EDCI 943 Principles of College Teaching

Fall 2014 Course Syllabus

Course Goals
Course Requirements
K-State Honor and Integrity System
Disability Support
Classroom Conduct

Student Learning Compact

"We the students and faculty of Kansas State University, agree that the best learning culture is one in which students and teachers will work with great vigor and mutual respect to achieve excellence."

Course Goals

Principles of College Teaching is designed to help you think about teaching and learning at the college and university level. You will have the opportunity to develop or enhance some teaching skills as a result of your work this semester, although the development of particular teaching skills is not the exclusive aim of the course. What you gain from this course will be largely dependent upon your focus and your effort. I consider it my responsibility to help you reach your individual goals as well as those I have listed below ... so if you have other goals in mind, please let me know

  • Recognize the real responsibilities that come with teaching college and university students.
  • Incorporate learning principles relevant to planning learning experiences for college students.
  • Integrate concepts of individual learning styles into instructional planning.
  • Recognize the opportunities and challenges of online learning environments.
  • Realize both the value and the limitations of using student learning outcomes.
  • Be aware of differences in learning styles and classroom participation in the diverse cultures represented by today's college students.
  • Consider a variety of teaching strategies for different learning tasks -- facts, skills, concepts, attitudes, creative problem-solving, etc.
  • Understand the importance of evaluation in the teaching/learning process.
  • Plan evaluation activities to help students learn.
  • Concentrate upon important aspects of instruction when observing others teach or when viewing videos of your own teaching.
  • Analyze the effects of instructional techniques or strategies when observing instructional situations.
  • Identify your own strengths and weaknesses as a teacher and make effective decisions about how best to enhance and improve your teaching skills.
  • Integrate technology with teaching pedagogy to effectively and efficiently facilitate your students' learning.

Course Requirements


Your semester project must deal with teaching and/or learning at the college level. You select the topic and devise the format for the completed work. I want the project to be both useful and interesting to you.

Talk with me about your ideas. You and I will agree to a plan for your semester's work and sign the project contract.

At mid-semester, I will probably ask for a brief update from you so I'll know what you have accomplished on your project by then. On December 9th, you will share online the highlights of what you learned from your semester project.

The semester project is due during Finals Week (December 12/16-12/18)... but you may submit it earlier if you are ready.

Contract for Semester Project

Your contract will include all of the following:

  • Your name
  • A brief description of your project
  • Your reasons for undertaking this particular project
  • An indication of how you will share with your instructor a demonstration or explanation of what you learned from your semester's work on the project
  • Your anticipated due date
  • Signatures (yours and the instructor)
  • Signing date

Assignments (80 points)

I will provide more details about each of these assignments before they are due. This work is very closely tied to discussions we will have in class, so don't try to work on them before you have more information.

Assignment #1: Student Learning Outcomes (20 pts)

You will draft student learning outcomes or objectives that relate to the teaching you are doing now or expect to be doing in the future. You may use these objectives, or modifications of them, in assignment #2. Draft due on September 18 and final version due September 30.

Assignment #2: Evaluation of Learning (40 pts)

You will prepare descriptions and examples of various means of evaluating learning that would be appropriate for the students and courses you expect to teach. This assignment may incorporate some of the work you completed for assignment #1. Due October 28

Assignment #3: Instructional Strategy (20 pts)

You will write a detailed plan for helping students meet a particular learning objective. This assignment may be based on work you completed for assignment #1 and/or #2. Due November 18


You will observe three college classes during the semester. You will work in pairs for the first and second observations AND you will interview the teacher for your fist observation. You will observe an online class for the third observation. When you have completed all three observations, you will reflect and write about what you learned. Be sure to keep records of what you observe. It's easy to forget. As you work on this assignment, you may have questions. Ask. Due November 13


The point of this exercise is that you learn more about how to evaluate your own performance as a teacher. During the semester, you will make a video of yourself teaching. If a real teaching situation is not possible, we'll arrange something else. The video and conferences with classmates and with me are graded as credit/no credit and should be completed by November 18. This means you must have done the video, watched it yourself, shared it with your partner(s), given it to me to watch, and you and your partner(s) have talked with me about what you learned from the experience -- all of that by November 18. Do not wait until the last minute to start on this course requirement!


Based on your experiences in learning and teaching, you are to write your current philosophy of teaching. The philosophy must reflect your viewpoints, your basic theories about learning and teaching. You may certainly adapt ideas from others ... whether they are strangers to you or colleagues. You will submit three versions: an introspective version for yourself (due September 23), a version for colleagues (due October 9th), and a version for students (due November 4). All three versions will be considered in my evaluation of this assignment.

Participation (10 points)

Together, we will work to create a classroom environment that is creative and collaborative. This course was designed to be interactive. As such, we expect that you will come to class prepared and ready to engage in course discussions in a way that respectfully challenges our understanding of the material. Our comprehension of the material should go beyond what is discussed during class; for example, students will consider how the material applies to them and their teaching. 

Grading/Course Credit

Note:                 A = ~93%

B = ~86%
Assignments (3)80 pts
Semester Project50 pts
Teaching Philosophy30 pts
Lessons Learned - Observations25 pts
Video Assessment15 pts
Participation10 pts
TOTAL210 pts

Academic Honesty

Kansas State University has an Honor & Integrity System based on personal integrity, which is presumed to be sufficient assurance in academic matters one's work is performed honestly and without unauthorized assistance. Undergraduate and graduate students, by registration, acknowledge the jurisdiction of the Honor & Integrity System. The policies and procedures of the Honor & Integrity System apply to all full- and part-time students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate courses on-campus, off-campus, and via distance learning.

A component vital to the Honor & Integrity System is the inclusion of the Honor Pledge which applies to all assignments, examinations, or other course work undertaken by students. The Honor Pledge is implied, whether or not it is stated:

"On my honor, as a student, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this academic work."

A grade of XF can result from a breach of academic honesty. The F indicates failure in the course; the X indicates the reason is an Honor Pledge violation.

Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Any student with a disability that needs a classroom accommodation, access to technology or other assistance in this course should contact the Student Access Center (202 Holton Hall, accesscenter@k-state.edu) and/or me (jfallin@k-state.edu).

Expectations for Classroom Conduct

All student activities in the University, including this course, are governed by the Student Judicial Conduct Code as outlined in the Student Government Association By Laws, Article VI, Section 3, number 2. Students that engage in behavior that disrupts the learning environment may be asked to leave the class.

Tues/Thurs 9:30AM-10:45AM
At the International Technology Commons Classroom 
1800 Claflin Road
(Wildcat Landing)

Instructor: Dr. Jana Fallin
Office: 1800 Claflin Road, Suite 200  
(Wildcat Landing)