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CETL RepositoryThe Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning invites you to browse the Resources and Scholarly Publications made available to the public. Feel free to download these materials as needed.

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Active LearningActive Learning

Active learning is a form of learning in which teaching strives to involve students in the learning process more directly than in other methods. Active learning engages students in two aspects – doing things and thinking about the things they are doing.

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Assessment Techniques

LATs & CATsRead about techniques that can be used to show that learning is occurring in our classes. Explore strategies designed to gauge learning within and across academic disciplines and instructional modalities, with an eye towards customized solutions for our classes. Discover how Learning Assessment Techniques (LATs) and Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) can be used to show what and how well our students are learning in real time, and what we can do to enhance student engagement and learning gains.

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Balancing Learning and Growth

Balancing Learning and GrowthLearning is the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught. Growth is the result of achieving positive changes in quality of life through broadening values, expanding life vision, and strengthening key identities. Integrating learning and growth requires deliberate planning, facilitation, and assessment. Explore an educational framework that promotes both learning and growth.

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BbLearn's Grade Center

Learn about organizing, troubleshooting, and displaying grades using BbLearn's Grade Center. Top 5 Tips

  1. show all columns to instructor, then delete all unneeded columns
  2. shorten long column titles, then reorder columns logically
  3. review stated grading in syllabus, then compare to grade center points
  4. enter scores for preview student, then verify calculations
  5. add "My Grades" tool, then view grades using preview student
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Building Online Communities

"When you TELL, who does the thinking? When you ASK, who does the thinking?"
— Mitchell, 2001

Building Online CommunitiesSimple community-building strategies can help students avoid feeling isolated and confused in your online course. Several models and tools feature frequent communication, shared learning spaces, and intentionally designed activities to build social presence and enhance learning and student support. Intentionally designed instructor presence, opportunity for dialog, and personalized learning experiences improve student engagement and promote successful outcomes.

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Copyright & Fair Use

CopyrightThe University of Idaho Library hosts an extensive website to assist the university community with issues of copyright. The homepage also functions as the University of Idaho Copyright Policy, and includes information on:

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Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Culturally Responsive PedagogyThe more we learn about learning, the more we realize the need to better understand our learners. Our learning population is rich in diversity, with students representing a broad array of cultural identities and reference points.

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Digital Makeover in BbLearn

"research has singled out findability as not only the most significant predictor of both self-efficacy and motivation among students in online courses, but the only significant variable that predicts these two key factors"

BbLearnTaking a student-centered approach to your digital course space is one easy way to improve student satisfaction. The first page of your course site should engage and guide students. Your syllabus and BbLearn course structure (including a transparent grading structure) should match. Use the Rubrics tool to provide transparent grading policies and expectations. Allow students to see their grades throughout the semester by utilizing the My Grades tool. Employ the Announcements tool to provide a lasting record of your communications. Use the Assignment tool to provide students with a simple digital workflow.

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High-Impact Practices

High-ImpactHigh Impact Practices (HIPs) have been shown to have a significant positive impact on student learning, engagement, and retention. Gain familiarity with the research on HIPs and explore an inventory of evidence-based teaching and learning practices. Faculty and staff interested in developing and implementing high impact pedagogies, practices, and programs are encouraged to review the materials listed below.

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Hot Topics

Hot TopicsPart of our responsibility as teachers and scholars is to investigate and discuss issues that are often controversial and around which divergent opinions exist. We want our students to speak up, but…we've all been there. We want productive dialogue and civility to prevail in a climate of mutual respect.

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Implicit Bias

Implicit BiasWhat can you do when you experience implicit bias? What are some “in the moment” strategies you can use to cope with implicit bias, particularly when it is directed at you? Review the resources below to help you adopt tactics which disrupt and reduce implicit bias in the classroom, with colleagues, and by supervisors.

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Inclusion by Design

Inclusion by DesignInclusive learning experiences don't just happen; they are made…carefully and with intentionality. Read the resource materials provided to learn about applied strategies for designing inclusive learning environments and experiences.

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Leading Effective Discussions

Upwards of 80% of college faculty report that class discussion is their dominant and preferred method of instruction. In addition to ranking among the most-used pedagogical techniques, scholars such as McKeachie have argued that it is also one of the most valuable. Leading Effective DiscussionsThere is, however, a distinction between "a discussion" and "a good discussion." Pedagogically, we should learn from the experience. Further, and perhaps especially in these times, we need to be able to facilitate effective discussions in our classes. Read the resource materials provided below to learn how discussion can be used to help students develop and present ideas, respond appropriately to others, and illustrate the value of logic, evidence, and collaborative learning.

