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CLT events & resources

Student Engagement

  • Making Thinking Visable: How to Promote Engagment, Understanding, And Independence for All Learners  
    Thinking routines are mini-strategies that can be used repeatedly in the classroom. They are easy-to-use sets of questions or short sequences of steps that work across various grade levels and content.
  • Engaging Diversity in Undergraduate Classrooms
    Learn why intercultural skills matter, what they look like in practice, and how they can be nurtured by instructors regardless of the courses they teach. This e-book examines the contemporary understanding of diversity as a priority and resource, proposes a framework for developing intercultural competence, presents key theories of intercultural competency, and shows how faculty can engage diversity for intercultural outcomes.
  • Creating significant learning experiences an integrated approach to designing college courses
    Dee Fink poses a fundamental question for all teachers: "How can I create courses that will provide significant learning experiences for my students?" In the process of addressing this question, he urges teachers to shift from a content-centered approach to a learning-centered approach that asks "What kinds of learning will be significant for students, and how can I create a course that will result in that kind of learning?
  • Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty
    Keeping students involved, motivated, and actively learning is a challenge. This book is a comprehensive resource that offers a dynamic model for engaging students, with over 100 proven tips, strategies, and techniques to help instructors motivate and connect with their students. The ready-to-use format shows how to apply each technique and includes purpose, preparation, procedures, examples, online implementation, variations and extensions, observations and advice, and key resources.
  • Student Learning: Improving Practice
    This book brings together an exciting group of international academics who are experienced teachers from a wide range of disciplines, all of whom explore innovative pedagogy with the goal of enhancing quality of learning. This publication provides ideas and case examples of how different teaching techniques can work with diverse groups of students. The latest technological advances are discussed, as well as how to make the most of traditional techniques.

Facilitating Discussion

  • The Art of Discussion-Based Teaching: Opening Up Conversation in the Classroom
    Explores the process of creating open, student-centered discourse in your classes. Learn about different types of questions, responses, and follow-up moves that are associated with both open and closed discourse. Identify open and closed discourse opportunities by examining an entire unit of instruction, and by looking closely at three distinct types of discussions—framing, conceptual, and application. Learn specific discourse moves, the patterns of discussion, and the types of accountability strategies needed to construct each of these discussions.

Creative Lectures

  • The course syllabus: a learning-centered approach
    When it was first published, The Course Syllabus became the gold standard reference for both new and experienced college faculty. Like the first edition, this book is based on a learner-centered approach. Today's syllabus provides details about course objectives, requirements and expectations, and also includes information about teaching philosophies, specific activities and the rationale for their use, and tools essential to student success.
  • An Instructor Primer for Adjunct and New Faculty
    Included are many techniques to improve instruction beyond delivering a more spirited lecture, such as, planning for instruction, applying knowledge of learning processes, questioning during discussions, methods of meeting different learning styles, and student assessment. Also important to note is the section on assessment of one's performance by students and other faculty members. Gives a comprehensive picture of the challenges faced by any part time or full time faculty member.

Guide Author

Eric Howd
Instructional Designer
Center for Learning and Teaching
(607) 777-6360


Hiton Baxter
Project Coordinator
Center for Learning and Teaching
(607) 777-6376


The Center for Learning and Teaching is at LN 1322

Enter the Library building in passage near the Computer Center (closest to Union clock tower)


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