Teaching Resources

Materials from the Faculty Teaching and Research Symposia

Below are handouts and presentation files, links to Prezi presentations and websites, and information for books and/or articles mentioned at the 2015 Symposium. 2015 Symposium Schedule

Jennifer Buckley, EdD - Now What? Preparing Students for Life after College through Capstone Courses (PDF), Sample Job Search Action Plan (PDF), Sample Job Search Action Plan-Graduate School (PDF), Sample Job Search Action Plan-Brainstorming Sheet (PDF)

Kristen Esposito Brendel, PhD - Incorporating Mindfulness Meditation in Higher Education Classrooms (PDF)

Denise Hatcher, EdD - Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say (PDF)

Tom Jackson, EdD; Jim Varney, EdD; Miriam Ojaghi, MIT; Jennifer Kohnke, EdD; Craig Gaska, EdD - EZ TECH 4 Assessment? Who Knew? (PDF)

Debra Kennedy, PhD; Jeff Bulanda, PhD - Crossing Borders: Elementary Education and Global Justice in Sierra Leone (PDF), High Impact Conference Handout (PDF). Also,

here are links to the Jeff Bulanda International Academy in Sierra Leone: http://www.jbia-salone.org/, and to Deb Kennedy's Global Justice class fund-raising site: http://www.gofundme.com/lq6yck.

Kyle McElhoney, PhD; James Cain, PhD; Suzanne Repavich, MSN, RN, RCIS - Student Perceptions Regarding the Significance of Prerequisite Course Material (PDF)

Alma Rodriguez, PhD - Turning the Cookbook Around (PDF)

Terri Schroth, PhD - Giving Context to Teachable and Historic Moments: Terrorism at Charlie Hebdo (Paris, France) (PDF)

Anna Strati, PhD; Sara Knigge, MACI; Austin Pickup, PhD; Jack Barshinger, EdD - Incorporating Technology into the Classroom: Uses of Kahoot and Poll Everywhere (PDF)

Christopher Wells, MS - Marine Debris Research in the Gulf of Maine (PDF)

Pam Wicks, EdD; Stephanie Whitus, PhD -Two EdTech Tools for Interactive Student Collaboration and Learning In and Out of the Classroom

Faith Wilson, EdD; Joan Fee, PhD; Jay Thomas, EdD, Chris Bruhn, PhD; Meredith Harvey, PhD; Christopher Wells, MS - Strategies for Advising Undergraduate Research (PDF)

Sebastian Wyman, PhD - Inquiry Based Learning in Mathematics: The Moore Method (PDF)

Below are handouts and presentation files, links to Prezi presentations and websites, and information for books and/or articles mentioned at the 2014 Symposium. 2014 Symposium Schedule

Brenda Barnwell, MSW, LCSW, CADC, ABD; Jennifer Buckley, EdD; Libby Escobedo, PhD; Heidi Schlumpf, MTS; Eva Serrano, EdD; Mark Soderstrom, PhD; Stephanie Whitus, PhD - Models of Classroom Inquiry (PDF)

Christina Bruhn, PhD; Matthew Kneller, EdD - Assessment of Factors Impacting Retention of First Year AU Students (PDF)

Patricia Butler, MS - Organize your classroom presentations with Symbaloo. Also, here is a link to a livebinder.com tutorial on Symbaloo.

Donald Danner, MBA - The Pathways Commission-Recommendations and Implementation Activities (PDF)

David Diehl, MBA, EdS, CPA/PFS, CMA - Research Partnership: AU MBA Students & Woodstock Economic Development Commission (PDF)

Libby Escobedo, PhD; Martin Forward, PhD; Mark Soderstrom, PhD; Mark Plummer, DA - Strategies for Teaching IDS 2020: Trajectories of Human History (PDF)

Joan Fee, PhD - Engaging Students in Technical Topics (PDF)

Susan Hammack, EdD - Multiple Exposures + Variety of Ways = In-depth Learning (PDF)

Denise Hatcher, EdD - I'll Take a Little Spanish with That, Please (PDF)

Sara Johnson, PhD; Meredith Harvey, PhD - Beyond the Classroom: Cultural Diversity Experience and First Year Students (PDF)

Deb Kennedy, PhD - Global Justice Lessons Learned (PDF)

John Lloyd, PhD - Anatomical Clay Modeling (Active Learning) in Human Biology and the STEM MyTime Program (PDF). Also, go to YouTube and search "Anatomy in Clay" for numerous sites to investigate.

