Teaching Strategies

Course Climate

Extensive research indicates that course climate – especially the relationships amongst students and between students and the instructor – has a significant impact on student learning outcomes, confidence, and disciplinary retention. [5] Given how students’ stress and confusion contribute to academic dishonesty, developing a positive classroom environment also plays a role in mitigating academic dishonesty and promoting a culture of academic integrity.


A number of different factors contribute to course climate. Consider how interventions to the following areas can encourage academic integrity:

[5] Susan Ambrose et al., How Learning Works (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010), 170-187.