Participants were asked to describe one factor that had improved their teaching. These recommendations were informed by these responses.
Recommendation #1 Whenever possible, discuss your teaching practices with colleagues and seek (or be) a mentor.
My teaching has improved because I meet informally with other educators and talk about approaches to learning and how to improve communication in the classroom.
Recommendation #2 Seek, review and act on feedback from students.
I value the student feedback that I get through the university course evaluations. I have made changes to my teaching style based on the feedback.
Recommendation #3 Seek professional development for teaching practice.
Continuing education on how learning works combined with soliciting feedback from learners and peers.
Recommendation #4 Practice!
Trial and error. There is no substitute for hard won experience.
Recommendation #5 Use technology.
New media and technology enhancements has improved my teaching and has opened up new teaching opportunities.