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This definition was prepared by the Teaching Excellence Committee, Teaching and Learning Consortium, Penn State in 2005.

Three-page overview of the steps in documenting one's teaching through a portfolio.

A handout that describes problem-based learning and provides an overview of the instructional steps.

This is a link to an online article that describes rubrics generally and also differentiates between holistic and analytic rubrics. Templates of each type are provided.

Tips for instructors who are designing writing assignments. Includes useful information about careful wording of prompts, optimal level of specificity vs. open-endedness, and decisions about graded/ungraded assignments.

This file is a brief overview of how to develop a rubric, which can be useful for grading essays or other student projects. Rubrics make grading easier and more consistent as well as provide information to students that helps them do well on the assignment.

This PowerPoint presents a research project by Peter M. Eberle and Anthony J. Hoos in that includes data collected by asking students about their perceptions of using digital textbooks, such as iPads and e-readers, for their course reading.

This document provides examples of measures that are classified as direct or indirect evidence. It provides a list of appropriate direct or indirect measures of student learning which can be used in the process of program assessment.

This diversity case study was designed to help faculty think about and discuss how best to address a classroom that includes students from diverse backgrounds. This document is most useful for faculty developers.

This case study involves a female professor and her response to a female student who has been teased by males (who are the majority of the class). This document is most useful for faculty developers.

This document is a case study that can be used to spark workshop discussion among instructors about issues related to race and ethnicity in the classroom. This case study would be most useful for faculty developers.

This is a case study written to help faculty members think about and discuss issues related to students making inappropriate comments in class.

This case involves an elderly returning adult student who behaves in a way that makes the faculty member uncomfortable. This document is most useful for faculty developers.

This document provides suggestions for holding diversity workshops for faculty. These workshops are designed to include diversity case studies. This document is most useful for faculty developers.

The Dynamics Concept Inventory is a multiple-choice exam with 29 questions. It covers 11 concept areas in rigid body dynamics and several more in particle dynamics. This is one of many concept tests designed to assess student's knowledge of particular scientific concepts.