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D2L Guides

Get instructions on using Desire2Learn (D2L).

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Teaching Effectiveness

What does effective teaching look like?

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Managing Difficult Discussions

T​​ips for establishing an open and respectful learning environment.

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Welcome to DePaul's collaborative teaching and learning resource site.

On this site you will find a range of practical and pedagogical resources, from learning how to access your course roster to discovering professional development programs available to faculty and staff at DePaul. The Teaching Commons is a collaboration between academic partners across the university, and we are happy to facilitate the exchange of teaching strategies and materials. If you have something you'd like to share, please email us at

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Our Partners

While the Teaching Commons is a collection of resources that belongs to the whole learning community at DePaul, most of our work is created and shaped by our partnering academic support offices.

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First-Generation Stories

The Teaching Commons is collecting stories told by DePaul faculty, staff and graduate students who were among the first in their family to attend college. Email for details on how to share your own story.

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From Our Teaching Guides

  • Low-Stakes Assignments

    Low-stakes assignments are forms of evaluation that do not heavily impact students' final grades and offer students formative feedback on their performance in the course. Give students feedback early in the quarter so your students have time to correct course.

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  • Checking Students' Learning

    Classroom Assessment Techniques (commonly called CATs) are brief classroom activities designed to help shape and focus subsequent teaching based on students’ current understanding and ongoing learning needs.

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  • Metacognition Activities

    Thinking about one's thinking has been shown to facilitate lasting learning. Discover some practical applications of incorporating metacognition in your courses.

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  • Rubrics

    A rubric is simply a scoring tool that identifies the various criteria relevant to an assignment or learning outcome, and then explicitly states the possible levels of achievement along a continuum.

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Welcome! If you are new to teaching at DePaul, start here:

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Teaching Commons

1 E. Jackson
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 362-8057