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Engineering-LEAP | Dale Larsen: Spring: Teaching & Education Resources

Resources to try today (generic all stars)

There's a time for subject-specific databases, but today we're going to utilize some of the best resources that cover many fields of study -with the intention of adding our own specificity with a nested search*
Academic Search Premiere (some scholarly, some not)

Proquest Newsstand (all newspapers (non-scholarly))
JStor (all scholarly)


*what is a Nested Search?  Adding specificity in keywords, showing alternate versions of the same word, and directing the database to provide you with exacty what you're interested in and weeding out what you don't want.

SAMPLE (note: the "NOT" isn't often used unless you're getting too much of one topic that you want to omit)

(america OR "united states") AND ("illegal immigrant" OR undocumented) NOT (mexico OR mexican)

Some fundamentals to use to find teaching ideas


First of all, know that whatever you're trying to teach -others may have done so as well and want to communicate to other teaching professionals whether K-12 or higher ed.  These ideas are typically found outside of subscription sources so anyone can contribute to the conversation.

SEARCH IDEAS (use a colon and Google will search within that context)
learning outcomes:keyword
curriculum:keyword (like: homeless, "lost boys", muslim women, 
instructional activities:keyword
active learning:activities (also: strategies, "the name of your book")

Teaching Outcomes What students should know, or be able to do, after taking your class.  Can also address things students already know and work within that context to change opinions, dispositions or extend their knowledge.
also: Learning Outcomes
also: Learning/Teaching Objectives

Curriculum The subject of your teaching, lessons, learning activities.  
also: Lesson Plans
also: Learning Activities

Active Learning This should probably go under curriculum, but active learning is worth setting aside because it moves the student away from a traditional lecture method and into taking an active role in the class (you know how I have you create powerpoint slides with scholarly article quotes that you present in library classes -that I make you discuss out loud? -that is an example of active learning)  Since this is rather hot in education right now, do a Google search: active learning:your keyword(s) here   -what you hopefully find are active learning ideas that others have tried out in their classes; you may find something you would like to try too!
also: Instruction(al) Activities
also: Instruction(al) Strategies

Assessment How do you know if your students have learned (measuring your learning objectives, for example)?

Instructional Planning Putting it all together in a complete plan 


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