Center for Teaching and Learning

Teaching Tips

The Cognitive Principles of Effective Teaching – This is a series of five brief videos on the cognitive basis of effective teaching. The purpose of the videos is to synthesize current research in cognitive psychology relevant to student learning and to present the information in a form that is helpful to teachers for improving the design, implementation, and assessment of pedagogy.

Preparing Students to Complete Course Evaluations – This document was written by Dr. Elizabeth Carney of Washington State University’s Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning. You might find some of her ideas useful as you consider how to encourage your students to complete their online course ratings, and how to help them provide feedback that will be useful.

When More is Less – New study suggests that when it comes to writing assignments and instruction, quality — not quantity — matters most.

Seven Keys to Effective Feedback – Advice, evaluation, grades—none of these provide the descriptive information that students need to reach their goals. What is true feedback—and how can it improve learning?

Journal on Excellence in College Teaching – Many articles on effective college teaching provided by the Center for Teaching Excellence at Miami University

In Defense of Laptops in the Classroom – Blogger and professor Rebecca Schuman discusses technology in the classroom

Why I’m Asking You to Not Use Laptops – Anne Curzan explains why she prefers her “no laptops” policy in the classroom.

Learning as Soul-Making – Michael Wesch makes a case for understanding the purpose of teaching as “soul-making.” Teaching isn’t so much about the syllabus and course objectives as it is about the meaningful connections formed between teachers and students. These connections are the source of students’ sense of curiosity and wonder.

Help with Clickers

Handout 1 – TP Cloud_Quick Start Guide for MAC
Handout 1 – TP Cloud_Quick Start Guide for PC
Handout 2 – Syncing your roster in TP Cloud
Handout 3 – Suggested Wordings for the Syllabus
Handout 4 – Instructor Guide to Integrating Polling Session with Blackboard
Handout 5 – Student Instructions for Account Creation
Handout 6 – Student Guide – Responseware
Handout 7 – Student Guide – RFLCD Clicker