The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has supported the creation of four online professional development modules for educators across Texas that are now available 24/7 for full-time and adjunct faculty members to access on demand. These online professional development modules are now available free of charge at: ·www.TXprofdev.org.
The modules consist of instruction examples, teaching tips, recommended readings, current pedagogical scholarship, active learning teaching strategies, and classroom activities and are designed to improve higher education instruction, particularly for new faculty and/or faculty teaching introductory level courses.The four online modules at www.TXprofdev.org now include:
Students in all classes at all levels can benefit from improved critical thinking. Teachers prepared with tested pedagogical techniques based upon the latest research will be able to help students learn how to think critically, identify skills and problem areas, transfer skills across contexts, and reflect upon their thinking habits. This set of modules was created by The University of Texas at Austin.
Foreign Language Teaching Methods
Foreign Language Teaching Methods focuses on 12 different aspects of language teaching, each taught by a different expert instructor. The site contains video footage from an actual methods course held in Spring, 2009 at The University of Texas at Austin. This flexible resource is designed to be used by foreign language teachers including English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) as a component of a classroom methods course, a stand-alone course for independent learners, or as a means of obtaining professional development credits. This set of modules was created by The University of Texas at Austin.
Students often need guidance to improve their reading comprehension, but many faculty have not had specific training in how to help students become more effective readers. These modules provide insights into reading difficulties and effective strategies to improve reading comprehension skills in college courses across the disciplines. This set of modules was created by The University of Texas at El Paso.
Faculty Development Modules for Online Teaching (Demonstration Site currently available for use; the final site will be completed 2011)
This set of modules will assist in preparing faculty to teach online and hybrid/blended courses. They include information on key issues in online education such as accessibility, creating an inviting online classroom, facilitating participation in an online environment, and various legal issues that pertain to online and hybrid education. This set of modules was created by Lone Star College.