The articles, books, and links below are resources about teaching and learning for educators at the University of Delaware. Many of them have been distributed to new and contingent faculty on a USB drive.
Use this to make sure that your syllabus is ready on the first day.
Resources for the first day
- Weimer, M. (2015, August 19). The first day of class: A once-a-semester opportunity, Faculty Focus. Retrieved from http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/the-first-day-of-class-a-once-a-semester-opportunity/
This article provides commonsense ideas to help make your first day a success including remembering to smile.
- Gannon, K. (2015, August 3). The absolute worst way to start the semester, Chronicle Vitae. Retrieved from https://chroniclevitae.com/news/1498-the-absolute-worst-way-to-start-the-semester
The first day of class is much more than “Syllabus Day.” This brief article encourages you to consider ways to engage students from those first moments rather than simply chalking up the day to reading a document at the front of the room.
- Fink, D. L. (2005). A self-directed guide to designing courses for significant learning. Retrieved from https://www.deefinkandassociates.com/GuidetoCourseDesignAug05.pdf
This article summarizes a book that is the gold standard for a logical approach to course design that results in better and long lasting learning.
Applying the Science of Learning to Your Teaching
- Deans for Impact. (2015). Science of learning. Retrieved from http://www.deansforimpact.org/pdfs/The_Science_of_Learning.pdf
This brief document uses six simple questions gleaned from years of research into the science of learning to help you craft syllabi, assessments, and activities that engage students and meet your learning outcomes.
- Benassi, V. A., Overson, C. E., & Hakala, C. M. (2014). Applying science of learning in education: Infusing psychological science into the curriculum. Retrieved from http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/asle2014/index.php
This edited volume brings together some of the most important research on learning and cognition. It is designed to speak to non-experts and includes examples of real-world applications for your teaching.
Our colleagues in the University Library have also provided the following list of links to resources on their webpage that are of particular interest to UD educators:
- Library Instruction page: https://library.udel.edu/instruction
- Subject liaison list: https://library.udel.edu/librarians/subjectlibrarians/
- InterLibrary Loan: https://library.udel.edu/interlibraryloan/
- Course Reserves: https://library.udel.edu/reserve/
- Special Collections: https://library.udel.edu/spec/
- Film and Video Collection: https://library.udel.edu/filmandvideo/
- Student Multimedia Design Center: https://library.udel.edu/multimedia/