Faculty Affairs | Professional Development | Faculty Affairs has partnered with a number of international institutions to create a series of online modules for university faculty.  These brief courses (5 – 15 minutes) cover a variety of teaching topics from core clinical teaching skills, to course design, lecturing, giving feedback, and more.  They can be accessed at any time, from any computer.


What are the Online Teaching Modules?

To meet the needs of diverse faculty across the state, we have developed a robust set of  online modules to enhance faculty teaching skills. Each module takes 5 – 15 minutes to complete, and includes a variety of teaching topics from core clinical teaching skills, to course design, lecturing, giving feedback, and more.
The modules provide practical information in an accessible “just-in-time” format. You can select the topics of most interest or need, and access the modules when you need them, as often as you need them.


Teaching Topics:

What is Lecturing?
Rationales for Lecturing
How Lectures Support Other Learning
The Effectiveness of Lectures- Personal Experience
The Effectiveness of Lectures- The Research Evidence
Student Attention Over an Hour
Information Overload
How Teacher’s Affect Student Learning
Assessing Learners Prior Knowledge
Structuring Lectures
Learning Objective
Managing Transitions
Concluding a Lecture
The Importance of Questions and Answers
The Art of Asking Questions
Eliciting Student’s Questions
Questions & Answers: Using Audience Response Systems
Harnessing Other Technology in your Lectures

An Introduction to Discussion
Preparing Yourself and Your Students for Discussion
Deciding Whether to Grade Student Participation
Clarifying Students’ Expectations and Responsibilities
Planning for Student-Led Seminars
Getting Acquainted
Communicating and Fostering Respect
Class Discussion in Practice: A Case Study
Tips for Beginning Discussions
Effective Questioning Strategies
Using Structured Discussion Techniques
Maintaining Discussion: Avoiding Challenges and Pitfalls
Closing a Discussion
Using Appropriate Technology
Creating a Social Presence Online
Giving Thought to Structure and Facilitation

Your Teaching context
Aligning Evaluations with Learning Objectives
Selecting Grading Criteria
Grading Accurately and Reliability
Being Fair and Consistent
Dealing with Large Numbers of Assignments
Introduction to Plagiarism
Finding out about the Plagiarism Policies in your Institution
Deterring Plagiarism
The Importance of Feedback to Students
The Qualities of Good Feedback
When to Give Feedback
Phrasing Positive and Negative Feedback
Dealing with Large Classes
Technology-Enhanced Feedback
Encouraging Students to Make Use of Feedback
Case Studies: Difficult Conversations
Peer-to-Peer Feedback
Evaluating the Effectiveness of your Feedback

The Importance of Context
The Instructional Context
The Course Context
Your Personal Context
Seven Principles for Good Practice
Approaches to Learning
High-Impact Activities
Bloom’s Taxonomy
Identifying and Writing Learning Objectives
Case Study- Aligning Your Course
Structuring Your Course
Designing Opportunities for Feedback
Designing a Blended Course
Why Evaluate?
Sources of Information

Learning through Observation
Understanding Individual Differences Among Learners
Preparing Patients for Student Learning
Preparing Learners
Managing Time While Teaching
Encouraging Active Learning
Teaching in a Logical Sequence
Encouraging Student Independence
One-Minute Preceptor
Interprofessional Teaching
Assessment by Observation
Student Debriefing and Feedback
Patient Feedback
Problems and How to Avoid Them

How do I get started?

The Online Teaching Modules are free to the IUSM community, but registration is required.  Please click the link below to get started.
Note, the modules were developed through a collaboration with the IU Department of Family Medicine and were funded in part by award # D56HP23267-01-00of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Modules are currently unavailable and under development. Please check back soon!

Krista Longtin

Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis