Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation

Websites for Instructors

Electronic/Digital Portfolios
Evaluating Website Quality (also for your students)
Learning, Writing and Speaking Resources for Your Students
Models of Instructional Technology Applications
Research on Teaching
University Support Services for Instructors
Websites for Instructional Use (by subject area)


Sites on Developing and Grading with Rubrics (aka Primary Trait Analysis and Holistic Scoring Guides)

Grading with Rubrics: Developing a Fair and Efficient Assessment Tool (University of Virginia)

Program at Georgia Tech: Essay Scoring Manual

Guidelines for Rubric Development (San Diego State University)

Resources from AAHE Assessment Conferences and Publications

Scoring Rubrics: What, When, and How? (Research and Evaluation, e-journal)

Using Rubrics Across the Disciplines and a Variety of Tasks

Assessment of Student Learning Gains
Known as the FLAG site, it summarizes research done at several major universities on assessing students learning gains and the most effective methods, as perceived by students. The site gives access to a broad collection of classroom assessment techniques for science, mathematics, engineering and technology courses.

Constructing Written Test Questions
The National Board of Medical Examiners wrote this 181-page guide for faculty in the basic and clinical sciences but its good advice applies to all disciplines. It includes these topics, among others: sampling, psychometric considerations, multiple-choice items, matching items, true-false items, one-best-answer items, technical flaws in items, "irrelevant difficulty" and imprecise terms.

Evaluating Teaching by Student Gains
Extensive discussions about items that measure student gains in learning teaching evaluation forms.

Grading Oral Presentations and Class Participation:
The following institutions (teaching centers or faculty members) offer different approaches and rubrics:

California State University Fresno [.pdf]

Hamline University

University of Guelph (Canada) [.xls]

University of Virginia

IDEA Center Teaching Evaluation Forms
The IDEA (Individual Development Educational Assessment) Center has online versions of its instruments, which have been well tested by reliability and validity. The most popular product is the IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction System, which focuses on student learning to assess and improve instructor effectiveness.

Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment
This North Carolina State University site contains hundreds of links to the assessment resources and strategies of numerous universities and colleges, as well as general assessment guidelines and principles.

Teaching Portfolios
Written and assembled by Dr. Eileen M. Herteis, Director of the Gwenna Moss Teaching and Learning Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, this comprehensive site has sections on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) as well as the nature and philosophy of the portfolio.

Writing Multiple-Choice Items Requiring Comprehension by Russell Dewey

Writing Tests of All Types by Robert Runté

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Building Websites

Free Background Sources
Links to lots of background sources.

Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction

The Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (Maricopa Community College) is an environment for continuous learning, experimentation and systemic, professional and personal change. Select "Resources" for helpful links.

Media Builder
Links to free image files, fonts and online font tools.

Principles of Online Design
A collaboration between faculty, instructional designers and media developers at Florida Gulf Coast University developed guidelines to help faculty develop high-quality online instructional materials.

University of Saskatchewan Image Library
Links to buttons, background images and animated images.

Web Graphics Resources
Links to a variety of resources for graphics.

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Electronic/Digital Portfolios

Albion College Digital Portfolios
This highly informative site has templates and student examples.

Alverno College Diagnostic Digital Portfolio
Most of this site is password protected but it does give brief details.

California State University, Los Angeles

This site describes CSULA's Webfolio Project and includes student samples.

GateWay Community College, Maricopa
A growing number of community colleges include ePortfolios in their curriculum.

LaGuardia Community College
Here is another community college site with many links to ePortfolio information, guidelines, resources and student samples.

St. Olaf College

This Web portfolio site covers the ePortfolio's educational purpose and goals as well as providing guidelines, templates and models.

Tidewater Community College
Donna Reiss's Webfolio Project site features templates, resources and student samples.

Virginia Wesleyan College
This site includes student samples as well as general information on ePortfolios.

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative offers a comprehensive website on ePortfolios with links to model examples from various colleges and universities, information on portfolio software and relevant websites, readings, presentations and conferences. EDUCAUSE has the goal of helping students reflect more effectively on their learning experiences, thus enhancing both learning and the faculty's ability to document their accomplishments. The organization also has an interest in fostering the development of strong institutional ePortfolios for the purpose of educational improvement.

