Teaching & Learning Resource Repository
These resources provide just-in-time knowledge for all who are involved with teaching and educational scholarship within the SMHS.
Find articles, handouts, videos, and tip-sheets to inform your teaching, learning, educational scholarship, and use of academic technology. The Repository is curated by instructional designers at Teaching & Learning in Education Resources. If you would like to learn more about a tool or strategy listed here, or cannot find what you need, please contact us.
Active Learning for Lectures
An article, recorded presentation, and handout by Dr. Van Eck, Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning, SMHS.
- Article: ER Corner: What is Active Lecturing? (Hint: it's not a wellness initiative!)
- Presentation: Active Learning for Lectures: Choosing the Right Level (November, 2016)
- Handout: Five Levels of Active Learning for Lecturers: A supplement to the Five Levels workshop linked above. Created at the SMHS.
Active Learning Tools and Tips
- What are IRATs and GRATs: Demystifies the acronyms and explains how to use these assessment types. Created by instructional designers at the SMHS.
- Five Ways Active Learning is Easier than Lecture: Explore the shift in workload between traditional and active learning strategies. Created by instructional designers at the SMHS.
- Assessing Active Learning: Describes how to assess several types of active learning. Created by instructional designers at the SMHS.
- Evidence-Based Teaching sessions: Browse past sessions for active-learning topics including challenges and experiences, strategies, precepting, and classroom design.
The Case for Active Learning
(and How Other Schools Use It)
- Active Learning overview at Central Michigan University School of Medicine: YouTube Video: 1:30.
- University of Vermont's Larner College of Medicine active learning evidence and resources.
- Inside Higher Ed: Three Lessons from the UVM Medical School Active Learning Pivot (2017).
- Flipped Classroom for Medical Education - CU Academy of Medical Educators: YouTube Video: 2:20.
- Flipped Classroom for Medical Educators - Clinical Educator / University of Michigan. YouTube Video: 5:10.
Accessibility, ADA and Universal Design Tools and Tips
- Creating Accessible PDFs in Acrobat XI YouTube Video, 5:11.
- The Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (WAVE): Use this to evaluate pages online.
- Universal Design: Available through UND Teaching Transformation and Development Academy.
Articles and Information
- ADA: What Academic and Fieldwork Sites Need to Know: An OT Perspective.
- Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Students With Disabilities in Medical School: Student Doctor Network, 2016.
- Faculty responsible for making online materials accessible for disabled students: Inside Higher Ed, 2013.
- Percentage of Medical Students with Disabilities Higher than Thought, Study Finds: UCSF, 2016.
- Want to Be a Doctor, but Have a Disability? Many Med Schools Look Unwelcoming: Science Daily, 2016.
- Assessing Active Learning: How to assess several types of active learning activities. Created by instructional designers at the SMHS.
- Formative Classroom Assessment Techniques for Higher Education: Five easy formative assessments to use in class. Created by instructional designers at the SMHS.
- Rubrics and Peer Assessment: A Perfect Match: Rubrics can be used to assess group work and team-based learning strategies. Created by instructional designers at the SMHS.
- How to Build a Rubric: Step-by-step packet created by instructional designers at the SMHS.
- Blank Rubric Template: Accompanies the step-by-step-packet.
- See "Learning Objectives" (below) for information about alignment of assessments to curricular outcomes.
This page provides evidence, techniques and tips for educators interested in the scholarship and quality improvement of teaching & learning. If you have specific inquiries about assessment policies, procedures, dates, or deadlines for medical students at the SMHS, see Medical Education.
- Anthology Milestone: This badging software tool was adopted by the SMHS in 2023. More information is coming soon.
- Credly Digital Badging (TTaDA): The initiative at UND is managed by the Teaching Transformation, and Development Academy. More information is available at this web link.
- UND's Credly Portal: Browse all badges offered at UND.
- Contact an instructional designer at the SMHS to discuss gamification and badging concepts and how they might work to assess your competencies or outcomes.
- The Importance of Face-to-Face Encounters in Medical Education: from the AOA Honor Medical Society 2022 Autumn issue.
- A Bonus, not a Burden: How Medical Students Can Add Value to Your Practice: A precepting resource detailing several ways to involve medical students in clinical practice from the American Academy of Family Practice Physicians.
- TeachingPhysician.org: Many resources for current and potential preceptors. (Must log in; contact us for details!)
- Kanopy access through Library Resources. A curated a collection of streaming videos related to the curricula within SMHS. (See the list of topics and access Kanopy from this link.)
- MedEdPORTAL: A peer-reviewed, open-access journal that promotes educational scholarship and dissemination of teaching and assessment resources in the health professions.
