When instructors strive to create inclusive college classrooms, they need to consider multiple factors, including course content, class preparation, their own classroom behavior, and their knowledge of students’ backgrounds and skills. The articles in this section offer concrete strategies to address these factors and improve the learning climate for all students.

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Investigation of student learning is becoming more common on campuses as part of a body of work known as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Links in this section provide an introduction to SoTL through articles, annotated websites, and an online multimedia tutorial with photos, graphics, and video clips.

Why the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Matters Today (PDF)

The first chapter of the 2011 book, The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Reconsidered, offers a excellent overview and history of this emerging and growing field of inquiry. In addition, the chapter explores the relationship of SoTL to teaching and learning, faculty development, assessment, and evaluation of teaching. 

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Students’ success in college is influenced by their use of effective study skills. The articles in this section describe how students can improve their study habits. Instructors can refer to this site on their course syllabi or recommend it to students who are having difficulties in their courses.

Newnan Advising Center's Strategies for Success

Strategies for Success site that encompasses study skills and a variety of other strategies to help students succeed academically.

Academic Center for Excellence at University of Illinois at Chicago

Resources on college study strategies, time management and writing tips from the UIC’s Academic Center for Excellence.

Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Better Student

This comprehensive collection of resources for students covers a full range of topics, including participating in class, studying, reading skills, and test taking. Resources are drawn from colleges and universities around the country.

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A successful course depends on the planning that precedes it. The articles and links in this section serve as planning guides for both faculty and GSIs. They provide instructions for developing a new or existing course and for creating a syllabus.

Understanding by Design (Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching)
An overview of Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe's influential book Understanding by Design and links to resources that assist instructors in applying the book's principles in their course planning.  (The full book is available electronically through the U-M library system to authenticated users.)

Course Design Tutorial (Carleton College)
This site provides a step-by-step approach to course planning starting with the development of goals for student learning and moving on to teaching strategies, assessment of student learning, and the syllabus. Many of the examples are drawn from the geosciences, but the principles are relevant to all disciplines. Read more »


Service Learning is a pedagogy that combines classroom instruction, engaged student learning, meaningful service in the community, and personal reflection. The resources here provide examples of existing service learning courses at U-M and other institutions, as well as strategies for creating new service learning opportunities.

Service Learning at UM (Ginsberg Center)
Overview of service learning programs and opportunities at the University of Michigan.

Center for Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL)
CEAL supports and helps generate academically grounded community-based learning opportunities. We work directly with faculty, students, staff and local communities to enhance partnerships and to foster a culture of mutual benefit. Follow this link to Community-Based Learning Courses in LSA.

Service Learning in Undergraduate Education: Where is it Going? (Erlich, 2005, The Carnegie Foundation)
Commentary on the evolution of service learning in higher education, and its future directions regarding education for liberal and professional learning, leadership development, and democratic participation. Read more »