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Lists of examples of verbs that can be used to construct specific, measurable learning objectives at each level of Bloom's taxonomy. Action verbs for writing learning objectives (or learning outcomes) for a course, program, or activity.

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 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.

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.

Brief explanation of several easy-to-use Classroom Assessment Techniques, with examples.

What the Best College Teachers Do
Ken Bain, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA (2004)
The publication, What the Best College Teachers Do, is based on a fifteen-year study of nearly one hundred college teachers from various fields and universities. Author Ken Bain tries to “capture the collective scholarship of some of the best teachers in the United States, to record not just what they think, but most of all, to begin to conceptualize their practices.” In this book, you will find insights on how to engage and challenge students

This file describes the characteristics of adult learners and strategies for instructors who teach them.

A problem solving scale with 5 levels of expertise.

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.

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

Penn State Teacher II -- compendium of teaching tips and advice from seasoned faculty and graduate students.

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.

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

This document describes several active learning methods for helping students learn how course concepts are organized.

This report focuses on using student ratings data in the faculty evaluation process and is based on Senator Linse’s original work (Linse, in press), with additions specific to Penn State and the SRTEs.