- Six Efficiency Tips in the Culture of Active Learning: How to optimize instructor preparation and grading time when using complex assessments. Created by instructional designers at the SMHS.
- Do It Now, Share It Later: Pre Planning Tools to Save Your Sanity. How to use software features to post-date your communications and assignments. Created by instructional designers at the SMHS.
- Create a Knowledgebase of Student Fast-Facts: Prevent embarrassing memory loss in large or online classes where it is difficult to recall individual students' details. Created by instructional designers at the SMHS.
- Peer Teaching Evaluation and Observation Packet: A research-based form and rubric designed for faculty peers who wish to evaluate each other's course sessions in person or online. Developed by Dr. Salentiny (TLAS), Dr. Haskins (OT) and D. Olson (Library). (If you use it, please give us feedback!)
- Instructional Design Consultations: Meet with Dr. Van Eck or Dr. Salentiny to discuss challenges and receive expert feedback on your lesson, course, or program.
- Formative Classroom Assessment Techniques for Higher Education: Five easy formative assessments that can be used to gauge effectiveness of class sessions. Created by instructional designers at the SMHS.
- Education and Faculty Affairs[BROKEN LINK]: EFA provides guidance and faculty development related to faculty appointments, leadership and administration, promotion and tenure.
- SGID (Small Group Instructional Diagnosis): Facilitated by TTaDA at UND
- UND SMHS Active Independent Learning Levels: This document was developed by Dr. Richard Van Eck. A modified version was presented to the MD program as a curricular initiative.
- Guide to Objectives: This packet was developed by the CEMS and approved by the UMEC. It contains step-by-step instructions to adhere to the SMHS standard for writing and revising objectives within the medical curriculum.
- Build a Performance Objective: This step-by-step worksheet was developed by Dr. Adrienne Salentiny for a faculty development session. Use it to write performance objectives as described in the Guide to Objectives linked above.
- Varieties of Learning (Gagne) Cheat Sheet: This handout was developed by Dr. Richard Van Eck for a faculty development session. Use it to classify learning outcomes, enabling you to write performance objectives that appropriately measure learning.
- Alignment of Varieties of Learning to Verbiage, Strategies, and Assessment: This handout was developed by Dr. Richard Van Eck for a faculty development session. Use it to determine whether you are selecting appropriate strategies and assessments for the outcomes you wish to measure.
- Task + Objective + Assessment Table (TOAT) Template (and Instructions): This handout was developed by Dr. Richard Van Eck and Dr. Adrienne Salentiny. Use it to align tasks (outcomes) to objectives, and both of these to assessments.
- Evidence-based Teaching sessions: Browse past sessions for active-learning topics including challenges and experiences, strategies, precepting, and classroom design.
- Development of Learning Objectives to Guide Enhancement of Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Curricula in Undergraduate Medical Education: By Dekhtyr, Colford, Whisenant, Huber, Johnson (SMHS), Thomas, Kirley, Mazzurco, Dingle, Terry, Rajasekaran, Barkowski, Kulkarni-Date, Henderson, & Wilkerson (Teaching & Learning in Medicine, 2020).
- Writing Meaningful Objectives (Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine): Video: 18 min. An MD explains the importance of measurable learning objectives in the context of medical education and demonstrates his process in writing them.
Drs. Van Eck and Salentiny were recipients of a 2019 Open Educational Resource (OER) grant from the Chester Fritz Library. This will be used to develop a scholarly handbook for faculty. Learn more about OERs and UND's involvement.
- UND's Open Educational Resources Lib Guide at the Chester Fritz Library
- UND's Open Access Lib Guide at the Chester Fritz Library
- UND's Scholarly Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources at UND.
- OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources everywhere.
- Facilitating Culture Change to Boost Adoption and Creation of Open Educational Resources at the University of North Dakota - Book chapter in the scholarly commons (Walker (UND), 2019)
- Efficacy of Open Textbook Adoption on Learning Performance and Course Withdrawal Rates: A Meta Analysis (Clinton & Khan (UND authors), AERA Open, 2019)
- Cost, Outcomes, Use, and Perceptions of Open Educational Resources in Psychology: A Narrative Review of the Literature (Clinton (UND), Journal of Open Learning, 2018)
- Savings Without Sacrifice: A Case Report on Open-Source Textbook Adoption (Clinton (UND), Journal of Open Learning, 2018)
- Basic Strategies for Quickly Switching to Online Teaching: Page developed by Dr. Adrienne Salentiny in response to the Covid-19 pandemic (UND, 2020).
- MedEdPORTAL Virtual Learning Resources: This free collection of resources was curated in response to the Covid-19 pandemic (2020).
