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Teaching College-Level Science

Graphical illustration of strategic teaching.

Strategic teaching is a way of making decisions about a course, an individual class, even an entire curriculum that begins with an analysis of key variables in the teaching situation. These variables include the characteristics of learner, the learning objectives, and the instructional preferences of the teacher. Once these variables have been analyzed, informed decisions can be made about course content, structure, methods of assessment, and other key components. (Image by Dr. Lori Breslow.)


MIT Course Number

5.95J / 7.59J / 8.395J / 18.094J

As Taught In

Spring 2006



Course Features

Course Description

This seminar focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for teaching science and engineering in higher education. Topics include: using current research in student learning to improve teaching; developing courses; lecturing; promoting students' ability to think critically and solve problems; communicating with a diverse student body; using educational technology; creating effective assignments and tests; and utilizing feedback to improve instruction. Students research and teach a topic of particular interest. This subject is appropriate for both novices and those with teaching experience.