Aurora University

Teaching Resources

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
Doodle Simplifies scheduling. The scheduling tool you'll actually use. Find a date for a meeting 2x faster!
Calendly Simple, beautiful scheduling. Say goodbye to email tag for scheduling appointments, interviews, calls, demos and much more.
Dropbox Dropbox works the way you do.  Get to all your files from anywhere, on any device, and share them with anyone.
Edpuzzle Discover how to increase students' engagement and accountability with videos.
Educreations Teach anything to anyone from anywhere.
 Educreations Tutorial 
edX Best Courses. Top Institutions.  Learn anytime, anywhere.
iUniversity Learn All Major Subjects from Fun & Engaging Experts
Jing Enhance Your Online Conversations with Jing. Jing® is a computer service that lets you capture basic video, animation, and still images, and share them on the web.
Kahoot A free game-based learning platform that makes it fun to learn – any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages!
ooVoo Lets you video call with up to 12 friends. Send text, picture, and video messages, and lots more.
ooVoo Tutorial (NIU)
Padlet Welcome to the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world.
Photo Story Microsoft's Photo Story is a free Windows program that lets you create audiovisual presentations out of your photos and images.
Pixlr Make every moment beautiful with our family of photo editing apps.
The world’s best way to make comic!
Pixton Tutorial
PollEverywhere Live Audience Participation.  Engage your class in real time.
SketchUp The Easiest Way to Draw in 3D
Skype Free HD video calls
TED-Ed Build a lesson around any TED-Ed Original, TED Talk or YouTube video
Thinglink Annotate your videos and content.  ThingLink makes your content stand out and get remembered.
WeVideo   Easily create outstanding videos. Edit in your browser, IOS or Android.
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.




  • Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M. W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M. C., & Norman, M. K. (2010). How learning works: 7 research based principles for smart teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Bain, K. (2004). What the best college teachers do. Cambridge, NC: Harvard University Press.
  • 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.
  • Bernstein, D., Nelson Burnett, A., Goodburn, A., & Savory, P. (2006). Making teaching and learning visible: Course portfolios and the peer review of teaching. Bolton, MA: Anker.
  • Brookfield, S. (1991). Developing critical thinkers: Challenging adults to explore alternative ways of thinking and acting. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Brookfield, S. (1992). The skillful teacher. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Brookfield, S. (1995). Becoming a critically reflective teacher. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Brookfield, S., & Preskill, S. (1999). Discussion as a way of teaching: Tools and techniques for university teachers. Philadelphia, PA: Society for Research into Higher Education and Open University Press.
  • Doyle, T. (2008). Helping students learn in a learner-centered environment. Sterling, VA: Stylus.
  • Duch, B.J., Groh, S.E., & Allen, D.E. (Eds.). (2001). The power of problem-based learning. Sterling, VA: Stylus.
  • Filene, P. (2005). The joy of teaching. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.
  • Fink, L. D. (2003). Creating significant learning experiences. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Finkel, D. (2000) Teaching with your mouth shut. Portsmouth, NH: Boyton/Cook Publishers, Inc.
  • Howe, N., & Strauss, W. (2007). Millennials go to college: Strategies for a new generation on campus. (2nd ed.). Life Course Associates
  • Huston, T. (2009) Teaching what you don't know. Harvard University Press
  • McKeachie, W.J. (2011). Teaching tips: Strategies, research, and theory for college and university teachers. (13th ed.). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
  • Nilson, L. B. (2007). The graphic syllabus and the outcomes map: Communicating your course. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Savory, P., Nelson Burnett, A., & Goodburn, A. (2007). Inquiry into the college classroom: A journey toward scholarly teaching. Bolton, MA: Anker.
  • Walvoord, B. E., & Anderson, V. J. (2010). Effective grading: A tool for learning and assessment in college. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • 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.