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Teaching and Learning Resources

Presented by Sara Hill – Instructional Designer, Center for Teaching and Learning

Teaching at its Best: Teaching and Learning Topics

Readings for inspiration and affirmation

  1. What Makes Great Teachers Great — an article by Ken Bain (What the Best College Teachers Do)
  2. Understanding Great Teaching— “Student ratings have their limitations, and it is precisely those limitations that call for clearer notions about what we mean by good teaching.”
  3. Principles and Descriptors of Quality Learning
  4. Shifting from an Instructional Paradigm to a Learning Paradigm
  5. Shifting from Content-based Learning to Concept-based Learning
  6. Focusing on Learning

Creating Learning Assessments

Effective learning assessments, whether formative or summative, not only assess learning, they also foster learning by asking students to apply what they have learned.

  1. Aligning Assessment with Long-term Learning (Boud & Falchikov, 2006)
  2. Classroom Assessment Techniques
  3. Writing Multiple Choice Questions—Some Key Principles
  4. Using Multiple Choice Questions to Assess Higher Order Thinking

Writing Learning Objectives

Not just because you have to. When you write learning objectives, your focus shifts from course content to student learning.

  1. A Brief Overview of Learning Objectives
  2. Characteristics of Effective Learning Objectives
  3. Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs

Lectures: Pros and Cons

“When students are fully engaged their attention span seems infinite, regardless of the teaching method.”

  1. The Educational Value and Effectiveness of Lectures (Matheson, 2008)
  2. How Learning Science Research Can Inform the Lecture Method (Chaudhury, 2011)
  3. Saving Lecture from the Dustbin (Blagg, 2012)
  4. Talking to Learn: Why Biology Students Should Be Talking in Classrooms and How to Make It Happen (Tanner, 2009)

Implementing Active Learning

Active learning strategies engage and involve students in the learning process. Why use active learning techniques? Because we learn by doing.

  1. Presentation on Active Learning
  2. Active Learning: An Introduction (Felder, 2009)
  3. Student Resistance to Active Learning (Tomorrow’s Professor Newsletter, 2012)
  4. Implementing the Flipped Classroom
  5. Self-assessments for Flipped Classes

Using Rubrics for Feedback and Grading

Rubrics communicate clear expectations for assignments and can be used by faculty, TAs and peers to provide useful feedback.

  1. Critical Thinking Grid (example)
  2. Grading Academic Writing (example)
  3. Peer Feedback for Group Members (example)

Using Discussion for Learning

Class discussion can be an extremely valuable pedagogical technique whether practiced in person or in an online discussion forum.

  1. Facilitating Effective Discussions
  2. Classroom Discussion Guidelines (example)
  3. Discussion Board Feedback (example)

Teaching with Technology

  1. CoursePlus Updates Fall 2013-2014
  2. The New Syllabus Tool (4th Term 2013)
  3. Using the Online Library to Share Journal Articles
  4. Using DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers)
  5. Using Welch Library eReserves
  6. Using VoiceThread for Lectures and Student Collaboration
  7. Turnitin for Teaching and Plagiarism Detection
  8. Poll Everywhere (Live Classroom Polling)

General Resources

Who Does What Checklists for teaching on-campus and online courses. Checklists identifying common teaching tasks for faculty and TAs

  1. Who Does What Checklist: On-Campus Courses
  2. Who Does What Checklist: Online Courses
  3. Prioritizing Course Content
  4. Presentation on Curriculum Work