Teaching Resources

Whether you are new to teaching or a veteran, the Institute offers a suite of resources to help you achieve the desired learning outcomes for your students. As with clinical practice, the best teaching incorporates self-reflection and feedback. Take advantage of the opportunities to consult with peers and the team of instructional designers about improving your teaching.

Syllabus Template

All courses at the Institute must use a standardized syllabus to ensure consistency and compliance with federal and accreditation requirements. You may modify the shell to fit your particular course. 


The Institute uses Treadwell Library at MGH as well as digital resources for its library. Faculty may also access the collections at Countway Library at Harvard Medical School. The librarian is available to help locate readings and to instruct students in using databases.

Instructional Designers

Two full-time instructional designers are available to consult on course design, delivery, and assessment. They will work with you one-on-one for a single session or over the course of the semester.

Faculty Development Days

Three times a year, during the intersession between semesters, all faculty are invited to attend interactive workshops on improving their teaching. Past sessions are recorded and archived on Faculty Compass. 

Extend Your Impact: A Faculty Resource for Online Teaching

All faculty are automatically enrolled in this self-paced program. Look for it under the "other" tab on your course widget in D2L. The animated modules which will inform you about the use of online tools for a variety of instructional activities, including online discussions, the design and management of group projects, and methods of assessment.

Academic Support Counselors

Both the School of Nursing (SON) and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) provide academic support counselors for students. You may refer students to them for support in overcoming personal, behavioral, or cultural barriers that interfere with academic or clinical success.



Writing Tutor

You may refer students to the writing tutor to assist with paper planning, organization, grammar, and citation formats. Students can contact or stop by OSA with any questions, or to make an onsite tutoring appointment.

Student/Employee Assistance Program

You may refer students to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for short-term help with family, mental-health, and work-related concerns.

Peer Evaluation

The Committee on Teaching Excellence offers the opportunity to receive voluntary, confidential peer feedback on your teaching. If you would like a colleague to observe your class, whether in-person or online, and share ideas for improvement with you, please contact Yolanda Mendez Rainey.

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