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Note: This collection of teaching resources is only a small part of what is available for faculty. If you have a particular interest and would like additional support, or if you have suggestions for resources or topics to include in this collection, please contact the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence.

Academic Integrity

  • Academic Integrity 101 - Created by Indiana State University's Office of Student Conduct and Integrity, this video helps students understand what Academic Integrity is and how to model it.
  • BVirtual Proctoring Service - This live, online proctoring service is a great solution for monitoring your online students. Starting in the Fall of 2013, Indiana State Online subsidizes up to $15.00 per test for up to two tests per student per course. The student will pay the difference of $10.00 per exam and the full $25.00 for tests beyond the allotted two. Please contact the Indiana State Online office if you are interested in using this service in your courses (812-237-2345).
  • Fighting Plagiarism with Technology - See page 12 of this document for an article on online plagiarism.
  • Keeping an Eye on Cheaters - See page 21 of this document for an article on cheating in online tests and the use of a proctor.

Adult Learning

Apps

  • Appy Hour: Apple STEMs - This collection of apps is designed for STEM students and faculty.
  • Appy Hour: Get Your Study On! - Need some apps to help your students practice strong study skills to prepare for the next exam? Check this out!
  • Appy Hour: Google It - This resource explains a variety of Google apps that are available for smartphones and tablets, including Google Drive and various add-ons, Calendar, Hangouts, and Sites.
  • Appy Hour: Go Viral! - This collection of apps shares resources for locating and editing images; listening to, recording, and editing audio; and viewing and editing video.
  • Appy Hour: Writing in the Cloud! - This list of apps is useful for both students and faculty who are in the midst of the writing process. It includes brainstorming, researching, writing, word choice, citation, revision and editing, and plagiarism checker apps.
  • Blackboard Mobile Learn – This app from Blackboard allows faculty and students quick access to many of the features in the web-based platform. Free.
  • Blackboard Collaborate Mobile – Download this app from your device’s app store. This app allows users to access and participate in Blackboard Collaborate sessions via a mobile device. While users will be able to view the white board, they will not see the webcam videos or other shared screen features. Additionally, faculty will not have access to moderator options.
  • Blackboard Grader – This app from Blackboard is specifically designed for faculty. It allows viewing of student submissions, creation of audio and video feedback, grading with rubrics, and access to the Retention Center.
  • Blackboard Student – This app from Blackboard is specifically designed for students. It allows them the ability to review their profile, alerts, course content, grades, discussion boards, and due dates. Free.
  • Critical Evaluation of Content-Based iPad/iPod App – Use this robust rubric to evaluate potential apps to use in your classroom.
  • ISU Mobile – This is the official Indiana State University app. It offers resources for future and current students, online students, and alumni. Free.
  • TBR Emerging Technologies & Mobilization - The Tennessee Board of Regents reviews thousands of educational apps. Consider their recommended apps under the APPology tab > Apps for Teaching.
  • Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps – Not sure what to look for in an app? Use this simple rubric as a guide.

Assessments/Assignments

See also Tests.

  • Aligning Assessment with Objectives - This is a robust tool for understanding the importance of assessment alignment. The Alignment button includes an interactive lesson designed to build your skills at aligning assessments with objectives.
  • Assessment Alignment Table - This quick reference guide can assist with selecting assessments that match the intended learning classification of stated objectives.
  • x-office-document.png Assignment Template - Created by Indiana State Instructional Designers, this assignment template provides a simple foundation for structuring all of your assignment sheets. Not only does it ensure you deliver needed information to online students, but it also creates a consistent among courses so that students are already familiar with the assignment sheet design.
  • What Does It Mean to Assess? - This brief, interactive video explains what assessments are and the different types of assessments.
  • What Is Assessment Alignment? - This brief, interactive video clarifies what assessment alignment is and why it's important.

Assessments: Formative

Assessments: Performance

Audio

See also Multimedia.

  • Audacity - A free audio recorder and editor. Good option for instructor podcasts as well as student recordings.
  • CC Mixter - Creative Commons-licensed music featuring remixes for download or streaming.
  • Jamendo - Creative Commons-licensed music featuring over 370,000 tracks, many of which can be used for commercial purposes, downloaded, and streamed.
  • Vocaroo – This free online voice recorder is simple to use, save, and share. Recordings are not store indefinitely, however.
  • Voki - Free online avatar creator. Record your voice or type in your message and use an automated, accented voice in multiple languages. Customize your animated image.

Badges

  • Open Badges - Earn badges for skills online and off. Badges offer a standard to recognize your or your students' achievements.

Beginning of Class

See also Start of Class.

Blackboard

  • Best Practices for Preparing a Course in Blackboard - This video from Indiana State's Instructional Designers offers a few key tips for best practices in your Blackboard course design as well as a brief overview of the navigation within Blackboard.
  • Blackboard Mobile Learn – This app from Blackboard allows faculty and students quick access to many of the features in the web-based platform. Free.
  • Blackboard Grader – This app from Blackboard is specifically designed for faculty. It allows viewing of student submissions, creation of audio and video feedback, grading with rubrics, and access to the Retention Center.
  • Blackboard Student – This app from Blackboard is specifically designed for students. It allows them the ability to review their profile, alerts, course content, grades, discussion boards, and due dates. Free.
  • Blackboard Tech Support – This collection of faculty and student tutorials designed by OIT is accessible through categories or a search engine. All Blackboard courses also link to this resource in the menu (Blackboard Tech Support).

Blackboard Collaborate

  • Blackboard Collaborate Mobile – Download this app from your device’s app store. This app allows users to access and participate in Blackboard Collaborate sessions via a mobile device. While users will be able to view the white board, they will not see the webcam videos or other shared screen features. Additionally, faculty will not have access to moderator options.
  • Blackboard Collaborate Orientation - This presentation is designed to familiarize new users (faculty and students) with basic requirements and features within Collaborate.

Captioning

See Videos: Captioning.

Chat Rooms

  • Today’s Meet – This free online tool allows teachers to easily set up and run a chat room. No account required for students. Store conversations for up to one month.
  • Case Studies

    • Harvard Business Review Case Discussions - Designed for business educators, these case studies involve real-world situations and include teaching guides.
    • National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science - With over 645 cases in all areas of science, this site utilizes case studies and problem-based learning to engage students.
    • Using Cases in Teaching - From Penn State, this resource defines case studies and offers tips on writing and teaching with cases.

    Cheating

    See Academic Integrity.

    Cognition

    • Brain-Based Learning Strategies Webinars - From Judy Willis, a board-certified neurologist and middle school teacher, these resources can help you better understand how student approach and encode new information. A webinar and multiple handouts are available.

    Collaboration

    See Group Work.

    Concept Mapping

    • Coggle - Free, collaborative, online mind mapping
    • Keeping Students on Board with Concept Maps - This article from Faculty Focus highlights tips and strategies for implementing concept maps in your classroom.
    • Mindmeister - Free, collaborative online mind mapping. This web-based platform also has an app available for iOS and Android devices.
    • SpicyNodes - Free online concept mapping

    Copyright & Creative Commons

    Course Design

    • Backward Course Design – This resource from Indiana University explains the process of backwards design, a very common method for building a course based on the expected outcomes.
    • x-office-document.png Curriculum Planning Template - This template provides a framework for building or examining your course design to ensure the assignments, activities, and materials within your course help students build mastery in the intended objectives.

    Discrimination

    • Guidelines for Discussing Incidents of Hate, Bias, and Discrimination - This resource from the University of Michigan offers sound advice for facilitating conversations surrounding issues related to ethnic or individual hostility and violence.
    • Macroaggressions: A Campus Climate Conversation with Maura Cullen - Indiana State University faculty and staff have access to this webinar through the Center for Global Engagement. Please contact El-Houcin Chaqra (812-237-3085; el-houcin.chaqra@indstate.edu) for more information.
    • Peter Lake on Academic Freedom and Title IX: Balancing Competing Interests - Indiana State University faculty and staff have access to this webinar through the Center for Global Engagement. Please contact El-Houcin Chaqra (812-237-3085; el-houcin.chaqra@indstate.edu) for more information.

    Discussions & Discussion Boards

    Distance Education

    See Online Education.

    Educational Technology

    Engagement

    See Interactive Learning.

    • Mastering the Boring Basics– This article from Vitae offers excellent tips for regularly engaging students with small, everyday activities.

    English

    • English Companion - This Ning network, created by author Jim Burke, is a go-to for English teachers. Seek out curriculum, community, multimedia, etc.

    Evaluation: Student

    First Days of Class

    First-Generation Students

    • First-Generation Student Success: 5 Critical Issues for 2016 – Indiana State University faculty and staff have access to this webinar through the Center for Global Engagement. Please contact El-Houcin Chaqra (812-237-3085; el-houcin.chaqra@indstate.edu) for more information.

    Flashcards

    • Chegg Flashcards+ – Free iOS or Android app to create and share flashcards. Many study decks are available.
    • Quizlet – Free online tool to create and share flashcards and interactive quizzes and games. Many study decks are available. An app is also available for iOS and Android devices.
    • StudyBlue – Free online tool to create and share flashcards. Many study decks are available. An app is also available for iOS and Android devices.

    Flipped Classroom

    Graduate Students

    • Graduate Students: How to Engage, Support, and Mentor for Their Success - Indiana State University faculty and staff have access to this webinar through the Center for Global Engagement. Please contact El-Houcin Chaqra (812-237-3085; el-houcin.chaqra@indstate.edu) for more information.

    Group Work

    See also Peer Evaluation/Peer Review.

    Hispanic Students

    See also International Students.

    • Hispanic Student Success: Data, Strategies, Completion - Indiana State University faculty and staff have access to this webinar through the Center for Global Engagement. Please contact El-Houcin Chaqra (812-237-3085; el-houcin.chaqra@indstate.edu) for more information.

    Images

    See also Multimedia.

    • ISU Photography Services Smugmug - Search this database for images available for classroom and departmental use. These images are free to use for classroom purposes. Please contact Photography Services (812-237-2689, tony.campbell@indstate.edu) before using images in department publications.
    • Flickr – Use the Advanced Search to locate Creative-Commons-licensed photographs that are free to use and share. Keep in mind that all online images, unless stated otherwise, are protected by copyright. While fair use may apply in certain educational situations, it may be better to look for copyright-free images. For more information, see the Copyright & Creative Commons section.
    • Google Images – An excellent search tool to locate images to use in your courses. Keep in mind that all online images, unless stated otherwise, are protected by copyright. While fair use may apply in certain educational situations, it may be better to look for copyright-free images. For more information, see the Copyright & Creative Commons section.
    • Jing – This free online tools allows you to capture and edit simple video, animation, and still images.

    Inclusive Excellence

    See Discrimination.

    Infographics

    • 10 Free Tools for Creating Infographics - Excellent list of quick, free infographic tools. Consider using one to highlight key elements of your syllabus or assignment, for example.
    • application-pdf.png Crash Course in Infographics – This is a great resource to help build your (or your students) understanding of the complexity, organization, and graphic design of infographics.
    • Easel.ly - This free (up to a point) infographic creator has many templates and images from which to choose.
    • How to Create an Infographic Syllabus with Piktochart - This guide offers sound advice for generating a more digestible infographic syllabus using an infographic. While this article is sponsored by Piktochart, you can actually do this with any infographic tool.
    • Infographics as a Creative Assessment - This massive guide from Kathy Schrock offers an abundant amount of resources related to infographics, from examples to tools to tips. This website has it all.
    • Piktochart - This free (up to a point) infographic creator has many templates and images from which to choose.
    • Piktochart in the Classroom - Although this article is really dedicated to Piktochart, the linked resources can actually apply to any infographic creator. Excellent tips for using infographics in the college classroom.
    • Turn Your Syllabus into an Infographic - This article from the University of Notre Dame offers great tips for creating an infographic based on your course syllabus.
    • The Whats Whys and Hows of Infographic Assignments - This article from Academic Technology explains the concept of infographics and offers support for using them in the classroom.

