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Outside Resources

Publication Resources

The IDEA Center

The IDEA Center is a non-profit organization that originated at Kansas State University. Its mission is to support colleges and universities in their efforts to improve teaching, learning and leadership development. The web site offers a wealth of information to include the following sets of downloadable PDF papers:

1) The IDEA Papers: downloadable PDF essays on an array of teaching and learning issues from designing a course to assigning grades, from effective lecturing to active learning strategies

2) POD-IDEA Center Notes on Instruction: downloadable PDF papers addressing the 20 items on the IDEA Center student evaluation form that focus on the instructor (e.g., the instructor displayed a personal interest in students and their learning)

3) POD-IDEA Center Notes on Learning: downloadable PDF papers addressing the 12 items on the IDEA Center student evaluation form that deal with possible learning objectives (e.g., gaining factual knowledge or learning fundamental principles)


Essays on Teaching Excellence

The Essays on Teaching Excellence series is a collection of downloadable PDF scholarly essays published by the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network (the professional organization for educational developers). The research-based essays address a variety of teaching issues in higher education.


The National Teaching and Learning Forum

The NTLF is a newsletter available by subscription that contains excellent examples of teaching techniques to enhance student learning. The link on the left of the web site to the library contains an assortment of resources. If you would like to peruse copies of the newsletter, CELT has issues from 2002 - 2011.


The Journal on Excellence in College Teaching

The Journal on Excellence in College Teaching is a peer-reviewed journal written by and for faculty teaching in higher education. The Journal provides a scholarly forum for discussion about all areas affecting teaching and learning, and gives faculty the opportunity to share proven, innovative pedagogies and thoughtful, inspirational insights about teaching.



EDUCAUSE is, in their own words, "a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology." It provides a searchable database for publications related to instructional technology.


Campus Technology Magazine

Campus Technology is available online (daily) and in print (monthly) and offers articles, case studies and product reviews about available instructional technologies and their appropriate and creative uses and implementation. Note: the web site also contains very technical information and may present pop-up advertisements that would have to closed (unless you want to watch them)


The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle is available online (daily) and in print (weekly) serving as a source of news, advice, information and jobs for postsecondary faculty members and administrators.


Web Clearinghouses

MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching)

MERLOT is a program of the California State University system in partnership with higher education institutions, professional societies and industries. It is an online repository of peer-reviewed instructional materials submitted by postsecondary educators and made available to other faculty for inclusion in their course materials.



TED is a non-profit organization that began as a conference on Technology, Entertainment and Design. It's mission - provide access to "ideas worth spreading." The web site offers a collection of talks given around the world by prominent, creative people on a wide variety of topics. The site could serve as a resource for videos that you could use in preparing course material or that you could have your students view.


The Open Video Project

The Open Video Project is sponsored by UNC Chapel Hill and is a shared digital video collection. Video clips in a variety of genres are available. The purpose of the Open Video Project is to collect and make available a repository of digitized video content for teaching and research.


World Lecture Hall

The World Lecture Hall is an international online repository of links located at the University of Texas at Austin containing course materials (predominantly syllabi and course notes) . The materials primarily serve as a source of ideas for course development. A word of caution - while the site contains a large assortment of materials from different disciplines, it is not actively maintained and a number of links are inactive.


The WWW Virtual Library

Started by the creator of HTML and the web, Tim Berners-Lee, the WWW Virtual Library is an online catalogue to web sites offering a variety of resources in a wide assortment of disciplines. It is run by volunteers who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert.