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Innovative Instruction

The CSU values innovation and excellence in teaching and learning. Here you will find links to important programs and resources.

Resources for Faculty Developers and Administrators

Faculty Development Center Matrix

This evidence-based tool, created by the American Council on Education (ACE) with contributions from CSU faculty developers, provides a template for assessing institutional commitment to teaching excellence.
See the Matrix (PDF)

Assessing the Impacts and Outcomes of Faculty Development

This American Council on Education (ACE) white paper shows how to leverage faculty expertise and educational technologies to implement student-centered instructional approaches and practices that improve student outcomes and institutional efficiency.
Read the ACE White Paper (PDF)

Affordable Learning Solutions

This CSU initiative enables faculty to provide quality free and low-cost learning materials through a variety of programs and partnerships.
Go to ALS Site

Quality Assurance for Blended & Online Courses

Learn about CSU programs to ensure quality instruction in online, blended and flipped courses, including the Quality Learning and Teaching (QLT) evaluation instrument and the Quality Matters (QM) peer review process.
Learn About QLT
Learn About QM

Universal Design for Learning

UDL is an educational framework based on science that accommodates individual learning differences.
Go to UDL Site


Resources for Faculty

Unpacking Relationships: Instruction and Student Outcomes

What faculty do and how instruction occurs matter greatly. This paper from the American Council on Education (ACE) explores five areas of evidence-based practices that positively impact student outcomes. Read about the connections between quality teaching and student success in this ACE report.
Read the ACE Report (PDF)

First-Generation Student Success

The Center for First-Generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA and the Suder Foundation, offers resources for better understanding the first-generation student experience, engaging with research and data, identifying support strategies, and exploring why advancing first-generation student success is a desirable outcome.​
Learn about First-Gen Student Success

Inclusive Pedagogy Program at Cal State LA

Learn About Cal State LA's Center for Effective Teaching & Learning (CETL) workshops on inclusive pedagogy.
Go to Cal State LA's CETL Site

Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT)

The goal of this national research project is to promote students' conscious understanding of how and why they are learning course content in particular ways with transparent methods.
TILT Higher Ed 
CSUN's Teach with Transparency 

Reading Apprenticeship Professional Learning

Reading Apprenticeship is an evidence-based approach that helps students become more active, engaged, social, and reflective academic readers and learners.
Go to Reading Apprenticeship Site
​Reading Apprenticeship at CSU Monterey Bay

Reacting to the Past Consortium

Learn about the alliance of colleges, universities and individual faculty committed to developing and publishing the "Reacting to the Past" series of role-playing games for higher education.
Go to Reacting to the Past
Connect with the CSU Reacting Council

High-Impact Practices (HIPs)

The Association of American Colleges & Univerities (AAC&U) lists 11 educational practices with unusually positive benefits for college students from many backgrounds.
See AAC&U's HIPs List
2018 HIPs in the States Conference (PDF) 
What Makes HIPs so Effective? ​

Additional Resources

  • Cult of Pedagogy – A blog and podcast creating a stimulating community of teachers.
  • Faculty Focus – Articles on effective teaching strategies for the college classroom.
  • Teaching in Higher Ed CSU Podcast series – Pocasts featuring faculty and staff experts from across the CSU.
  • Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast – Podcast exploring the art and science of being more effective at facilitating learning.
  • Teaching Newsletter – Weekly newsletter from a team of journalists at The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • ​​The Edge Newsletter – Weekly newsletter covering innovation in and around the academy from Goldie Blumenstyk, senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • Tomorrow's Professor eNewsletter – Twice weekly postings with excerpts on scholarship, teaching and learning, and the academy from Stanford University professor Rick Reis, Ph.D.