Web Resources for Faculty

The following short list of resources is a starting point for finding information about a broad range of teaching topics. To provide feedback on the usefulness of these resources and to suggest additional ones, please contact:

Bonnie Kirkpatrick
Senior Director of Faculty Development & Support
302-356-6804
bonnie.l.kirkpatrick@wilmu.edu

General

  1. Honolulu Community College. If you look at nothing else, go here!! HCC provides a short discussion of the highly respected “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education” – a must read. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on the “Teaching Tips Index” to open a great set of links to very practical and concise teaching topics and tips.
  2. Faculty Development Associates. Although this is a consultant’s commercial website, it is a great resource. On the left side of the screen, click on “Tip of the Week” for periodic teaching tips and “Online Resources” for an alphabetized list of 140 specialized websites for post-secondary teaching. http://www.developfaculty.com
  3. The IDEA Center. After opening this link, go to the Helpful Resources section on the left and check out (1) IDEA Papers, (2) POD-IDEA Notes: Instruction, and (3) POD-IDEA Notes: Learning. These are very useful short articles on instruction, learning and much more. (The IDEA Center is the same organization that assists WU with student evaluations – see Reference #17 below.) www.theideacenter.org
  4. Clemson University. This site offers extensive info, tips and links for post-secondary teaching. Go to “Resources” on the left side and then click on “Web Sites for Instructors” and “Web Sites for Instructional Use.” www.clemson.edu/otei
  5. University of California – Berkeley. This “Compendium of Suggestions for Teaching with Excellence” is a wonderful collection of over 200 concise teaching tips and techniques used successfully by Berkeley faculty. http://teaching.berkeley.edu/compendium/
  6. University of Nevada –Las Vegas. This link opens a page within Nevada’s Teaching & Learning Center website that lists 15 Teaching Topics about post-secondary teaching. Click on any of the topics to see concisely written tips and suggestions. http://tlc.unlv.edu/pedagogy/
  7. University of Minnesota. This great site contains a broad range of information and resources, including some training videos. The link opens a page called “Workshops & Tutorials”; if you go to “Scenes from …,” the video “Start” buttons may take a moment to appear. On the left side of the initial screen, go to “Teaching & Learning Resources” and then look at the material within “Teaching Guides” and “Critical Thinking”. http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/tutorials/index.html
  8. Idaho State University. Nutshell Notes was begun in 1991 at U of Wisconsin and is now continued at Idaho. The Notes convey teaching information that is “practical and … is cognizant of current trends in teaching, learning and thinking.” www.isu.edu/ctl/nutshells/index.html
  9. London Metropolitan University. “Deliberations” is a website on higher education issues that is international in scope. The section on “Generic Learning and Teaching Resources and Issues” contains useful information on a variety of topics. The site also includes a listing of subject-specific resources. http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/deliberations/
  10. National Teaching & Learning Forum. A newsletter about teaching and learning in a post-secondary environment. Go to “Contents” on the left side of the NTLF homepage and click on “Supplemental Materials” for a wide range of articles. www.ntlf.com/
  11. Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) provides unlimited access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials. Go to the ‘Search Eric” tab at the top of the site to enter your subject of interest. http://www.eric.ed.gov

Classroom Technology

  1. Vanderbilt University and University of Wisconsin provide extensive information about the use of “Clickers” (Student Response Systems – SRS) in college classrooms.

Writing

  1. Purdue University. The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue contains an absolute wealth of practical writing resources and instructional materials (including a 2009 APA Guide) to assist faculty and students in all disciplines. For a good discussion of plagiarism, click the following sequence: Research & Citation // Using Research // Avoiding Plagiarism. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/search.php

Online Teaching

  1. University of Wisconsin. Wisc-Online is a digital library of Web-based learning resources called "Learning Objects" which can be used in online as well as F2F classes. You can create a free account to access 2000 learning objects! http://www.wisc-online.com/
  2. Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) is a collection of links to online learning materials in subject disciplines such as the Arts, Education, Humanities, Mathematics & Statistics, Science & Technology, and Social Sciences. http://www.merlot.org
  3. Charles Graham et al - University of North Carolina. “Seven Principles of Effective teaching: A Practical Lens for Evaluating Online Courses” applies the traditional seven principles (see Resource #1 above) to online teaching.
  4. John Savory - University of Akron. “Be VOCAL: Characteristics of Successful Online Instructors” summarizes key parameters for successful teaching in an online environment. http://www.ncolr.org/jiol/issues/PDF/4.2.6.pdf

Problem-based Learning

  1. University of Delaware. This site provides a good background on Problem Based Learning (PBL) and uses video clips to help understand PBL. www.udel.edu/pbl/
  2. University of Cincinnati. This site offers comprehensive info and insights into Problem Based Learning (PBL), including a 7 item checklist to determine if PBL actually is being used in the classroom. www.uc.edu/pbl/intro_isit.shtml

Student Evaluations

  1. The IDEA Center. (See Resource #3 above.) The IDEA Center is the organization that handles the student evaluations for Wilmington University. On the top right of the IDEA Center’s homepage, click “Student Ratings of Instruction” to obtain information on the evaluation process and the meaning of your results. www.theideacenter.org
  2. Western Kentucky University. This website addresses coping with hurtful comments on student evaluation forms. www.wku.edu/teaching/booklets/dealingwcomments.pdf

Videos

  1. www.academicearth.com Thousands of video lectures from top scholars worldwide.
  2. The Research Channel A consortium of leading research and academic institutions share more than 3,500 videos produced by members. (Ignore Java Script error.)
  3. www.VideoLectures.net Video lectures by distinguished scholars at conferences.