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Recorded Sessions
Library e-books as textbook alternatives
Library E-books as Textbook Alternatives
The Library owns thousands of e-books that can serve as required or supplemental course readings and save students money. We’ll talk about how to find Library e-books, demonstrate the mechanics of accessing and using them, and show how they are successfully being used in an Ornithology course.
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Scholarship of Teaching: Action Research in the College Classroom

Action Research in the Classroom

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Promoting Faculty Scholarship through Course-Embedded Collaborative Undergraduate Experiences

promoting faculty scholarship

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Fueling Creativity in the Classroom with Divergent Thinking and Pop Culture

fueling creativity

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Finding and Evaluating Journals | What is Open Access? | Is this Journal Trustworthy?

Finding and Evaluating Journals

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Global Learning Value Rubric AAC&U

Global Learning Value Rubric AAC&U

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International Services | Faculty Resources

International Services

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Predatory Journals and Publishers

Predatory Journals

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20 Minute Mentor Videos

Florida Gulf Coast University has a 20 Minute Mentor Commons Subscription

Dear Colleagues,

Below are 20-Minute Mentor Commons programs that may be of interest to you as we start the school year.  To view these videos you must log-on to the series.  This is a one-time registration.  Follow the steps below to log-on. If you registered last year, there is no need to re-register. 

I have attached a document that lists all programs in 20-Minute Mentor Commons, sorted by category, with direct links to each one.

We will be sending periodic updates as they become available on new videos added to the series. The Lucas Center hopes you find these short programs helpful.


STEP 1: Activate your 20 Minute Mentor Commons subscription

1.       Go to

2.       Enter information in each of the required fields.  In the Authorization Code box, enter our group Authorization Code FGCU7L2PV and click Submit

Please note: entering the Authorization Code is done only once.


STEP 2: Access the 20 Minute Mentor Commons library

1.       Go to

2.       Enter your email address & password & click Submit. If you do not know or remember your account password, use “Forget your password?” to reset it.

3.       On the left side of the screen, under My Account, My Online Access, select Subscriptions. The online content you have access to will be listed to the right. Click the appropriate link to view the content.


What Are Five Tips for Writing Effective Learning Outcomes?

Developing a clear understanding of where you want your course to go and what your students will

learn is essential for faculty. By articulating your pedagogical goals, you will clarify your practices and

take both your teaching and your students to the next level.

After participating in this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, you’ll be able to:

  • · Describe the key qualities of effective learning outcomes
  • · Identify fuzzy language when it is used in learning goals
  • · Explain how your course helps develop the competencies today’s employers seek

Presented by Linda Suskie.


What Are the Three Worst Mistakes to Make in the Classroom?

This fast, focused presentation zeroes in on a trio of potential higher education teaching pitfalls … one

involving how you teach, one what you teach, and one whom you teach.

You’ll come away with ideas you can use right away to avoid problems and create a positive, productive

learning environment, including how to:

  • · Balance the need to deliver content with spontaneous learning opportunities
  • · Avoid pre-judging students’ learning capacity
  • · Maintain an environment of opportunity for all students

Presented by Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D.


What if a Student Asks a Question I Can't Answer?

Learn how to respond to even the toughest questions that students pose with confidence and

credibility. We help you develop a reliable strategy for fielding students’ questions without losing your

cool or undermining your credibility.

The teaching strategies in this seminar will help you:

  • · Consider the negative implications of certain strategies
  • · Overcome reluctance to ask students if they have questions
  • · Say “I don’t know” in a variety of appropriate ways
  • · Identify better response alternatives

Presented by Therese Huston, Ph.D.


How Can I Create Meaningful Assignments for My Students?

Assignments are where students get to practice, engage with course content, demonstrate their growing

mastery, and alert you to problems. Learn 16 research-based strategies proven to support student

learning and how to apply several of these techniques when designing your course assignments.

After viewing this program, you’ll be able to:

  • · Express and discuss the learning goals of an assignment
  • · Explain assignment requirements to students
  • · Evaluate the relevance of your assignments for students
  • · Increase student engagement

Presented by Linda Suskie.

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Faculty Development Organizations


Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) A national association committed to making the aims of liberal learning a vigorous and constant influence on institutional purpose and educational practice in higher education.

American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) A national organization dedicated to improving the quality of higher education. This site includes information about AAHE's Technology Projects, Teaching Initiative, Assessment Forum, and Forum on Faculty Roles and Rewards. You can also find information about their upcoming conferences and membership.

Educause The association for managing and using information resources in higher education. Information on their annual conference, professional development workshops, job posting service, and issues related to managing and using information resources.

Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) OPID serves as a statewide faculty development resource for University of Wisconsin System institutions. Established in 1977 as the Undergraduate Teaching Improvement Council, it was first led by a council of campus representatives who focused primarily on teaching improvement. Over the past few years OPID has expanded its emphases to meet the broader professional needs of faculty and academic staff with programming on topics such as student learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, career stages, and faculty roles and rewards. OPID's Council remains essential to its operation, both as an advisory board and as a liaison between System and its campuses.

POD Network The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD) fosters human development in higher education through faculty, instructional, and organizational development by: providing support and services for its members through publications, conferences, consulting, and networking; offering services and resources to others interested in faculty development; and fulfilling an advocacy role, nationally, seeking to inform and persuade educational leaders of the value of faculty, instructional, and organizational development in institutions of higher education.

The US Department of Education Education headlines, government links, funding opportunities, and more

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Journals Focused on Online Pedagogy
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Open Educational Resources


OER Commons A network for teaching and learning materials providing a single point of access through which educators and learners can search across collections to access over 24,000 items.


Wikimedia Commons A database of 10,292,996 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.


Search by Creative Commons Convenient access to a variety of resources offering openly licensed materials.


Khan Academy Over 2,100 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history.


Wiki Educator A website that provides free eLearning content that anyone can edit and use.


Library Of Congress Teacher ModulesThe Library of Congress  offers its ‘Teacher Modules’ for free online


MIT OpenCourseware A free publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT.


OpenCourseWare Consortium A free and open digital publication of high quality university?level educational materials organized as courses.


Merlot A free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy.


OER Handbook for Educators – Find A chapter in the book, OER Handbook for Educators, with links to a variety of OER sites and repositories.


Free to Learn An Open Educational Resources Policy Development Guidebook for Community College Governance Officials.


Ted Talks Technology, Education, Design ideas worth spreading.


Open Washington Open Educational Resource for Washington State Colleges and Universities 

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The FGCU Library offers faculty assistance with research in the classroom. The guide for Faculty Scholarship and Teaching Tools can be found here:

Kennesaw State offers a comprehensive directory of education journals in the scholarship of teaching and learning for undergraduate and graduate teachers. They also offer a directory of upcoming conferences for higher education across the globe!

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CMU provides some excellent resources for assessing teaching and learning.