Teaching and Learning Web-based Resources

A very comprehensive, alphabetized bank of teaching resources: http://www.stedwards.edu/cte/resources/resourcesA-Z.htm

National Survey of Student Engagement 2001
. This report discusses the factors that are key to student learning:  reading and writing, preparing for class, interacting with instructors, collaborating with peers, doing community service, etc.

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education, Higher Education Issues—in particular, see the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning section:

"Teaching Tips" 
from Honolulu Community College provides links to resources on topics covering many of the basics of teaching:  assessment techniques, communication, course design, dealing with stress, how people learn, preparing a course syllabus, preparing a lesson plan,  human development, motivating students, effective questioning strategies, etc.

Nine Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning, http://cms.suny.edu/assessment.htm , from the Teaching, Learning and Technology Center at the State University of New York.

For a handy checklist of evaluation techniques, visit the online “Evaluation Cookbook:”

"The Case for Authentic Assessment"  
http://www.ed.gov/databases/ERIC_Digests/ed328611.html  defines, gives examples, and anticipates arguments against the use of authentic assessment.

"Authentic Assessment Toolbox"  
is Jon Mueller's comprehensive site on the subject, explaining what authentic assessment is, the step-by-step design of authentic assessments (including rubrics), defining terms, and much more!  

"Assessment Strategies"  
http://www.nv.cc.va.us/assessment/ir_landing.htm offers resources assessment techniques

"Integration of Disciplines: Assessing Student Performance and Understanding" http://www.orst.edu/instruction/ed555/zone5/zone5hom.htm  briefly covers authentic assessment, performance assessment,  criterion-referenced assessment, systematic observation, portfolios and process folios, and journals.  

"Assessments that Promote Learning"   http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Resources/Assessment-Learning.asp by John Lowe explains how to build student self-assessment (reflection on their own learning) into a course.

The Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide (FLAG) http://www.flaguide.org/cat/cat.php offers tried-and-true classroom assessment techniques (CATs) with case studies—each written by college or university instructor who currently uses the technique.  

http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/pdf/Collaborative_Learning_bibliography.pdf A selected and annotated bibliography of fifteen sources from 1984 to 1999, developed by Penn State's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching..

An interactive site from the National Institute for Science Education that allows for access to many different caveats of collaborative learning. Gives ideas, tips, structure and knowledge. Also includes additional references.

Four page guide for teachers who want to incorporate successful group learning into their classrooms. Published in 1998 as an ERIC Digest, this article covers the critical attributes of group learning, instructional phases of collaborative learning, and references.

This site gives links to five collaborative learning sites that offer cooperative and collaborative learning techniques, background information, technical courses, and evaluation issues.

Professor Michael Goldberg's "Guidelines and Criteria for Small Group/Cooperative Learning Projects." Published in 1994.

A site that links to articles about using cooperative learning in mathematics classes by Cape Cod Community College's Dr. Theodore Panitz.

Twenty-three pages describing collaborative classrooms, including information on teacher & student roles, and challenges and conflicts. Also discusses research base for collaborative learning. Gives examples of how collaborative learning can be and has been applied in schools.

Explains difference between collaborative learning and cooperative learning.

Article about a study conducted to examine the effectiveness of individual learning vs. collaborative learning in enhancing drill-and-practice skills and critical thinking.


Richard M. Felder's web site that gives links to most of his cooperative and collaborative learning papers as well as links to other web sites.

University of Colorado at Denver's Constructivism website http://carbon.cudenver.edu/~mryder/itc_data/constructivism.html houses links to a comprehensive list of readings on the educational theory of constructivism and its main proponents.

"Contextual Teaching and Learning"   http://www.nccte.org/publications/infosynthesis/
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 National Perspective

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: http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=questionnaire

Indiana State University provides a brief overview of learning styles models: http://web.indstate.edu/ctl/styles/model2.html

“Teaching Perspectives Inventory” http://www.teachingperspectives.com/html/tpi_frames.htm developed 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)

About Learning 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, http://ject.lib.muohio.edu/contents/index.php

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: http://www.adjunctnation.com

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& DOC=education\curriculum\adjunct.html

Richard Felder and Rebecca Brent [Chem. Engr. Education, 29(3), 166-167] provide helpful hints on how to prepare for  the first day of class.  

Rubric generators for many subjects— http://www.teach-
—or try the customizeable general rubric 

Rubric template http://edweb.sdsu.edu/triton/july/rubrics/Rubric_Template.html

An introduction to rubrics—http://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
ResourceCenter/ Projects_Partnerships/

Service Learning in Community Colleges:  2003 National Survey Results
Current/ HorizonsServiceLearningProject/Publications/

Implementing Service Learning in Higher Education

Shumer's Self-Assessment for Service Learning

Transcending Disciplines, Reinforcing Curricula: Why Faculty Teach with Service-Learning

http://www.collegeways.com/retention_references.htm - An A to Z retention/attrition reference list for those interested in finding information about student retention. 

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: http://northonline.sccd.ctc.edu/eceprog/bstprac.htm

Best Practices - A selection of teaching resources that emphasize proven methods. From the Virginia Community College System's Regional Centers for Teaching Excellence: http://vccslitonline.cc.va.us/mrcte/about.htm

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 much more.

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: http://www.delmar.edu/tlc/

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.

http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/ - 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: http://www.ntlf.com/html/lib/faq/faq.htm

"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 with society.   http://www.teachingperspectives.com/tpi_html/tpi_summaries.htm

"Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers" http://www.virtualsalt.com/antiplag.htm

"Mind-mapping in 8 Easy Steps" http://www.thinksmart.com/mission/workout/mindmapping_intro.html

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.



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