Teaching and Learning Resources

The resources listed on this page encompass a wide range of teaching and learning topics. You will find learning modules, information on teaching topics, and web-based resources for further study. Select from the following options to begin exploring.

NEW! Finding Your Place in Life
With so many students unsure of a major or changing majors merely because they do not like the classes, this module is a starting point for some and an answer for others. With the completion of the module, students will seriously evaluate the requirements, drawbacks, and benefits of a selected career. This module can be used for workforce courses, introductory courses in technical programs, or developmental studies courses.

NEW! Creative Journal Writing
Journal-writing can be used in almost any class as a project to engage students in texts associated with the course, to foster reflection and critical thinking, and to nurture students' writing and communication skills. This module, developed by Michael Ronan at Houston Community College, uses Andrea J. Kaston's twenty "Suggestions for Journal Responses" as a springboard for developing journal assignments.

NEW! Why Faculty Development? Enhancing Faculty Knowledge in the Community College
This module by Dr. John Murray, Professor of Higher Education Administration at Texas Tech University, is designed to help you explore the reasons for implementing professional development programs at your campus and ways to make these programs efficient and effective. The topics covered include the following:

  • The Keys to a Successful Faculty Development Program
  • The Need for a New Approach
  • Ways to Cultivate Reflective Practices
  • Ways to Develop Communities of Practice
  • What to Look for in a Faculty Development Coordinator
  • Evaluating Faculty Development

Learning Modules
Developed by El Paso Community College
The purpose of these modules is to provide you with information on teaching and learning topics that will be useful in your classroom. Each module contains a purpose statement, key concepts, and a series of annotated web sites. The modules were developed by Dr. Linda Brown, Vicky Lara, Diane Starke, Tony Procell, Stacy Mayo, and Dr. Xiaomin Wang of El Paso Community College.

Module titles include:


Contextual Teaching Primer-- A Resource from CORD


Project Archives of the Texas State Leadership Professional Development Consortium

Learning Modules Developed by the TEAL Project, 2000-2001
The modules below require Adobe Acrobat Reader to download.

Utilizing Active Learning Techniques
Written by Linda Morable, Richland College, Dallas County Community College District, as part of the Techniques to Enhance Adult Learning project funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, 2000.

The many benefits of active learning include the reinforcement of course content, development of team building skills, improvement of student retention and motivation, and the promotion of fun, fun, fun. In this self-paced module, faculty will learn techniques that can be used to help create a more productive and enjoyable learning environment. Upon successful completion of this module, faculty will be able to identify and implement nine active learning strategies.

Download an Adobe Acrobat file of Utilizing Active Learning Techniques

Implementing SCANS Using Cooperative Learning
Written by Susan Barkley, Richland College, Dallas County Community College District, as part of the Techniques to Enhance Adult Learning project funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, 2000.

Business and industry have challenged colleges to assist students in building critical thinking skills and collaborative experiences to enable them to be team players.  Research shows that cooperative learning results in greater use of higher-level reasoning and increased social and collaborative skills. This self-paced learning module presents several techniques that will assist instructors in modifying learning curriculum to a more collaborative mode. Upon successful completion of this module, faculty will be able to implement SCANS into the curriculum using cooperative learning.

Download an Adobe Acrobat file of Implementing SCANS Using Cooperative Learning

Using Writing to Enhance Adult Learning
Written by Mel Ann Coley, Richland College, Dallas County Community College District, as part of the Techniques to Enhance Adult Learning project funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, 2000.

The ability to write is valued by employers, and it is also an active way of learning and retaining information. In this self-paced module instructors will learn about the many benefits of using writing activities in a variety of content areas, and they will read about easy-to-use writing activities that can be applied to their own courses. Upon successful completion of this module, faculty will be able to demonstrate how to use writing to enhance adult learning.

Download an Adobe Acrobat file of Using Writing to Enhance Adult Learning

 





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