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  • A Berkeley Compendium of Suggestions for Teaching with Excellence (new window)
  • This compendium is comprised of contributions from more than 150 members of the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley. "Presented as a series of suggestions for improving teaching, this compendium describes more than 200 teaching techniques that faculty members have found to be effective in their courses at the University of California, Berkeley. Taken together, these suggestions cover the major aspects of college and university teaching from planning and preparing courses to presenting material and motivating students to giving and getting feedback on learning." There are 23 primary sets of suggestions intended to address specific areas of instruction such as "encouraging class discussion" and "giving exams demonstrating student understanding." Under each primary set of suggestions are specific outcomes that one may wish to achieve. After selecting one of these outcomes, professors are then provided with a set of effective instructional strategies to help them reach their desired goals. http://teaching.berkeley.edu/compendium/
  • American Association for Higher Education (new window)
  • The "Teaching Initiatives" section of this site provides information about tools and processes that can prompt greater attention to teaching and learning, promotes a view of teaching as significant scholarly work, and establishes networks for faculty and others committed to better teaching and learning.http://www.aahe.org/
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (new window)
  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching focuses on the scholarship of teaching, and seeks to generate discussion and promulgate sustainable, long-term changes in educational research, policy and practice. The site contains information pertinent to higher education, including Carnegie classifications of institutions of higher education, cultures of teaching and learning in higher education, higher education and the development of moral and civic responsibility, and U.S. professors of the year. http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/
  • Center for Advancement of Learning: Learning Strategies Database (new window)
  • The Center for Advancement of Learning offers an extensive database of instructional strategies to meet the needs of students with disabilities in the postsecondary environment. The "Content Specific Learning Strategies Menu" on this site contains a variety of disciplines from which one can choose- from accounting to psychology to physics. Clicking on the various links to different disciplines provides the instructor with a series of instructional and learning strategies intended to help all students reach their fullest potential in that content area. http://muskingum.edu/%7Ecal/database/database.html
  • Center for Studies on Inclusive Education (new window)
  • This site provides a summary of the report of Inclusive further education. The report discusses the type of instruction that is evident at the college level and the central recommendation of the report is to develop a more inclusive further education sector.http://inclusion.uwe.ac.uk/csie/tmlnsn.htm
  • Center for Teaching Effectiveness at the University of Delaware (new window)
  • This site devotes an entire section to effective teaching and best practice in higher education. Under the umbrella of instructional effectiveness, a wide range of more specific areas are addressed, including (but not limited to) the following: active learning, assessment and evaluation, critical thinking, collaborative learning, teaching students with disabilities, and tips for good practice. Within each category one can find a wealth of resources including guidelines and strategies, related publications, and relevant links. http://www.udel.edu/cte/bestpract.htm
  • EDUCAUSE (new window)
  • EDUCAUSE is a consolidation of CAUSE and Educom. It is a nonprofit consortium of higher education institutions that facilitates the introduction, use, and access to and management of information resources in teaching, learning, scholarship, and research.http://www.educause.edu/
  • ERIC Digest Site (new window)
  • The ERIC Digest site, provides an article titled, "How Effective Communication can Enhance Teaching at the College Level." The article is written for college faculty and focuses on strategies that Graduate Assistants can use when teaching a college level course. http://www.ed.gov/databases/ERIC_Digests/ed380847.html
  • Portals and Pathways to Inclusive Instruction: Emory University (new window)
  • The Office of Faculty Resources and Disabilities at Emory University provides a website containing information and suggestions regarding best instructional practices for students with (as well as without) disabilities. "The information presented in this section is intended to build a better understanding of characteristics of students with disabilities and provide some instructional guidelines that will support their learning." Specifically, the site offers suggestions for meeting the needs of students with learning disabilities and attention problems. Common characteristics of these students are categorized under the subheadings of reading, math, written language, foreign language, processing speed, and organization/study and time management. In order to address academic difficulties faced in these areas, the site also provides a description of possible accommodations. Another section of this website is dedicated to Best Instructional Practices and is designed to aid teachers of students with and without disabilities by providing guidelines for effective teaching, characteristics of effective teachers, and sample syllabi that reflect excellent teaching. Finally, this section offers a brief explanation of confidentiality issues with regards to teaching students with disabilities. http://www.portals.emory.edu/about/
  • Strategic Instruction Model (new window)
  • The Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) developed by the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning is a comprehensive instructional system that includes curricular material for a variety of learning styles, methods for teachers to effectively meet the needs of their students, and suggestions on how at-risk students can work to improve their chances of academic success. Within this site, there are guides for Learning Strategies and Content Enhancement Routines as well as information about SIM Training Opportunities. http://www.ku-crl.org/htmlfiles/sim.html

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