White Papers

7/29/14: All the links on this page have been updated to open here as PDFs.

This page contains documents created either at the request of my department or on my own initiative for particular groups or issues, or to promote AEC (Academic Excellence Centers) services. Some of the information on the documents is outdated, but they are presented here as examples of requested writing. The Approaches to Teaching and Learning Series ran from 2009-2013.


Open and download each document individually below or view the entire collection on Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/collections/5033760/Faculty-Dev-White-Papers

Grading Green: Online Strategies for Grading in an Era of Budget Cuts

Created at the request of the Office of Teaching, Learning & Academic Professional Development to suggest paper-saving methods to faculty who might currently make paper copies of student work to be graded.

Mac Fluency: Getting to Know Mac Near You

Created at the request of the Office of Teaching, Learning & Academic Professional Development to familiarize faculty with the differences between the Mac and Windows operating systems, so that they might better address student needs in light of the increasing popularity of Macs among consumers. Faculty were offered opportunities to learn about Macs in the AECs.

What’s the Difference between Collaborative and Cooperative Learning?

Created at the request of the Office of Teaching, Learning & Academic Professional Development to distinguish between the terms collaborative learning and cooperative learning at the beginning of a college initiative to address students’ successful completion of remedial courses.

Mobile Devices as Classroom Response Systems

Created at the request of the Office of Teaching, Learning & Academic Professional Development, this document reviews the concept and a few examples of class response systems, in order to help a committee make an informed decision on choosing one system, preferably a campus-wide choice for consistency. I was not informed of any resulting action taken on the project.

Approaches to Teaching and Learning

[Originally called AEC Approaches to Teaching and Learning] Open and download each document individually below or see the whole collection on Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/collections/4387430/Approaches-to-Teaching-Learning-Flyers

This project was awarded the following Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan-C) Effective Practice: “Engaging Faculty in Teaching and Learning: Pedagogy Flyer Series.”

I designed, developed, and suggested this series of one-page documents that were sent periodically to faculty, about twice every semester, as in-line emails. I also posted the documents in my lab for viewing. My motive was to remind faculty that the office existed not only for training in the how-to of using technology, but also to advise on the pedagogical why. The documents were not meant to exhaust a subject, but to feed curiosity that leads to more exploration. Some of the documents led to face-to-face workshops and were recommended as pre-workshop materials for attendees. I wrote all documents in this series and the series has not been kept up after my retirement. Each document answers these three questions:

  • what is it?
  • what does it look like in practice?
  • how does such a method fit into my course?

I’ve changed the links below to versions of the documents without the original institutional logos and office titles. The documents were originally created with Microsoft Publisher; then I revised them with LibreOffice to be consistent in style.

Backward Design

Problem-Based Learning

Learning Styles

Lecture Capture

Planned as the fourth document in the series, it was suggested by the Office of Teaching, Learning & Academic Professional Development that the document be appended with an account of the college pilot of lecture capture software, specifically Camtasia Relay, the second of such products piloted at Tri-C. The original document distributed to faculty contained a second page of college-specific interest. The linked version here does not contain that second page.

Experiential Learning/Education

Just in Time Teaching

Instructional Rubrics for Teaching & Learning

Social Bookmarking in the Classroom

Blogging in the Classroom

Cloud in the Classroom: Google Docs

Digital Storytelling

ePortfolios in the Classroom

Why Use a Wiki?

Mind Mapping

Mobile Devices in the Classroom

Curation Tools in the Classroom

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