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Teaching Basics Overview

Whether you're new to CSUF, new to teaching, or are experienced but are preparing a new course, take a few moments to review these important fundamentals.


1. Your Syllabus

Make sure your syllabus contains all the required components outlined in UPS 300.004PDF File Opens in new window and is accessible. There are several relevant aids provided on CSUF's Academic Programs' Course Development page under the Creating A Syllabus heading. Consider using the following from that page:

  • Syllabus Template
    • This template aligns with UPS 300.004PDF File Opens in new window and the other UPS that govern general education (411.200PDF File Opens in new window , 411.202PDF File Opens in new window , 411.203PDF File Opens in new window ), online (411.104PDF File Opens in new window ), and hybrid classes. Download the template and modify the sample text to reflect your expectations and those of your department.
    • University Policy requires faculty to inform students regarding important student policies. This template includes links to these  policies.
  • Syllabus Checklist
    • Verify your syllabus has all elements required in UPS 300.004PDF File Opens in new window using this checklist.
  • Creating Accessible Tables

Other useful resources include:

Next steps:

  • Learn about library resources you can incorporate in your class.
  • Check how well your learning objectives reflect various levels of Bloom's taxonomy.
  • Include a graphic syllabus to show students relationsips between your course topics.
  • Explore some Creative Approaches to the Syllabus.

2. The First Day  

Review your official roster.PDF File Opens in new window

3. Formative Assessment 

Plan to use a few brief, low-stakes assessment strategies to see what your students do and don't yet understand, and to engage them in reflecting on their own learning. To get started, read a concise introduction to formative assessmentPDF File  or review examples of a few popular   Classroom Assessment Techniques   (CATs). Then plan how you'll share what you learned through the CATs with your students.

4. Early Student Feedback  

Get student feedbackPDF File early in the semester to understand your students' needs and adjust your approach to teaching if needed. The Self Reflection and Anonymous Feedback Surveys in Canvas videoOpens in new window from the FDC YouTube ChannelOpens in new window explains how to create different types of surveys in CSUF's learning management system Canvas.

5. Have a Teaching Problem? 

Contact the FDC at   fdc@fullerton.edu   or use this interactive online problem solver.