Amy Schlumpf-Manion, MA, MLIS - Using Phillips Library's Ebooks

John Mehrtens, PhD; Stacy Beebe, PhD; Deb Kennedy, PhD; Autumn McKeel, PhD; Stephani Richards-Wilson, PhD - Reading as Active Learning (PDF)

Tim Moran, EdD - Study of Interns' Perception of and Satisfaction with Experimental Learning (PDF)

Jon Ross, MA - Simulation and Role Play in the Classroom: The "CyberWhispers" Game (PDF). NOTE: This presentation included an all-group simulation. Contact Jon for additional information.

Terri Schroth, PhD - Using Authentic Media to Facilitate the Discussion of Social Issues (PDF)

Brian Vander Schee, PhD - Collegiate Competitions: Successes and Student Learning (PDF)

Christopher Wells, MS - Building Student Community through a Sailing Course (PDF)

Pam Wicks, EdD; Chetna Patel, PhD; Stephanie Whitus, PhD - Cheap (FREE!) and Easy Ways to “Carrot” Students through the Use of Digital and Web-based Technologyhnologies 

Faith Wilson, EdD - Using Skype IM Chat to Facilitate Online Discussions (PDF)

Debra Zahay-Blatz, PhD - Linking in for Learning

Materials from Campus Workshops and Sessions

Below are handouts and teaching materials distributed at the CETL sessions and workshops.

Best Practices in Student Engagement (PDF)
Jen Buckley, EdD, Sarah Radtke, EdD, and Mark Soderstrom, PhD, April 9, 2015 session

Discover Your Students: Strategies for Managing Distressing, Disruptive and Unexpected Classroom Behavior (PDF)
Student Information Expectations Sheet (PDF)
Statement of Self-care (PDF)
Sarah Mebane, PhD, and Cathi Hendrivks, LCSW, March 25, 2015 session

Emerging Trends in Educational Technology and Implications for Faculty
Phil Hill, MSEE, Educational Technology Consultant and Industry Analyst, March 13, 2015 session

Discover Your Students: Minding the Attainment Gap: A Classroom Level Approach (PDF)
David Reetz, PhD, September 3, 2014 session

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the IRB
Rebecca Pope-Ruark, PhD, Associate Professor of English, Elon University, August 21, 2014 session: "Scrum: A Project Management System"

Best Practices in Problem-Based Learning (PDF)
David Diehl, Libby Escobedo, and Sharon Miller, March 18, 2014 session

Assessments that Inform the Teaching & Learning Process (video)
Presentation Slides (PDF)
Workshop Materials (PDF)
Jim Pellegrino, PhD, Learning Science Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago, March 14, 2014 session: "Assessments That Educate"

General Education Pilot Courses: Using Case Studies (PDF)
Mark Zelman, PhD, March 12, 2014 session

Discover Your Students: Academic Tenacity--Non-cognitive Factors that Facilitate Student Success (PDF)
Grit Survey
Grit Survey - Interactive/auto-score
David Reetz, PhD, February 12, 2014 session

Best Practices in Leading Effective Classroom Discussions (PDF)
James Varney, EdD, November 13, 2013 session

Best Practices in Online Learning (PDF)
Jean Hess, EdD, Brian Husby, PhD, and Stephanie Whitus, PhD, October 11, 2013 session

Best Practices in Active Learning (PPTX)
Nancy Petges, Kelly Roush, and Heidi Schlumpf, September 27, 2013 session

Discover Your Students: Tools for Early Detection and Prevention (PDF)
David Reetz, PhD, August 22, 2013 session

Materials Compiled by AU’s Phillips Library

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning – Provides a link to the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.

For Faculty - Answers questions about citation styles, copyright and plagiarism, and includes instructions for students on how to conduct library research. Moodle course widgets are provided, along with materials and slides from the Faculty Teaching and Research Symposium.

Specific Classroom Tools and Technologies

Educreations Tutorial


ooVoo Tutorial (NIU)
Photo Story 
Pixton Tutorial
Simple WikiSpaces instructions
Wiki Tour – Pick your tour

Websites, Articles and Books

The below resources provide information on teaching and learning for both general and discipline-specific pedagogy.




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  • Bank, C. (2008). Empowering online learning : 100+ activities for reading, reflecting, displaying, and doing. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Barkley, E.F. (2010). Student engagement techniques: A handbook for college faculty. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Barkley, E.F., Cross, K.P., & Major, C.H. (2004). Collaborative learning techniques: A handbook for college faculty. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
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  • Filene, P. (2005). The joy of teaching. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.
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  • Huston, T. (2009) Teaching what you don't know. Harvard University Press
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  • Wehlburg, C. (2006). Meaningful course revision: Enhancing academic engagement using student learning data. Bolton, MA: Anker.
  • Weimer, M. (2002). Learner-centered teaching: Five key changes to practice. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.