Faculty Development

  • Foundational Principles for Teaching and Learningplus or minus

    The Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University offers “current research and theory on student learning in a way that can inform and guide effective teaching practices.”

    Also from the Eberly Center: the “Solve a Teaching Problem” interactive tool.

  • Teaching and Technologyplus or minus

    For a full list of instructional technology resources, see the CTLE webpage

    Using Power Point Presentations Effectively

    Power Point presentations and lecturing.

    Turning your Syllabus into an InfoGraphic.

    Fakebook” by Classtool.com allows students to create a fake Facebook page to interact with course material in creative ways. 

  • Alternative Course Designplus or minus

  • Active Learningplus or minus

    What exactly is “Active Learning” and why use it?

    One of the most comprehensive resources on the theory and research behind Active Learning as well as dozens of discipline-specific examples comes from Adrian Lee, Emeritus Professor, Microbiology, and Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of New South Wales.

    Another very thorough and useful guide to student-centered and active learning is by Jeffrey Froyd and Nancy Simpson from Texas A&M University.

    For a succinct review of the scholarship on why active learning works, check out Joel Michael’s article in Advances in Physiology Education.

  • Using Small Groups Effectivelyplus or minus

    • See John Bean’s very helpful chapter from Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in th Classroom.
    • Here are more helpful resources in planning small group work from Carnegie Mellon.
  • Helping Students Develop Effective Study Habitsplus or minus

    Dr. Stephen Chew's videos are designed specifically for students.

  • Classroom Dynamics plus or minus

  • Classroom Assessment Techniquesplus or minus

    Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching has a nice overview of CATs.

    Here is a summarized version of 50 CATs from the influential Classroom Assessment Techniques (1993) by Angelo and Cross.

  • Getting Mid-Semester Feedback from Your Studentsplus or minus

    Here’s a thoughtful, interesting piece on teaching students how to write useful evaluations.

    Mid-semester barometer and other tools

  • Using Informal Writing to Increase Learningplus or minus

    Achieving Learning Outcomes Through “Low Stakes Writing Assignments”: the power point slides of a fantastic presentation by Chris Anson, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor, Director, Campus Writing & Speaking Program, North Carolina State University.

    Here are more ideas for “low-stakes” writing assignments intended to increase comprehension.

  • Activities to Promote Critical Readingplus or minus

    Summary Rounds

    Marginalia

    Shelley Reid’s Critical Reading Assignments

    Reading Motivation: A Study of Literature Circles”

  • Writing in and across the Disciplinesplus or minus

    Mary’s Writing Reflection Prompts

    Mary’s Writing Tips and Guides

    Both the University of Tennessee and Duke University offer good resources for faculty and students alike for writing in specific disciplines.

  • Giving Feedback on Draftsplus or minus

    See these great tips from Shelley Reid on Managing the Paper Load

    And remember these words of wisdom:

    “It is entirely appropriate to give comments on sentence-level issues, but proofreading or copyediting every error is worse than a waste of time—it is generally detrimental to learning. If a student needs help with diction, syntax, or correctness, you should select a pattern to focus on and mark only instances of that particular problem. . . . Students will not internalize more than 1 or 2 new rules during a given revision. Calling attention to more than this just generates noise.”

    ~Alfred E. Guy, Jr., R.W.B. Lewis Director, Yale College Writing Center

  • Designing Rubricsplus or minus

    Here are numerous rubrics for critical thinking.

    Here is a comprehensive collection of rubrics from a variety of majors. 

  • The Scholarship of Teaching and Learningplus or minus

    Here are two excellent introductory resource pages on SoTL from Illinois State University and Michigan State University.