Below are a multitude of resources avaialble at the click of a mouse. Explore and enjoy, and please send us your own favorites so that this list can grow.
Tired of deleting all those useless email messages that show up in your inbox? Don't despair. There is such a thing as useful email!. Below are some examples. If you do not already subscribe, consider signing up for the following.
A website devoted to higher education teaching strategies. From its homepage you can sign up for a free newsletter and get short articles on teaching tips several times a week. There is a "sign up for free newsletter" box on the right side of the homepage. Just fill in your name and preferred email address and the ideas will follow.
Published every Friday both on the Web and by email subscription, the Scout Report provides a fast, convenient way to stay informed of valuable STEM and humanities resources on the Internet. A team of librarians and subject matter experts from University of Wisconsin selects, researches, and annotates each Internet resource highlighted that week.
A blog sponsored by Learning House "dedicated to sharing information and best practices about online higher education in an open forum, from a variety of voices."
A new blog developed "to support good teachers in their journey toward more effective teaching." In addition to thoughtful blog postings the site contains a growing list of core readings.
Would you rather browse for web-based resources yourself than add to your email? One good place to start is the
with its Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD) resources. From the front page you can follow links to Research Notes, IDEA papers, POD-IDEA Center Notes on Instruction, POD-IDEA Center Notes on Learning, Research Reports, and Technical Reports.
Another website worth browsing is the
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
with its news digests, blog, videos and reading room.
Or maybe you would be happier if someone had done the browsing for you? No problem! Teaching/Learning Centers in universities near and far have collected pedagogical articles of interest to teachers whether experienced or new. What follows is a list of some of the best of these centers, with an explanation of the resources they offer and links to the main web address.
CARNEGIE MELLON University
Have a teaching problem? Visit CMU's Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation and follow their 3-step process to identify the problem, figure out its probable reasons, and explore strategies for solutions. Problem areas included are student motivation, preparedness, critical thinking skills, group skills, classroom behavior, grading and assessment
Temple offers resources in the following categories: Teaching Academic/Professional Skills, Active Teaching Strategies, Creating Classroom Communities, Developing Critical Thinking, Diversity/Inclusive Teaching, Information Literacy, Assessing Student Learning, Effective Lecturing, Assessing Teaching Effectiveness, Challenging Classroom Situations, Course/Syllabus Design, Teaching Large Classes, Motivating Students, Peer Review, Sustainability, TAs, Teaching with Technology.
Many of the resources come from the POD notes and IDEA papers website described above.
Of special interest may be Howard's "Guest Lecture Series", with video lectures from professors on topics such as "Leveraging Social Media to Enhance African American Students' Learning," "Mentoring African American Undergraduate Researchers," and "Assessing the Impact of High-impact Practices on African American Students."
Howard's GRANTS section also has a comprehensive listing of funding sources, public and private, and an interesting SERVICE LEARNING section with tips on curriculum development and faculty tool kit.
University of DELAWARE
While many of the items in U Del's list of CTE resources are only available with a U Del log-in, the list is worth browsing for titles, which could then be ordered through Lincoln's IL loan process.
Also useful might be its downloadable assessment resources (see "Instructional Topics").
Most impressive here is the extensive list of VITALinks, links to web-based resources on the following broad categories: Student Learning, Student Motivation, Preparing to Teach, Assignments & Assessments, Teaching Strategies, Enhancing Thinking Skills, Collaborative Learning, Using Instructional Technology, Challenges in the Classroom, Teaching & Learning by Discipline, and Other Great Resources.
Many a rainy Sunday afternoon could profitably be spent looking and learning.
In Stanford's Teaching Commons, the " Resources" section will probably be of most interest, especially the sections on Teaching, Learning, Course Preparation, and Mentoring. Each of these general topics is then broken further into subtopics; for instance the Teaching section includes information on Teaching Goals, Characteristics of Effective Teachers, Improving Your Teaching, Combining Teaching and Research, and Selected Bibliography on College Teaching. Each sub-section then offers a concise overview of the topic, with links to addtional resources with the overview.
University of VIRGINIA
UVA's Teaching Resource Center is dedicated to "committed conversation about teaching at all levels and in all academic disciplines." Two sections may prove especially helpful. The first, "Teaching Tips," contains information on topics such as diversity, grading, critical thinking, course development and design, discussion leading, and group work. The second, "Resources" contains advice and articles on engaged learning, faculty mentoring, online learning, student evaluation of teaching:, and teaching the first days.