Books and Resources

Here is a list of recommended books and other resources for you. We have read and use all of these and highly recommend each one.

Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time

In her latest book Linda Nilson puts forward an innovative but practical and tested approach to grading that can demonstrably raise academic standards, motivate students, tie their achievement of learning outcomes to their course grades, save faculty time and stress, and provide the reliable gauge of student learning that the public and employers are looking for. Click here to purchase the Kindle edition or paperback of this great resource now!

Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students’ Self-Awareness and Learning Skills

Linda Nilson provides the theoretical background to student self-regulation, the evidence that it enhances achievement, and the strategies to help students develop it. She presents an array of tested activities and assignments through which students can progressively reflect on, monitor and improve their learning skills; describes how they can be integrated with different course components and on various schedules; and elucidates how to intentionally and seamlessly incorporate them into course design to effectively meet disciplinary and student development objectives. Recognizing that most faculty are unfamiliar with these strategies, she also recommends how to prepare for introducing them into the classroom and adding more as instructors become more confident using them. Click here to purchase the Kindle edition or paperback of this great resource now!

Essential Teaching Principles: A Resource Collection for Adjunct Faculty.

This book provides a wealth of research-driven and classroom-tested best practices to help adjuncts develop the knowledge and skills required to run a successful classroom. This helpful guide was compiled and edited by Maryellen Weimer, PhD, editor of The Teaching Professor newsletter and award-winning professor emerita of teaching and learning at Penn State Berks. Click here to purchase the Kindle edition or paperback of this great resource now!

Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices

This is the first comprehensive book to outline strategies for effectively measuring the quality of online teaching, providing the tools and guidance that faculty members and administrators need. The authors address challenges that colleges and universities face in creating effective online teacher evaluations, including organizational structure, institutional governance, faculty and administrator attitudes, and possible budget constraints. Through the integration of case studies and theory, the text provides practical solutions geared to address challenges and foster effective, efficient evaluations of online teaching. Readers gain access to rubrics, forms, and worksheets that they can customize to fit the needs of their unique institutions. Click here to purchase the Kindle edition or paperback of this great resource now!

Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning: A Resource for More Purposeful, Effective, and Enjoyable College Teaching

For teachers in higher education who haven’t been able to catch up with developments in teaching and learning, James Davis and Bridget Arend offer an introduction that focuses on seven coherent and proven evidence-based strategies. The underlying rationale is to provide a framework to match teaching goals to distinct ways of learning, based on well-established theories of learning. The authors present approaches that readers can readily and safely experiment with to achieve desired learning outcomes, and build confidence in changing their methods of teaching. Click here to purchase the Kindle edition or paperback of this great resource now!

Check out our interview with Dr. Bridget Arend on Episode 13 (to be released on August 19th) where we discuss her book.

Resources mentioned on our podcast episodes.

As mentioned on Episode 14, Efficient and Effective

As mentioned on Episode 10, Preparing Your Online Course:


Assignment Checklist




Course Prep Checklist



As mentioned on Episode 12: Time Management:





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