The Faculty Teaching Excellent Program (FTEP) is pleased to introduce Making Teaching and Learning Visible (MTLV), a collaborative project that grew out of FTEP's 2016 Summer Assessment Institute: Achieving Course Goals and Gathering Evidence about Student Learning. During the 2016-2017 academic year, a group of CU Boulder faculty agreed to document their teaching practices and produce Course Portfolios. The goal of a course portfolio is to make visible the intellectual inquiry that grounds teaching: design, assessment, reflection, and redesign. In each portfolio listed below, a faculty member identifies a specific course and a question or challenge to investigate. Then, they describe the solutions they devised, how they implemented them, and their observations of student learning. Each portfolio concludes with the faculty's reflections on the results. By making their teaching visible, faculty illustrate the significant role of teaching in their professional life.

Making Teaching and Learning Visible (MTLV) is an opportunity for faculty to demonstrate teaching methods and explore new pedagogical possibilities. In the portfolios published here, you’ll see ways to help students discover meaning in their learning experiences and stimulate their imaginations. We invite your feedback; please email comments to Mary Ann Shea, Director, FTEP at MaryAnn.Shea@Colorado.edu.

Use the "Search" tools below to find a portfolio by discipline category or keyword tag.

Featured Portfolios

Humanities classes

Media in Practice: The Art Museum as Humanities Classroom

Humanities classes are often taught in a lecture/discussion format. This redesign replaces that format with... Read more
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Critical Thinking of Scientific Journal Articles in Neuroscience Course

This portfolio describes an upper division neuroscience class focused on critically thinking about data presented... Read more
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Using Experiential Learning to Enhance Student Engagement

An Environmental Studies professor designs an undergraduate-level critical thinking course on Sustainable Food Systems to... Read more

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Students Discover Shakespeare's Relevance with Creative Projects

This course portfolio details how revising a creative project assignment to incorporate a new learning goal—explain how a Shakespeare text relates to today’s world—helped students develop critical thinking skills and discover ways that early modern English literature illuminates their own lives. Background ENGL 3000-100 Shakespeare for Nonmajors is a large-lecture... Read more »
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The Pedagogy of Code

Programming is quickly becoming an essential skill of the 21 st century. The traditional definition of literacy is expanding to incorporate new forms of reading and writing that include markup, scripting, and programming. Having a basic understanding of how code operates, and thereby structures the world in which we live,... Read more »
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Revising Case Study Assignment in Abnormal Psychology Undergraduate Course to Enhance Critical Thinking

A psychology instructor modifies a case study assignment for an Abnormal Psychology undergraduate course to enhance use of data and identification of multiple sides of an issue. Background Abnormal Psychology (PYSC 3303) is divided into three major content sections: 1) symptom presentations of mental health disorders 2) models of development/assessment/treatment... Read more »
Humanities classes

Media in Practice: The Art Museum as Humanities Classroom

Humanities classes are often taught in a lecture/discussion format. This redesign replaces that format with project-based components that engage active student participation by asking them to collaboratively produce a public exhibit. In this portfolio, I show how humanities undergraduates of all levels worked together to design a media-focused exhibit for... Read more »
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Critical Thinking of Scientific Journal Articles in Neuroscience Course

This portfolio describes an upper division neuroscience class focused on critically thinking about data presented in journal articles. Background NRSC 4062 Neurobiology of Stress is an upper division elective in neuroscience. The course is a traditional lecture class that covers the fundamental responses of the body and brain to stress;... Read more »
Platters of food, bread, fruits and vegetables

Using Experiential Learning to Enhance Student Engagement

An Environmental Studies professor designs an undergraduate-level critical thinking course on Sustainable Food Systems to promote engaged student learning. Background ENVS 3525-002 Sustainable Food Systems is a mid-level undergraduate course that aims to develop critical thinking skills and environmental problem analysis abilities among Environmental Studies (ENVS) students. It is one... Read more »