to give students flexibility and cultivate a culture of care starting Day 1.

Modality Matters: Building Course Experiences with Care and Confidence [Free Ebook]

Martha Burtis of Plymouth State University shares teaching strategies for building course experiences with intention across modalities.

Creating a Syllabus Your Students Will Read [Free Ebook]

Stephanie Speicher, PhD, shares five principles of humanizing syllabus design and provides a checklist for teachers to design syllabi that generate curiosity for course content.

Pedagogies of Care: The Human Work of Course Design [Free Ebook]

Jesse Stommel, PhD, provides an activity book that will help teachers understand the intersections of inclusive design, critical pedagogy, and the practice of teaching today’s students.

Teaching Your Students with Care in a Volatile World [Free Ebook]

Alka Arora, PhD, shares how faculty can better respond to and support students’ needs as they contend with challenging world events.