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This IDEA paper from the Kansas State IDEA Center Resources provides many strategies for improving essay tests.

This IDEA paper from the Kansas State IDEA Center Resources provides guidelines for creating effective multiple choice tests.

This PowerPoint about reading compliance was presented by Amit Sharma. It describes his research into factors that prevent students from doing course readings and strategies that instructors could use to improve reading compliance.

List of references and citations for creating inclusive courses and classrooms; and in support of teaching diverse students.

Links to websites about microagressions, stereotype threat, implicit attitudes (hidden biases), teaching for diversity, teaching in multicultural classrooms, diversity resources. URLs for videos about how microaggresions feel to recipients, reverse-microaggressions on white people (helps some white people understand microaggressions better)

Best practices for a welcoming climate for diversity. It is an activity from our Creating Inclusive Courses workshop. The University Faculty Senate refers to it as "best practices for a welcoming climate" in an Advisory and Consultative Report from the Senate Committee on Educational Equity and Campus Environment that requested we make it available on our website.
Please consider requesting the full workshop for your academic unit.

Inclusive Teaching packet of strategies activity, websites, citations, & handling hot moments. Note: the strategies are not intended to serve as a checklist of activities. Simply doing these activities does not guarantee that your course is inclusive! We recommend that you consider why each is considered inclusive and make a deliberate attempt to implement them as inclusive strategies.

This is a ready-to-use template for collecting mid-semester or end-of-course open-ended feedback from students.

This survey is used by the Penn State Berks teacher education program to assess student teachers for learning outcomes assessment (program assessment) purposes.

Provides access to information technology services at Penn State.

This book is a collection of 14 articles from the Journal of College Science Teaching that describe techniques that promote higher-order thinking and inquiry skills. The techniques are alternatives to lecturing, and range from small tweaks to large-scale changes for courses.

This document offers a nice overview of Inquiry Based Learning.

This document contains the guidelines for the Instructional Foundations Series short course to be offered in Spring 2017.

Instructional Foundations is a series of workshops for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and instructors
from all disciplines who have never taught at the university level (grading experience OK) prior to Fall 2016. The
series is designed to provide people new to college teaching with knowledge, skills and confidence they can use in
their first teaching experience.

The Role of Interactive Digital Simulations in Student Conversations About Visualizing Molecules
Yuen-ying Carpenter, Erin Rae Sullivan
Proceedings of the University of Calgary Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching, Vol. 2, 2017

Abstract
The visualization of chemical compounds in three-dimensions is a foundational skill in the study and practice of chemistry and related fields, and one which has the potential to be supported by interaction with virtual models. Here, we present a collaborative learning activity piloted in first-year chemistry which investigates if inquiry-driven interactive technology can contribute meaningfully to student conversations around this topic, and how students’ conversations and practices may shift when driven by feedback from an interactive simulation. Our initial observations from this pilot project suggest that students engaged in collaborative sense-making and discussion around key ideas throughout this activity. Students’ post-activity reflections also highlighted their positive experiences and increased confidence with the topic afterwards. The unique dynamics of these interactions lead us to propose a novel framing of interactive visualizations as participants rather than merely as resources in student learning conversations.

Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014
by Julie Thompson Klein, Ph.D.
Many consider interdisciplinarity to be synonymous with teamwork. It is not. Individuals engage successfully in a variety of solo interdisciplinary activities, ranging from borrowing tools, methods, and concepts from another discipline to teaching courses that migrate to a new hybrid interdiscipline. Moreover, a team may not necessarily be interdisciplinary.

This two-page guide offers a wide range of teaching tips specifically intended for international TAs.

Common questions that applicants for faculty positions can expect to encounter.

This brief document addresses academic integrity by outlining which students cheat, why they cheat, how they cheat and how instructors can reduce cheating and plagiarism.

This one-page handout describes the advantages of using a rubric for grading certain assignments and provides additional resources to help instructors develop good rubrics.

This document is the master Learning Outcomes Assessment plan for the College of Information Science and Technology.

The iStudy tutorials are designed to advance students' knowledge and skills in areas that can promote overall academic achievement, such as studying, communicating, and career planning. Faculty can use the tutorials to help students adjust to college curricula and expectations or add career planning tools to syllabi.

An introduction to college-level learning, focusing on areas in which first-year students often need to build skills.

A weblog tutorial for instructors and test writers interested in gaining a better understanding of how to use item (or test question) analysis. Item analysis provides useful information about how well test items ‘performed.’

This is a 2-page document describing the main statistical indices provided as part of an item analysis. It offers information about how to interpret each index.

This PowerPoint presentation describes how to us item analysis to determine the efficacy of multiple choice questions.

Information Technology Services site for students.

This website describes the variety of services offered by ITS to help faculty and students effectively use technology in their teaching and learning.