OIA Mini-Primer: Finding Teaching Resources on the Web

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:

Teaching databases:

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

You are welcome to contact one of our faculty developers to discuss your teaching ideas, concerns, or questions, related to this mini-primer, or any other topic related to teaching and learning. We are happy to work with you via email, phone, or Skype, or meet with you in your office or at the OIA.