University of Colorado at Denver's Constructivism
links to a comprehensive list of readings on the educational theory of
constructivism and its main proponents.
"Contextual Teaching and Learning"
highlightzone/highlight05/index.asp by Robert Berns and Patricia Erickson
provides an overview of contextual teaching and learning and various approaches
to implementing it.
The Texas Challenge in the 21st Century: Implications
of Population for the Future of Texas
Who Are We Called to Serve? Unlocking Census 2000 Data
Campus Climate for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered People: A
Working on Common Cross-Cultural Communication Challenges
Developing and Teaching an Inclusive Curriculum
Key Characteristics of a Multicultural Curriculum
Diversity, Individual Differences, and Students with Disabilities: Optimizing
the Learning Environment
Enriching Science through Diversity
Diversity and Language: ESL Students in the University Classroom
Sensitivity to Women in the Contemporary Classroom
Summary of chapter two of Palloff and Pratt's 1999 "Defining and Redefining
Community." Covers online learning communities and online classrooms.
This site is for the Association of American Colleges and Universities,
is updated quarterly, and explores challenges faced by learning communities
and presents the current best practices.
The Learning Communities site at Temple University, featuring a general
discussion of learning communities and how they are applied to higher
education, articles, faculty handbooks, and tools for student teams.
Index of Learning Styles, developed by Barabara Soloman
and Richard Felder at North Carolina State University. An online
assessment tool that will provide you with immediate feedback: http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/ILSpage.html
The VARK Questionnaire - an online tool
designed to help you identify your preferred learning style:
Indiana State University provides a brief overview of learning styles
“Teaching Perspectives Inventory”
by Daniel Pratt and John Collins.
How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School
http://www.nap.edu/html/howpeople1/ The National Academy of
Science's research provides a deep understanding of complex reasoning
and performance on problem-solving tasks and how skill and understanding
in key subjects are acquired.
Adult Multiple Intelligences
http://pzweb.harvard.edu/Research/AMI.htm shares results of an AMI
study and looks at the application of multiple intelligence-informed instruction
and assessment in Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult Secondary Education
(ASE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
http://www.funderstanding.com/about_learning.cfm explains 12 different
theories about how people learn, from Behaviorism to Vygotsky
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching -
A peer-reviewed journal published at Miami University by and for faculty
at universities and two- and four-year colleges to increase student learning,
Helpful resources for purchase from the National
Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development
http://www.ncspod.org/publications.php. A collection of practical
staff development opportunities and ideas, including guides for developing
and delivering your own retreats and programs.
Adjunctnation.com - A useful site for adjunct
faculty, featuring tools, books, professional development and other resources:
The American Chemical Society's "A Guide to Classroom Instruction for
Adjunct Faculty" is a 50-page book designed just for adjunct faculty at
community colleges http://chemistry.org/portal/Chemistry?PID=acsdisplay.html&
Richard Felder and Rebecca Brent [Chem. Engr. Education, 29(3),
166-167] provide helpful hints on how to prepare for the first day
Rubric generators for many subjects
nology.com/web_tools/rubrics/or try the customizeable general
An introduction to rubricshttp://www.stedwards.edu/cte/evaluation/rubric1.htm
Sample Service Learning contracts:
101 Ideas for Combining Service and Learning
Reflection Activities for Use with Service Learning
Service Learning in Community Colleges: 2003 National Survey Results
Implementing Service Learning in Higher Education
Shumer's Self-Assessment for Service Learning
Transcending Disciplines, Reinforcing Curricula: Why Faculty Teach with
http://www.collegeways.com/retention_references.htm - An A to Z retention/attrition
reference list for those interested in finding information about student
http://www.ccsse.org/publications/retentionfacts.html - Quick facts
on student retention in the community college from the Community College
Survey of Student Engagement initiative at the University of Texas.
http://www.ccsse.org/publications/resources.html#Retention - Links
to articles on community college student retention from a variety of sources,
including the Education Commission of the States and the National Center
for Education Statistics.
Best Practices in College Teaching, by Tom Drummond,
North Seattle Community College:
Best Practices - A selection of teaching resources that emphasize proven
methods. From the Virginia Community College System's Regional Centers
for Teaching Excellence:
Puzzles galore from
www.puzzlemaker.com - contains several different types of puzzles
(crosswords, word searches etc.), mazes, and more. (From the Discovery
Channel’s educational resource bank.)
Teaching and Learning Articles and Templates from
Central New Mexico Community College,
http://planet.tvi.edu/idc/articles/Index.htm. Includes a sample daily
lesson plan form, faculty guide book, input/output template, learning
objectives and theories, mapping activity, PDSA examples and styles, and
The Teaching Goals Inventory,
http://www.uiowa.edu/%7Ecenteach/tgi/background.html , developed by
Thomas Angelo and Patricia Cross, is a self-assessment of instructional
goals. Its purpose is threefold: (1) to help college teachers become more
aware of what they want to accomplish in individual courses; (2) to help
faculty locate Classroom Assessment Techniques they can adapt and use
to assess how well they are achieving their teaching and learning goals;
and (3) to provide a starting point for discussion of teaching and learning
goals among colleagues.
Teaching and Learning Center at Del Mar College:
Instructional Resources and Technology at Austin Community College: http://irt.austincc.edu/
http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~tep/index.html - Online resources from
the Teaching Effectiveness program at the University of Oregon, including
strategies for new teachers, instructional technology tools, and methods
for improving instruction.
- The Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction at the Maricopa
Community Colleges maintains valuable resources on teaching and learning
strategies, problem-based learning, and using technology in the classroom.
National Teaching and Learning Forum’s college
and university teaching website:
"Summary of Five Perspectives on Good Teaching" by
Dan Pratt and John Collins. Their research reveals that effective
teaching requires commitment to the academic discipline, socializes students
into new ways of working, is designed and conducted from the learner's
point of view, assumes that students' motivation tolearn comes from within,
and seeks to change society by creating an atmosphere in which students
are challenged to think about how that academic discipline interfaces
"Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers"
"Mind-mapping in 8 Easy Steps"
Center for Critical Thinking Library
http://www.criticalthinking.org/ contains readings designed to help
instructors foster the growth of critical thinking skills in their students.