Wednesday, April 29, 2009

EDC January/ February 2008 Resource Review

Resource Reviews from the Educational Developers Caucus

January/February 2008

In this issue:
Website review:
Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment
www2.acs.ncsu.edu/UPA/assmt/resource.htm


Book Review:
Delaney, J. Kirk. (2005). Taking Back the Classroom: Tips for the College Professor on Becoming a More Effective Teacher. Des Moines, Iowa and Seattle Washington: Tiberius Publications.


Journal Article:
Chandler, D. E., & Kram, K. E. (2005). Applying an adult development perspective to development networks. Career Development International 10(67), 548-566.


*******************************************************************************

Website review:
Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment
www2.acs.ncsu.edu/UPA/assmt/resource.htm

Submitted by: Linda B. Nilson, Director, Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation, Clemson University, U.S.A.

Housed and maintained by North Carolina State University, this site contains many hundreds of Web and Internet links to assessment-related resources as well as general assessment guidelines and principles. Access is available to general resources (discussion groups, journals and newsletters, archives of articles, consultants, rubrics, ethical standards, glossaries, and data-organizing tools); dozens of assessment handbooks/manuals; tools and tests for assessing specific skills and knowledge (e.g., for most academic disciplines as well as information literacy and critical thinking); institutional assessment strategies; and dozens of forms for and articles about student evaluations/ratings/assessment of courses and instructors.

If you are not already an assessment expert and you are called upon to become one quickly, this site is an excellent place to begin expanding your knowledge. It should prove especially valuable if faculty or administrators come to you seeking alternative ways to evaluate teaching effectiveness or to
measure student learning, whether of cognitive skills or of disciplinary knowledge and competencies.


Keywords: assessment, evaluation, tests, learning


Book Review:

Delaney, J. Kirk. (2005). Taking Back the Classroom: Tips for the College Professor on Becoming a More Effective Teacher. Des Moines, Iowa and Seattle Washington: Tiberius Publications.


Submitted by: Cathy Baillie, Program Assistant, Office of Teaching Advancement, University of Toronto


An overall worthy addition to your book shelf, this work acts as part reference tool, part guide for those who have questions about classroom management and syllabus design. Delaney’s book is easy to read but filled with thoughtful and helpful recommendations that are easy to apply; both the seasoned academic and new faculty members alike will learn some new tips for their classrooms. I especially like the question and answer format as well as the faculty and student suggestions.


For all of the reasons above and more. You will find yourself returning to this book to address your own questions as well as those from faculty.


Keywords: classroom management, difficult students, syllabus design


Journal Article:

Chandler, D. E., & Kram, K. E. (2005). Applying an adult development perspective to development networks. Career Development International 10(67), 548-566.


Submitted by: Nicola Simmons, Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo.


The authors assert that mentoring is a “developmental network comprised of a number of relationships” (p. 548) rather than a traditional hierarchical structure. They apply Kegan’s (1982, 1994) developmental stage theory to the idea that an individual’s developmental stage affects the structure of his or her developmental network, along with how much support will be gained from it. Kegan’s latter three stages, interpersonal, institutional, and interindividual, are ones in which individuals can create and experience positive mentoring relationships.

The authors argue that developers offer the greatest support when they are at or above the faculty individual’s developmental stage.


An interesting article to support developers in considering the interpersonal relationship nature of the role.


Keywords: Developmental stages, faculty development, mentoring networks, Kegan’s adult development.

No comments:

Post a Comment