Online Resources
Organizations Assessing Student Learning Collaborative Learning
Critical Thinking Diversity and Learning Large Classes
Student Engagement Lectures Leading Discussions
Plagiarism Problem-based Learning Service Learning
Using Technology Resources from Other Teaching and Learning Centers Journals

These online resources are the tip of the iceberg. More will be added over time. If you have a particular interest, the TLC will be glad to help you identify more resources.

Organizations and Directories of Resources

MERLOT "is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments." The assignments link on the home page is one of the more interesting features.

Journal on Excellence in College Teaching

Celebrating 27 Years of Presenting and Publishing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is available at:

Educause - EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.


Educational Journals

Journal on Excellence in College Teaching

Presenting and Publishing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is available at:

Assessment of Student Learning

Syllabus and First Exam Questionnaires by John Lowe
"The single most important factor influencing learning is what the learner already knows... The second factor to remember is that awareness of learning motivates learning..." Includes strategies to encourage students to read the syllabus and to self-assess their exam performance, among others.

Real Life Examples of Three Techniques
At the end of this review of Classroom Assessment Techniques are three concrete examples, one each from English, Psychology, and Biology.

Bloom's Taxonomy of various levels of student learning, ranging from factual knowledge to synthesis and evaluation. In addition, this site includes many print and internet resources on the taxonomy.


Cooperative/Collaborative Learning

Cooperative/Collarborative Learning resources will be coming soon! Check back.

Critical Thinking

Strategies for Teaching Critical Reading by William Peirce (2006).

"The Role of Questions in Thinking, Teaching, & Learning" from the Foundation for Critical Thinking is a thought-provoking article with practical implications for the classroom.


Diversity and Learning

Please check back at a later date.

Teaching Large Classes

FAQs about Large Classes
Extensive and practical answers to common challenges of large class sections, created through collaboration between Penn State faculty and their Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

Active Learning/Student Engagement

Motivating Students to do the Reading (September 1999) by Barbara Gross Davis, University of California, Berkeley from Tools for Teaching



Research on Improving Retention of Lectured Material
Summaries of three studies showing how pauses during lecture, density of information, and other behaviors affect student recall of material.

Leading Discussions

Directory of resources on Class Discussion from the Illinois State Center for the Advancement of Teaching.


Plagiarism is a website designed to detect and report plagarism and other forms of academic dishonesty.

Case Method/Problem-based Learning

University of Delaware PBL site
"Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional method that challenges students to work cooperatively in groups to seek solutions to real world problems. These problems are used to engage students' curiosity and initiate learning the subject matter." This site includes sample problems, syllabi, and links to other sites.

University at Buffalo (SUNY) National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science "... the use of case studies holds great promise as a pedagogical technique for teaching science, particularly to undergraduates, because it humanizes science and well illustrates scientific methodology and values." This is a very rich site which includes a database of cases for your use, and many related links.

This Samford University PBL page offers online articles about case method/ problem-based learning. The top of the page provides links to related sites.

The Case Method at Harvard Business School - a brief overview

Service Learning

Campus Compact syllabi database provides access to 200 high quality, service learning syllabi in a variety of disciplines.

Using Technology in Teaching

Educause Effective Practices and Solutions
Educause is a "nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology." This link is to its Effective Practices and Solutions database of shared faculty successes incorporating IT into the learning environment of their students.

World Lecture Hall "publishes links to pages created by faculty worldwide who are using the Web to deliver course materials." This site provides access to free online course materials from around the world; searchable by disciplinary area or course.

Just In Time Teaching: "Students respond electronically to carefully constructed web-based assignments that are due a few hours before class, and the instructor reads the student submissions 'just-in-time' to adjust the lesson content and activities to suit the students' needs...Students come to class prepared and already engaged with the material."


Resources from Other Teaching and Learning Centers

The Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University features hundreds of annotated links to these teaching-related subjects:

Go to (or -- one of these always works)

 "Undergraduate Programs and Courses in the Mathematical Sciences: CUPM Curriculum Guide 2004"

Thomas Rishel, "Teaching First: A Guide for New Mathematicians," Mathematical Association of America, 2000.  
This is a well-written nuts-and-bolts guide to teaching undergraduate mathematics.  It's relatively short and not too deep, but its brevity makes it user-friendly.  There is a preliminary version available online at