Archived Resources (Faculty)

This page is no longer updated, but is kept as a resource for interested persons.

 

Good Teaching Practices

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Good Teaching Practices at University of California, Berkeley
A compendium of classroom-tested strategies and suggestions to improve the teaching practices of college instructors.

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Ways to Make Your Teaching More Effective, University of California, Berkeley
This book contains excerpts from the statements about their teaching by the faculty who won the Distinguished Teaching Award at UC, Berkeley.

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Emphasis on Teaching : What is Good Teaching?
By Marshall Brain, the author of ten books who is nationally recognized for his ability to communicate complex ideas clearly. This issue of "Emphasis on Teaching" focuses on the four essential qualities that distinguish exceptional teachers: knowledge, communication skills, interest, and respect for students.

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Spotlight on Good Teaching, University of Oregon
"Spotlight on Good Teaching" will highlight teachers who are doing an outstanding job in the classroom and have developed strategies around university teaching from which many teachers might benefit.

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A brief summary of Best Practices in college teaching
Intended to challenge the professional development of all teachers.
compiled by Tom Drummond, North Seattle Community College.

 

Teaching Tips

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Centre for the Advancement of Teaching, University of Illinois
This site offers an introduction to some key concepts that are important in university teaching, and a range of useful ideas and strategies for facilitating higher-level thinking in both small and large classes. This site also offers information for new tutors and lecturers, as well as for experienced teachers looking for new ideas or way to enhance their current practice.

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Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Kansas
This site offers a wide-range of instructional strategies, methods and resources for all disciplines from the initial development of a course, the beginning a semester successfully, to specific classroom techniques and strategies that pertain to teaching in classrooms, laboratories and studios.

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Teaching Tips, Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo
CTE Teaching Tips comprises succinct documents that describe useful ideas and practical methods for effective teaching. There are tips for the new instructors as well as the seasoned instructors to obtain ideas and to learn different approaches.

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Tips for teaching large classes, Office of Instructional Consultation, University of California, Santa Barbara
This sites offers some commonly offered suggestions for teaching large classes and discusses on teh perception of fairness when dealing with large classes.

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The Teaching Resource Center (TRC), University of Virginia
Several faculty members and teaching assistants have shared ideas that have been effective in the classroom. Teaching Concerns has published several of these. Teaching Concerns is a publication of the University of Virginia Teaching Resource Center.

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Center for Teaching Development (CTD), University of California, San Diego
These tips provide you with some sample feedback questionnaires, participation formats, planning checklists and much more.

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University Center for Teaching and Learning, Cleaveland State University
The First Day of Class; Setting the Right Tone; 101 Things You Can Do The First Four Weeks of Class; Semester Conversion Strategies: Active Learning; Classroom Assessment are the attractions of this site.

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Iowa State University
This section contains a collection of papers that address typical issues in the college classroom. Most of these have been written as guides for faculty members; some have been prepared for a faculty member to share with students in a classroom.

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Teaching FAQs, University of Oregon
This site has compiled a list of the questions these teachers frequently ask with possible answers and suggestions that have been gleaned from many sources.

 

Scholarship of Teaching

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Making Visible the Intellectual Work in Teaching
This posting from the Tomorrow's Professor gives some useful insights on the construction and use of course portfolios.

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Talkers and Listeners
The posting looks at how to increase seminar participation among all students

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The Scholarship of Teaching: New Elaborations, New Developments
by Pat Hutchings and Lee S. Shulman, published in the September/October 1999 issue of Change magazine.

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Approaching the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
by Pat Hutchings, from Opening Lines: Approaches to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

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University Education for Career Advancement
by K P Mohanan, Former Deputy Director, CDTL.

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Who is an Educated Person?
by K P Mohanan, Former Deputy Director, CDTL.

 

Topics of Special Interest

 

Assessment

Links to Websites that Discuss Principles Underpinning Effective Student Assessment

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The Art of Assessing
Phil Race (a prolific author on the subject of assessment) makes a case for broadening the range of assessment processes in higher education.

