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This document was created to provide you with a source of options for gathering data on teamwork assignments and projects. You may choose to adopt one of the examples as is, combine elements from several of the examples, or use the examples to identify characteristics that correspond to particular aspects of your assigned work, course content, or student population.

This document describes the difference between goals and objectives and provides lists of explicit verbs that help to write clear, action- and behavior-oriented objectives that will help you write objectives for students or faculty (depending on the focus of your proposed) that will demonstrate project success.

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 describes a specific strategy that provides a collaborative learning experience for students.

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

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

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.

This essay, written by Penn State's Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, John Lowe, describes several useful strategies for collecting course-level assessment about students' study habits and learning, which can be used to improve student learning.

A problem solving scale with 5 levels of expertise.

This worksheet can be used to help instructors develop classroom activities that align learning objectives with assessments and course activities.