- Going Online in a Hurry: What To Do and Where To Start: Covers how to quickly move classes to an online format, as many campuses have done so in response to Covid-19 (Chronicle of Higher Education, 2020).
- Threaded Discussion Strategy Fed up with shallow online discussions? This strategy turns online discussion threads into a student-facilitated platform for developing meaningful connections. Developed in 2015 by Dr. Van Eck, Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning, SMHS, and R. Everson, 2015.
- Ten Online Teaching Tips You May Not Have Heard (Badawi, Faculty Focus, 2017)
- Planning the Perfect Poster PDR sessions: Covers the stages of research poster design: from references and copyrights to design principles to printing strategies. This three-part series was offered by Education Resources, School of Medicine & Heath Sciences Library Resources, and Information Resources in Spring of 2019.
- Reusing Images You Find on the Internet - Developed by D. Olson, Librarian at the SMHS as a supplement to the 2019 sessions above.
- Templates and Poster Printing at SMHS Information Resources Website.
Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Brown, Roediger and McDaniel
Most traditional teaching and studying strategies are in contrast to effective learning. Before choosing teaching strategies, consider how people learn (and retain knowledge) most effectively.
Telling Ain't Training by Stolovitch and Keeps
Originally designed for a business mindset, this book is a must-read for any learning professional. Useful examples and scenarios compare and contrast successful and unsuccessful teaching strategies. Pair it with Make It Stick and learn how to make the biggest improvements in teaching, learning, and student success.
What the Best College Teachers Do by Bains
This book is based around a longitudinal study that uncovered several core implications for college teachers across diverse fields. It is rich with examples and insight into what really matters--and works--in teaching and learning.
Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice by Weimer
This book introduces learner-centered teaching, providing examples and outcomes from a variety of disciplines. Learn why and how to implement this approach, which helps students become more effective learners now and in their future pursuits.
Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers by Angelo and Cross
An oldie-but-goodie, this text is a still-relevant reference guide to the development of formative assessments that supplement student learning and inform teaching improvements.
- Team-Based Learning Collaborative: A comprehensive resource guide for conducting online TBL activities.
- Duke School of Medicine Embraces Team-Based Learning (Video: 2:41)
- U-Conn School of Medicine Team-Based Learning Overview (Video: 2:15)
- Team-Based Learning at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (Video: 5:55)
Selected Tech Tips for Organization, Productivity and Collaboration
- How to Use WebEx for Audio and Videoconferencing in the UND SMHS building - This guide was developed by instructional designers at Education Resources.
- Put Some Vroom in Your Zoom - This is a recorded workshop led by instructional designers at education resources to assist faculty and staff with the effective use of Zoom during COVID-19 and other online needs.
- How Can I Use Zoom to Teach? - An excellent resource focused on teaching online with Zoom. Created at the University of Southern California.
- Polling for Meetings (Zoom) - How to use features of Zoom to create polls or allow attendees to vote on options.
- Scheduling Assistant: How to do a "busy search" in Outlook. Find out when people are busy and plan events accordingly.
- SharePoint: UND's Office365 license gives us access to Sharepoint.
- Teams: UND's Office365 license gives us access to Teams.
Free and Easy Tech Tools
- Bubbl.us: Visual mind-mapping software. The free version limits you to three text-based mind maps.
- Hoonuit: Tech training and professional development tutorials. UND provides a license: log in with your IdM.
- Kahoot: Quickly develop and play learning games. Students can develop and share study tools, too. Most content is free.
- Quizlet: Find or develop flashcards, quizzes, and other mini games. Students can develop and share study tools. Most content is free.
- Poll Everywhere: Crowd-polling software (similar to clickers). The free version limits you to 25 responses per session.
- Powtoon: Easily make short narrated videos using avatars and included graphics. The free version limits users to a specific length, size, and number of recordings.
- Screencast-O-Matic: Easily make short videos by recording audio and content on your computer screen. The free version limits recordings to 15 minutes or less.
- Techsmith: Tools are provided free during Spring 2020 in support of online teaching to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Note: we are not affiliated with any of the software linked on this page. We just find it useful and hope you will too!
- Education & Faculty Affairs[BROKEN LINK]: Dedicated academic leadership for the SMHS community.
- School of Medicine & Heath Sciences Library Resources: Dedicated academic & research support for the SMHS community.
- Lib Guide: A comprehensive database of learning resources. Curated by the librarians at the SMHS.
- Information Resources: Dedicated technical support for the SMHS community
- Teaching Transformation & Development Academy: (TTaDA): UND academic support and staff development (formerly CILT, OID, Extended Learning, and Learning & Development/U2).
- University IT: UND and NDUS technology support.