Planning for Teaching


Planning for teaching includes identifying the learning outcomes for your course, and selecting and planning for the strategies that will support student learning.

The links below are designed to help you with this planning process. They are listed in order of increasing time commitment, from reading our online resources to semester-long, for-credit courses.

If you don't find what you are looking for, there is a contact link later in the page. You are also welcome to contact one of our faculty developers to discuss your teaching ideas, concerns, or questions. We are happy to work with you via email, phone, or Zoom.

Image of booksOIA Mini-Primers

These are short, narrative introductions to a variety of teaching topics with links to web resources.

  • Inclusive Excellence in Teaching
  • Planning a Course: Learning Outcomes and Backward Design
  • Writing an Effective Course Syllabus
  • Verbal and Nonverbal Communication with Students Online and Face to Face

OIA Mini-Primers List

Online Course ModelOnline Mini-Courses

These are facilitated online courses, ranging from one to two weeks in duration, designed for any UA instructor, and offered through D2L. A sample of the mini-courses related to planning for teaching are listed below. To access the full list of  mini-courses, click on the Online Mini-Course list below.

  • Course Development
  • Effective Online Discussions 

Online Mini-Course List

Image of August calendarJust-in-Time Workshops 

Note: Just-in-Time Workshops will NOT be offered in August, 2021. Consult our Webinars & Courses page to view our August offerings.

These are workshops offered each August during the two weeks before the start of the semester. A sample of workshops related to planning for teaching are listed below. To access the full list of workshops, click on the Just-in-Time Workshop list below.

  • How Can I Use D2L to Get My Class Off to a Good Start?
  • How Can I Build a Useful Syllabus in D2L?

Just-in-Time Workshop List

Photo of studentsCredit-Bearing Courses

These are semester-long courses in the OIA's Certificate in College Teaching Program; the courses, as well as the certificate program, are open to any UA instructor. The courses related to planning for teaching are listed below. For more information about the courses, see the UA catalog.

IA 680 Classroom Assessment
IA 697a Learner Centered Teaching
IA697b Using Technology in Teaching
IA 697g Universal Design: Inclusive Learning Environments

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Other UA Resources Related to Planning for Teaching

UA Undergraduate Course Syllabus Policy
UA Graduate Course Syllabus Policy
Disability Resources Center Instructor Resources
Academic Integrity
Open Educational Resources
UA Library Information for Instructors
Diversity & Inclusion: Faculty Development & Support
Don't Cancel That Class (UA Campus Health Service)