Agile Teaching

Don’t be a stick in the mud. Improve student outcomes by nimbly addressing their needs in real time.

The idea behind agile teaching is that we don’t get things perfect the first time. That learning—and mastery—is an iterative process. That a continuous feedback loop—learn/try/fail—is the fastest way to acquire knowledge and improve.

For educators who want to improve student outcomes, agile teaching is the practice of responding quickly to student needs and delivering a more impactful course by making improvements as you go. It’s time to start agile teaching today.


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Free Guide: The Professor’s Guide to Agile Teaching

Agile teaching is all about feedback. In this e-book we’ll define the concept and its core benefits and demonstrate, by example, how professors are bringing agile tactics to life—from professors who glean real-time insights from data and course-correct mid-lecture to instructors who tear their course apart and start fresh to better help their students learn skills. There’s a wide variety of ways in which innovative educators are putting agile teaching methods into practice. In this e-book, we’ll take a look at some of them.

You’ll learn:

  • Why agile teaching is linked to improved student outcomes
  • Ways to easily transform your class into an agile environment
  • How 7 innovative profs are implementing agile teaching tactics in class
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Blog: Sir Ken Robinson on The Possibilities of Agile Teaching

Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally acclaimed expert on creativity and innovation, and the author of The Element; Finding Your Element; Out of Our Minds; Creative Schools and You, Your Child and School. In this lively Q&A, Robinson argues that the core role of a teacher is to facilitate learning and that agile teaching is essential to meeting the needs of a diverse body of students.

This post will tell you:

  • Why good teachers are sensitive to the many different forms of student understanding and tack and weave accordingly
  • How vital it is to see teaching and learning as a conversation, not a monologue
  • The significance of harnessing technology to make learning more impactful
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“The concept of agility in teaching and learning nicely captures the idea that education has to be active, nimble and responsive. It conveys a sense of vitality rather than passivity.”

—SIR KEN ROBINSON, Internationally Acclaimed Expert on Creativity and Innovation
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Video: How to Use Data to Improve Student Outcomes

Sometimes the data lets you know what you need to do. For Troy Wood, an associate professor of chemistry at SUNY Buffalo, the information he collects via Top Hat is all he needs to quickly pivot his lectures and address gaps in student understanding.

In this short video you’ll learn:

  • How to use technology to gauge student understanding and quickly make changes to your course
  • Tips for using data to become a more effective educator
  • Why agile teaching methods can help your course run more efficiently
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“Instant feedback really helps me to teach more effectively. I don’t have to wait until students have a quiz or they have a homework set. I know right now, in class, and I can stop and adapt.”

—TROY WOOD, Professor of Chemistry, University at Buffalo
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Blog: How To Make A Course Correction While Teaching

To assure students’ success—and to make appropriate adjustments to our course—we need to know two things: first, where the students are now, and secondly, are they headed in a direction that will take them to the destination? Agile teaching methods can help you course correct before your class loses its way.

In this tactical post by anatomy and physiology professor Andrew Petto—former Distinguished Lecturer Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee—you’ll learn:

  • How to use learning objectives to guide your students where they need to go
  • Ways to use formative assessments to assess if you need to quickly course correct
  • Agile teaching tactics for making minor and major adjustments to your course
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