    Interactive Learning

    See also Engagement and Polling.

    • Infogr.am - Create interactive infographics including bar, pie, line, and matrix charts and graphs. Free.
    • Inklewriter - Create and publish interactive stories. Free.
    • Kahn Academy – A free resource for practice exercises, instructional videos, and personalized learning in a variety of disciplines.
    • PlayPosit – This free online tool enables you to import online videos and add interactive elements such as comments, quiz questions, and audio clips.
    • application-pdf.png SoftChalk – This online, user-friendly authoring tool allows you to create interactive, engaging lessons that can be automatically scored and integrated with the Blackboard Grade Center. Indiana State has a campus-wide subscription to this service.
    • TedEd – Locate, modify, or create interactive lessons using video, a quizzing tool with immediate feedback, and a discussion board with this fully online resource.
    • Thinglink - Generate interactive images that enable users to learn more, watch videos, embed additional images, shop, etc. Free.

    International Students

    See also Hispanic Students and Muslim Students.

    • International Students: Transition, Persistence and Graduation - Indiana State University faculty and staff have access to this webinar through the Center for Global Engagement. Please contact El-Houcin Chaqra (812-237-3085; el-houcin.chaqra@indstate.edu) for more information.

    Large Classes

    Lesson Planning

    Microsoft Office

    • Microsoft Quick Reference Guides - These quick reference tutorials provide basic overviews of Office 2010, Office 2013, SharePoint, and Windows and are free to use and share.

    Mobile Learning

    Motivation

    Multimedia

    See also Audio, Images, and Video.

    • Creative Commons Search – A search engine for over a dozen Creative Commons friendly websites, including music, images, videos, and other media.
    • Internet Archive – Video, text, audio, and software files, many of which are licensed under Creative Commons or are able to be used for educational purposes (check the licensing to ensure correct use).
    • Remix-T - From the University of Notre Dame, this website enables instructors to build effective multimedia elements in their digital classrooms.
    • Wikicommons – Freely usable images, sounds, and videos, organized by topic, location, type, author, license, and course (but you still have to check the licensing for limitations).

    Muslim Students

    • Muslim Students on Campus - Indiana State University faculty and staff have access to this webinar through the Center for Global Engagement. Please contact El-Houcin Chaqra (812-237-3085; el-houcin.chaqra@indstate.edu) for more information.

    Note Taking

    Objectives/Outcomes

    • Assessment Alignment Table – This quick reference guide can assist with selecting appropriate, measurable verbs related to each learning classification.
    • Constructing Learning Objectives – This brief interactive video explain how to best structure objectives as well as their purpose.
    • Objectives Builder – This interactive tool can help you create meaningful, measurable objectives.

    Online Education

    See also Quality Matters.

    Open Educational Resources (OERs)

    • OER Research Hub – A great resource for research related to OERs.
    • Open Educational Resources – If you are interested in converting your course to OERs, this libguide from Indiana State offers many links to resources for multiple disciplines. Qualifying projects may receive a stipend to support the conversion.

    Peer Evaluation/Peer Review

    Performance

    See Assessment: Performance.

    Plagiarism

    See Academic Integrity.

    Polling

    PowerPoint

    • Google Slides – An alternative to PowerPoint, Google Slides is portable on the cloud and allows for easy collaboration among peers.
    • PowerPointLabs – A free add-in to make more dynamic PowerPoint presentations. For an overview, see the demo video.
    • Prezi for Education – With a zooming canvas, Prezi can be a great visual alternative to PowerPoint. Also portable on the cloud. Be sure to sign up with your school email address for a free, limited account.
    • Top Ten Slide Tips – Great design advice for any slideshow program.

