Memo to Faculty Series
The Memo to Faculty Series is a comprehensive list of resources for professors. It includes formal Memos to Faculty produced by the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program and informal links to additional resources.
For a complete index of all of the articles published on this website, click here.
Newly Posted Links:
New! "How Does Students' Prior Knowledge Affect Their Learning?" - Chapter 1 from How Learning Works: Seven Research Based Principles for Smart Teaching - by Susan Ambrose
New! The Design of Learning Environments from How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experiences, School - edited by John Bransford, Ann Brown, and Rodney Cocking
New! The Look of Music from the Harvard Gazette- by Peter Reuell
Memos to Faculty:
Additional Resources by Link:
"How Does Students' Prior Knowledge Affect Their Learning?" - Chapter 1 from How Learning Works: Seven Research Based Principles for Smart Teaching- by Susan Ambrose
A Useable, Trans-Disciplinary Conception of Scholarship - by Lee W. Andresen. Link to abstract at the Higher Education Research and Development web page.
The Use of Advanced Organizers in Learning and Retention of Meaningful Verbal Material - by David P. Ausubel
Understanding Great Teaching -Ken Bain and James Zimmerman. Link to article on Association of American Colleges and Universities website.
"Long Term Impacts of Faculty Development Programs: The Experience of Teli and Piedmont" - Peggy Barlett and Ann Rappaport. The free electronic online edition of this article is available on the Taylor & Francis website.
A New Paradigm for Undergraduate Education - by Robert B. Barr and John Tagg
How to Succeed in College: Learn How to Learn - by Robert A. Bjork.
Classroom Incivilities - by Bob Boice
The Assessment of 'Understanding' - by Lloyd Bond. Reprinted under Creative Commons, attributed to Lloyd Bond and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
The Design of Learning Environments from "How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experiences, School" - edited by John Bransford, Ann Brown, and Rodney Cocking
What Next? Thought and Action in Intellectual Work -by Nicholas Bromell
Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0 - John Seely Brown and Richard P. Adler
New Learning Environments for the 21st Century - by John Seely Brown
Exploring the Edge - by John Seely Brown
Components of Positive Student-Faculty Relationships - by Arthur W. Chickering and Linda Reisser
Learning Styles - by Don Clark
Bloom's Revised Taxonomy - by Emily Cruz, San Diego State University Educational Technology.
A Berkeley Compendeium of Suggestions for Teaching with Excellence - by Barbara Gross Davis, Lynn Wood and Robert Wilson
Why do Beliefs about Intelligence Influence Learning Success? - Carol S. Dweck
Theory and Researched-based Principles of Learning - Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, Carnegie Mellon.
Chemical Engineering Screencasts - by John Falconer et. al
A Way to Enhance Teaching - by Cynthia J. Finelli
The Power of Student Stories: Connections that Enhance Learning - by Peter Frederick
An Education for the Future - by Howard Gardner
Faculty Explore Tech Connections with Students - by Kim Glasscock. Silver & Gold.
Conditions Under Which Assessment Supports Students' Learning - by Graham Gibbs and Claire Simpson
Applying the Science of Learning to the University and Beyond - by Diane F. Halpern and Milton D. Hakel
Commentary by Martha Hanna
What It Means to Teach - by David Hawkins
The Roots of Literacy - by David Hawkins
Contemplative Practice: Views from the Religion Classroom and Artist's Studio - by Deborah Haynes
Contemplative Practice and the Education of the Whole Person - by Debrah J. Haynes.
Developing the Scholarship of Teaching in Higher Education: A Discipline Based Approach - by Mick Healey. Link to abstract at the Higher Education Research and Development web page.
Laptop U: Has the Future of College Moved Online? - Nathan Heller
Evaluating University Teaching - by Milton Hildebrand, Robert C. Wilson, Evelyn R. Dienst.
Problem-Based Learning in Literary Studies - by Bill Hutchings and Karen O'rourke. Link to abstract at the SAGE Journals web page.
Theory: The Elephant in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Room - by Pat Hutchings
Reflections on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning -- by Pat Hutchings
Use of Question and Comment Papers in College Teaching - by Ozlem Ilk
Discipline-Based Education Research - by Robert Kel
Teaching More by Lecturing Less - by Jennifer K. Knight and William B. Wood
Towards an Applied Theory of Experiential Learning - by David A. Kolb and Ronald Fry
Characterizing the Gender Gap in Introductory Physics - by Lauren E. Kost, Steven J. Pollock, and Noah D. Finkelstein
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning - No One Way - by Carolin Kreber
High-Impact Educational Practices: Who Has Access to Them and Why They Matter for All Students - by George D. Kuh. Link to summary and chart at the Association of American Colleges and Universities web page.
"Inverting the Classroom: A Gateway to Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment" - Maureen J. Lage, Glenn J. Pratt and Michael Treglia. The free electronic online edition of this article is available on the Taylor & Francis website.
