Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETAL)

Teaching Resources Available in the CETAL


Magna 20-Minute Mentors answer your questions about teaching.  Highly respected presenters give you the “here’s how” advice that you can start using right away.  The CETAL has the following DVDs available for faculty to view in the CETAL or check out to view at home or in the office:

  • What Can I Learn From Student Ratings? By Ike Shibley
  • How Can I Capture Students’ Interests in the First 5 Minutes? By Alice Cassidy
  • Is Your Syllabus Sending the Wrong Message? By Maryellen Weimer
  • How Can I Improve My PowerPoint Presentation Skills? By Kenneth Alford
  • How Can I connect Students’ Interests to Course Content? By Alice Cassidy
  • How Can I Use Frequent Student Feedback to Improve My Courses? By Mary Clement
  • How Can Rubrics Make Grading Easier and Faster? By Linda Suskie
  • How Can I Use Discussion to Facilitate Learning? By Jay Howard
  • How Can I Get Students to Take Responsibility for Their Own Learning? By Christy Price
  • How Can I Enhance the Impact of Feedback in Online Classes? By Jean Mandernach
  • How Can I Make My Exams More about Learning, Less about Grades? By Maryellen Weimer
  • How Do I Include Introverts in Class Discussions? By Nicki Monahan
  • How Do I Create a Climate for Learning in My Classroom? By Maryellen Weimer
  • How Do I Prepare a SoTL Article for Publication? By Milton D. Cox, PhD
  • How Can I Effectively Teach Unprepared Students? By Alford and Griffin
  • How Can I Create Meaningful Assignments for My Students? By Linda Suskie
  • Evidenced Based Teaching in Higher Education: Strategies to Improve Student Learning By Maryellen Weimer & Victor Benassi
  • How Do I Create a Successful Mentoring Program?
  • How Do I Get Students to Read Before Class?
  • How Can Rubrics Make Grading Easier and Faster?
  • How Can I Structure a Flipped Lesson?
  • Is There a Solution to Students Multitasking in Class?
  • What Kind of Questions Encourage Student Interaction?
  • How Can I Measure My Faculty Development Centers Impact?
  • How Can I Build a Successful Faculty Development Program?
  • How Do I Get Students to Come to Class Prepared?
  • What Key Factors Influence Test Performance?

Technologies to Check Out:

  • 2 All-in-one computer stations in a comfortable work area, with Camtasia Studio – Create your own video tutorials for students
  • Smart TV
  • 24″ width plotter printer
  • I-pad Air Tablets
  • Surface-Pro 3, with Camtasia Studio – Create your own video tutorials for students
  • Galaxy Note Tablet

Books and Journals

The CETAL has a large variety of books and journals on teaching, learning, advising, and assessment.

A Few Examples of Specific Learning Strategies:

  • Powerful Learning Communities – A guide to developing student, faculty, and professional learning communities to improve student success and organizational effectiveness
  • The Gamificaiton of Higher Education
  • What’s the Use of Lectures?
  • Training Workshop Essentials
  • Cooperative Learning in Higher Education
  • Using Reflection and Metacognition to Improve Student Learning
  • Idea-Based Learning – A course design process to promote conceptual understanding
  • Discussion as a Way of Teaching – Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms
  • The Art of Explanation – making your ideas, products, and services easier to understand
  • Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning – A guide to the Process, and how to develop a project from start to finish
  • Getting Started with Team Based Learning
  • Promoting Active Learning through the Flipped Classroom Model
  • Journal Keeping – How to use Reflective Writing for Learning, Teaching, Professional Insight, and Positive Change
  • Learning Through Serving

Learning Effectively Through Technology

  • Interactive Multimedia Learning – Using Social Media for Peer Education in Single-Player Educational Games
  • Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Social Technologies
  • Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Multimedia Technologies:  Video Annotation, Multimedia Applications, Video Conferencing and Transmedia Storytelling
  • Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Mobile Applications:  Smartphones, Skype and Texting Technologies
  • Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Online Learning Activities
  • Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Classroom Technologies:  Classroom Response Systems and Mediated Discourse Technologies
  • Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Immersive Interfaces:  Virtual Worlds, Gaming, and Simulation
  • Increasing Student Engagement and Retention in e-Learning Environments:  Web 2.0 and Blended Learning Technologies
  • Managing Technology in Higher Education – Strategies for Transforming Teaching and Learning
  • Cutting-Edge Technologies and Social Media Use in Higher Education

General Student Centered Learning

  • Student Engagement Techniques
  • Teaching at its Best – 3rd Edition
  • Teaching at its Best – 4th Edition
  • Building a Pathway for Student Learning – A How-to Guide to Course Design
  • Helping Students Learn in a Learner-Centered Environment
  • Creating Self-Regulated Learners
  • Learner Centered Teaching – Putting the Research on Learning into Practice
  • The Growth Mindset Coach – A Teacher’s Month-by-Month Handbook for Empowering Students to Achieve
  • Are you Smart Enough – How Colleges’ Obsession with Smartness Shortchanges Students
  • Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning
  • Facilitating Deep Learning – Pathways to Success for University and College Teachers
  • Design for How People Learn
  • A Concise Guide to Improving Student Learning
  • Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning
  • A Guide to Teaching in the Active Learning Classroom

Learner Centered Teaching

  • The Learner-Centered Curriculum
  • Teach Students How to Learn – Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation
  • How Learning Works – 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching
  • Learner-Centered Teaching – Five Key Changes to Practice
  • Creating Significant Learning Experiences


  • Effective Grading – Second Edition
  • Classroom Assessment Techniques – A Handbook for College Teachers
  • Electronic Portfolios 2.0 – Emergent Research on Implementation and Impact
  • Assessing Study Abroad
  • Leveraging the ePortfolio for Integrative Learning – A Faculty Guide to Classroom Practices for Transforming Student Learning
  • 500 Tips on Assessment – Second Edition
  • Specifications Grading – Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time
  • Introduction to Rubrics – An Assessment Tool to Save Grading Time, Convey Effective Feedback, and Promote Student Learning
  • Developing Outcomes-Based Assessment for Learner-Centered Education
  • Rubric Assessment Goes to College – Objective, Comprehensive Evaluation of Student Work
  • Grading Strategies for the College Classroom – A Collection of Articles for Faculty
  • Thirteen Strategies to Measure College Teaching

Professional Development

  • What the Best College Teachers Do
  • Learning to Teach in Higher Education
  • Teaching Your First College Class
  • Just-in-Time Teaching
  • Teaching Within the Rhythms of the Semester
  • How to Design and Teach a Hybrid Course
  • Getting Culture – Incorporating Diversity Across the Curriculum
  • Tools for Teaching
  • Understanding by Design
  • The Course Syllabus – A Learning-Centered Approach
  • Advancing the Culture of Teaching on Campus – How a Teaching Center can Make a Difference
  • Completing College – Rethinking Institutional Action
  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • The Innovative University
  • Intersectionality in Action – A Guide for Faculty and Campus Leaders for Creating Inclusive Classrooms and Institutions
  • To Improve the Academy – Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development – Volume 31
  • To Improve the Academy – Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development – Volume 32
  • The Skillful Teacher on Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom
  • The New Science of Learning – How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain
  • The Art of Changing the Brain- Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning
  • College Teaching – Practical Insights From the Science of Teaching and Learning
  • Of Education, Fishbowls, and Rabbit Holes – Rethinking Teaching and Liberal Education for an Interconnected World
  • Saints and Scamps – Ethics in Academia
  • Top 10 Flashpoints in Student Ratings and the Evaluation of Teaching – What Faculty and Administrators must Know to Protect Themselves in Employment Decisions
  • Developing a Comprehensive Faculty Evaluation System – A Handbook for College Faculty and Administrators on Designing and Operating a Comprehensive Faculty Evaluaiton System


  • Strengths Finder 2.0
  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0
  • The Appreciative Advising Revolution

First Year Experience

  • The Undergraduate Experience
  • Professors are From Mars Students are From Snickers
  • Coming from the Margins – Faculty Development’s Emerging Organizational Development Role in Institutional Change
  • Teaching Unprepared Students – Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education
  • Beyond the Big Test – Noncognitive Assessment in Higher Education
  • Teaching First-Year College Students


  • Mentoring as Transformative Practice:  Supporting Student and Faculty Diversity
  • Faculty Mentoring – A Practical Manual for Mentors, Mentees, Administrators, and Faculty Developers

Field Specific

  • Teaching Mathematics in Colleges and Universities:  Case Studies for Today’s Classroom
  • Making Scientists
  • Guide to Teaching Computer Science