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Teaching Resources

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Handouts & Short Articles

The following handouts are short guides full of tips and reminders for faculty as they plan to teach their courses. 

  • Group Selection and Discussion Strategies
  • Inclusive Teaching Practices
  • Questions to consider when developing your syllabus
  • The Case for Inclusive Teaching by Kevin Gannon (Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb 27, 2018)


Below is a list of books on reserve (under CETL) in the Perkins Library. Faculty may check out a given title either in person on the Crete campus, or can check out the title and have it delivered or mailed to another location. Please send suggestions for titles to be added to the reserve list by emailing or any of the CETL directors.

Books on Teaching Writing

  • Writing and Sense of Self: Identify Negotiation in Writing Workshops (Robert E. Brooke)
  • Small Groups in Writing Workshops: Invitations to a Writer's Life (Robert Brooke, Ruth Mirtz, Rick Evans)
  • Rehearsing New Roles: How College Students Develop as Writers (Lee Ann Carroll)
  • Everything's an Argument: (Andrea A. Lunford and John J. Ruszkiewicz)

Books on Pedagogy & Metacognition

  • How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (Susan Ambrose, Michael W. Bridles, Michele DiPietro, Marcha . Lovett, Marie K. Norman)
  • The Neuroscience of Learning and Development: Enhancing Creativity, Compassion, Critical Thinking, and Peace in Higher Education (Edited by Marilee J. Bresciani Ludvik)
  • Why Students Resist Learning: A Practical Model for Understanding and Helping Students (Edited by Anton O. Tolman and Janine Kremling)
  • Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills and Motivation (Saundra Yancy McGuire and Stephanie McGuire)

Books on Course Design

  • Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education (Thomas J. Tobin and Kirsten T. Behling)
  • Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (James Lang)
  • Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes (Flower Darby with James Lang)
  • Creating Engaging Discussions: Strategies for "Avoiding Crickets" in Any Size Classroom and Online (Jennifer H. Herman and Linda B. Nilson)
  • Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses (L. Dee Fink)

Books on Inclusive Teaching

  • College Students' Sense of Belonging: A Key to Educational Success for All Students (Terrell L. Strayhorn)

Books on Assessment

  • Learning Assessment Techniques (Elizabeth F. Barkley and Claire Howell Major)
  • Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time (Linca B. Nilson)
  • Thirteen Strategies to Measure College Teaching: A Consumer's Guide to Rating Scale Construction, Assessment, and Decision Making for Faculty, Administrators and Clinicians (Ronald A. Berk)
  • The Art & Science of Assessing General Education Outcomes (Andrea Leskes and Barbara D. Wright)
  • Assessment Clear and Simple: A Practical Guide for Institutions, Departments, and General Education (Barbara A. Walvoord)

Books on Reflective Writing

  • Journal Keeping: How to Use Reflective Writing for Learning, Teaching, Professional Insight, and Positive Change (Dannelle D. Stevens and Joanne E. Cooper)
  • Teaching Writing as Reflective Practice (George Hillocks, Jr.)
  • The Learning Portfolio: Reflective Practice for Improving Student Learning (John Zubizaretta)

Books on Working With Groups

  • Collaborative Learning Techniques (Elizabeth F. Barkley, K. Patricia Cross, and Claire Howell Major)
  • Team Writing: A Guide to Working in Groups (Joanna Wolfe)