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Evaluating Website Quality (also for your students)

Internet Detective
This site offers a free, light-hearted, one-hour tutorial that helps students develop the critical thinking skills required for sound Web-based research. Students will gain practical knowledge on how to discern the quality of websites and why they need to evaluate online resources to inform their scholarly work. The tutorial is divided into five parts designed to appeal to students: 1) "What’s the Story?" to help students understand the need for online research skills; 2) "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" to introduce them to online hoaxes, scams and misinformation; 3) "Detective Work" to teach them how to evaluate Web information; 4) "Get on the Case" to give them practice in website evaluation; and "Keep on the Right Side of the Law" to teach them about plagiarism, copyright and proper citations and referencing.

World Wide Web Virtual Library’s Evaluation of information sources
Evaluation of the the information resources found on the World Wide Web.

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Learning, Writing and Speaking Resources for Your Students

Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers by Robert Harris
A comprehensive compendium of strategies of awareness (educating students), prevention and detection for instructors.

Assessing Debates
A rubric for assessing classroom debates.

Brain Infographic
An interactive, 3-dimensional graphic of the brain with learning strategies (84 in all) related to different parts of the brain. They pop out when you click on the "+" areas. Use Chrome or Safari to access, not Internet Explorer.   

Clemson University - College Survival Skills
A comprehensive website designed to help undergraduates improve their study skills. Developed by Jerry Waldvogel, associate professor of biology instruction and agricultural education, through an award from the Provost's Innovation Fund. The site has information on general study habits, time management, note taking, textbook reading, exam preparation and how to interact with instructors.

Combating Internet Plagiarism
The full title of the article at this site is "Internet Plagiarism: A Teacher's Combat Guide" by Jill Suarez and Allison Martin. A good resource for faculty with plagiarism questions.

Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA)
The WPA is a national organization of professional administrators of writing programs. At this site are several WPA position statements on issues of relevance to writing programs.

Cyber-Plagiarism Detection and Prevention
This Penn State site may be the most comprehensive available on internet and digital-media plagiarism and plagiarism in general.

Monitor on Psychology on Internet Plagiarism
"Keeping plagiarism at bay in the Internet age," by Bridget Murray (February 2002), focuses on what instructors can do to prevent plagiarism. One click away is another related article by Ms. Murray, "Technological tools to detect plagiarism," which includes a link to the service

Oberlin College's Readings on Plagiarism
This site gives you access to articles on plagiarism from the Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times, as well as as the book, Student Cheating and Plagiarism in the Internet Era.

Online Writing Lab (OWL)
This Purdue University site offers some valuable resources for students to improve their writing, such as handouts, PowerPoint presentations and hypertext workshops.

Open Colleges
This site provides links to a dozen articles, studies, and other resources on plagiarism, plus clear explanations of the different kinds of plagiarism, ways to recognize it, and ways to avoid it.

Oral Presentations
Guidelines for giving an oral presentation. Written for faculty presentations but relevant to students.

Oxford Brookes University Plagiarism Prevention Resources
The Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development in the UK assembled this excellent resource site entitled Deterring Plagiarism in Higher Education.

Plagiarism in Colleges in the U.S.A.

This definitive Web book by Ronald B. Standler (2000) covers the legal side of plagiarism including the following topics: sources of plagiarized works, laws against plagiarism (copyright, trademark, fraud and statutes about term paper sales) and more.

Plagiarism software
This site contains a paper on plagiarism software entitled, "Plagiarism by Adult Learners Online: A case study in detection and remediation," written by Christine Jacoy California State University, and David DiBiase, Penn State. It was published the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (

Plagiarism Quiz
Indiana University off a ready-made quiz on plagiarism that helps clarify the definitions and differences.

Princeton's Presentation Skills for Faculty

Princeton's Presentation Skills for Students

Purdue University's Avoiding Plagiarism
This site concisely addresses the important basics, such as when to give credit, what is common knowledge and what are gray areas. It ends with a practice exercises of vert short cases.

Questia Online Library
Questia promotes itself as "The world's largest online library of over 45,000 books and 360,000 journal, magazine and newspaper articles." It offers a plagiarism detection service as well.

Study Skills Help Page MTSU
This site offers many study skills links for students.

That Cheating Heart, Mississippi State University Libraries

University of Minnesota Study Strategies
Includes time management, memory techniques, motivation, test-taking skills and much more.

Writing Tutorial Services
This Indiana University site contains easy-to-read pamphlet on how to write, cite, proofread and avoid plagiarism.

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Models of Instructional Technology Applications

Distance Education Resources
Excellent advice on designing and implementing distance learning courses, plus a brief history of distance education.