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Assessment - Supporting Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Th Higher Education Academy works on assessment and feedback to support the HE sector by advising on policy and strategy, producing resources, and coordinating a series of activities to help share and recognise effective practice.

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Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation (PARE)
Links to a wide category of Internet resources for assessment and evaluations can be found here.

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DeLiberations: Assessment
Gives you useful information and good resource materials on assessment.

Links to Websites that Give Information on Different Methods of Assesment
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Effective Assessment
Taken from The Teaching Effectiveness Program, University of Oregon

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Open book exams

These links describe what is an open book exam and the principles that should underpin its use in Higher Education.

Open Book Exams (OBE), CDTL, NUS

Independent Inquiry / Learning

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Academic Knowledge and Inquiry (AKI)
This course developed at NUS aims to develop a broad cross-disciplinary understanding of the nature of academic knowledge and inquiry.

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A Fresh Look at Independent Learning
By Phil Race, Programme Director, University of Durham Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (1996).

 

Cooperative/Collaborative Learning

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The Cooperative Learning Center
The University of Minnesota. The co-directors of the center, Roger T. Johnson and David W. Johnson, have written widely in this area and this site includes articles, newsletters, and other valuable information.

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DeLiberations: Collaborative Learning
Collaborative learning involves students working together in some way to aid their learning. There are a number of models of collaborative learning and these raise issues and concerns for both the teacher and student as well as for course design and administration. Gives you information which will help in clarifying some of the above mentioned issues.

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Cooperative Learning in Technical Courses: Procedures, Pitfalls, and Payoffs
Richard M. Felder, North Carolina State University & Rebecca Brent, East Carolina University

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Climate Setting in Cooperative Learning Classrooms
By Susan Ledlow of Arizona State University.

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Collaborative Learning: Group Work and Study Teams, UC Berkeley
From Tools for Teaching by Barbara Gross Davis; Jossey-Bass Publishers: San Francisco, 1993.

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Cooperative Learning in Chemistry
Maintained by Harry E. Pence, Professor of Chemistry, SUNY Oneonta, for the use of his students.

 

Creative Thinking / Critical Thinking

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Critical Thinking and Pedagogy
Contains articles contributed by NUS staff on critical thinking

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Critical Thinking On The Web
This site by Tim van Gelder, University of Melbourne has links to all the most useful critical thinking resources on the web.

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Critical Thinking: What It Is and Why It Counts
Written by Peter A Facione, Dean of College of Arts & Sciences, Santa Clara University is primarily for students and takes a Socratic approach to defining critical thinking and identifying its value in one's personal, professional, educational, and civic life.

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Critical Thinking Resources: An Annotated Bibliography, Montclair State University
The listings are organized into the following categories: Bibliographies and Selection Aids, Professional Books, Methodology Texts, Activities/Manipulatives, Audio/Visuals, and Computer Software/Multimedia.

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Critical Thinking Community at Sonoma State

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EDWARD DE BONO'S Authorised Website
Contains links to the "CoRT Lessons", "Six Thinking Hats", ....

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Creative Thinking Techniques
Creative Thinking Techniques by Robert Harris, Southern California College. Version Date: July 1, 1998 The goal is to produce a good quantity and a good quality of new ideas and solutions so that the best ones may be chosen. Exactly how those ideas are generated is less important than the ideas themselves. Remember, the goal is more important than the path.

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Introduction to Creative Thinking
Introduction to Creative Thinking by Robert Harris, Southern California College. Version Date: July 1, 1998.

 

 

Problem-based Learning

 

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Problem-Based Learning at McMaster
McMaster University is a world class leader in problem-based learning, pioneered by its Medical School. The Centre for Leadership in Learning (CLL) has compiled a list of books, articles, and articles in action research.

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Problem-Based Learning at the Queen's University
Centre for Teaching and Learning, Queens University, Ontario, Canada.

