Tools and Resources

Top Downloaded Tools and Resources at Penn State

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

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.

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

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.

Three examples of simple mid-semester feedback questionnaires.

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

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

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

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

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 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.

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

This document describes strategies for encouraging and enabling students in large classes to participate in class.

This classroom observation form (faculty peer evaluation) provides both scaled and open-ended questions for use by anyone who is observing an instructor.