Why Knowing About Disciplinary Differences Can Mean More Effective Teaching - by Michele Marincovich & Jack Prostko
Monitoring Student Cues: Tracking Student Behaviour in Order to Inprove Instruction in Higher Education - by L. McAlpine, C. Weston, C. Beauchamp, C. Wiseman, & J. Beauchamp.
Building a Metacognitive Model of Reflection - by L. McAlpine, C. Weston, J. Beauchamp, C. Wiseman & C. Beauchamp
Lessons Learned: Faculty Developer and Engineer Working as Faculty Development Colleagues - by Lynn McAlpine and Ralph Harris
Oersted Medal Lecture 2001: 'Physics Education Research - The Key to Student Learning' - by Lillian McDermott
Problem Students (There's Almost Always at Least One!) - by Wilbert J. McKeachie
A New Twist on Training Teachers - by Jeffrey Mervis
Colorado Also Seeks Impact on Campus - by Jeffrey Mervis
Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge: Linkages to Ways of Thinking and Practising within the Disciplines - by Jan Meyer and Ray Land from the ETL project.
Designing Networked Learning Environments to Support Inter-cultural Communication and Collaboration in Science Learning - by Marcelo Milrad, Marianne Björn, and Michele Jackson
Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights - by Robert P. Moses and Charles E. Cobb Jr.
"Knowing what Students Know: The Science and Design of Educational Assessment" - from the National Research Council. Link to PDF of the book on the National Academies Press website.
The Theory Underlying Concept Maps and How to Construct and Use Them - by Joseph D. Novak & Alberto J. Canas
Professional Development: Who is Responsible for Preparing Science Teachers? - by Valerie Otero, Noah Finkelstein, Richard McCray, and Steven Pollock
Commentary by Kathy Perkins
The Surprising Impact of Seat Location on Student Performance - by Katherine K. Perkins and Carl E. Wieman
Creating the Natural Critical Learning Environment: The Syllabus - Link to the Research Academy for University Learning website, Montclair State University.
What's the Problem With Quiet Students? Anyone? Anyone? - by Mary M. Reda. Link to the Chronicle of Higher Education web page.
Tomorrow's Professor - a Teaching Blog Edited by Rick Reis of Stanford University.
The Look of Music from the Harvard Gazette- by Peter Reuell
At M.I.T., Large Lectures Are Going the Way of the Blackboard - by Sara Rimer
Problem Solving: What I Have Learned from my Students - by James Sandefur
Infusing Diversity Into the Curriculum: What are Faculty Members Actually Doing? - by Susan Sciame-Giesecke, Dianne Roden, and Kathy Parkinson.
Toward the Integration of Meditation into Higher Education: A Review of Research - by Shuana L. Shapiro, Kirk Warren Brown, and John A. Astin
The Role of Assessment in a Learning Culture - by Lorrie A. Shepard.
Concepts of Cognitive Conceptions of Learning – by Thomas J. Shuell
Excellence: An Immodest Proposal - by Lee S. Shulman
Pedagogies of Uncertainty - by Lee S. Shulman
Teaching With Social Networks: Establishing a Social Contract - by Diane Sieber
Why Peer Discussion Improves Student Performance on In-Class Concept Questions - by M. K. Smith, W. B. Wood, W. K. Adams, C. Wieman, J. K. Knight, N. Guild, T. T. Su
David A. Kolb on Experiential Learning - by Mark K. Smith
"How Learning in an Inverted Classroom Influences Cooperation, Innovation and Task Orientation" - Jeremy F. Strayer. Link to article pdf on SpringerLink website.
Inverted Classroom - Robert Talbert
Articles, Resources, and Webpages on "Outcomes and Assessment" - from the Teagle Foundation
Teagle Working Groups on 'Big Questions - from the Teagle Foundation
10 Ways to Ruin a Perfectly Good Design Assignment - by Dave Underwood (Educause Blog Post)
The Conversational Classroom - by William Waite, Michele Jackson, and Amer Diwan
Student Culture vs Group Work in Computer Science Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education. - by William Waite, Michele Jackson, Amer Diwan, and Paul Leonardi
From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able: Learning in New Media Environments - by Michael Wesch
Making Explicit the Development Toward the Scholarship of Teaching - by Cynthia B. Weston and Lynn McAlpine
Commentary - by Professor C. Wieman
Why Not Try a Scientific Approach to Science Education? - by Carl Wieman
Engaging Students with Active Thinking - by Carl Wieman
Transforming Science Education at Large Research Universities: A Case Study in Progress - by Carl Wieman, Katherine Perkins and Sarah Gilbert.
Innovations in Teaching Undergraduate Biology and Why We Need Them - by William B. Wood
Your First Day of Teaching - by Michael E. Zimmerman. Unpublished Manuscript.
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