Center for Teaching and Learning


The School of Interdisciplinary Studies ( offers five degree programs: the Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies as well as the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies and works with the Teacher Development Center ( to help students incorporate teacher certification requirements into their degree plans.

The following websites (categorized as JOURNALS, RESOURCE SITES, BOOKS, and SELF-REVIEW TOOLS) support teaching and learning across The School of Interdisciplinary Studies.


APA Style Guide, | Publication style used in many education journal articles.

Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, | The CITE Journal is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal, established and jointly sponsored by five professional associations (AMTE, ASTE, NCSS-CUFA, CEE, and SITE). This is the only joint venture of this kind in the field of teacher education.

Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, | Founded in 2001, the Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (JoSoTL) is a forum for the dissemination of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in higher education for the community of teacher-scholars. Our peer reviewed Journal promotes SoTL investigations that are theory-based and supported by evidence. JoSoTL’s objective is to publish articles that promote effective practices in teaching and learning and add to the knowledge base.

Learning Environments Research: An International Journal, (UTD subscribes to LER.) | Learning Environments Research builds our understanding of pre-primary, primary, high school, college and university, and lifelong learning environments irrespective of subject area. Apart from classroom and school environments, the journal devotes special attention to out-of-school learning environments such as the home, science centers, and television. New learning environments created by information technology are also explored.


American Educational Research Association (AERA), | The American Educational Research Association (AERA), founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.

Brain-Based Learning, | Eric Jensen is a former teacher with a real love of learning. He grew up in San Diego and attended public schools. While his academic background is in English and human development, he has a real love of educational neuroscience. For over 20 years, he has been connecting the research with practical classroom applications. Most importantly, he models what he has learned, so teachers can see it, hear it and experience the difference.

What is Educational Neuroscience? By Dorothy Bishop:

Brain Based Learning and Neuroscience – What the Research Says! By Will Thalmheimer:

HippoCampus, | As an open resource for personalized learning, was designed as part of a worldwide effort to improve access to quality education for everyone. HippoCampus is powered byThe NROC Project, a non-profit, member-driven project focused on new models of digital content development, distribution, and use.

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), | The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.

National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), | Since its inception in 1928, NARST has promoted research in science education and the communication of knowledge generated by the research. The ultimate goal of NARST is to help all learners achieve science literacy.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), | Established in 1987, the National Board is an independent, nonprofit organization working to advance accomplished teaching for all students.

National Education Technology Plan (NETP), | The National Education Technology Plan is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. The 2016 Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education, articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible.

Texas Education Agency (TEA), | The Texas Education Agency is the state agency that oversees primary and secondary public education in the state of Texas. It helps deliver education to more than 5 million students.The mission of the Texas Education Agency is to provide leadership, guidance and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students and prepare them for success in the global economy.

Texas Learning Object Repository (TxLOR), | The Texas Learning Object Repository (TxLOR) is a web application that provides a method for Texas higher education institutions to review and share a variety of learning materials.

United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), | USDLA through its mission of … supporting the development and application of distance learning … focuses on all legislation impacting the distance learning community and its constituencies. The learning communities that USDLA addresses are: pre K-12, higher education, continuing education, corporate training, military and government training, home schooling and telemedicine. In addition USDLA is also focused on national and international technology based Distance Learning.

What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), | The goal of the What Works Clearinghouse is to be a resource for informed education decision making. To reach this goal, the WWC identifies studies that provide credible and reliable evidence of the effectiveness of a given practice, program, or policy (referred to as “interventions”), and disseminates summary information and free reports on the WWC website.


Creative Confidence by David Kelley and Tom Kelley, | Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the “creative types.” But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative.

Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana, | A clear, practical explanation with compelling examples of how to teach all students to ask their own questions.

Teaching With Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do About It by Eric Jensen, | Jensen argues that although chronic exposure to poverty can result in detrimental changes to the brain, the brain’s very ability to adapt from experience means that poor children can also experience emotional, social, and academic success. A brain that is susceptible to adverse environmental effects is equally susceptible to the positive effects of rich, balanced learning environments and caring relationships that build students’ resilience, self-esteem, and character.


The Test by Anya Kamenetz | Released last December, “The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing–But You Don’t Have to Be” is arguably the definitive text of the movement against standardized testing. Early in the book, Kamenetz, the lead education blogger for NPR, lays out 10 reasons why standardized testing is a bad idea. Among them: That the U.S. is testing the wrong things and spending too much to do so. Adeptly covering the history, politics, and technology of standardized testing, and providing substantial research to back up its assertions, this “Test” should be taken by those on both sides of the debate.

