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Instructional Strategies - Overview

What is it?

An instructional strategy is the overarching framework used to guide your teaching some examples include lecture-based instruction, case-based learning, or team-based learning. Instructional strategies describe the way that students will engage with the content and practice the associated skills with it.


Instructional strategies can:

  • Reduce your workload
  • Help you integrate evidence-based teaching
  • Support your course design


There are several reasons you might choose one instructional strategy over another:

  • Context - situational factors
  • Content  - discipline and curriculum
  • Goals - both the hard and soft skills
  • Philosophy - your approach to teaching and learning
  • Science - previous educational research


Examples and Implementation

Instructional strategies can generally be categorized to one of five categories:


                 Graphic showing categories of instructional strategies. Direct instruction: lectures, demonstrations, guided reading, listening, viewing. Interactive instruction: discussion-based and team-based. Indirect instruction: problem-based, case-based, scenario-based, game-based. Experiential learning: simulations, experiments, on-the-job training. And Independent Learning: Inquiry-based, project-based learning