Teaching Resources

This page was developed by members of the Core Curriculum Committee of the College of Arts and Sciences. It includes links to many resources for you to use as you look for new ideas about teaching. We hope it will be helpful and would appreciate any feedback or additional links you can recommend; please send to pmorgan@une.edu.

Teaching techniques and sample activities

Below is a list of topics related to teaching. Under each topic is a list of websites that contain information, techniques and activities that may be useful to you.

Encouraging and improving class discussion

Socratic questions

Group work and team work

Active learning

Case-based teaching

Cooperative learning

Lectures and large classes

Teaching Resources

Office of Educational Development, University of California at Berkeley

Check out this link for a “buffet” of techniques from UC Berkeley. Topics include designing, teaching, and evaluating courses.

Resources & Advice

Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University

Includes many helpful sections of resources and advice. Derek Bok is the author of a number of books that discuss college teaching and learning, including Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More (Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ). Also see “Tip Sheets.

Classroom Assessment Techniques

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan

Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) allow instructors to monitor students’ progress throughout the term. CATs help answer the questions, “What are my students learning? How effectively am I teaching?” The articles and links in this section provide comprehensive information about CATs, including their purpose and their use across disciplines.

Active Reading

The Writing Center at Illinois Wesleyan University

This page summarizes some Active Reading ideas taken from John C. Bean’s book, Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom.

Recommended books and articles

Books

Articles

Steadman, M. & Svinicki (1998). CATS: A student’s gateway to better learning. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 75 (Fall): 13-20.
Steadman and Svinicki promote and defend the use of CATs—Classroom Assessment Techniques—based on cognitive theory’s claim that the active involvement of the learner is required in order for learning to occur.

Critical thinking: resources and activities

When we talk about critical thinking pedagogy, we are not referring simply to pedagogy that challenges our students to think and reason more carefully than they do. Nor are we referring to instruction in the fundamentals of argument. Rather, we are referring to a particular system of teaching whose aim is to break down a student's critical thinking into discrete activities, and then to show students how to reflect carefully on each of these activities in order to sharpen their thinking skills.
- from Dartmouth’s writing website

What is Critical Thinking? Some Definitions

  • Huitt, W. (1998). Critical thinking: An overview. Educational Psychology Interactive. Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University.
  • Critical Thinking Skills - Definitions and Assessment from Ericae.net; includes definitions and teaching of critical thinking in specific disciplines.

Rubrics and Skills Lists

Teaching Critical Thinking