Welcome to the Teaching Handbook, your guide to teaching resources at Western Washington University. Please explore this guide for ideas and direction to support your teaching endeavors, and consider doing a Customized Resource Request for personalized assistance.
This section describes how to plan and design for the variability present in today’s postsecondary classrooms. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework that incorporates flexibility into the curriculum from the outset in order to avoid time-consuming retrofitting after the fact. UDL helps faculty members and instructional designers plan their curriculum in ways that reduce barriers to learning and facilitate meaningful participation by all students.
Backward design outlines a course planning approach that starts with identification of key learning goals. These goals then inform the identification of teaching/learning activities and student assessments, in order to create alignment between these components. Key principles in Wiggins and McTighe’s (2000, 2nd ed.) Understanding by design are summarized on this site. Student learning and performance can be improved through the use of backward design for course planning.
Created by the Center for Educational Innovation (University of Minnesota), this five-part tutorial walks instructors through the steps of creating a syllabus according to the principles of integrated course design.
This tutorial is an online version of a workshop developed by “On the Cutting Edge,” a geosciences professional development program. Key topics include setting goals, designing the course, and following through after the initial design phase. Although the focus is on the geosciences, the tutorial authors describe their process as “generic” and applicable to other disciplines.
Scripta Paedagogica Online
Scripta Paedagogica Online is a digital text archive history of education in German-speaking countries. It includes printings from the 18th to 20th century, among them Educational journals from the year 1766 onwards Religious educational journals from the year 1836 onwards Educational reference books of the years of appearing between 1774 and 1942 Directories of Berlin teachers from the middle of the 19th century to 1945 School programs / annual reports of Prussian higher schools Educational writings Children’s books Courses (GDR)
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
is an open, double-blind peer reviewed electronic journal published twice per year by the Centers for Teaching & Technology at Georgia Southern University. The journal is an international forum for information and research about the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and its implications for higher/tertiary education. Anchored in inquiry and engagement, the scholarship of teaching and learning re-conceptualizes teaching as an ongoing and scholarly process with an emphasis on bringing about improved student learning (Huber & Morreale, 2002). SoTL is a key way to support the continuous transformation of academic communities and cultures.
Curriculum and Pedagogy Research Articles
The VU Research Repository (previously known as VUIR) is an open access repository that contains the research papers and theses of VU staff and higher degree research students.
Brown University Sheridan Center
The Sheridan Center is a place where faculty, graduate students and postdocs come together from across the disciplines to inquire about, explore, and reflect upon teaching and learning as ongoing and collaborative processes. Our programs, services and resources are available to all members of the Brown community, including full-time and part-time faculty, postdoctoral fellows, teaching fellows, and teaching assistants.
MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
In 1998, a State Higher Education Executives Organization/American Productivity and Quality Center (SHEEO/APQC) benchmarking study on faculty development and instructional technology selected the CSU-CDL as one of six best practices centers in North America. Visitations to the CSU-CDL by higher education institutions participating in the benchmarking students resulted in interest in collaborating with the CSU on the MERLOT project.
The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCSTS)
The mission of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCSTS) is to promote the nationwide application of active learning techniques to the teaching of science, with a particular emphasis on case studies and problem-based learning.
Carnegie Mellon University’s Enhancing Education
Eberly Center is a hub for CMU faculty and program-level technology-enhanced teaching and learning initiatives and serves as a leading global resource The Eberly Center is proud to be a part of the Simon Initiative, in part because Herb Simon was a central figure and key advisor in the Center’s history.
University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT)
CRLT is dedicated to the support and advancement of evidence-based learning and teaching practices and the professional development of all members of the campus teaching community. CRLT partners with faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and administrators to develop and sustain a university culture that values and rewards teaching, respects and supports individual differences among learners, and creates learning environments in which diverse students and instructors can excel.
University at Albany’s Institute for Teaching, Learning & Academic Leadership.
