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The Learning and Teaching Hub has created a variety of Quick-Reference Guides (QRGs) for common teaching tasks and challenges. Think of the QRGs as condensed highlights on educational topics, meant to offer just-in-time learning to quickly implement pedagogical strategies and provide additional resources for future in-depth learning.
➤ Additional Information on QRGs

All guides cover basic information about the topic, and are divided into three sections: 

Overview and Introduction: This section answers basic WHAT questions about the topic as well as WHO might use and/or benefit from it.

Implementation and Timing: This section provides information on WHEN, WHERE, and HOW the strategy might be implemented.

Rationale and Research: This section explains WHY the strategy is beneficial and provides research and resources for future learning.

You can browse the guides by name (below) or sort them by tag/topic using the filter tool (to the left).  Additional guidance on using the QRGs can be found in the Getting Started Quick Reference Guide

Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity is the practice of being honest in the academic work faculty and students perform at ASU. This QRG includes pedagogical, technology-based, and community building solutions for you to build a strong academic integrity culture.
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Active Learning: Overview and Introduction

Active Learning is a term used to describe instructional methods that increase student involvement and engagement in the learning process. This QRG includes ideas for implementation, common faculty concerns and mistakes, and guidance on how to incorporate active learning in your specific class.
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Blended and Online Exam Proctoring

There are a variety of digital proctoring tools and methods, from web-conferencing to artificial intelligence proctor tools. This QRG includes key practices for successful implementation as well as recommendations on where and when to inform your students on your proctoring choice.
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CATME is a web-based tool (available to all FSE instructors) that is designed to support peer evaluation, team and collaborative learning, and/or project-based activities. This QRG includes comprehensive directions on implementing CATME in your course, including requesting a CATME account, creating teams, and using peer evaluations.
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Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)

Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) are simple, non-graded or low-stakes activities designed to give you and your students useful feedback on the learning-teaching process as it is happening. This QRG includes ideas for implementation and the benefits for both students and instructors.
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Concept Maps

Concept maps are a way to get students to interact with content to make connections at a more sophisticated level. This QRG introduces readers to concept maps, distinguishes what they are and are not, provides practical implementation steps and shares benefits of using them in coursework.
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Discussion Board Prompts (Active Learning Strategy)

Discussion Boards can be used to increase content comprehension, retention, and metacognitive skills in any type of course and provide students with social connection outside of the classroom setting. This QRG includes ideas for implementation and actionable strategies to create interesting discussion posts for your students.
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Entrepreneurial Mindset

The entrepreneurial mindset (EM) is a problem-solving approach that begins with curiosity about our changing world, connecting information from various resources to gain insight, and identifying unexpected opportunities to create value. This QRG includes actionable strategies for EM classroom activities, course learning objectives, and faculty mentorship.
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Fostering Growth Mindset

Growth mindset is a way of thinking that can promote student success and learning by changing how students think about the learning process and their individual motivations and strategies. This QRG includes ideas for implementation and actionable methods to incorporate a growth mindset in your classes.
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Flipped Learning

Flipped learning changes the way students engage by reversing the order of the traditional lecture and assignment components. Instructors provide learning materials ‘outside’ of class time, and then use the class time for hands-on activities. This QRG includes directions for planning, good practices to follow, and examples of classroom activities.
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FSE Tutoring Centers

The tutoring centers are a free support service, staffed by trained students who have excelled in the same engineering classes they tutor. Multiple locations, including virtual tutoring, are available throughout the semester. This QRG includes general information on the centers along with ways that faculty can engage in their support services.
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Fulton Difference Programs

The Fulton Difference Programs build a culture that keeps students engaged with each other and faculty at a personal level. This QRG includes an overview of this group of programs, including undergraduate and graduate research programs, Fulton student organizations, community service projects, entrepreneurship opportunities, and career center resources for all Fulton students.
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Generation Z

Gen Z learners have unique defining moments, attitudes, communication preferences, and values that can impact their learning and educational career. This QRG includes ideas for implementation and actionable Gen Z identified needs to incorporate in your classes.
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Group Work: Cooperative Learning (Active Learning Strategy)

Cooperative Learning is a structured form of group work where students work together, but are assessed individually, and their own learning benefits the entire group. This QRG includes an introduction to the elements of Cooperative Learning, considerations and examples for implementing it, and benefits to its use.
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Icebreakers are a low-risk, introductory activity designed to encourage students to become active members with the instructor as well as with one another. This QRG includes examples, implementation plans, and ideas for implementing in both in-person and online courses.
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Improving Course Evaluations

Course evaluations provide valuable feedback from students about the course materials, content, structure, and policies. This QRG overviews key ways to improve course evaluations, including strategies to increase student response rate and integrating informal student evaluation feedback throughout the year.
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Metacognition is thinking about one’s thinking. Metacognitive activities can help engineering students navigate the engineering design process, identify and define problems, and evaluate the final solution. This QRG includes planning, monitoring, and assessing activities and assignment ideas to support the metacognitive process in your courses.
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Muddiest Points (Active Learning Strategy)

Muddiest Points is a low-impact method for gathering informal feedback from students on their own understanding of course content, then quickly addressing any conceptual issues that are exposed. This QRG includes steps to consider for successful implementation and suggested student question prompts.
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Pose A Question (Active Learning Strategy)

Posing a question is an effective active learning strategy that can be used to re-engage students during a class session. This QRG includes ideas for successful implementation of this strategy and a range of sample questions to pose, including Socratic, probing, and real-world questions.
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Effective, robust rubrics can contribute enormously to instructional quality. Rubrics are not just scoring tools, but also provide insight into instructional quality. This QRG includes ideas for designing and implementing effective rubrics that align the assignments with the learning objectives of the course.
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Small Group Discussions (Active Learning Strategy)

Small group discussions are an active learning strategy designed to encourage learner discourse and aid in understanding the course content. This QRG includes the description of the strategy, where and when the strategy is most effective, implementation based on class modality, tips, tricks, and supporting research.
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Student Motivation

Student motivation and engagement is critical to the success of any course. This QRG overviews intrinsic motivation strategies, evidence-based methods of the psychological principles of persuasion, and plans for implementation to improve student motivation in engineering courses.
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Think-Pair-Share (Active Learning Strategy)

Think-Pair-Share is an active learning strategy where students think critically about a challenging concept, partner with another student to discuss, and then report out their ideas to the larger group/rest of the class. This QRG includes ideas for implementing this strategy and modifications for hybrid, online, and/or large courses.
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