Evidence Based Teaching Track

This track was created for instructors at all levels who want to learn more about teaching pedagogy and develop their teaching philosophy.  The Evidence-Based Teaching track allows instructors to explore different theories of instruction and implement them in the learning environment. 

Why participate in the Evidence-based Teaching track?

Participating in ETE10 and earning a Teaching Scholar Certificate can offer a number of benefits for instructors, including: 

What are instructors saying about the Evidence-based Teaching track?

I love the Evidence-Based Teaching track because even though I've been teaching for 15 years, this track introduces me to new approaches and theories related to pedagogy.

Amanda Dawson

The Evidence-Based Teaching track helps me engage with and implement research strategies to help my students better learn course material. As I participate, sometimes my teaching practices are affirmed, and I gain confidence. When problems arise in teaching, I can find solutions. For example, my students often read quickly over material and didn't absorb it, so I implemented contemplative reading practices, helping students connect in meaningful ways with the readings. With the Evidence-Based teaching track, I have a wealth of resources. I'm either engaging in a discussion about learning with my colleagues, listening to a knowledgeable expert, or reflecting on my own practices--all in an effort to cultivate my students' ability to learn.

Susan Andersen


Required badges for evidence-based teaching track

Ready to get started? 


Step up a "Plan Your Pathway" meeting with ETE

In your Plan Your Pathway (PYP) meeting, an ETE staff member will introduce you to the ETE10 Canvas course, where you earn your digital badges. They will discuss your specific personal and professional goals with you and suggest the best strategy for completing the Teaching Scholar Certificate in a timely manner. To set up your PYP, please send an email to empowerteaching@usu.edu indicating that you want to have a PYP.

Enroll in ETE10

ETE10 is the Canvas course where you submit a short reflection assignment to earn each of the ten badges necessary for the Teaching Scholar Certificate. To access ETE10, you need to join the course. You can do that by clicking here.

Engage in the required badges

There are four required badges for the Evidence-based Teaching track:

  1. Plan Teaching Excellence Pathway (Engage)
    Description: In the Plan Your Pathway (PYP) meeting, you meet one-on-one with an ETE staff member to answer your questions about ETE and the Evidence-Based Teaching Certificate. During this meeting, you'll learn about ETE and the Evidence-Based Teaching track and discuss how ETE can best help you accomplish your personal and professional goals related to college teaching. 
    Time to complete: 1 hour
    When to register: You can set up an PYP meeting at any time, emailing empowerteaching@usu.edu 
  2. ETE Conference - 1st (Engage)
    Description: Every year, ETE holds a conference where you can learn more about current scholarship and trends in teaching and learning. The ETE conference also provides a great opportunity for networking with other instructors. 
    Time to complete: 1 day 
    When to register: Registration usually opens in July for the conference, which is held every August. Check out the ETE Conference website for the most up-to-date information on when and how to register. 
  3. ETE Learning Circle - Evidence-Based Teaching (Engage)
    Description: Every semester, ETE runs a number of learning cirlces, where 8-9 instructors and/or graduate students get together to discuss a book related to pedagogy or college teaching. Some learning circles are specifically designed for Evidence-Based Teaching track participants. You can expect to meet with your learning circle 4-5 times a semester. 
    Time to complete: 1 semester (4-5 one-hour meetings)
    When to register: Registration usually opens 2-3 weeks before the start of each semester. Check out the learning cirlces website to find out what circles are coming up and to sign up. 
  4. ETE Sparkshop- Evidence-Based Teaching (Engage)
    Description: ETE Sparkshops are about 15 min-30 min a piece and can be requested by departments to be presented to their instructors, or can be requested by an instructor directly. The topics for Sparkshops vary as do their length.
    Time to complete:  30-40 minutes
    When to register: Sparkshops are usually held once a semester. 
  5. Teaching Statement (Implement)
    Description: A short analytical essay of your personal beliefs and values when it comes to education. This is normally a mixture of practical experience and evidence-based scholarly works. 
    Time to complete: Depends
    When to register: There is no need to register for this badge; you can submit it at any point during the year. 
To earn the Teaching Scholar Certificate, you must earn six engage-level badges, three implement-level badges, and one contribute-level badge. There are over 100 digital badges currently available through ETE. During your PYP meeting, you can talk about which additional badge might best fit your personal and professional goals. Feel free to email empowerteaching@usu.edu for guidance or advice about which badge might work best for you.

Submit badge assignment to ETE10

After you have engaged in the content of a badge (for example, once you have complete the Learning Circle), you should submit the badge assignment in ETE10. To submit a badge, navigate to that badge in ETE10 and click on "Start Assignment" at the top right of the screen. To submit the badge, you will be asked to respond to a reflection prompt indicated in the badge assignment. Make sure that you respond to the prompts for the Evidence-based Teaching track.

Track your progress in Pathways

After you submit a badge to ETE10, an ETE staff member will read through your reflection and either award you the badge or ask for additional information to award you the badge. If additional information is needed, the ETE staff member will indicate what information to add in a submission comment and ask you to re-submit the assignment. Once you have been awarded the badge, you can track which badges you've earned and which badges you still need using the "Pathways" tab in the ETE10 course.

Still have questions? 

Email us at empowerteaching@usu.edu