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About These Resources
The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) compiled these resources from a variety of trusted sites and as a result of our own personal reading. They are organized by theme. CITL staff are happy to schedule a consultation to speak with you further about any of the topics covered here, or to help you find resources for other areas of interest. Use the links above to get in touch.
How To Use These Resources
20-Minute Mentors are short (as the name implies) videos about important topics in teaching and student learning. For directions on how to register for your free account using WKU’s passcode account, watch this 4-minute video.
Faculty Focus is a “free e-newsletter and dedicated website [that] publishes articles on effective teaching strategies for the college classroom — face-to-face, online, blended, or flipped.” You can sign up online at the Faculty Focus website.
Idea Papers: These short articles are “a national forum for the publication of peer-reviewed articles pertaining to the general areas of teaching and learning, faculty evaluation, curriculum design, assessment, and administration in higher education.”
Magna Reports offer both combination and research-based teaching tips and ideas in easy to read formats.
The Chronicle of Higher Education is a good source to keep up with news and trends in higher education.
We also invite you to join the Teaching Message listserv. Each week during the fall and spring semester, you will receive a teaching tip that comes from an international writing consortium that is coordinated by CITL. To learn more, for a sample mailing, or to join the listserv, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advice for First Year Faculty
- Magna Podcast: James Lang, How to Survive Your First Year of Teaching
- Magna Report: Helping New Faculty Thrive
- Advice for New Faculty: Six Lessons from the Front Lines
- Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome: Advice for New Faculty
Your Syllabus and the First Day of Class
- Advice for New Faculty: Start with the Syllabus
- Idea Paper #60: Constructing a Learner-Centered Syllabus: One Professor’s Journey
- Magna Report: Five Things to do on the First Day of Class
Learning Theory and Application
- Hattie, J., & Yates, G. (2013). Visible learning and the science of how we learn. New York: Routledge. (Part of the CITL Library. Available for checkout at Tate Page Hall.)
- Lang, J. M. (2016). Small teaching: Everyday lessons from the science of learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. (Part of the CITL Library. Available for checkout at Tate Page Hall.)
- What Key Concepts Improve Student Learning and Memory?
- How Can I Promote Deep Learning through Critical Reflection?
- How Can I Use Discussion to Facilitate Learning?
- How Can I Help Students Develop Critical Thinking Skills?
- What Are Five Tips for Writing Effective Learning Outcomes?
- Idea Paper #18: Matching Instructional Objectives, Subject Matter, Tests, and Score Interpretations
- How Can I Improve My PowerPoint Presentation Skills?
- What Works and What Doesn't When Teaching Large Classes?
- How Can I Create Effective Mini-Lectures?
- How Do Mini-Lectures Improve Student Engagement?
- Idea Paper #46: Effective Lecturing
- Idea Paper #1: Motivating Students
- Idea Paper #24: Improving Instructors’ Speaking Skills
- How Can I Capture Students' Interest in the First 5 Minutes?
- How Do I Get More Students to Participate in Class?
- Idea Paper #49: Effective Classroom Discussions
- What Kinds of Questions Encourage Student Interaction?
- Idea Paper #53: Active Learning Strategies in Face-to-Face Courses
- How Can I Connect Students' Interests to Course Content?
Assignments and Assessments
- How Can I Create Meaningful Assignments for My Students?
- How Do I Get Students to Read Their Assignments Before Class?
- Idea Paper #40: Getting Students to Read: Fourteen Tips
- How Can I Use Informal Writing as Part of a Low-Stakes Grading Strategy?
- How Can I Use Low-stakes Quizzing to Enhance Learning?
- How Can I Make My Multiple Choice Tests More Effective?
- Idea Paper #16: Improving Multiple Choice Tests
- How Can I Make My Exams More about Learning, Less about Grades?
- Idea Paper #17: Improving Essay Tests
- How Can Rubrics Make Grading Easier and Faster?
- Idea Paper #19: Improving College Grading
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