The purpose of this section is to assist faculty in providing quality educational programs and to facilitate student understanding. To improve teaching is to improve learning; a systematic approach to course design and planning will enable us to formulate learning goals and align instructional techniques to student learning and assessment.
Plagiarism and Student Responsibility At Montana State University plagiarism is but one of several examples of Academic Misconduct which are addressed on this page.
Advising Academic advising has the potential to strongly influence the retention and development of university students. Through regular interactions with students, advisors can gain meaningful information about students' academic and personal experiences, abilities and needs. These insights can be used to help students successfully connect to their academic community and develop appropriate academic and career goals, while fostering an appreciation of life-long learning.
Syllabus Creation To enrich the resources for measuring the impact of educational development work, we have created a rubric to assess the degree to which a syllabus achieves a learning orientation. The rubric provides qualitative descriptions of components that distinguish learning-focused syllabi and uses a quantitative scoring system that places syllabi on a spectrum from content-focused to learning-focused. It is flexible enough to accommodate a diverse range of levels, disciplines, institutions, and learning environments, yet nuanced enough to provide summative information to developers using the tool for assessment purposes and formative feedback to instructors interested in gauging the focus of their syllabi.
Curriculum Design Often university instructors think it will be enough if they know the material well, but that is only part of what goes into teaching. You also have to know how to package it so learners with varying degrees of interest and ability will be able to learn it. Teaching is a complex activity that has to be explored, studied, understood, practiced, and perhaps eventually mastered. There are a few principles to bear in mind as you proceed.