The Prize by Dale Russakoff | In “The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools,” veteran Washington Post reporter Dale Russakoff examines efforts to reform the struggling schools of Newark, NJ, by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Cory Booker (then the city’s mayor), Supt. Cami Anderson, and others following Zuckerberg’s $100 million donation to the district. The city is one of the nation’s poorest, and Russakoff’s portrait of the attempt at reform goes from the classroom level, where the effects of poverty and violence are most visible, to the political and philanthropic stage seen by most onlookers. In her first book, Russakoff succeeds in painting a vivid portrait of how the best-laid plans can often go awry — especially when dealing in the tangled politics of the modern education landscape.

The Purposeful Graduate by Tim Clydesdale | Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably very much aware that career and vocational education is en vogue. Some have argued that the intense focus on career training and pumping out students in high-wage fields, however, is happening to the detriment of one of higher ed’s larger purposes: exploration and self-discovery. It’s an issue that Tim Clydesdale broaches in “The Purposeful Graduate: Why Colleges Must Talk to Students about Vocation,” arguing that these factors don’t have to be exclusive of one another if institutions are willing to help students find the answers to the big questions of who they are and what their vocational calling is — and he backs up his claims with research into a number of successful programs at liberal arts colleges.

Putting Education to Work by Megan Sweas | The Cristo Rey network of Catholic private schools has made a name with its work-study program, not to mention a values-based approach to education, gaining high-profile supporters like Melinda Gates, Colin Powell, and Jeb Bush. In “Putting Education to Work: How Cristo Rey High Schools are Transforming Urban Education,” freelance journalist Megan Sweas profiles the 28 schools’ impact on their underprivileged students, providing structure and rigid college-prep curriculum alongside opportunities for work experience. This is the best place to get a leg up on the model, as it wouldn’t be shocking to see similar approaches increasingly adopted by the public sector.

Creative Schools by Sir Ken Robinson | The man behind the most-viewed TED Talk, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the foremost minds when it comes to creative thinking in education. He continues questioning if the right values are being applied in classroom innovation with his latest book, “Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education,” positing that the end is nigh for the industrial education system of the last century. While he’s not the only person in the field who sees the need for a new way, he makes plenty of observations and recommendations — with signature wit intact — for drawing on classroom tech in a more personalized and organic approach.

A critical analysis of Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk appears here:

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A critical review of Sir Ken Robinson’s book appears here:


17,000 Classroom Visits Can’t Be Wrong by John V. Antonetti and James R. Garver | It’s not enough to simply plan lessons anymore. With over 17,000 classroom visits under their belts, John Antonetti and James Garver provide insight and experiences on crafting engaging and active work for students that boosts achievement. The duo, who also created the “Look 2 Learning” classroom walkthrough model, know such a shift isn’t necessarily easy. That’s why the ASCD-published “17,000 Classroom Visits Can’t Be Wrong” also encourages educators to reflect on their practices and consider how to improve them, making it a choice addition for your professional development line-up.


Classification of Character Strengths, | Including “Love of Learning”, each one of us possess all 24 of the VIA character strengths in varying degrees making up our own unique profiles. Developed by renowned psychologist, Christopher Peterson, Ph.D., the VIA Survey-120 is a revised version of the original VIA Survey as a 120 item, scientifically validated, questionnaire that provides a rank order of an adult’s 24 character strengths. The new revised version takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and descriptive results and in-depth reports are available upon completion. The VIA Survey-120 is offered in over 30 languages and is the only survey of strengths in the world that is free, online, and psychometrically valid.

Faculty Teaching Self-Assessment, | Central Piedmont Community College’s Faculty Teaching Self-Assessment is intended as a tool to help faculty reflect on their teaching practices in terms of teaching activities/behaviors that have been established as indicative of effective teaching.

Preparing for Online Teaching, | Penn State’s Faculty Self-Assessment: Preparing for Online Teaching addresses technical, administrative, and pedagogical competencies. This work by Penn State University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

Professor of the 21st Century Self-Assessment Check Lists, | The Self-Assessment Checklists are designed to assist Algonquin College faculty in identifying individual teaching strengths and needs with respect to the competencies identified in the Professor of the 21st Century Framework. The self-assessment exercise is intended to serve as the basis of a personal professional development (PD) plan. Developing one’s teaching skills and abilities is a life-long process. The levelled version of the Professor of the 21st Century has been developed in an effort to support faculty with concrete examples for each competency and appropriate for each phase of a teaching career: 1. New professor’s probationary period (0-2 years); 2. Professor with two to seven years of experience; 3. Established professor with seven years of teaching experience.

Your Course Accessibility Checklist, | Campus Technology | By David Raths 03/30/16 – Yes, it’s possible to embed accessibility into the course creation process, without expending too much time or effort. Here are things to consider during each development phase.

There is no evidence for Learning Styles. One of the most persistent myths in education research is the idea that students have learning styles, and will learn more effectively when taught in way that is consistent with their particular style. See the following for more information: