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New Faculty Teaching Resources
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Pedagogical Consultations: If you would like to schedule to schedule a teaching observation or get other pedagogical feedback from one of our Teaching Fellows, send an email to the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning.
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.
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. You will need to login in with your NetID and password to view the 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.
Many of the resources listed below are hyperlinks to Magna 20-minute Mentor Videos. WKU faculty, staff, and students can access these videos for free by setting up a Magna Account by following the steps contained in this video.
- Hattie, J., & Yates, G. (2013). Visible learning and the science of how we learn. New York: Routledge.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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