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Meaningful Feedback

Our goal as teachers is to help our students learn. One sure-fire way to make this connection is by designing and linking good assignments to good feedback, and by giving students the opportunity to improve through our input. Meaningful FeedbackHow can you create "transparent" assignments that make sense to the students? How do you give good, useful, and timely feedback that helps student thrive and improve? How should you share your assessment of student progress and performance (including grades in BbLearn) throughout the semester?

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Metacognition

RubricsIf you are interested in meaningful critical refection, how students can articulate their learning, and how a simple “cognitive wrappers” rubric can help students become more aware of their learning experiences in the classroom, in the field, or abroad, please check out the resource materials provided below. Learn about strategies and models that help students understand, articulate, and assess their learning processes, experiences, and findings within, across, and beyond the curriculum. Faculty seeking to develop and enhance community-, civic-, and (global) service-learning classes may find these resources particularly applicable to their interests and efforts.

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Rubrics

RubricsA Rubric is an assessment tool which lists evaluation criteria for an assignment and provides a means to convey to students your expectations for the quality of completed assignments. Rubrics can help students organize their efforts to meet the requirements of an assignment and you can use them to explain evaluations to students. Another value in using rubrics is they can help ensure consistent and impartial grading.

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Screencasting

ScreancastingOnline screencasts can save instructors time by breaking down complex tasks in a repeatable online video format. Learn how to record your screen and/or webcam with audio narration to create instructional videos and tutorials to support learners. Find out how to capture computer or software screen interactions and convert them to helpful YouTube lessons for your students by reviewing the resource materials below.

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Scholarly Teaching & SoTL

SoTLIf we look at teaching and learning as a research question, we would reasonably look at what we're doing and ask: "but are they learning?" Scholarly Teaching is about structuring and delivering our classes with this question – and an attempt to answer it — in mind. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) takes this one step further by going public with the process and the answer(s). Both are curiosity-based.

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Service Learning

Service LearningTransform learning, inspire innovation and culture, and improve lives within and across a diverse local-to-global community through Civic Engagement and Service Learning. Explore strategies for creating impactful and sustainable civic engagement opportunities with academic merit and service-learning initiatives.

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Teaching for Learning

Teaching for LearningThere is a growing body of research examining the effectiveness of various teaching methods in the support of learning. Read the resource materials listed below to learn about how you might improve your teaching by studying this new science of learning.

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  • Ted Talk: Improve learning by thinking about learning (video)
  • Major, Claire Howell, et al. Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Educational Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016.
  • Doyle, Terry, et al. New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain. Stylus Publishing, 2013.
  • Scholarly Teacher Blog (blog)


Teaching Large Classes

Teaching Large ClassesThe best research on “teaching and learning in large classes” focuses less on "how large is too large" and more on strategies for engaging students (and managing our effort) when the faculty to student ratio induces the belief that something’s got to give. Use the resource materials below to explore the assumptions, challenges, and opportunities that come with teaching larger classes, as well as strategies to increase engagement, decrease anonymity, and balance instructional effort.

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Three-Minute Video Lecture

EDpuzzle, Screencast-o-matic, AWW-a Web WhiteboardWhen watching video lectures, student attention spans typically drop off after three minutes. Strive to create short, engaging video lectures that will keep your student's attention.

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Three Steps to Student LearningThree Steps to Student Learning

Examine the proposition that all learning—even the silent stuff—is active learning. Learn about strategies you can use to promote, recognize, and assess learning in its various forms. Based on research from the new science of learning, read about how to (1) gain and sustain attention, (2) facilitate cognitive engagement, and (3) provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge to different circumstances and contexts.

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Transparency in Learning & Teaching (TILT)

Transparency in Learning and Teaching(TILT)Based on an award-winning educational development and research project that helps faculty design and implement a transparent teaching framework to promote student success, TILT (Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education) consists of a number of strategies that can be applied across the curriculum and in various contexts, including assignments, curricula, assessments, and strategic initiatives designed to enhance student success equitably.

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Universal Design for Learning

UDL: Representation, Action & Expression, EngagementUniversal Design for Learning (UDL) explicitly acknowledges and addresses multiple means of expression, representation, and engagement to create meaningful learning experiences for ALL students. It is not about changing our teaching to accommodate individual students; it is about broadening our understanding of the different ways that students can learn and demonstrate their learning, and how we can build that into our classes and assignments.

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Zoom Webcasting

ZoomZoom, a robust web conferencing solution, is available to University of Idaho employees and students. Read below to learn about setting up a free Zoom account to collaborate with others synchronously online via video and audio. Zoom can be used to share your screen, provide break-out rooms, archive chats, record meetings, conduct online polling, and co-host guest speakers.

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