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The links provided below are a convenient source of information related to a variety of teaching techniques and issues. Feel free to contact our office with additional questions or suggestions.

Authentic Assessment
The Authentic Assessment Toolbox is a how-to text on creating authentic tasks, rubrics and standards for measuring and improving student learning. We do not just want students to know the content of the disciplines when they graduate. We, of course, want them to be able to use the acquired knowledge and skills in the real world. So, our assessments have to also tell us if students can apply what they have learned in authentic situations. If we want to know if our students can interpret literature, calculate potential savings on sale items, test a hypothesis, develop a fitness plan, converse in a foreign language, or apply other knowledge and skills they have learned, then authentic assessments will provide the most direct evidence.
Case Study Teaching
The aim of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science is to promote the development and dissemination of innovative materials and sound educational practices for case teaching in the sciences. Our website provides access to an award-winning library of case materials and we offer a variety of opportunities, including a five-day summer workshop and two-day fall conference, for science faculty to receive training in the method. Our work has been supported over the years by the National Science Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Collaborative Learning
students work and learn together in pairs or small groups to accomplish shared goals. The sites in this section offer information about getting started with instructional groups, designing group assignments, and using groups successfully.
Course Design Tutorial
Is it time to really shake the tree and do something about one of your courses? This tutorial will give you a way to get your arms around what is typically a daunting task and will guide you through a practical, effective strategy for designing or redesigning a course.
Problem-Based Learning
"How can I get my students to think?" is a question asked by many faculty, regardless of their disciplines. Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional method that challenges students to "learn to learn," working cooperatively in groups to seek solutions to real world problems. These problems are used to engage students' curiosity and initiate learning the subject matter. PBL prepares students to think critically and analytically, and to find and use appropriate learning resources. This site at University of Delaware offers sample PBL problems, lists of conferences and other web resources, a bibliography of articles and books, etc.
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Team-Based Learning
Teaching Tips
An award-winning—and exhaustive—site that offers tips on everything from the first day of class, communicating with millennial students, and dealing with difficult behaviors to assessment, course design, and plagiarisms.