Sometimes I’m asked if there is an easy way to stay informed about the latest research on teaching and learning – without having to find and wade through actual books or articles. Usually this request is coupled with a caveat that one is looking for information that is also practical, that is, techniques and activities that can be used in the classroom right away.
Fortunately, several great online, free resources exist. I want to highlight two in particular that instructors will find valuable.
- Faculty Focus: This site publishes research-based articles on effective teaching strategies for both face-to-face and online courses. You can sign up for its free, almost daily e-newsletter to arrive in your email inbox or visit the site. The site also features reports on a variety of teaching issues, which are free to download once you sign up for a free account (otherwise, you must pay to access). Other fee-based resources include white papers on a variety of topics in higher education, several newsletters (both print and online versions), and professional development opportunities, such as online seminars, courses, workshops, and mentoring. The site also includes a job board and information about the annual Teaching Professor Conference. Finally, the site is home to The Teaching Professor Blog, written by Dr. Maryellen Weimer, an acclaimed authority on effective college teaching.
- ProfHacker: This blog at the The Chronicle of Higher Education offers short how-to articles and commentaries on a variety of teaching, technology and productivity issues. The bloggers are all instructors or students from different universities, and most entries are based on the authors’ actual experiences. You can subscribe via an RSS feed or follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr. In addition to the valuable posted content, the comment sections host lively discussions and contain many gems of teaching wisdom.
Again, these are only two of many online resources. We will share additional resources in the future. In the meantime, please share with us and the UO community any free, online resources you find valuable for your teaching.