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Online Pedagogical Tools

Rubrics: The VALUE rubrics are available for download as PDFs from AAC&U.  Alternatively, RubiStar provides the capability of customizing rubrics for your particular needs from basic templates.

Learning Styles: Information regarding differnet learning styles can be found on Richard Felder's site and on the VARK site. The VARK guide to learning styles provides a questionnaire that can be used with students to help determine learning styles.
 
Assessment of Learning: The Student Assessment of their Learning Gains (SALG) provides online surveys which can be used to assess student learning.  Instructors can modify a basic instrument or search the library for existing surveys from similar courses.
 
Exam Construction and Test-Writing: The link takes you to a very helpful page, "Writing Exam Questions," assembled by the University of Washington Center for Instructional Development and Research (CIDR), with links to resources, best practices, and guidelines from many colleges and universities.
 
Online Teaching and Learning Materials: MERLOT is an online community for individuals in higher education to share teaching and learning materials.  Here faculty can find peer reviewed materials that can be incorporated into courses.
 
Concept Mapping: One useful teaching tool is concept mapping. You can download a free trial of Inspiration to develop your own course concept maps. Credo is another concept mapping program, which generates the map for you.
 
Word Clouds: Try Wordle to generate word clouds - the frequency of use determines the size of the word, and it's a great way to analyze any block of text.
 
PowerPoint Alternatives: If you're looking for a way to present information in a graphically interesting or nonlinear way, try Prezi, which allows you to build layered panels using images, text, and video and then swoop in or out while you present (free Educator account with your .edu email address).
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