Resources

These are the most recent resources added to our site. To view a full list of resources please visit our Zotero group here.

Cognitive Load

Nine Ways to Reduce Cognitive Load in Multimedia Learning – Richard Mayer and Roxana Moreno examine several “overload scenarios” and methods that can be used to minimize cognitive load based on the cognitive theory of multimedia learning.

Curricular Design

Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class“4 quick ways to shift students’ attention from life’s distractions to your course content.” from the Chronicle

How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos (pdf) – “Videos are a widely-used kind of resource for online learning. This paper presents an empirical study of how video production decisions affect student engagement in online educational videos. To our knowledge, ours is the largest-scale study of video engagement to date, using data from 6.9 million video watching sessions across four courses on the edX MOOC platform. We measure engagement by how long students are watching each video, and whether they attempt to answer post-video assessment problems.”

What makes an online instructional video compelling?“Video has supported education for many years, and in online courses instructional videos are often a key component.” – Educause article with helpful content for faculty considering a flipped classroom approach. –

How to Make Your Questions Essential“…how can teachers ensure that subsequent drafts meet the criteria for good essential questions? Authors Grant Wiggins and Denise Wilbur suggest seven ways to question your questions.” From ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)

Feedback

The Power of Feedback – A review on the impact of feedback on the learning process along with suggestions for how the effectiveness of feedback can be maximized in the classroom.

Grading

The Case Against Grades – general discussion of grades and grading, by Alfie Kohn, Educational Leadership, November 2011 

Yes Virginia, There’s a Better Way to Grade“While we in higher education keep using it, our grading system is broken, argues Linda B. Nilson, and she offers some concrete ways to fix it.” 2016 article from Inside Higher Education 

Contract Grading + Peer Review: Here’s How it Works – article by Cathy Davidson, Distinguished Professor and Director, The Futures Initiative and HASTAC @ CUNY. 

Graded on Looks “Study finds that attractive female students earn higher grades than unattractive female students do. For male students, looks don’t seem to matter.” Article by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Education. Original study: Student Appearance and Academic Performance 

A Beginner’s Guide to Standards Based Grading – blog post by Kate Owens, Instructor, Department of Mathematics, College of Charleston, on the American Mathematical Society blog “On Teaching and Learning Mathematics” 

Google Public Community of Practice“for educators interested in standards-based grading or specifications grading” 

Inquiry Based Learning

POGIL.org – Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning – general information, resources, and workshops can be found on this site which provides professional development for educators on the use and benefits of POGIL in the classroom.Articles about POGIL – a list of references (delineated by discipline) from the POGIL.org site.
Scaffolding and Achievement in Problem-Based and Inquiry Learning: A Response to Kirschner, Sweller and Clark (2006) – A discussion of the significance of scaffolding in problem and inquiry based learning (PBL/IBL) to reduce extraneous cognitive load.  (a response to this article: Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching)

Metacognition

How, and Why, You Should Have Students Assess Themselves – Chronicle Vitae article written by David Gooblar about the role that self reflection can have in reinforcing metacognitive practices in students.

Pedagogy

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (book) – by James M. Lang – recommended by Dean of Faculty Development and Research, Jim Ralph “Lang, who directs the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College, is known for his regular column on teaching in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  His new book draws on insights from the science of learning to offer practical advice to teachers.”  NEW

The discussion book: Fifty great ways to get people talking (book) – by Stephen D. Brookfield & Stephen Preskill – recommended by Dean of Faculty Development and Research, Jim Ralph “This very practical book (which literally lays out in bullet form 50 distinct techniques) is not just for teachers, but for anyone trying to lead discussions in any setting (meetings, retreats, workshops as well as the classroom).”  NEW

The courage to teach: exploring the inner landscape of a teacher’s life (book) – by Parker Palmer – recommended by Dean of Faculty Development and Research, Jim Ralph This book “…is an inspiring meditation on teaching and the importance of identity and integrity.  It too is full of practical advice, but Palmer’s purpose is to explore the deeper meaning of being a teacher.” NEW

On Teaching and Learning Mathematics“The goal for this blog is to stimulate reflection and dialogue by providing mathematicians with high-quality commentary and resources regarding teaching and learning. Because there is no simple solution to the challenges facing mathematics education, this blog will serve as a big tent, giving voice to multiple contributors representing a wide range of ideas.  Contributions will include practical “teaching tips,” commentary on current mathematics education research, discussions of social/curricular educational policy, and more.” – American Mathematical Society Blogs

Understanding by Design (UbD) – Also sometimes called “Backwards Design”, this curricular design method was created by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. This white paper presents a quick snapshot overview. The Vanderbilt University Center for teaching also offers several resources on UbD here.

Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast – A series of podcasts by Bonni Stachowiak, Ed.D. Podcasts are grouped into thematic categories including: educational technology, personal knowledge mastery, teaching, productivity, and resources.

What Makes a Good Teacher? – An article from the Chronicle about the impact that a good teacher can make in the classroom.”No one has invented a better educational tool than a superb teacher.” 

Practice

The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance – a discussion of the impact of focused practice and innate talent as a student moves towards mastery of a subject area based on the analysis of data collected about the practices of experts.

Problem Based Learning

Scaffolding and Achievement in Problem-Based and Inquiry Learning: A Response to Kirschner, Sweller and Clark (2006) – A discussion of the significance of scaffolding in problem and inquiry based learning (PBL/IBL) to reduce extraneous cognitive load. – recommended by Heather Stafford, Academic Technologist (a response to this article: Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching)

Scaffolding

Doubling Down on Student Presentations – “How to get first-years to listen and learn from each other’s projects.” 2015 article in the Chronicle – NEW

Science of Learning

Applying Science of Learning in Education: Infusing Psychological Science into the Curriculum – ebook available online through the Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Tech Tools

Digital Research Tools (DiRT) Directory“a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. DiRT makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software.” – from http://dirtdirectory.org/ NEW

Universal Design for Learning

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST): A leading resource on UDL work with emphasis on technology and learning. It provides an excellent explanation of UDL, useable tips to expand options for representing information, expressing knowledge, and for engaged learning. This site also includes learning tools for educators, additional UDL resources, and professional learning options. The library section has great materials for educators from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. NEW

CAST UDL Exchange: You must create an account (which is free) to access this site, but it offers amplified resources to learning about and building UDL into courses and teaching. It covers all grades of learning, including higher education and a wide array of disciplines. NEW

National Center on Universal Design for Learning: This site offers general explanations of UDL principles, research supporting UDL, ways to connect with other practitioners, tips for implementing UDL, and additional resources. I particularly recommend the detailed examples they provide to implement UDL principles into your work. See, for example: http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines/principle1#principle1_g2 NEW

UDL Strategies: This wikispace, devoted to UDL applications, covers curricular resources, specific disciplinary resources (such as math and literary support), and ways to address specific barriers (such as visual and audio). It also provides useful software and technology options, and rich materials and guidance for applying principles of choice and equity into courses and teaching. NEW