Center for Teaching Excellence

Teaching & Learning Information Resources

Web Sites
  • Berkeley Compendium of Suggestions for Teaching with Excellence – This is a great site for browsing on topics related to actual classroom instruction. As its title says, it is a compendium of teaching tips based on interviews with University of California at Berkeley faculty members offering suggestions on encouraging class discussion, motivating students’ best work and similar useful topics.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education – News, articles, job postings, current events, etc for education professionals.
  • Classroom Assessment Techniques – This site presents a useful compilation of CATs mostly adapted from the Tom Angelo and Pat Cross publication: Classroom Assessment Techniques. Also shown are useful CAT sites from other institutions.
  • College Level One – This is an incredibly rich site for information about Collaborative Learning and Classroom Assessment. It includes a teaching goals inventory that helps an instructor match the Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) to individual course goals.
  • Copyright and Fair Use Issues – This site includes everything a faculty member should know about copyright and fair use in one central location.
  • The Digital Millenium Copyright Act – On October 12, 1998, Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This American Library Association (ALA) site explains the law in detail.
  • Deliberations – This is a good place to browse for articles on teaching at the college level. Deliberations is an electronic journal with articles on various subjects related to teaching and learning.
  • National Teaching and Learning Forum – Provides current issue of the Forum’s newsletter which is an EXCELLENT resource for anyone in higher education interested in teaching and learning.
  • No Significant Difference – The original research behind No Significant Difference posed the concept that the quality of teaching is far more important than the type of teaching strategy used (thus the idea that there is no significant difference between teaching strategies in terms of outcomes produced). The website continues to provide cutting edge research in education, both those that show no significant difference between teaching strategies, and those that do show significant difference. This is a useful resource for teaching research.
  • Teaching Tips – This site’s title is too modest. It has a plethora of brief articles on a wide range of subjects related to teachers and students, teaching and learning. It’s worth browsing on a regular basis.
  • The World Lecture Hall – The World Lecture Hall (WLH) is a well-known site that is extremely valuable for instructors. It contains links to pages created by faculty worldwide who are using the Web to deliver class materials. For example, you will find course syllabi, assignments, lecture notes, exams, class calendars, multimedia textbooks, etc. Even if you never plan to use the Web, you can browse in other people’s courses and garner useful ideas for teaching!
Reading Lists

The short list...

  • Lowman, J. (2000). Mastering the Techniques of Teaching, Jossey-Bass, 2nd ed. San Francisco.
  • Davis, B.G. (1993). Tools for Teaching, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.
  • McKeachie, W. J. and Svinicki, M. (2006). McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, 12th Ed., Houghton Mifflin, Boston.
  • Bain, K. (2004). What the Best College Teachers Do, Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA.

The longer list...

  • Angelo, T. A., and Cross, K. P. (1993). Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.
  • Barkley, E., Cross, K.P. and Major, C.H (2004). Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.
  • Bloom, B. S., ed. (1956). Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, Longman, New York.
  • Brookfield, S.D. (1995). Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.
  • Brookfield, S.D. (2006). The Skillful Teacher: On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.
  • Browne, M. N., and Keeley, S. M. (2006). Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking, 8th Ed. Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
  • Cross, K. P. & Steadman, M. H. (1996). Classroom Research: Implementing the Scholarship of Teaching, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.
  • Epstein, J. (1981). Masters: Portraits of great teachers, Basic Books, New York. Filene, P. & Bain. K. (2005). The Joy of Teaching: A Practical Guide for New College Instructors, University of North Carolina Press.
  • Fink, L.D. (2003). Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco
  • Gregory, J. M. (2007). The Seven Laws of Teaching, Kessinger Publishing, LLC.
  • Orlich, et al (2006). Teaching Strategies, A Guide to Better Instruction, 8th Ed D.C. Heath and Co., Lexington, MA.
  • Wankat, P. C., and Oreovicz, F. S. (1993). Teaching Engineering, McGraw-Hill, New York. (Note: useful for all disciplines).
  • Wankat. P.C. (2001). The Effective, Efficient Professor, Allyn & Bacon, Boston.

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