Best Practices

 

Best Education Practices can be defined as the wide range of individual activities, policies, and programmatic approaches to achieving positive changes in student attitudes or academic behaviours. This umbrella term encompasses the following designations that differ on the level of evidence supporting desired student or institutional outcomes: “promising,” “validated,” and “exemplary”.

 

  • Best education practice activities: These activities are behaviours or policies by faculty, staff, and administrators that result in positive changes in student attitudes or academic behaviours. Examples include mandatory assessment of students for proper advisement and placement of students in their classes, training student tutors before they begin their work, active learning activities within the classroom, and classroom assessment techniques to provide nongraded feedback resulting in changed student learning behaviours.

 

  • Best education practice programs: These programs are composed of a carefully coordinated collection of individual best practice activities. Examples of exemplary education practice programs from the area of academic support include Supplemental Instruction, Peer-led Team Learning, Emerging Scholars Program, and Structured Learning Assistance. For example, the Supplemental Instruction program is composed of many validated best education practice activities such as active learning, classroom assessment techniques, cooperative learning activities, and Universal Instructional Design, just to name a few.

 

  • Best Administrative Practices. Best Administrative Practices as the wide range of individual activities, policies, and procedures to achieve positive results that benefit a student, program, or an organization.