I. Seven Principles of Good Undergraduate Education
In 1986, Art Chickering and Zelda Gamson set out to review all the available literature on good teaching, hoping to find basic common themes. Published in the AAHE Bulletin in 1987, these "Seven Principles" they found have been validated time and again by follow on studies since 1987. Further, integrating one, some or all of these will improve student outcomes, motivation and retention at the individual course, department or college levels.
II. Integrated Course Design
(Fink, Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An integrated Approach to Designing College Courses, pgs 24, 60 62). This is a course design model that incorporates much of the research on teaching and learning best practices and is being utilized around the country and the world to help faculty offer consistently high quality learning experiences. There are five basic steps to the process:
III. Bloom's Taxonomy
IV. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
Much of the materials and resources listed here come from what has been called the "Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL for short). This has been an emerging movement for educators to share with their peers what is working and what isn't. Or as one of the originators of the term, Pat Hutchings, describes it:
"it is a process which entails a kind of 'going meta,' in which faculty frame and systematically investigate questions related to student learning: the conditions under which it occurs, what it looks like, and how to deepen it and so forth..."
- Hutchins, "Promoting a Culture of Teaching and Learning". Learning from Change: Landmarks in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education from Change Magazine 1969-1999, pg. 2.
This body of research and scholarship is a pool any college educator can both draw from and contribute to as well (see the Faculty Learning Communities Program). It can be a great resource to address a specific issue or concern in your classroom without having to "re-invent the wheel".
SoTL Starting Points:
V. Good Resources/Links