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Articles of Interest

The Future of Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Kyong-Jee Kim and Curtis J. Bonk. Educause Quarterly, vol 29 no 4 2006.

Reinventing Undergraduate Education: A Blueprint for America's Research Universities. The Boyer Commission of Educating Undergraduates at the Research University, SUNY-Sony Brook, 1998.

Discussion Questions Based on Your SLOs. "A Syllabus Tip: Embed Big Questions." Barbara Honeycutt/ Faculty Focus, April 16, 2012.

Journals on Teaching and Pedagogy

International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education provides a forum for higher education faculty, staff, administrators, researchers, and students who are interested in improving post-secondary instruction.

The IJTLHE provides broad coverage of higher education pedagogy and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) across diverse content areas, educational institutions, and levels of instructional expertise.

The specific emphasis of IJTLHE is the dissemination of knowledge for improving higher education pedagogy.

The MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication addressing the scholarly use of multimedia resources in online education. JOLT is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December.

The objectives of JOLT are to:
• Enable faculty to use technology effectively in online teaching and learning by learning from a community of researchers and scholars;
• Enable academic programs to design and deploy academic technology to optimize online teaching and learning;
• Build a community around the research and scholarly use of multimedia educational resources for online teaching and learning.


Flipped Classroom

The Flipped or Inverted Classroom

Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

PLB Institute at the University of Delaware

Contemplative Pedagogy

Contemplative Pedagogy at Vanderbilt University
This pedagogy is not employed as religious practices. Read on.....

Contemplative pedagogy involves teaching methods designed to cultivate deepened awareness, concentration, and insight.  Contemplation fosters additional ways of knowing that complement the rational methods of traditional liberal arts education.  As Tobin Hart states, “Inviting the contemplative simply includes the natural human capacity for knowing through silence, looking inward, pondering deeply, beholding, witnessing the contents of our consciousness…. These approaches cultivate an inner technology of knowing….” 

This cultivation is the aim of contemplative pedagogy, teaching that includes methods “designed to quiet and shift the habitual chatter of the mind to cultivate a capacity for deepened awareness, concentration, and insight.” Such methods include journals, music, art, poetry, dialogue, questions, and guided meditation.

In the classroom, these forms of inquiry are not employed as religious practices but as pedagogical techniques for learning through refined attention or mindfulness.  Research confirms that these contemplative forms of inquiry can offset the constant distractions of our multi-tasking, multi-media culture.  Thus, creative teaching methods that integrate the ancient practice of contemplation innovatively meet the particular needs of today’s students.

Web Sites Dedicated to Improving Teaching

TED-Ed's mission is to "capture and amplify the voices of great educators around the world."

They do this by "pairing extraordinary educators with talented animators to produce a new library of curiosity-igniting videos.

Find peer-reviewed online teaching and learning materials. Share advice and expertise about education with expert colleagues. is a vast digital library of public domain documents, images and videos available for your use, copyright-free.

CASTL - Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

    In particular, take a look at these —

    • Knowledge Media Library - working to create a community of faculty and other educators who exchange educational knowledge, experiences, ideas by taking advantage of various technologies and resources
    • Gallery of Teaching & Learning - Examples of teaching practice created inpartnership with the Knowledge Media Laboratory
    • KEEP Toolkit - web-based tools to create, organize, share teaching and learning materials
    • Case Studies Gallery - how individuals and institutions have used the KEEP Toolkit

Sloan-C, Consortium of Institutions and Organizations Committed to Quality Online Education

Sloan Consortium helps individuals and institutions improve the quality of online education; provides speakers and consultants, hosts conferences and workshops, publishes several journals, conducts research, offers awards programs and maintains a database of best practices.




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