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The collection of links below is one of the projects done for the Nyack Summer Research/Writing Grant on the topic of Research- based Practices for the Expert College Teacher and Student. The resources are designed to respond to concerns often expressed by Nyack/ATS faculty.

For your convenience, the web links are divided into sections with annotated descriptions to allow you to use them for professional development and for facilitation in designing your mandated PDP(Professional Development Plan). The references were chosen for their readability and practicality and were selected to allow Nyack College/ATS faculty members to do more in-depth research on topics of relevance to them.

Subjects address here include:  classroom assessment, teaching with social media and web 2.0, enhancing classroom interaction, academic integrity, research-based teaching and learning strategies,  and cloud/on line learning.

Topic 1: Classroom Assessment

All colleges are being held more accountable for student progress. The following resources should be helpful to you in identifying and using assessment effectively and efficiently in your classes.

1. Assessment Overview

This website provides useful descriptions of various types of college assessment methods-a good place to start your research.

2. More Efficient Grading Practice

A proven strategy for faster and more efficient grading practice is described in this helpful resource.

3. In-Class Assessment Tools

This resource provides some practical tools for improving your classroom assessment plan.

4. What is Effective Assessment?

This resource suggests principles faculty should use in creating assessments for their syllabi.

5. Practical Classroom Assessment Strategies

Some really useful, faculty friendly assessment methods are described here.

Topic 2:Teaching with Social Media and Web 2.0

This group of online resources is comprised of research which focuses on the effective and efficient use of social media and Web 2.0 in the college classroom. The materials also include cautions regarding use of social media, such as Facebook.

1. Should Professors Use Facebook?

This resource discusses the question of whether professors should use Facebook to communicate with their students.

2. Using Web 2.0 in College Classes

 This website discusses the risks and benefits of using Web 2.0 in the college classroom.

3. Using Social Media

This resource summarizes the results of a survey of college professors, regarding their use of social media in their classrooms.

4. Risks of Social Media

The potential risks of using social media by college faculty are concisely described in this website.

5. Survey of Social Media

It is suggested that you download and save the extensive attached survey of faculty use of social media. The research is very useful to your understanding of how and why to use social media in your classes.

6. Using Twitter with College Students

This article describes how college faculty are using Twitter as a way to engage students in their classes.

Topic 3: Enhancing Classroom Discussion and Questioning

This section has a heavy emphasis on Essential Questions (EQ’s), a strategy that can transform classroom discussion by focusing on the “Big Ideas” of your lesson and encouraging critical thinking.

1. How to Ask Better Questions

Three suggestions to enhance your questioning techniques.

2. What are Essential Questions?

Essential questions are perhaps the best way to stimulate discussion and critical thinking skills. This resource explains what EQ’s are and why they work so well.

3. Rubric for Essential Questions

This resource provides a checklist for college faculty to self-assess the quality of their EQ’s

4. Sample Essential Questions

This resource provides samples from a variety of subject areas to help you get started.

Topic 4: Academic Integrity

The issue of Academic Integrity is a concern expressed by almost every Nyack faculty member. Following are four very practical articles regarding how you might attain that goal with your students.

1. Two Approaches to Academic Integrity

The two most common approaches to achieving student academic integrity are described here.

2. Developing a Culture of Academic Integrity

This resource is recommended as a follow up to the one immediately preceding it. It describes briefly how to develop a culture of academic integrity in your classes.

3. Copy and Paste Plagiarism

This study addresses perhaps the most commonplace violation of academic integrity: copy and paste plagiarism.

4. Do’s and Don’ts for Promoting Academic Integrity

What does and does not work in developing a culture of academic integrity.

Topic 5: Recommended Resources for Research-based Teaching and Learning Strategies

This section is comprised of comprehensive college and university websites designed for faculty development. These resources were selected for the quality and quantity of their content and their research support for content.

1. Ten Research Proven Teaching Strategies

This fabulous reference provides descriptions of the most heavily researched teaching and learning strategies. This is a great place to learn about what will work in your classroom.

2. FAQ’s about Effective College Teaching Practices

This is a terrific resource from George Mason’s Center for Teaching Excellence. It is a convenient listing of links answering the most Frequently asked Questionsabout college teaching practices.

3. Teaching Strategies and Resources

This is an exceptionally rich collection of links to research-based college teaching methods and resources from the University of Michigan-a great place to explore topics of interest.

4. Improving Teaching and Learning

Recommend that you download and save this free, comprehensive report on effective research-based college teaching.

5. Matching Teaching Strategies with Objectives

Once you have identified teaching strategies you would like to use, this article may be useful in helping you match them with your student learning goals on your syllabi.

Topic 6: Cloud and Online Learning

These websites have been selected to provide you with some supplemental general research and practical ideas for using online instruction and web-based tools. Specifics will be provided elsewhere in training sessions by designated Nyack specialists.

1. Top Ten Cloud Based Faculty Tools

 This extremely helpful website describes and provides links to the top ten Cloud web-based tools to support professors’ research endeavors.

2.Comparing Online and Classroom Instruction

Do online courses provide educational value equivalent to classroom instruction? This website provides arguments pro and con.

3. Online Learning Study

The rate of growth in online enrollments is ten times that of the rate in all higher education. This website summarizes a very important 2011 study describing this trend which now includes over six million students.

4. Pitfalls in Designing Online Courses

This resource describes common mistakes in developing online courses-may help you avoid errors in setting up your courses.