Our focus is support for advanced learning at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students come to the university to develop perspectives, attitudes, skills, knowledge and habits of thought that contribute to their success in a complex world. They need to be increasingly adept in the analysis, evaluation, and management of expanding information. They also need to commit to professional practices guided by ethics and high standards. ITLAL provides opportunities for faculty and GTA’s to reflect on how best to help students achieve these purposes, how to put into practice the chosen tools and strategies, and how to assess their effectiveness.
Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide (FLAG)
The Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide (FLAG) web site was constructed by the College Level One Team, as a resource for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) instructors.
The Sheridan Center’s Resource Library
LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth.
University of Virginia’s Teaching Resource Center (CTE Teaching Portfolio Workshop)
The CTE offers a number of services and resource materials designed to enhance the teaching abilities and professional development of faculty and teaching assistants at the University of Virginia. The CTE is committed to the values of diversity, inclusion, social justice, and education.
Tools for developing and assessing a faculty teaching portfolio
Tools for developing and assessing a faculty teaching portfolio–both as a formative tool and as a summative evaluation of scholarly work This site is part of an on-going dialogue at the University of Texas at El Paso on the nature of teaching as scholarly work, its development in professional terms and its review.
As an academic, you might prepare different types of portfolios, including the course portfolio, the professional (scholarly) portfolio, and the teaching portfolio. The materials provided here focus on the teaching portfolio.
Georgetown University’s Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship
Our major projects provide opportunities for faculty to reflect on their teaching in a spirit of inquiry and innovation. These ongoing projects bring faculty together through events, dialogue, and collaboration.
The Curricula Workstation
The Curricula Workstation offers a worldwide free access to German and international curricula of subjects history, geography, social studies / politics and values / religion. It is based on the international curriculum of the research library of the Georg Eckert Institute – Leibniz Institute for International Schoolbook Research.
ADAM Leonardo da Vinci Cooperation Projects
ADAM is a project and product portal for the EU Leonardo da Vinci program ( “Leonardo”) commissioned by the National Agency for Education for Europe at the Federal Institute for Vocational Training and the National Agency for Lifelong Learning. As part of the European education program, the database provides a wealth of information and links to projects and educational products on education and training.
the use of contemplative/introspective practices and perspectives to create active learning and research environments that look deeply into experience and meaning for all in service of a more just and compassionate society
The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE)
The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE) is a multidisciplinary academic association with an international membership of educators, administrators, staff, students, researchers and other professionals committed to the transformation of higher education through the recovery and development of the contemplative dimensions of teaching, learning and knowing.
Resources from Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching
The ancient practice of contemplation is being explored by many institutions of higher education as a new means of enhancing liberal education. Research demonstrates that “contemplative pedagogy”-the integration of meditative practices into higher education-facilitates the achievement of traditional educational goals such as improved cognitive and academic performance.
It is a steadily growing data base for the research of educational situations and institutions and the reconstruction of teaching-learning processes and teaching settings. The database is open to all forms of case material and, in addition to instructional transcripts, also contains their analytical decryption.
The Fachportal Pädagogik is the central entry into the educational science information for pedagogues from research and practice. The study list provides an overview of the studies documented so far in the research data collection portal. The descriptions provide information on the particular study background and interest in the survey, the time of the survey and the place of ascertainment, as well as information on the survey method, the instruments and literature information used.
DaQS is a database offering of and for the quantitative empirical education research, which was developed at the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF). Within the scope of this service, instruments for recording school and teaching quality are documented and prepared on the basis of questionnaires and scales manuals of relevant studies.
Study programs for adult education
The “yellow series” of the DIE includes didactic structured inventory surveys on relevant topics of adult education. It provides professional knowledge based on scientific research. The books serve self-study, but they are also suitable as a course-accompanying material in study and advanced training. The systematic preparation of the respective topic also supports experienced specialists in assuring the theoretical and methodological basis of their actions.
DIE’s “green series” provides experts with proven action, current topics and tried and tested methods in adult education. The volumes are designed from the perspective of the field of action, convey application-oriented recipe knowledge and set standards of action that are oriented to the state of research. They are to contribute to competence and quality development in the practice of adult education.
