Establishing a Productive Learning Environment

Once you’ve laid out your course/class design, you will implement your design and related lesson plans in a classroom, learning management system, or other instructional space. To ensure that you’ve fostered a productive learning environment, view our tips in the menu to the right. We elaborate on related concepts below. 

Course planning timeline - To run a productive course, check this list of things you should consider several months before, just prior, during, and after your course. 

Building community - If you want learners to be engaged, motivated contributors, they need a sense that they’re critical members in a learning community. 

Strategies to promote retention and persistence - It’s important to know what learners may be at risk. It’s also important to serve as an advocate for your learners as the individual who’s most connected to them on a regular basis. 

Motivating learners to read - We often hear “they don’t do the reading.” Though a valid concern, there are options to help students view readings as direct learning devices. 

Class management - To set the tone, maintain a productive pace, and manage challenges, it’s paramount to consider your classroom management style. 

Group work best practices - Do you want learners to really work together or just combine their work? To foster a group work culture, consider things such as how you introduce group work, team formation, team planning, and holistic assessment. 

Encouraging academic integrity - We have a range of strategies and tools at our disposal to help learners gain familiarity with the concept of academic integrity and to generate authentic work. 

Promoting metacognition - Do you ask your learners to self-reflect? This can be a useful tool in fostering self-directed learning.