The following selection of a few, but diverse, types of resources might spark your interest and help you develop a habit of learning more about and improving your teaching.
Part 1: Types of Resources on the Internet
University teaching centers: Many teaching centers have excellent resource pages with materials, samples, and recommendations for course design, teaching strategies, IT tools, and many other aspects of teaching and learning. Here are a few examples:
- Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation (Carnegie Mellon University)
- "Teaching Guides" of the Center for Teaching (Vanderbilt University)
- "Teaching Resources" of the Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning (University of Indiana)
- "Teaching Tips" of the Centre for Teaching Excellence (University of Waterloo)
- The MERLOT II database contains thousands of discipline-specific learning materials, learning exercises, and content builder web pages, and the MERLOT ELIXR features digital case stories.
- The ABLConnect website from Harvard University provides a large database for active and activity-based learning.
Journals: Professional development in teaching is research-based, and numerous journals provide discipline-specific scholarship on teaching and learning.
- Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (JoSoTL)
- UALibraries' list of Teaching Journals for Higher Education
- The AACU's Peer Review Journal includes many short articles.
Teaching news, blogs, podcasts, and listservs: Here are some leading examples of blogs about teaching in general, but there are numerous more specific ones, especially for teaching and technology.
- UA Learning to Learn Series and blog
- Stanford’s Teaching Talk blog and its Tomorrow’s Professor eNewsletter
- Faculty Focus and its The Teaching Professor Blog
- The Chronicle of Higher Education with daily news, blogs, and discussion forums
- Teaching in Higher Ed: Bonni Stachowiak interviews scholars and published the 30-40min podcasts
Twitter: Many scholars and teaching centers are on Twitter and you can follow them. Moreover, there are regular Tweetchats on topics in higher education, e.g. the #LTHEchat (Weekly Learning and Teaching in Higher Education).
Free whitepapers and reports:
Free webinars: These may be offered by specific providers or organizations. Here are a few examples.
Associations: Next to many disciplinary associations, here are examples for some that focus on teaching and learning in general.
- Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU)
- Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education
Part 2: Manual-Style eBooks at the UALibraries
These books are designed as manuals that allow you quick searches for specific topics of interest. All of them are available as ebooks through the UALibraries. They are particularly helpful if you are looking for a learner-centered activity to include into your next lesson.
- Barkley, E. F. (2010). Student engagement techniques: A handbook for college faculty. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- In addition to tips and strategies for engaging and motivating students, Barkley's book includes 50 ready-to-teach activities to develop both students' content knowledge and attitudes towards learning.
- Barkley, E. F., & Major, C. H. (2016). Learning assessment techniques: A handbook for college faculty. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Part 1 of this book provides an introduction to a learner-centered assessment cycle, while Part 2 offers 50 ready-to-use learning assessment techniques.
- Barkley, E. F., Major, C. H., & Cross, K. P. (2014). Collaborative learning techniques: A handbook for college faculty. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- This book includes 30 ready-to-use activities that promote collaboration among students. Activities for discussion, peer-teaching, problem-solving, information organization, and writing can be adapted to any discipline or teaching context.
- Boettcher, J. V. & Conrad, R. (2016). The online teaching survival guide: Simple and practical pedagogical tips (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- This handbook combines theory and practice-based pedagogy to support a transition into online teaching. The structure follows a step-by-step approach to designing an online or blended course, beginning with core principles and subsequently providing tips for instructional strategies in a four-phase timeline (beginning of the semester, early middle, late middle, and closing weeks).
- Davis, B. G. (2009). Tools for teaching (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Davis' comprehensive and easy-to-read reference book covers every teaching topic from first-day concerns to writing letters of recommendation. Highlights include tips and strategies for leading discussions, developing alternatives to lecture, enhancing motivation, testing and grading, and using classroom technology, among others.
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