Long-term content aimed at supporting course design and teaching. 

"Keep Learning"

A Quick-start guide to learning online for students. Thoroughly reading this guide will be a great first step towards finishing this semester the best you possibly can

2020 Report Summaries

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Sustainability Initiative project reports for 2020.

2021 Report Summaries

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Sustainability Initiative project reports for 2021.

A Guide to Learning Online

This guide is designed to give students best-practices for approaching their fully or partially online courses.

Accessibility Checklist

Use this checklist to improve accessibility in your courses and course materials. It covers links, images and videos, structure, tables, color and provides other resources.

Accessibility and UDL Instructor Resource

Curated by several university departments and experts, the Accessibility and UDL Instructor Resource is available through Canvas.

Active Learning

Information and techniques to include students in the learning process and increase students' attention and retention. (Knute Broady Collection)

Active Learning Techniques

Active Learning exists in three spheres: individual, group, or combination engagement.

Additional Classroom Assessment Resources

The following resources address both online and in-person classes. However, most in-person techniques have online adaptations and if you'd like assistance, please let us know.

Additional Materials

Additional course design materials, part of the Knute Broady Collection.

Additional Materials

TEDx Talks can be an excellent way to see other people engage their students

Additional Materials

Visualize ways to deal with large enrollment courses with video options

Additional Materials - Assessment

Need a new read? Check out the Center for Transformative Teaching's library and recommended readings.

Additional Materials for Active Learning

TEDx Talks can be an excellent way to see how others make use of active learning techniques. 

Additional Materials for Inclusive Teaching

Inclusive teaching involves understanding complex topics that can difficult to learn how to navigate. Included are some resources to help.

Assessing Student Learning

Assessing student's learning involves asking what your students need to know or be able to do? and What would be the best evidence of progress?

Assessment Techniques

Knute Broady Collection: Ideas for Assessment Techniques.

Backchannel Discussion

A backchannel discussion includes any conversation between students or between the students and instructor that are not the primary lecture.

Backward Design Self-Guided Mini-Course

An asynchronous, self-paced introduction to the Backward Design model of course planning.

Before You Begin a Project

If you are thinking of starting – or perhaps are already working on – a SoTL project, then consider scheduling a consultation with the Center for Transformative Teaching.

Canvas Commons: Modules for Instructors

Use high-quality instructional modules to supplement student support information in your course.

Captioning Videos for Accessibility

This presentation explains the importance of captioning videos for accessibility and Universal Design and how VidGrid can be used to caption videos.

Classroom Assessment

Assessment is how an instructor learns what a student does or does not know about the course material.

Classroom Assessment Explorer

Use this tool to explore ways to assess different types of learning.

Classroom Technology Tips

For instructors using the General Purpose (GP) Classrooms for teaching this semester. We have a few tips for getting most out of classroom technology.


To keep your students (and perhaps even yourself) from going adrift, regular and supportive communication is critical in an online course.

Contribute an example of an effective online teaching strategy

The Center for Transformative Teaching is seeking online teaching success stories from university faculty.

Course Design

Course design is the careful planning of a course such that the learning goals are aligned with assessments and learning activities.

Course Planning

A good way to keep course planning from becoming overwhelming is to break the process into steps

Course Structure and Organization

Learn the basics of Canvas such as organizing lesson plans and communicating with students

Creating a Syllabus

Learn some essential points of your syllabus should include to ensure effective communication to students from the start

CTT Advisory Board

The CTT Teaching Advisory Board helps to coordinate information sharing and collaboration with various groups across the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

CTT Guide to Classroom Assessment

Use classroom assessment to investigate what students are learning and how well they are learning it.

CTT Teaching Grants: Round 4

Learn more about the available grants to help further innovative teaching.

Curriculum Reports

The strategic vision for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Environment, Sustainability, and Resilience Master Plan is to serve as an aspirational framework for change.

Database of formative assessment strategies

The strategies described in detail in Angelo and Cross (1993) are primarily designed for in-person classrooms but, most are easily adapted to online.

Developing a Teaching Portfolio

Created by CTT instructional designers, the Teaching Portfolio resource is available through Canvas.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources

These resources will help faculty build courses that are more inclusive of the diverse student body at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Evolution and Nature of Science Instruction

Evolution and Nature of Science Instruction: A First-Person Account of Changes in Evolution Instruction Throughout a Career - Lawrence C. Scharmann

Examples of effective online teaching strategies

This collection of online teaching examples shows how research-based instructional strategies have been implemented at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Examples of SoTL at UNL

SoTL is most valuable as it is built over time and answers important questions and challenges facing academia. Here is how UNL faculty are contributing to this conversation.

Exercising Empathy and Social Research Practices

Exercising Empathy helps students do away with the self-centric bias” that often creates a pre-set rhetorical agenda.

Exit Ticket/ Chat Waterfall

Exit tickets or slips are used by instructors to gage student understanding of topics covered in a class.

Experiential Education

Experiential learning encompasses a variety of activities to engage students with course content.

Fluid Mechanics Education Using Japanese Anime

Learn about fluid mechanics education using Japanese anime

Formative Assessment Ideas

Knute Broady Collection: Ideas for Formative Assessment.

Fostering Engagement and Community

In an online course, it is easy for students to feel isolated. They are, in most cases, physically isolated from their peers, so intentional community-building is necessary to help counter feelings of remoteness.

Fresh Voices on Active Learning

The Fresh Voices sections of the Knute Broady Collection aim to highlight recent publications and the work of emerging scholars