Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Few Resources for Teaching Excellence

Are you preparing to teach your first undergraduate or graduate course? Do you have to complete a teaching demonstration as part of the interview process for a faculty position? Will you be serving as a teaching assistant during your doctoral studies? Do you have questions about how to incorporate the latest technology applications in your practice? What types of strategies help students to become more engaged during lectures?

It is likely that scholarship activities will encompass a significant part of our work. This semester, I had the opportunity to participate in a program offered through the university center for effective teaching. I learned a great deal and am hopeful that some of the resources listed below might be of interest to you as well.

Books, Books, and More Books
There are many great books that pertain to effective teaching. I recently read Bain and Brookfield’s works as part of a book study club. What are some of your favorites?

Bain, K. (2004). What the Best College Teachers Do. Cambridge, MA: Harvard U.P.

Brookfield, S. D. (2011). Teaching for Critical Thinking: Tools and Techniques to Help Students Question Their Assumptions. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.

Centers for Teaching Excellence
Many universities have a center for teaching that share a variety of articles, resources, and links. So, be sure to explore your university’s center! A few examples are:

Cornell University

Kansas University

George Mason University

University of Hawaii

University of Illinois

Inside Higher Education
Developed in 2004, inside higher education provides news, opinions, and information related to jobs in higher education. The site has a section devoted to the use of technology and provides articles for teaching with technology.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education site includes information pertaining to news, opinions, and facts related to graduate students, early career faculty, and senior faculty. Many of the latest issues faced in higher education are explored. Angi, our Junior Representative, shared information about the academic job search and resources available through the Chronicle. Check out her post, Searching for Jobs, for more information.

Tomorrow’s Professor Listserv
The Listserv is managed by the Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning. It focuses on faculty development and provides over 100 articles each year to improve instruction. Recent articles have included effective writing and developing course assignments that require critical thinking.

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