Teaching Tips and Resources

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Classroom Teaching

Critiquing Student Work with Dictated Comments, Tomorrow’s Professor, Stanford University

Best Ideas of Teaching 2017, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Tips for Developing Students’ Note-Taking Skills, Faculty Focus

Note-Taking Strategies to Improve Learning, Faculty Focus

Estimating Student Workload for Your Courses, Chronicle of Higher Education
This brief article introduces the Course Workload Estimator from Rice University’s Center for Teaching Excellence – a powerful tool that can help you evaluate the work that you assign your students. See the accompanying essay How Much Should We Assign? Estimating Out of Class Workload” for additional commentary.

Accessibility MOOC: Designing and Teaching Courses for All Learners
This free course, a collaborative effort of SUNY faculty and staff, is a free self-paced professional development course that will help you gain a better understanding of accessibility as a civil rights issue and develop the knowledge and skills you need to design learning experiences that promote inclusive learning environments. It is designed to be completed in entirety by working approximately 3 hours a week for 6 weeks. However, you are free to move as fast or slow as you like and complete only those portions that you want.

Anyone may enroll and participate. It has been designed for faculty and staff in higher education at any type or level of institution.

Why I’m Saying Goodbye to In-Class Tests
How universal design can accommodate students with disabilities.

Diversity and Inclusion in the College Classroom
From Faculty Focus, this packet features 20 articles from faculty teaching at a wide range of institutions in the United States and Canada.

Learner-Centered Psychological Principles
These 14 psychological principles pertain to all learners and the learning process. They are best understood as an organized set of principles; no principle should be viewed in isolation. This document is adapted from the principles developed by the American Psychological Association.

Promoting Self-Regulated Learning
Written by Joseph Erickson, Education.

The First 5 Minutes of Class
Four quick ways to shift students’ attention from life’s distractions to your course content.

Top 10 Evidence Based Teaching Strategies

Concerning Classroom Laptop Use

Five Steps to Easily Refresh Your Course

A Brief Guide to Designing Essay Assignments

Teaching Resources, Carleton College Learning and Teaching Center

Syllabus Checklist, Connecticut College the Center for Teaching and Learning at

Student-Centered Links

Supporting Transgender Students in the Classroom

A Holistic Approach to Supporting Students

Responding to Students in Distress

Test Anxiety: Causes and Remedies

First Generation College Students – Feelings of Guilt

Faculty-Centered Links

Mid-Career Faculty: How to Stay Engaged, Fulfilled, and Productive

Promoting Supportive Academic Environments for Faculty with Mental Illnesses

The Art of Delegation

Open Doors: A New Take on Teaching Observations

Avoiding Burnout: Self-Care Strategies for Faculty

Tomorrow’s Professor
An e-newsletter from Stanford University and a resource for ongoing faculty-development tips.

Difficult Moments in the Classroom

Sound Idea Podcast: Difficult Topics
Featuring Sociology and Political Science faculty members from around the US sharing strategies they use in the classroom to make discussion of difficult topics helpful and productive.

Suggestions for Facilitating Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom
This packet of resources is companion to the webinar “Move Beyond Civility: How to Facilitate Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom.”

How to Talk About Diversity in the Classroom
This article from Inside Higher Ed describes how student leaders at a liberal arts college engaged faculty in conversations about race and diversity.

Managing Difficult Conversations and Conflict in the Classroom
These materials collected by Augsburg faculty Joe Erickson, Education, and Jenny Hanson, Communication Studies, offer guidance and specific models for how to productively engage in difficult discussions.

Difficult Dialogues, Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching

CUNY Handbook for Facilitating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

Responding to Difficult Moments, University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

Racism and Prejudice

The Nature of Contemporary Prejudice: Insights from Aversive Racism, Social and Personality Psychology Compass

The Racism Root Kit: Understanding the Insidiousness of White Privilege

White Fragility, International Journal of Critical Pedagogy


 

Mental Health and Wellness

Resources for Students in Crisis

The JED Foundation promotes emotional health and suicide prevention among college students and young adults.

Active Minds is a national organization with local chapters that promotes access to mental health services and aims to reduce mental illness stigma.

NAMI Minnesota (state chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness) has calendars of local educational and advocacy events. The NAMI Youth site contains educational and advocacy information specifically related to Minnesota youth.

Mental Health Minnesota has individual and policy advocacy programs and self-help educational resources for download or purchase.

Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery serves as a clearinghouse for information about Wellness Recovery Action Planning, also known as “WRAP.”

Speaking of Suicide,” the blog of Dr. Stacey Freedenthal, a University of Denver researcher on suicide and suicide prevention, has good resources for professionals, educators, and lay people.

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number is 1-800-273-TALK.

Crisis Connection, a Hennepin County resource, is (612) 379-6363.

 

Integrating Wellness Across the Curriculum

On January 7, 2016, Gen Ed (Jacqui deVries) and the Center for Wellness and Counseling (Beth Carlson) co-sponsored a workshop on “Integrating Wellness across the Curriculum.” Faculty and staff gathered to learn about and reflect on the data on student health, listen to faculty discuss their own strategies for furthering wellness in the classroom, and brainstorm next steps.

See the Executive Summary of the workshop to read about the specific data and strategies shared at the event.