General Best Practices

This page serves as a repository to disseminate and promote educational practices with the goal of positively impacting student learning outcomes.  As you utilize resources on this site, you will notice numerous references to best practices.  The term “best practices” has been used to describe “what works” in a particular situation or environment.  As consumers of information, we must keep in mind that a particular practice that has worked for someone within a given set of variables may or may not yield the same results across educational environments.

We invite you to explore the resources in the hopes that the information will prove useful in your classroom setting.

ArticlesHelpful Links

7 Things You Should Know About the Flipped Classroom
7 Things You Should Know about the Flipped Classroom. (2012, February). Retrieved from http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7081.pdf

30 Things We Know for Sure About Adult Learning
Zemke, R. a. (2007, February 9). 30 Things We Know for Sure About Adult Learning. Retrieved from http://www.muskegoncc.edu/Include/CTL%20DOCS/XXIX_No4.pdf

Are learning Styles Invalid?  (Hint: No!)
Felder Ph D, R. (2010, September 27). Are Learning Styles Invalid? (HINT: NO!). Retrieved from http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/Papers/LS_Validity(On-Course).pdf

Educators and Diversity
Wood, L. (n.d.). Educators and Diversity. Retrieved February 27, 2013, from Oncourse Workshop: http://www.oncourseworkshop.com/Awareness019.htm

Motivating Today’s College Students
Crone, I. a. (2007). Motivating Today’s College Students. Retrieved from http://www.aacu.org/peerreview/pr-wi07/documents/PRWI07_Crone.pdf

Nine Characteristics of a Great Teacher
Orlando, M. (2013, January 14). Nine Characteristics of a Great Teacher. Retrieved from http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/philosophy-of-teaching/nine-characteristics-of-a-great-teacher/

Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education
Chickering, A. a. (1987, March). Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education. Retrieved from http://www.uis.edu/liberalstudies/students/documents/sevenprinciples.pdf

Ten Worst Teaching Mistakes
Felder, R., & Brent, R. (n.d.). Ten Worst Teaching Mistakes. Retrieved February 27, 2013, from Oncourse Workshop: http://www.oncourseworkshop.com/Getting%20On%20Course023.htm

The Best Things That Educators Do
The Best Things That Educators Do. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.oncourseworkshop.com/Getting%20On%20Course026.htm

Collaborative Learning – The Global Development Resource Center

Cooperative Learning – Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSEweb.org)

First Time Teaching Resources – University of Oregon Teaching Effectiveness Program

Grammar Bytes

Making Lectures More Interactive – Lansing Community College Center for Teaching Excellence

Motivating Students – University of Oregon Teaching Effectiveness Program

Motivating Students – Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching

Teaching and Learning Resources – University of Central Florida Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning

Teaching Ideas – Cornell University Center for Teaching Excellence

Teaching Tips – Lansing Community College Center for Teaching Excellence

Teaching Strategies to Improve Student Learning – Merlot Pedagogy Portal

You Can Teach With Games – University of North Carolina Watson School of Education