Welcome to Tufts University! We’re excited to support you in your teaching and learning endeavors! Below are a curated list of resources that you may find helpful as you prepare to teach at Tufts. They are organized into categories that aim to meet the needs of new faculty at this time.
New faculty are invited to join the self-paced, asynchronous Canvas Course Design Tutorial to guide you through the process of designing a new course or revising an existing course with a lens of inclusive, learner-centered teaching at Tufts.
Inclusive teaching means deliberately cultivating a learning environment where all students are supported and treated equitably (University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, 2016).
- CELT’s Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment resources address inclusive teaching practices, using the syllabus as a tool for inclusion, inclusive assessment practices, managing difficult dialogues, and more.
- See “Integrating Anti-Racist Teaching Practices” for suggestions to create a racially just learning environment
Designing a course involves carefully considering the learning outcomes you want for your students and then choosing assessments, activities, and teaching practices that support students in achieving those outcomes.
- “Designing a course” resources address articulating your teaching philosophy, setting goals and objectives, applying learning principles to course design, and more.
- Online course design resources are tailored to the online learning environment
- Designing Courses in the Age of AI suggests ways instructors can address this new challenge with course-design strategies and approaches.
- Canvas Course Design Tutorial guides you through the process of designing a new course or revising an existing course with a lens of inclusive, learner-centered teaching at Tufts.
First Day of Class
First impressions can significantly impact how the rest of the semester goes, and students will be looking to you to set the stage for the course.
- Leveraging the First Day of Class offers advice for getting a strong start to the semester
- This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education describes four principles for teaching a good first day of class
- This article, produced by Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching, explains how to create an inviting classroom and how to communicate course expectations on the first day
Mental Health Resources
Supporting student mental health is of increasing importance in the college classroom, particularly in the midst of the challenges and trauma that have arisen in recent months. It’s important to understand your role as an instructor when it comes to student mental health.
- Faculty Guidance for Supporting Students’ Mental Health CELT’s website for faculty who would like to understand how they can interact with students in ways that respect the importance of tending to their mental health and well-being, and create relationships and systems that will serve us well in times of distress or crisis.
- Kognito is an online educational program that incorporates realistic simulations to help instructors build knowledge and skills around mental health
Additional Tufts Supports
- CELT’s Events lists upcoming offerings (workshops, programs, and more) to support you in your teaching
- Educational Technology Services (ETS) supports the integration of technology into courses and programs
- This Software & Apps page lists applications and software free or at low cost to Tufts faculty, staff, and students
- The Student Information System (SIS) is a record of student academic, financial, and biographical information
- Tufts University Libraries page has information about library resources on all Tufts campuses, there is a specific page for course support useful for instructors and a resource guide for No-cost course materials & Open Educational Resources
- Tufts Academic Integrity Policy describes faculty and student responsibilities for maintaining academic honesty
- Academic and Advising Support for Faculty lists key resources for AS&E faculty in supporting students.