All resources in this guide are backed by evidence and are proven to improve instruction. While educational trends come and go, there are research-backed practices, understandings, and skills that lead to better instruction.
The resources in this guide focus on those enduring practices, understandings, and skills
For each competency in this guide, there is a list of threshold concepts.
A threshold concept, is a concept that, once understood, changes the way that a person understands a topic. As part of professional development, faculty can research and master educational threshold concepts to improve their instruction.
“A threshold concept can be considered as akin to a portal, opening up a new and previously inaccessible way of thinking about something. It represents a transformed way of understanding, or interpreting, or viewing something without which the learner cannot progress.” (2003, p1).
In education, threshold concepts are often discussed as the concepts students need to understand in order to excel in their discipline. For the purpose of this guide, threshold concepts are the concepts that faculty need to understand in order to excel in instruction. Myer and Land present five elements of threshold concepts:
Want to learn more about threshold concepts? Read 1 Meyer, J., & Land, R. (2003). Threshold concepts and troublesome knowledge: Linkages to ways of thinking and practicing within the disciplines (pp. 412-424). Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh.