Added: 08/18/2011 The Virtual Instructional Designer (VID) is a Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnership (LAAP) grant-funded project to create a Web-based performance tool for post-secondary faculty designing Web-based online distance courses. The purpose of the VID is to provide 24/7 desktop access for faculty to instructional design assistance on the process of developing online instruction or courses.
Added: 08/18/2011 This module is an online tutorial that suggests ways faculty can use PowerPoint as a medium to support active learning. The tutorial includes sections on active lecturing, active learning strategies and their delivery via PowerPoint, creating and using effective handouts, using PowerPoint to play in-class games, and using PowerPoint for formative assessment.
Added: 08/18/2011 FAST is an anonymous online survey tool that automatically summarizes students’ impressions of a course and/or instructor and supplies the data directly to the instructor. The assessment tool allows a faculty member to create easily an online survey to provide feedback from students on a teaching activity, a section of a course, a clinical experience, a laboratory experiment, etc. The user can create his own questions, or choose from a pool of 374 questions. The assessment or survey tool is web-based, password-protected, anonymous, and instantaneously updated. The FAST initiative provides professional, technical and academic advice to faculty who wish to become more informed about the teaching and learning process through the application of faculty-administered, anonymous online student feedback.
Added: 08/18/2011 This learning material is a free, online ten-module tutorial that offers information, instructional techniques, and practice labs on how to make the most common needs in distance education accessible for individuals with disabilities, and enhance the usability of online materials for all students. The Faculty Development Editorial Board believes this site is outstanding because it is relevant to instructors in all disciplines as well as those in the corporate world. (On the MERLOT Material Detail page, click to see the video of the author).
Added: 08/18/2011 The Common Craft Show is a series of short explanatory videos on current topics of interest related to instructional technology. Titles include: Blogs in Plain English, Wikis in Plain English, Social Networking in Plain English, Social Bookmarking in Plain English, Online Photo Sharing in Plain English, and RSS in Plain English.
Added: 08/18/2011 Educators at all levels can use Digital Storytelling in many ways, from introducing new material to helping students learn to conduct research, synthesize large amounts of content and gain expertise in the use of digital communication and authoring tools. It also can help students organize these ideas as they learn to create stories for an audience and present their ideas and knowledge in an individual and meaningful way.
Added: 08/18/2011 This website offers everything you need to run your own Brief Hybrid Workshop. Each Brief Hybrid Workshop package of materials a complete faculty development modulette in a nutshell that is well-developed but sharply focused, portable, and requires 15 minutes or less to complete.
Added: 08/18/2011 MERLOT ELIXR is a high-quality digital collection of faculty teaching stories that can be used in faculty development programs and also accessed by individual instructors. The site contains over 70 discipline-specific multimedia stories which were developed in collaboration with over 30 higher education institutions across the U.S. and beyond. They illustrate exemplary teaching practices and inspire faculty to adopt those practices with their students. Topics include Course Preparation & Design, Understanding & Addressing Students’ Needs, Teaching Strategies, Technology &Learning, Developing Instructional Expertise, and Assessment & Evaluation. In addition to the video case stories, there are excellent implementation resources related to the specific teaching topic.