“Microteaching” is a longstanding approach to practicing teaching. This
method has been used across the United States and in other countries.
Participants are asked to learn and demonstrate certain basic elements
of presenting a lesson. Short lessons are presented to other members of
a small group of participants and the lesson is videoed. The presenter
receives feedback from the participants and he or she views the video
at a later time. This process is repeated through a series of lessons
as new teaching challenges are explored.
The learning that occurs is highly experiential. The “lesson basics”
are at the core of the course, but the learning that occurs is
individualized and dependent upon the unique experience of each
learner. Learning is also influenced by the dynamics of the group. The
members of the group are dependent upon each other for the most
valuable commodity provided by the microteaching process: feedback. A
bond of commitment between the group members enhances the group
learning process. The group is committed to help each member, in a
thoughtful and caring fashion, to understand their teaching strengths
Facilitators are an important part of the process. Facilitators
initiate and monitor the learning process, but are not the primary
source of the learning that occurs. While facilitators have
responsibility for providing a structured, substantive, and caring
learning environment, each participant is ultimately responsible for
his or her own experience within the process and, consequently, his or
her own learning.
The course also includes a series of large-group discussions about
teaching. These discussions relate to various teaching challenges or to
other ideas that are fundamental to teaching. In addition, participants
will be asked to complete assignments online using a course discussion
Student Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
Describe three basic principles of
effective teaching and explain the importance of each one with specific
reference to the college classroom.
Using a written lesson plan, design
lessons that include all of the “lesson basics” and analyze their
Evaluate the instructional
effectiveness of lesson presentations and apply appropriate feedback
Implement good time management
practices during lesson presentations.
Shifting from Teaching to Learning
Basic Principles of Teaching
Experiential & Active Learning
Participants are asked to engage in frequent discussions, to give and
to observe short lessons, and to provide effective feedback to others.
A minimal amount of work is done online, but very little technical
expertise is needed.
The class is 2 units and normally meets 3 hours per week for 11 weeks.
Microteaching employs multiple facilitators.