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Tap into some of the Web's most useful professional development tools, including topics such as Achieving Excellence in Teaching, Syllabus and Curriculum Planning, Classroom Tools, Evaluating Yourself and Your Course, Diversity Issues, Combating Plagiarism, Incorporating Critical Thinking, Evaluating Internet Resources, Guides to Bibliographic Citation, Professional Journals, Teaching Portfolios, and other helpful topics.


Excellence in Teaching

Barbara Gross Davis’ Berkeley Compendium for Teaching with Excellence
A series of suggestions for improving teaching, this compendium describes more than 200 teaching techniques intended to be used as reference tools to help you improve certain aspects of your own teaching.
http://uga.berkeley.edu/sled/compendium//

Characteristics of Effective Teaching
Discussion of the twelve distinctive behaviors comprises an inventory of qualities found in effective teachers. From the Center for Learning and Teaching at Western Michigan University.
http://www.wmich.edu/teachlearn/teaching/char_effect_tch.html

Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education
Easy-to-navigate website offering resources in faculty development, teaching excellence, and ways to improve the academy.
http://www.podnetwork.org/

Teaching Tips Index
Honolulu Community College’s index to a wealth of teaching tips, organized by category.
http://www.hcc.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/teachtip.htm

Teaching Strategies
This comprehensive site provides online teaching strategies, techniques, and ideas. Includes topics such as Classroom Assessment (non-graded assessment of learning), Classroom Management, Course Design and Planning, Course Portfolios, Creating an Effective Learning Climate, Discussions, First Day(s) of Class, Group Work and Cooperative Learning, Grading Issues, Lectures and Large Classes, Learning Styles, Motivating Students, Multiculturalism / Diversity in Teaching, Teaching Portfolios, Technology in Teaching, and Writing Assignments
http://www.umich.edu/~crltmich/teaching/index.html


Syllabus & Curriculum Planning

Constructing a Syllabus
Tips and guidelines from the Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University.
http://sheridan-center.stg.brown.edu/publications/SyllabusHandbook/syllabus.shtml

Designing Effective Writing Assignments
Resources on designing, writing, and assessing writing assignments. From University of Maryland University College.
http://www.umuc.edu/ugp/ewp/design.html

Planning a College Syllabus
A step-by-step tutorial from the Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
http://www.unl.edu/teaching/PlanningCourse.html


Classroom Tools

Chalkboard Skills
How often do you stop to look at your chalkboard work from your students' point of view? Points to keep in mind when planning your board presentation. From the Teaching and Learning Center University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
http://www.unl.edu/teaching/chalkboard.html

Learning Student’s Names
Tips on learning the names of students on your class roster. From the Teaching and Learning Center University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
http://www.unl.edu/teaching/Names.html

Taking Advantage of the First Day of Class
The way you choose to spend the first day of class will set the tone for the entire semester. Check out these tips on making the most of this important day from the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
http://www.unc.edu/depts/ctl/fyc1.html

Twenty Ways to Make Lectures More Participatory
Provides tips on lecturing from introduction to conclusion. From the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University.
http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~bok_cen/docs/TFTlectures.html


Evaluating Yourself and Your Course

Classroom Assessment Techniques
Describes different types of classroom assessment tools. Compiled by Iowa State University’s Center for Teaching Excellence.
http://www.cte.iastate.edu/tips/cat.html

Downloadable Course Evaluation Forms
Download various kinds of course evaluation forms directly from the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence at Carnegie Mellon University.
http://www.cmu.edu/provost/teaching/resources.htm

Teaching Goals Inventory
The Center for Teaching at The University of Iowa’sTeaching Goals Inventory Online allows you to answer the 53-question inventory and then submit it to automatically see your score report, which will also contain comparative scores from large samples.
http://www.uiowa.edu/%7Ecenteach/tgi/index.html

What Is Your Classroom Management Profile?
Answer this 12-question and learn more about your classroom management profile. From the Center for Adolescent Studies at Indiana University.
http://education.indiana.edu/cas/tt/v1i2/what.html


Diversity Issues

Accomodating Students With Disabilities
Strategies for providing accommodations may make learning easier for all your students.
http://www.uga.berkeley.edu/sled/bgd/disabilities.html

Diversity Quiz
As an umbrella expression, the term diversity may include gender, race, age, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, and other topics. To introduce a wide range of diversity issues in your classes, use this quiz, which touches on a number of these topics. Following most questions are sources and discussion items that will help you generate classroom dialogue.
http://www.westwords.com/GUFFEY/divqz.html