Ebook Educating the Net Generation
Educause brings you this multimedia collection of chapter that explore the Net Generation, the first generation to have grown up with information technology and the implications of their unique experience for higher education, including curricula, teaching, classroom and lab space design, service, faculty development. This volumes examines these young students' learning preferences, attitudes, aptitudes and expectations and how they depart from those of today's faculty and administrators. You may download this ebook at no cost as an html or pdf document.

E-Learning Guru
This playful, lighthearted site contains links to practical information in layperson's language for the e-learning community, including "how to" articles, white papers, templates, book summaries, calculators and other rich e-learning sites.

E-Learning Reviews

The Swiss Centre for Innovations in Learning (SCIL Switzerland) and the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning (SCIL Stanford) together have created this website on e-learning to facilitate tracking and reviewing the research literature on e-learning across the disciplines.

Internet-based Resources
James O'Donnell, a classicist at the University of Pennsylvania, created this page to introduce, describe and exemplify new Internet-based resources for teaching that are already available and easy to use.

Learning Possibilities Through Instructional Technology

Dorothy Frayer provides specific examples (via links) of Learning Possibilities Through Instructional Technology. This is from 1997 so not all of the links work but it is still very useful.

Learning Technology Consortium
The LTC website is dedicated to issues related to teaching, learning and technology, with specific links related to effective practices, training and classroom design and support.

MERLOT, the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, is a vast, open resource for faculty and students in higher education. It contains an ever-growing database of online learning materials, peer reviews of materials and assignments in just about every academic and professional field of study.

Online Instruction Using Learning Objects
Developed by the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, this site is a comprehensive resource on "learning objects" -- that is, chunks of educational content that can be reused, referenced and regrouped in different combinations for various learning environments to facilitate object-oriented programming.

Syllabus Media Group: Campus Technology
An online magazine that also has a schedule of conferences related to how technology is used to support teaching and learning.

Teaching Learning Technology Group (TiLT)
Showcases an assortment of technological applications to enhance student learning and development.

The Node
Highly recommended site on teaching, technology and distance learning.

Web Tools Newsletter
This is a free weekly newsletter supported by the Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) at the City University of Hong Kong. Anyone can subscribe. It features articles related to technology and teaching and learning (e.g., quality control and standards for instructional design).

A faculty resource site on teaching students how to use the web to gather and analyze information and draw their own conclusions from it; has a search function.

WebQuests, Complete Guide
Advice on designing and assigning WebQuests along with examples of effective WebQuests.

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PowerPoint: Effective Uses

How to create an effective PowerPoint presentation [.doc]

More Advice with PowerPoint

The cons of PowerPoint

The pros of PowerPoint

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Research on Teaching

List of Journals on College Teaching

List of Teaching Conferences

Current Issues in Education
College of Education, Arizona State University

Education Review  
A journal of book reviews

Electronic Journals in Education

This site lists and links to cost-free, peer-reviewed, scholarly, electronic journals in education from around the world. It was assembled by the American Education Research Association (AERA) Special Interest Group (SIG) on the Communication of Research. Here are links to just a few such journals that are based in the U.S.

Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
(JoSoTL) Indiana University

Journal of Technology, Learning, and Assessment (JTLA)

Library Resources on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
Indiana University libraries list journals, by discipline, that publish the scholarship of teaching and learning. They also provide lists of and links to SoTL databases for literature search and research notification (awareness) tools.

Mixed-Level Education Journals [.pdf]
The Instructional Resources Center at the University of California, Irvine put together this annotated, 25-page list "mixed" education journals addressing teaching in K-12 and higher education in all disciplines. The journals are listed in alphabetical order and linked to the journal website if one exists. The 2002 document is a pdf file that can be downloaded.

Teaching Journals by Discipline
The Teaching and Learning Center at Eastern Kentucky University has developed and constantly updates a disciplinary grid with links to college-level teaching journals and their submission instructions arranged by discipline.

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University Support Services for Instructors

Academic Success Center
Customer Relations and Learning Technologies
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Disability Services
Clemson Computing and Information Technology
Learning Communities
Michelin Career Center
Pearce Center for Professional Communication
Redfern Health Center
Robert J. Rutland Center for Ethics

Virtual Classroom Visits
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at Iowa State University, in conjunction with ISU's Instructional Technology Center (ITC), produced and posted a number of short video segments (five to 13 minutes) showing real faculty implementing exemplary teaching strategies. The topics include active learning, interactive lecturing, group quizzes, midterm formative feedback and first-day tips for large classes. You will need RealPlayer to view these video clips.

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