Theory and practice of adult education
The “blue series” is the most traditional book series of DIE. As a forum for outstanding essays on a theoretical and empirical basis, it is an important infrastructure for the “scientific community” of adult education research. Students and academically interested practitioners are also able to find out about the central results of adult education research. In the past 40 years the series has contributed significantly to the formation of the discipline of adult education.
The Library Service Center Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) is a service provider for scientific and public libraries, archives and museums and offers databases, portals, support, hosting and other services. The BSZ is an institution in the business area of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg in the legal form of a dependent institution under public law, based in Constance
Hermeneutics as the methodology of interpretation is concerned with problems that arise when dealing with meaningful human actions and the products of such actions, most importantly texts. As a methodological discipline, it offers a toolbox for efficiently treating problems of the interpretation of human actions, texts and other meaningful material.
Hermeneutics: Interpretation Theory in Schleiermacher, Dilthey, Heidegger and Gadamer (Paperback) . Philosophical Hermeneutics (Paperback). Validity in Interpretation (Paperback)
This bibliographic database is the central access to the specialist information on education. In the center of the service are the specialist literature databases as well as comprehensive collections of information at the various aspects of educational science.
Education Worldwide , the gateway to educational information from abroad, belongs to the family of the portal’Deutschen Bildungsservers’. It offers basic information and internet resources to all interested – education researchers and educationalists. The is educational research in other countries in the future are a focus of the offer to education worldwide.
Hans-Georg Gadamer is the decisive figure in the development of twentieth century hermeneutics—almost certainly eclipsing, in terms of influence and reputation, the other leading figures, including Paul Ricoeur, and also Gianni Vattimo (Vattimo was himself one of Gadamer’s students).
Consequences of Hermeneutics
hese essays examine the achievements of hermeneutics as well as its current status and prospects for the future. Gadamer’s text provides an important focus, but the ambition of these critical reappraisals extends to hermeneutics more broadly and to a range of other thinkers, such as Heidegger, Ricoeur, Derrida, and Rorty.
Truth And Method (Gadamer’s magnum opus)
Written in the 1960s, TRUTH AND METHOD is Gadamer’s magnum opus. Looking behind the self-consciousness of science, he discusses the tense relationship between truth and methodology. In examining the different experiences of truth, he aims to “present the hermeneutic phenomenon in its fullest extent.
The Liminality of Hermes and the Meaning of Hermeneutics
Heidegger tells us, the Greek words for interpreting and interpretation—hermeneuein, hermeneia–can be traced back to the god Hermes.1 However questionable the etymological connection between Hermes and hermeneuein may be, hermeneutics, as the art of understanding and of textual exegesis, does stand under the sign of Hermes. Hermes is messenger who brings the word from Zeus (God)
The Relevance of Gadamer’s Philosophical Hermeneutics
My paper will address five key questions. If you are already familiar with hermeneutics, you may wish to skip the first two or three sections: I. What is hermeneutics? II. What is philosophical hermeneutics? III. What are some key concepts in Gadamer’s hermeneutics? IV. What is generally meant by the term “relevance”? V. How is philosophical hermeneutics relevant to the disciplines?
Hermeneutics and Phenomenology
“Hermeneutics” derives from the messenger god Hermes, who had to be able to understand and interpret what the gods had to say to humans. Hermeneutics is the art of understanding and the theory of interpretation.
Popular Hermeneutics: Monstrous Children in English Renaissance Broadside Ballads
Many types of single-sheet, or broadside, ballads from the English Renaissance present themselves as didactic works, despite a tendency toward sensationalism worthy of today’s tabloid press. Hyder Rollins identifies as the most numerous type the news ballad (A Pepysian Garland xi). Tales of monstrous children (the Renaissance term for deformed babies), an especially sensational type of news ballad, offer varied examples of how ballad makers produce spiritual revelation from sensational events.