Encouraging Students in a Racially Diverse Classroom
Tips from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University.
http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~bok_cen/docs/TFTrace.html

Multiculturalism and Diversity in Teaching
Discussions and articles from the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching.
http://www.umich.edu/~crltmich/teaching/pages/MDT.html

Tips on Teaching Diversity
These tips address all types of classes in every discipline. You may find that some are more appropriate to your situation than others, and you may be more comfortable using some than others. From the Ohio State University.
http://www.cob.ohio-state.edu/~diversity/teach.htm

University of Minnesota’s Diversity Toolkit
This collection of diversity resources and recommendations was compiled by The Committee on Diversity of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.
http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/diversity.html


Combatting Plagiarism

Preventing Academic Dishonesty
Tips from the University of California, Berkeley.
http://www.uga.berkeley.edu/sled/bgd/prevent.html


Incorporating Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking Community
These links are tailored to the needs of College and University Educators and Administrators interested in developing their own critical thinking skills and those of their students.
http://www.criticalthinking.org/University/default.html

Mission Critical
An interactive tutorial for critical thinking, in which you will be introduced to basic concepts through sets of instructions and exercises.
http://www.sjsu.edu/depts/itl/


Evaluating Internet Resources

Evaluating Quality on the Internet
Explores ways that Internet users should approach searching on the net and critically evaluating the data they find.
http://www.tiac.net/users/hope/findqual.html

Evaluating WebSites: Criteria and Tools
Tips and links from the Reference Services Division of Cornell University’s Libraries.
http://www.library.cornell.edu/okuref/research/webeval.html

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Why It's a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources. Written and compiled by Susan Beck and New Mexico State’s University Library.
http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/eval.html


Guides to Bibiographic Citation

Guide to the Major Styles of Documentation
Covers MLA, APA, Chicago, CBE, APSA, and other styles of documentation. Includes general tips on the differences among the styles, what kinds of information to document, how to gather information to document, and how to select a style of documentation. From the University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center.
http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/Documentation.html


Professional Journals

Chronicle of Higher Education
Read the publication online.
http://chronicle.com/

DeLiberations: On Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
A resource for educational developers, librarians, academic staff and managers in education, with material arranged by discipline and by educational issue. Produced by the Educational Development unit at London Guildhall University.
http://www.lgu.ac.uk/deliberations/

Effective Teaching: The Carolina Colloquy's Electronic Journal of University Teaching & Learning An electronic journal devoted to the exchange of ideas and information relevant to college and university teaching. http://cte.uncwil.edu/et/ Higher Education Abstracts
A quarterly journal of abstracts of the higher education literature. Higher Education Abstracts provides more than 400 informative abstracts in each issue, covering journal articles, books, papers, and reports. Published by The Claremont Graduate University.
http://www.cgu.edu/inst/hea/hea.html

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 through effective teaching, interest in and enthusiasm for the profession of teaching, and communication among faculty about their classroom experiences.
http://ject.lib.muohio.edu/

Journal of Computing in Higher Education
Publishes peer-reviewed essays, reviews, reports, and research articles that contribute to our understanding of the issues, problems, and research associated with instructional technology and educational management information systems.
http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~carolm/jche/

National Teaching and Learning Forum
Offers insight from colleagues eager to share new ways of helping students reach the highest levels of learning.
http://www.ntlf.com/


Teaching Portfolios

Designing A Teaching Portfolio
Tips and strategies from the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Pennsylvania State University.
http://www.psu.edu/celt/portfolio.html

The Teaching Portfolio
Tips and strategies from the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University.
http://sheridan-center.stg.brown.edu/publications/TeachingPortfolio.shtml

The Teaching Portfolio
Discusses the nature and purpose of the teaching portfolio (and its offshoot, the course portfolio) and suggestions for how individuals and units can use portfolios most effectively.
http://www.umich.edu/~crltmich/teaching/pages/TP.html


Other Helpful Links

Finding Info on the Web: A Tutorial
This helpful tutorial offers a progression from beginning information to advanced Internet searching and beyond.
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/FindInfo.html

InteliHealth Flu-O-Meter
Track the prevalence of the flu as it makes its way through your classroom, increasing student absences from class. The Flu-O-Meter is based on data released each week by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/408/8166/205963.html?d=dmtSimple

Search Engine Watch
Site committed to tracking search engine news, important changes, and providing quality information about these important tools.
http://www.searchenginewatch.com/

Tips for Writing Students Letters of Recommendation
10 tips for teachers on writing student letters of recommendation. From Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University.
http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~bok_cen/docs/TFTrecs.html



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