Tools and Resources
General Teaching and Learning
- 4faculty.org, a network of professional development resources and learning modules designed specifically
for the needs of community college faculty
- Information from Northwest Commission on Community Colleges and University's Accreditation program
- The Teaching and Learning Commons is an intellectual community space provided to enrich and encourage an exchange of
knowledge about teaching and learning.
- Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning site on the Future of Learning.
- Harvard's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
- Web 2.0: Cool Tools for Schools offers a variety of tools to spruce up your web presence.
- ERIC article by Cynthia Lake Howell entitled Facilitating Responsibility for Learning in Adult Community College Students.
- Peer Review provides a quarterly briefing on emerging trends and key debates in undergraduate liberal education. Each issue is focused on a specific topic, provides comprehensive analysis, and highlights changing practice on diverse campuses.
- How Students Learn: History, Mathematics, and Science in the Classroom (2005)
- Getting Results: A Professional Development Course for Community College Educators is a multimedia resource for Community College Faculty. This online program is meant to stimulate and provide new teaching tools to better reach today's Community College Students.
Texas Collaborative for Teaching Excellence Professional Development Module on Assessment -- presents key concepts, background information, and techniques of classroom assessment and evaluation.
- Short Introduction to Classroom Assessment -- British Columbia Institute of Technology's longstanding "How To" series' introduction to classroom assessment covers the basics of classroom assessment and includes a quick guide to planning
an appropriate project.
- Teaching Goals Inventory Online -- The University of Iowa has done all of higher education a favor by obtaining the rights
to put the "Teaching Goals Inventory" online. Faculty can sign in, complete the inventory, and print out the results.
- Create an Online Assessment Tool -- Survey Monkey "...has a single purpose: to enable anyone to create professional online surveys
quickly and easily." With this online program you can create your surveys and compile
- Penn State has an excellent online resource through their Schreyer Institute for Teaching
Excellence. As part of the site, they have two articles on classroom assessment for faculty who need 'more' material.
- Classroom Assessment Techniques -- Field-tested Level Assessment Guide (FLAG) for Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology Instructors.
- Course Planning and Assessment Handbook -- The University of Massachusetts has done us all a great favor by putting their "Course-Based Review and Assessment" manual online. The 50+ paged manual is great for more information or as a stand-alone source. Online Handbook
Learning Centered Teaching
- The California Learning Communities Consortium (CLCC) is the collaborative project of California colleges committed to improving
the quality of student education through collaborative learning.
- Learning Centered Teaching Activities from Portland Community College: Classroom Activity Projects
- The 12 Vanguard Learning Colleges are serving as incubators and catalysts for the Learning College concept by building
on values that place learning first.
- America's Top 30 Community Colleges: “America’s Best Community Colleges”
- Kevin Carey's article on Cascadia University and "What your alma mater could learn
from Cascadia University": "Built to Teach"
- September/October 2003 edition of Change magazine with an article by Mary Ellen Weimer: "Focus on Learning, Transforming Teaching"
Universal Design for Learning
- University of Washington's information page on Universal Design of Instruction.
- The Center for Research on Developmental Education and Urban Literacy (CRDEUL) at
the University of Minnesota eBook on Curriculum Transformation and Disability.
- University of Minnesota's Pedagogy and Student Services for Institutional Transformation
(PASSIT) book on Implementing Universal Design in Higher Education.
- Rochester Institute of Technology Class-Act side on Universal Design
- Universal Design for Instruction Fact Sheet from the University of Connecticut's Center on Post Secondary Education and Disability's
FacultyWare program, which provides online resources on Universal Design.
- Campus Technology article on University of Connecticut FacultyWare Program
- Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for designing curricula that enable all individuals to gain
knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning
- Renton Technical College's Universal Design Project site with manuals, publications, styles and a strategy cookbook
Open Educational Resources (OER)
- The Open Washington website is an excellent resource for course materials, textbooks, images and videos.
It includes a self-paced tutorial for understanding and adopting OER, along with an
attribution builder tool to assist with Creative Commons licensing standards. Managed
by the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), Open Washington
was awarded the "2016 Outstanding Site Award for Open Education Excellence" by the
Open Education Consortium, an international network for open education.
- Funded by the National Science Foundation, Applied Math and Science Repository (AMSER), is a portal of educational resources, including OER, built specifically of
use in community and technical colleges.
- OER Commons is a digital content hub offering leadership training, digital platform support and a
host of learning materials including courses, modules, syllabi, lectures and many
more resources contained in digital media collections worldwide.
- Managed by the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC),
the Open Course Library is a collection of course materials for adoption or adaptation.
- Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that provides free, flexible licensing of your creative
work that allows you to share at several different levels. For instance, you may not
want to your work to be used commercially, or you may simply want attribution when
someone uses your work. For more information, watch the introductory video.
- MERLOT is a free and open peer reviewed collection of online teaching and learning materials and faculty-developed services contributed and used by an international education community.
- The Thiagi Group List of Guidelines for Intercultural Communications
- NewBay Media's Tech Learning Site with "A Field Guide to Cross-Cultural Projects"
- Harvard's Project Implicit blends basic research and educational outreach in a virtual laboratory at which visitors
can examine their own hidden biases.
- The Hofstede Centre offers training and resources based on the research of Geert Hofstede.
Concept Mapping Tools
- The IHMC CmapTools client is free for use by anybody in order to create mind maps. In particular, schools
and universities are encouraged to download it and install it in as many computers
as desired, and students and teachers may make copies of it and install it at home.
- Inspiration mind-mapping software provides a 30-day free trial. Supplemental training information is available in
the TLC's reference library.
- FreeMind is mind-mapping software written in Java. Recent developments make this software a highly productivity tool for creating various mind maps.