    Problem-Based Learning

    Quality Matters (QM)

    Research

    See Writing: Research.

    Rubrics

    • How to Assess: Rubrics – This brief video explains the different types of rubrics that you might use in your courses and how to design them accordingly.

    Saudi Students

    See Muslim Students.

    Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

    Social Media

    Start of Class

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

    Tests

    See also Assessments/Assignments.

    • Rethinking My Exams – This article, from Vitae, details one instructors revisioning of his tests. Focusing on alignment of the test questions with the intended objectives created a stronger, more purposeful assessment.

    Title IX

    See Discrimination.

    Turnitin

    • Student Guide: Turnitin Feedback – This tutorial from Indiana State’s OIT provides step-by-step information for accessing Turnitin feedback from within the Blackboard environment.
    • Student Guide: Viewing Feedback – This tutorial from Turnitin provides information for accessing Turnitin feedback, including inline comments, general comments, voice comments, and rubrics.

    Video

    See also Multimedia.

    • Alexander Press – This resource of over 62,000 (primarily non-fiction) videos from nearly every discipline is available to Indiana State staff, faculty, and students. Click on the Embed/Link icon to post the video in your Blackboard course. That is the only legal way to add the video to your course, as these videos are copyrighted and available only through a subscription service.
    • CNN Video – Up-to-date news videos.
    • Crash Course (on YouTube) – This YouTube channel is a collection of short (10-15 minute) animated videos introducing students to a variety of educational topics including philosophy, literature, physics, economics, U.S. government and politics, astronomy, world history, psychology, anatomy & physiology, and more! Click on Playlists to view their videos based on the discipline.
    • Films on Demand – This resource is available to Indiana State staff, faculty, and students. Click on the link above then click on Films on Demand to navigate to the Indiana State collection of videos. If you are accessing the website from on campus, you will be taken directly to the collection; if you are accessing it from off campus, you may be taken to a log-in page where you will need to input your Sycamore user id and password before accessing the collection. Click on the Share tab to copy the Title URL or Embed Code to post the video in your Blackboard course. That is the only legal way to add the video to your course, as these videos are copyrighted and available only through a subscription service. Many (but not all ) of the Films on Demand videos are also part of the database collection when searching through the Cunningham Memorial Library's Fusion search engine; look for e-videos in the left-side menu. To add the video to your course, use the Persistent Link available below Bookmark This Record.
    • Google Video – A Google search engine dedicated to online videos.
    • MIT Video – More than 12,000 educational videos for free online.
    • TeacherTube – Free online videos created by teachers and students. You can also upload your own content here.
    • TED Talks – Over 1,500 engaging videos related to technology, education, business, etc.
    • Vimeo – A great collection of videos are available through Vimeo. However, note that not all videos are free to use and share in the classroom. Click on the SHARE button for a link or embed code to post in your Blackboard courses. If you wish to download a file and modify it in anyway, you will need to use the advanced search filter to locate Creative Commons-licensed videos.
    • YouTube – A multitude of videos are available through YouTube. You can also use the Mashup Tool to embed a player directly into Blackboard. If you wish to download a video file and modify it in anyway, you will need to use the search filter to locate Creative Commons-licensed videos.

    Videos: Captioning

    • Amara – Free website that generates closed captioning for videos in YouTube, Vimeo, HTML5, and other formats. This is a great tool to assist with ADA compliance.

    Videos: Instructor-Made

    Web 2.0

    • Bloom’s Taxonomy Pyramid – Created by Samantha Penney, this pyramid associates various web 2.0 technologies with Bloom’s taxonomy.

    Writing: Prompts

    Writing: Research

    Writing: Skills

    • Writing Matters: An Introduction to the Math & Writing Center – This interactive guide explains the value of writing tutoring through the Indiana State Math & Writing Center as well we how to access the services. This lesson is also customizable for specific disciplines and can be added to your course and automatically assessed and entered into the Blackboard Grade Center. For more information, please contact lisa.hughes@indstate.edu.