Good Ideas and Best Practices in Teaching

Posted on 1/21/2015 2:34:33 PM

Faculty and teaching associates: The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) wants to make sure you know about resources to help you with best practices in teaching (both face-to-face and online). There are a few resources that have been supported by the CTE and/or the IUP Libraries for some time, such as the Teaching Professor newsletter, the Online Classroom newsletter, the Faculty Focus newsletter, and Magna Commons videos (which is now easier to access). New, and starting on January 26, you will also have access to the Monday Morning Mentor!

To access other Magna products available courtesy by subscription paid for by the Center for Teaching Excellence and/or the Library, go to the Center for Teaching Excellence website and click on Teaching Professor, Online Classroom, and Magna Commons Webinar Videos for links to these publications. Faculty Focus is free. A link to the Monday Morning Mentor will be distributed weekly via e-mail (if you are not interested, please simply delete the message from your inbox).

Following is a brief description of each resource.

The Teaching Professor newsletter: Look at the January 2015 issue for articles on: Developing Purpose Statements to Shape Our Courses; Online Discussion Strategies that Create Community; Jigsaw Puzzles for Visually Reviewing Material; Lasting Effects of Inquiry-Based Learning; Writing Good Assignment Descriptions; and Moving from Courses to a Curriculum.

The Online Classroom newsletter: Look at the January 2015 issue for articles on: Using Blogs to Organize Student Presentations; Online Learning 2.0: Understanding Project-Based Learning; How to Add the Human Element to Online Learning; and Online Discussion Strategies that Create Community

The Faculty Focus newsletter: Through its free e-newsletter and dedicated website, Faculty Focus publishes articles on effective teaching strategies for the college classroom—both face-to-face and online.  

Magna Commons videos:  Lots of videos—most are about 60 minutes in length—on a variety of topics under the broad categories of: academic administration; distance education administration; teaching face-to-face, teaching blended or flipped classes; and teaching online.

Starting Next Week…courtesy of the CTE

It’s the Monday Morning Mentor program, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anything as practical, convenient, and affordable right online!

Monday Morning Mentor will deliver (via e-mail link) popular Magna 20-Minute Mentor online programs each week during the spring semester. The link will work for one week and then expire.

In a compact format designed for busy schedules, the programs will deliver focused, fact-filled examinations of issues important to faculty and staff. These include: Student Engagement, Teaching and Learning,Teaching Online, Assessment and Learning Goals, Classroom Management, Legal Concerns, Physical/Mental/Emotional Health, and Service Learning.

Title of Program
Jan. 26, 2015
What Kinds of Questions Encourage Student Interaction?Maryellen Weimer
Feb. 2, 2015
How Should I Coach an Underperforming Colleague?Jeffrey Buller and Robert Cipriano
Feb. 9, 2015
How Can I Minimize Cheating in the Classroom?
James Lang
Feb. 16, 2015
How Do I Convert a F2F Course to a Hybrid Course?
Jill Schiefelbein
Feb. 23, 2015How Do I Use FLCs to Strengthen Institutional Assessment?
Milt Cox
Mar. 2, 2015
How Do I Develop a High-Impact Capstone Course?
Barb Jacoby
Mar. 9, 2015
How Can I Use Twitter to Improve Teaching and Learning?
James Lang
Mar. 16, 2015
Are Group Exams a Viable Testing Option?
Maryellen Weimer
Mar. 23, 2015
I'­m Teaching Online Next Term. What Do I Have to Know?
Larry Ragan
Mar. 30, 2015
How Can I Help Students Develop Critical Thinking Skills?
Debi Moon and Rob Jenkins
Apr. 6, 2015
How Can I Use Student Feedback to Improve My Teaching?
Ken Alford and Tyler Griffin
Apr. 13, 2015
How Can I Incorporate a Group Poster Session into my Class?
Virginia Johnson Anderson
Apr. 20, 2015
What Should I Do When a Student Challenges My Authority?
Ike Shibley
Apr. 27, 2015 How Can I Improve Lessons with a 4-step Plan?
Mary C. Clement
May 4, 2015
What Works and What Doesn't When Teaching Large Classes?
Ken Alford and Tyler Griffin
May 11, 2015 How Can Google Docs Help Foster Productive Collaboration?
James Lang