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Teaching and Learning Essentials
Assessing Prior Knowledge
The Eberly Center for Research Excellence at Carnegie Mellon University provides a few strategies on gaining a better understanding of student knowledge.
Instructional Strategies for Online Courses
From the University of Illinois, information about how to teach to different learning styles and designing activities for multiple modes of learning for an online environment.
Build Sustainable Collaboration: Developing and Assessing Metaliteracy Across Information Ecosystems
Describes the goals and beginnings of an ongoing, collaborative assessment project designed by a librarian and a writing program faculty member.
Inventory of Higher Education Assessment Instruments
A list of more than 250 assessment tools, each entry describes its unit of analysis (i.e., student, faculty, staff, institution), its level of assessment (i.e., program, institution), what it targets (i.e., beliefs or values, knowledge, skills, etc.), and a few lines describing it. Be aware that some of the tools listed here are no longer available. Some are free; some are commercial and require payment.
Higher Education Outcomes Assessment Commons
An open learning space that curates content for faculty and assessment professionals through housed resources and tools for student learning outcomes, teaching and learning, program review and accreditation.
Teaching and Learning
The IDEA Center
The IDEA Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving teaching and learning at colleges and universities by provide teaching and learning resources for faculty and leaders.
IDEA Notes on Instruction
These succinct notes are useful to anyone wanting to address specific ways to employ different teaching methods.
Principles of Teaching & Learning
The Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence at Carnegie Mellon University presents the basic principles of teaching and learning, along with a bibliography of related resources from various disciplines.
Active Learning for the College Classroom
D. Paulson and J. Faust from California State University provide an extensive list of active learning classroom techniques.
Making Active Learning Work
Created by the Center for Education Innovation at the University of Minnesota, this web site offers a tutorial with recommendations for implementing active learning in your classroom.
Explora Educator's Edition
Educators can discover grade-appropriate content in Explora by limiting results according to reading levels and make use of highly relevant educator support materials such as ready-to-use lesson plans, classroom activities and rubrics. A Curriculum Standards Module allows educators to browse Common Core, state- and province-specific curriculum standards, many of which have recommended search strings for successful content retrieval.
Teaching with Threshold Concepts
Recommended Books on Instructional Design
Creating Significant Learning Experiences by
Publication Date: 2013
Offers busy faculty with invaluable conceptual and procedural tools for instructional design. Fink shows how to use a taxonomy of significant learning and systematically combine the best research-based practices for learning-centered teaching with a teaching strategy in a way that results in powerful learning experiences. Also addresses new research on how people learn, active learning, and student engagement.
Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning by
Publication Date: 2009
Booth outlines a four-part framework of instructional literacy, which includes reflective practice, educational theory, teaching technologies, and instructional design.
Curriculum and Instruction Implementation