Updating your classes for the new semester? Check out these resources for suggestions on classroom activities and expanding online options:
For classroom activities:
“Active Learning” (Cynthia J. Brame, PhD, CFT Assistant Director, Vanderbilt University)
6-page article with theory, evidence, examples and advice.
Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning (Item II; Dee Fink & Associates)
Lengthy (35-page) guide for multi-step process of integrated course design; significant pedagogical background above and beyond its focus.
Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy (Flash Version), hosted by Iowa State University
Not your thesis advisor’s Bloom’s. Updated, three-dimensional, and animated: cross-reference “knowledge dimension” and “cognitive process dimension” to reveal learning objectives. Menu links to lots of other interesting material from the Iowa State Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.
Tips for “Teaching Naked” (José Antonio Bowen)
Summary from Bowen’s popular and well-regarded book.
“What is Inkshedding?” (Russell Hunt, St. Thomas University)
Development of “freewriting” technique that aims to give writing a “social role” in the classroom; a practice that encourages student engagement in writing by ensuring their expectation of an audience.
For newsletters, archives, courses, blogs and groups:
Online database of active learning practices hosted by Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, including activities, lessons, projects, video tutorials, links to tech resources, and downloadable materials.
Huge educational blogging network, related to WordPress. Free hosting for course blogs with lots of cool features (cooler still if you pay $40/year).
Emerging Ed Tech
Weblog with diverse articles on technology as an instructional tool.
Collection of articles on strategies for teaching of all stripes: traditional classroom pedagogy, online, flipped, blended, etc.
Michelle Miller, PhD
Blog by prof from Northern Arizona University and author of books on teaching with technology.
Website of University of Iowa professor David Gooblar that collects teaching tips and practical strategies by college teachers from all disciplines.
Reacting to the Past
The famous project out of Barnard College, wherein students learn by running classes in which they take on roles in elaborate games set in the past.
Using Technology Outside of the Classroom
Overview of the basics for using email, Twitter, Facebook, online discussions, and virtual offices to free time in face-to-face classes–and how to maximize use of that freed-up time. One page of many comprising the online face of the Centre for Enhanced Teaching & Learning at the University of New Brunswick.
For online content in many disciplines:
MIT Open CourseWare
Open Education Consortium
Do you know of a resource that should be added to this list? Please leave a description of it in the comments. Thanks!