Teacher explains something to student at the computer

Explore the teaching strategies pages to learn about how common classroom activities (e.g., discussions, quizzes, student projects) can effectively incorporate technology in face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses. Each classroom activity includes strategies for how to design and facilitate those activities successfully in a variety of modes and special considerations for online environments. We also feature examples and advice from UC Davis instructors who have successfully implemented that activity.

Discussions

Discussions are an excellent way to promote critical inquiry, reflection, and dialogue in online, hybrid, blended, or fully face-to-face courses. Asynchronous web-based discussion tools, such as those typically found in a course management system...

Lecture Capture

Lecture capture allows instructors to video record lectures and make them available to students online. As a result, students can view and interact with the videos on their computers and mobile devices. Further, instructors can share their lectures...

Office Hours

Student-instructor interactions are an important part of student success in all classes, and it is no different for hybrid and online courses. Creating an instructor presence through online, or virtual, office hours allows students to get immediate feedback...

Personal Response Systems (Clickers)

Personal Response Systems (PRS) or “clickers” allow an instructor to instantly query students and record their responses via infrared, radio frequency, or web-based devices. For infrared or radio-frequency clicker systems, students use handset tha...

Quizzes & Exams

Quizzes and exams serve as key formative and summative assessments that can focus and motivate students’ learning as well as provide critical feedback to the instructor. Periodic testing enhances students’ ability to recall and retain information, as ...

Reading

Reading activities can be a great way to gauge student understanding of content knowledge, extend in-class discussions, and ensure student comprehension of key ideas. However, reading activities can often fall flat if the purpose of the readings is not...

Video Creation

Professor Jennifer Choi uses Academic Technology Services' eLearning Studio. Including instructional content in video form can be a fantastic way to engage students and communicate ideas. In face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes, videos can help...

Web Conferencing (Webinars)

Web conferencing is a term used to describe synchronous, online meetings between individuals located at a physical distance from each other. A web conference is highly interactive, allowing participants to chat, collaborate in real time using webcams ...

Writing Activities

Designing Writing Activities Incorporating writing into classes across the curriculum is crucial for helping students develop the ability to learn independently, think critically, and organize ideas thoughtfully. For many instructors, writing ...