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Before Class: How should I prepare?

Whether you're designing your own course from scratch or planning a series of discussion sections, there's plenty to consider before you enter the classroom. And every ounce of preparation saves a pound of stressful scrambling part-way through the term. The best way to begin preparing for any class is to define what skills and knowledge your students should have by the end of the term. Consider who your students are and what environment, resources and activities will assist them in gaining these skills.

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Learning objectives

Writing Learning Objectives (PDF logo PDF file)
A Teaching Resource Document from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Academic Support
Prepared by
Raoul A. Arreola, Ph.D.
University of Tennessee, Health Science Center

Writing Quality Learning Objectives
Park University's "Faculty Resources Quick Tips" section focused on writing learning objectives.

Learning Objectives
From the Teaching and Learning Laboratory at MIT this page provides an excellent overview of what learning objectives are and how to write learning objectives, as well as provides examples of objectives and measurable outcomes.



A collection of links to excellent information about syllabus construction appears in the TEP “Inclusive Teaching” website.

Recommended Course Syllabus Format
Syllabus recommendations from the University of Oregon Office of the Registrar

How do I build a "state of the art" syllabus?
TEP's "Teaching FAQ" page focused on creating a well structured, and formatted, course syllabus.



University of Oregon Academic Calendar


Student information sheet

Creating a Student Diagnostic
TEP's page on creating a student diagnostics addressing any topic or issue which may be important to the


How to use the space

Training Room Design/Seating Arrangements
Shows different designs along with advantages and disadvantages of each. 

Seating Arrangements
An article written by University of Delaware student Alexandra Ramsden (1999).


Learn to use the media and technology

Center for Media and Educational Technologies (CMET)
The UO Libraries' Center for Media and Educational Technologies (CMET) supports the physical and virtual learning environments at the University of Oregon. We provide classroom technology design and maintenance, educational video production, streaming media services, learning management system (Blackboard) and instructional technology support for teaching/learning, research, public service, and outreach.

Instructional Technology Referral Office (InTRO): "InTRO assists faculty in navigating access to resources in order to create thriving environments for effective, pioneering digital teaching and learning. Our goal is to support excellence in online and on-campus education at the University of Oregon."


Course Readings

The Copyright Clearance Office helps the University community to comply with copyright law, especially concerning class packets. They can assist in explaining the University's interpretation of the copyright laws and guidelines for fair use, obtain copyright clearances for you, or help you to do obtain the clearance yourself.

The Literary Duck accepts course book orders from faculty in person, via fax, by mail, by email or by using our convenient online adoptions .