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Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning

Teaching Resources

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has researched and assembled the following resources, tools, and best practices on several of the most common topics and pedagogies in teaching and learning.  Resources and useful practices will be continuously added to our toolbox, so check back often for new and additional information.  If there are topics about which you would like to see more resources, please email us at

Tech Resources for Instructors:              

Official Apple iPad User Guide— a very helpful resource. Apple’s iPad user guide
Master your Major: An extensive list of apps related to specific disciplines. Link opens in iTunes. Master your Major
Video tutorials on Using Google Suite Applications including: using Drive for course management, using Google Classroom, using Google Forms for surveys and quizzes, and more. You’ll need to be logged into your Merrimack account to view. Provided by Dr. Michael Stroud. Stroud’s Video Tutorials
iPad usage basics including projection with your iPad, easy navigation tips, and an explanation of what those icons in your control center do. iPad Basics
Using Response Ware in the Classroom by Anthony Fernandez Response Systems
Flipping the Classroom by Raymond Shaw Flipping the Classroom    
Google Hangout for Office Hours by Christopher Stuetzle Hangout
Google+ for Online Communities by Michael Stroud Communities
Student Curated iBooks by Birgid Hopkins iBooks
Using Electronic Lecture Notes with the Notability App by Brandy Benedict Notability
Using iMovie for Student Projects by Anne Gatling iMovie


Other resources:

Tip Sheet on Working with International Students

Building Rapport with Your Students


A Brief Summary of the Best Practices in College Teaching from UNC Charlotte

Prof hacker: Teaching, Tech, and Productivity

Using Metacognition in Teaching from Vanderbilt

Online Learning Consortium Conference

Blackboard World Conference

Educause Learning Initiative

International Conference on College Teaching and Learning

What the Best College Teachers Do Summer Institute



Teaching Technique of the Week:

ConverStations: A Discussion Strategy:

This strategy provides an alternative to whole group discussion in which a few tend to dominate while others stay silent. Students are placed into  groups of 4-6 students and are given a discussion question to talk about. After a few minutes, two students from each group rotate to a different group, while the other group members stay in the same group. The instructor poses a new question on a similar theme. They may share some of the key points from their last group’s conversation. The next time around, students who have not rotated before may be chosen to move, so there is not the typical group stagnation that occurs.

From: Sarah Brown Wessling as featured on Cult of Pedagogy