Pedagogical Resources and Learning Tools

Best Practices
Carnegie Mellon University's Best Practices include facilitating online collaboration and interaction and using online assessment tools to facilitate teaching and learning.

DESIGNING COURSES: Instructional Design for Online Learning
Basic principles for designing an effective online course and links to various other resources.

MERLOT - Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments. You are welcome to browse the collection or search for materials. Members may add materials, comments and assignments to MERLOT. Membership is free.

Tips for Online Success
As the facilitator of an online course, it is important that you clearly communicate your expectations to your students. In your online course, you may want to include reference links to resources and tips for your students to use to help them be more successful online learners. Provided here are some simple tips for success provided by the Illinois Online Network  that you should share with your students.

14 tips to increase student interaction and learning in your online discussions
One of the ways that technology is expanding opportunity for learning is by extending the classroom through online discussion. Asynchronous discussions do not occur in "real time" but are more like bulletin boards to which comments and questions can be added by participants over time. Most of the suggestions presented on this web site are for asynchronous discussions, though many are also useful for synchronous forums as well. Here are fourteen tips to increase student interaction and learning in your online discussions.

50 Alternatives to Lecture (for online or distributed courses)
The motivation to find alternatives to online lecture is pretty obvious. Lecture alone does not work very well as an instructional strategy for a variety of reasons. This is true in the traditional classroom but is especially apparent in online courses where onscreen reading can be very tedious and recorded lecture hogs bandwidth without necessarily adding any value. In any case, recent views of instructional "best practice" focus on a more student centered and participatory model of teaching and learning.

22 Ways to handle technology enhanced cheating
Using the internet for teaching and learning often brings up the question of cheating. A common concern voiced by faculty is "How do I know that my students are doing the work?" While this question frequently arises in completely online courses, the existence of a variety of "cheat sites" (sites where students can download term papers etc.) on the internet may cause concern in traditional and web enhanced courses as well. The information that follows may be useful to readers interested in deterring "technology enhanced academic dishonesty".

 Plagiarism and Cheating

Online Resources for Faculty: Preventing Plagiarism
Although there is no way to totally prevent students from ever plagiarizing, professors can take measures that will definitely help reduce plagiarism cases. There are many online articles and web pages on how instructors should handle assignments to avoid plagiarism.

Turnitin Research Resources
Research Resources is designed to help educators and students develop a better sense of what plagiarism means in the information age, and to teach the planning, organizational, and citation skills essential for producing quality writing and research.

Virtual Academic Integrity Lab
An Online Tutorial providing an overview of academic integrity concepts and practical tips for avoiding plagiarism. The VAILTutor is intended to be an introduction to academic integrity issues for the higher education community.
Developed by Center for Intellectual Property, University of Maryland University College, 2003


MS PowerPoint for Mac and PC
PowerPoint is an “easy-to-use” tool for creating professional presentations. You can work with diagrams, images, animations and text to create presentations. PowerPoint also allows you to collaborate with other people on the presentations and share them live or online.


FrontPage Tutorials
Microsoft’s HTML editor makes the creation of a webpage as easy as the creation of any document.

Web Browsers - Get the latest web browser for your system


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