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D.R. Woods Book on Problem-Based Learning
Written for teachers and instructional development people to give the how to details for most issues that students and teachers encounter in implementing a PBL program. This gives nitty-gritty, how-to details. This was initially published as part of the teacher's guide in 1994. It was expanded and revised in 1995 and sent out to about 40 educators for comments and suggestions. The book has been subsequently revised in 1996.

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The Centre for Problem-Based Learning, Samford University, USA
This site has information about PBL in undergraduate and professional education.

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PBL at Maricopa
An overview about Problem Based Learning. Read how our faculty team got started with PBL, some words from students.

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PBL at University of Delaware
This site contains articles & books on PBL, sample PBL Problems, PBL courses & syllabi are also described here.

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PBL Reflections, Republic Polytechnic
A newsletter that shares the research and experiences of researchers and practitioners with PBL.

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Papers & Publications on PBL, Republic Polytechnic
These are papers written by CED staff that have been presented at international conferences and/ or published in educational journals/ books.

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Decentered Classrooms: The WWW and Problem Based Learning in Introductory Philosophy
Author: Ronnie Littlejohn and Mike Awalt, Belmont University
This presentation explains how problem-based learning and the World Wide Web (WWW) may be used in collaboration to shift student learning experiences in dramatic ways and to encounter the tasks and concerns of philosophy.

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Using online technologies to support problem based learning
Author: Ron Oliver and Arshad Omari, Edith Cowan University

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Quick Facts on PBL: what it is, use in sciences, forming problems:
http://www.usc.edu/hsc/dental/ccmb/usc-csp/Quikfacts.htm

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Nice intro to PBL process, with supporting videos:
http://pbln.imsa.edu/model/template/

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Examples of problems:
http://www.pbl.uci.edu/winter2000/pblproblems.html

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PBL Assessment Philosophy at bottom:
http://online.sfsu.edu/rpurser/revised/pages/problem.htm

 

 

Plagiarism

 

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Plagiarism and the Web by Bruce Leland
A good nuts and bolts site; great for a quick reference or as a resource for planning a workshop for faculty.

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Thinking and Talking About Plagiarism by Nick Carbone
A must read!

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Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It
Writing Tutorial Services, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. 8 October 2001.

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Avoiding Plagiarism
This site provides guidelines for avoiding plagiarism, examples on how to cite properly, etc.

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Cyber-Plagiarism University of Alberta Libraries, Canada
This web site examines the issues of cyber-plagiarism and what faculty can do to prevent, detect, and report plagiarism.

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Plagiarism.org
An online resource for educators concerned with the growing problem of Internet plagiarism

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Plagiarism & How to Avoid It
Christina Low. Former Publications Officer, CDTL, National University of Singapore.

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Student Plagiarism in an Online World
Author: Julie J.C.H. Ryan
The proliferation of webpages and electronic publications makes plagiarism easier to accomplish and harder to recognize. This website highlights some tools to help you expose cybercheaters.

 

Technology Enhanced Learning

 

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This series highlights the effective use of technology for teaching and learning at and will help instructors to explore possibilities and how the tools can be applied in the respective disciplines or fields.

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Open Learning Initiative (Carnegie Mellon University)
The Open Learning Initiative is an online platform that provides open access to university courses.

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Duke University’s Digital Initiative
This page is on Duke University's Initiative that explores faculty projects related to technology in teaching.

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Stanford Online
This gives a brief overview of the faculty course redesign projects (mainly funded by grants at Stanford) that feature technology-enhanced interventions.

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University of Texas at Austin’s Course Transformation Program
This page gives details on the funded faculty projects that aim to reinvent higher education.

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This projects gallery gives a snapshot of the educational technology projects undertaken at MIT

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GeorgeTown University's Gallery

This gallery of ideas is based on the GeorgeTown University's Initiative on Technology-Enhanced Learning

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Technology-Enhanced Reconfigurable Learning Spaces (TERLS) at California State University, Fresno

The TERLS support page provide various classroom management strategies and active learning stratedgies that can be employed