Office of Education Development and Gateway Education

Staff Development Online Series:
Innovative Teaching Techniques

Innovative Teaching Techniques

Innovative Teaching Techniques shows faculty and instructional staff several innovative, simple-to-plan and simple-to-implement techniques for boosting student learning. The five techniques can be used in your lecture or tutorial to increase student attention while promoting deep learning. Besides the techniques presented in the first five modules in the series, a sixth module introduces you to Action Research so that you can create, implement, and assess your own innovative teaching techniques.

Modules are available through Canvas with online videos of about 6-8 minutes each and with some supporting materials. Faculty and instructors who register for a module will be asked to take a short quiz before they start a module and to do so again to complete the module.

Modules in the series include:

Module I – Introduction and the Classification Table Technique

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

    1. List some differences between surface and deep learning;
    2. Explain the Classification Table Technique;
    3. Apply the classification table to your own teaching.

Module II – One-Sentence Synopsis

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the differences between surface and deep learning;
  2. Explain the One-sentence Synopsis Technique;
  3. Apply it to your own teaching.

Module III – Recognizing the Problem

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the differences between surface and deep learning;
  2. Explain the Recognizing the Problem Technique;
  3. Apply it to your own teaching.

Module IV – Identifying the Principle

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the difference between surface and deep learning;
  2. Explain the Identifying the Principle Technique;
  3. Apply it to your own teaching.

Module V – Conducting Opinion, Values and Attitudes Surveys

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. List some differences between surface and deep learning;
  2. Explain the Survey Technique;
  3. Apply it to your own teaching.

Module VI – Introduction to Action Research

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Describe what action research is;
  2. List the steps in the action research cycle;
  3. Apply it to your own teaching.


Successful completion of the series will be recorded as completion of an In-house Staff Development activity (Teaching & Learning) unit in the HRO system.

Faculty and instructional staff who successfully complete an individual module(s) rather than the whole series will be awarded a Certificate of Completion for each module completed.

Course Information

Target participants:

Faculty and teaching staff

Study hours:

2-4 hours for the six module series and the written reflection (i.e., ~0.5 hour per module).

Course date*:

Offered online throughout the year. Participants can enroll in each module separately through AIMS.

Eligibility for in-house staff 

Completion of all six modules including module quizzes, then a short reflective assignment. When all six modules and quizzes are completed, participants will be given a prompt on which to write a 500 word reflection, which is based on the six modules, and submit it for feedback to the course coordinator.

Course coordinator:

Dr Paul CORRIGAN

*Participants can enroll anytime during a semester or the summer term and work at their own pace but typically are expected to complete the module by the end of the semester or the summer term.