• A Berkeley Compendium of Suggestions for Teaching with Excellence
By Barbara Gross Davis, Lynn Wood, Robert C. Wilson. Presented as a series of suggestions for improving teaching, this compendium describes more than 200 teaching techniques that faculty members have found to be effective in their courses at the University of California, Berkeley.
•Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL)-Higher Education
Brings to together faculty, colleges and universities, and professional societies committed to the scholarship of teaching and learning.
•Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate
“A six-year research and action project to support departments’ efforts to more purposefully structure their doctoral programs.. . .The initiative has three interacting elements: a conceptual analysis of doctoral education, design experiments in departments, and research and dissemination.” Departments participating include chemistry, education, English, history, mathematics, and neurosciences at a variety of institutions.
Sponsored by the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) and hosted by Dartmouth College, “Collaborative Facilities is a project designed to collect, organize, and disseminate information about model ‘collaborative facilities’ on college and university campuses.”
•Dalhousie University’s Instructional Development and Technology Sites Worldwide
Comprehensive list of links to centers for the development of teaching and learning at colleges and universities around the world. Many of these sites provide access to online resources with guides to working with large lecture classes, gathering formative assessments, and more.
•Database of Research on International Education
Released by the Australian Government International Education Network in 2003, database is “updated monthly and currently contains details of over 3,450 books, articles, conference papers and reports.” Includes links to available full text. Also contains links to over forty additional Web site.
• DeLiberations on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
DeLiberations is a web site of resources and issues on learning and teaching for the higher education community which is maintained by The Educational Development Team of London Guildhall University. These resources cover the full range of subjects at the higher education level as well as general topics. The site also acts as a platform for discussion of relevant issues and maintains a mailing list.
•Explorations in Learning and Instruction: The Theory Into Practice Database (TIP)
“TIP is a tool intended to make learning and instructional theory more accessible to educators. The database contains brief summaries of 50 major theories of learning and instruction. These theories can also be accessed by learning domains and concepts.”
•Harvard College Curricular Review Website
Full text of Harvard College’s “first comprehensive review of the undergraduate curriculum in almost three decades,” this report is predicted to influence undergraduate curricula all over the U.S.
• Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT)
MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students in higher education. With a continually growing collection of online learning materials, peer reviews and assignments, MERLOT helps faculty enhance instruction. MERLOT is also a community of people who strive to enrich teaching and learning experiences.
• National Survey of Student Engagement
“The National Survey of Student Engagement(NSSE) is designed to obtain, on an annual basis, information from scores of colleges and universities nationwide about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results will provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. Survey items on The College Student Report represent empirically confirmed ‘good practices’ in undergraduate education. That is, they reflect behaviors by students and institutions that are associated with desired outcomes of college.” Annual reports and related materials from 1999 through the present are available at this site.
• National Teaching and Learning Forum Online
Newsletter on higher education teaching issues.
•Ohio Learning Network: How Learning Happens
Resources and links to information about teaching and learning reviewed by the Ohio Learning Network staff.
•Principal Indicators of Student Academic Histories in Postsecondary Education, 1972-2000
This U.S. Institute of Education Sciences 2004 report offers “a descriptive account of the major features of the postsecondary academic experience and attainment of traditional-age students during the period 1972-2000.” Drawn from three NCES longitudinal studies, included tables cover “geographic mobility, postsecondary access and degree of participation, postsecondary attainment (degrees, credits, time-to-degree), attendance patterns, majors, curriculum clusters, grades, and remediation.”
•Reinventing Undergraduate Education: A Blueprint for America’s Research Universities
Issued in 1998 by the Boyer Commission on Educating Undergraduates in the Research University, this landmark report proposes “a new model of undergraduate education at research universities” that in many ways is applicable to smaller institutions, as well.
• Resources to Help College Teachers Improve Teaching and Increase Student Learning
Compiled by Dr. James Bell from Howard Community College, this resource includes tips, an online guide to critical thinking, and lists of print and video resources for teaching and assessment (includes worksheets and examples).
•Teaching and Learning on the Web
“Searchable collection includes sites that range from courses delivered entirely via the web to courses that offer specific activities related to a class assignment or perhaps courses that offer class support materials via the Web.” Compiled by Maricopa Community College.
•Teaching Resource Exchange
Created by the University of Iowa’s Center for Teaching. Provides pointers to journals, Web sites, listservs and more.
• The Visible Knowledge Project
“The Visible Knowledge Project (VKP) is a five-year project aimed at improving the quality of college and university teaching through a focus on both student learning and faculty development in technology-enhanced environments.”
• Who Is Teaching In U.S. College Classrooms? A Collaborative Study of Undergraduate Faculty, Fall 1999
“The 1999 survey grew out of an earlier conference on the growing use of part-time and adjunct faculty, which was held in Washington, DC, in September 1997. Its purpose was to address a growing concern on the part of many in higher education that excessive or inappropriate reliance on part-time faculty members by colleges and universities can weaken an institution’s capacity to provide essential educational experiences.”
•American Association for Higher Education (AAHE)
“AAHE is the source of choice for information about higher education on issues that matter in a democratic multi-racial society; and AAHE promotes and disseminates examples of effective educational practice to address those issues.”
American Association for Higher Education, One Dupont Circle, Suite 360 Washington DC 20036-1143
•Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
Jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libries and EDUCAUSE, CNI is “an organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity.” Projects include a number of efforts designed to improve teaching and learning.
Coalition for Networked Information, 21 Dupont Circle, Washington, DC, 20036
•National Learning Infrastructure Initiative
“A membership coalition of institutions, corporations and organizations sponsored by EDUCAUSE.” Its purpose is “to create joint solutions to the problems inhibiting the creation of a National Learning Infrastructure that can harness the power of information technology to improve the quality of teaching and learning, contain or reduce rising costs, and provide greater access to higher education.”
EDUCAUSE, 1150 18th Street, NW, Suite 1010, Washington, DC 20036
•Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)
“An informal national alliance working to build strong learning environments for undergraduate students in mathematics, engineering, and various fields of science.”
Project Kaleidoscope, 1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Suite 803, Washington, DC 20036
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