Tools and Resources

General Teaching and Learning




Texas Collaborative for Teaching Excellence Professional Development Module on Assessment --  presents key concepts, background information, and techniques of classroom assessment and evaluation.

  Classroom Assessment

  •  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 the results.  
  • 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


  Universal Design for Learning


  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.



  Conversation Cafes

  • This site provides everything you need to learn about the World Cafe Methodology of hosting conversations.

  • Conversation Cafe: Promoting community, democracy and wisdom world-wide through generating millions of open, respectful public conversations.

  • sells the World Cafe book

  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.