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In-depth discussion of planning and writing a case study. Key steps discussed include identifying the reason for using a case study; drafting the case; and piloting and revising it.

This document offers a nice overview of Inquiry Based Learning.

Three examples of simple mid-semester feedback questionnaires.

This two-page handout provides a basic explanation of how to make and use rubrics to improve grading. Print references included.

This document, excerpted from the Penn State Teacher II, includes strategies for planning, implementing, and grading collaborative projects (aka team work or group work). It includes a discussion of group conflicts.

A handout that provides information and exercises on how to plan an effective class session.

This is a faculty peer evaluation form (peer observation, classroom observation). It has a "checklist" format, it does not have a scaled rating (Likert scale) format. This form asks faculty peer reviewers to note the presence of teaching activities/behaviors that have already been established as indicative of high quality teaching. This form is intentionally designed to be shortened by the faculty in an academic unit so that it reflects the unit's teaching values and the priorities of the unit. It should not be used "as is" because it is too much to expect to reviewers to evaluate; fewer items per section list will make the form easier for faculty to use.

The form was created based in January 2006 based on information in: Chism, N.V.N. (1999) Chapter 6: Classroom Observation, Peer Review of Teaching: A Sourcebook. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing.

This FAQ sheet addresses many issues related to attendance in large classes.

An easy to use graphical representation of updated Bloom's Taxonomy congitive domain, including definitions.

This PowerPoint presentations describes the instrument called the Perceived Difficulty Assessment Questionnaire and provides its theoretical background. A few examples of its use are also included.

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

Penn State Teacher II 1997. Compendium of teaching tips and advice from seasoned faculty and graduate students. Includes sections on Course design, matching teaching methods with learning objectives, teaching large courses, evaluating student learning, collecting feedback, sample syllabi, feedback questionaires, grading standards, plagiarism, teaching philosophies.
Authored by D. Enerson, R. Neill Johnson, Susannah Milner, and Kathryn M. Plank.