Pivoting to a New Course Format

  • Participate in the PIVOT program – Participate in a series of workshops and an opportunity to work with a peer mentor to develop your fall courses to be taught in a different format (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
  • Participate in the PIVOT Lite Program – Participate in a self-paced course to guide you through developing your fall courses to be taught in a different format
  • PIVOT Guide – Review these steps for guidance in developing your fall courses to be taught in a different format
  • PIVOT Course Checklist – Use this checklist outlining best practices for courses regardless of course type
  • PIVOT Ideas & TipsUse this list of activity ideas and tips aligned to each of the four course types

Library and Materials

List of books and active learning resources available for checkout in the Center for Faculty Excellence

CFE Library & Resources

The Center for Faculty Excellence has many books and resources available to support your teaching and professional development.

Active Learning Resources

To support instructors’ use of active learning techniques, the Center for Faculty Excellence has the following available for checkout.  Please contact the Center to arrange pick-up in Hammond (Gyte 140) or Westville (SWRZ 155).

CFE Library

These books are available for checkout in the Center for Faculty Excellence office on the Hammond campus located in Gyte 140, and can be delivered to your office in Hammond or Westville. Please feel free to stop by and browse the selections. New items are being added frequently.

101 “Unplugged” Flipped Strategies to Engage Your StudentsHoneycutt
101 Ways to FlipHoneycutt
101 Ways to FlipHoneycutt
101 Ways to FLIP your Online ClassHoneycutt
500 Tips on AssessmentBrown
A Handbook for Teachers in Universities and Colleges – A Guide to Improving Teaching MethodsCannon
A Handbook of Techniques for Formative Evaluation – Mapping the Student’s Learning ExperienceGeorge
An Evidence-based Guide to College and University Teaching: Developing the Model TeacherRichmond, Boysen, Gurung
Assessment Essentials – Planning, Implementing, and Improving Assessment in Higher EdPalomba
Becoming a Critically Reflective TeacherBrookfield
Change Leadership in Higher Education – A Practical Guide to Academic TransformationBuller
Classroom Assessment Techniques – A Handbook for College TeachersAngelo
Classroom Assessment Techniques – A Handbook for College TeachersAngelo
Collaborative Learning Techniques – A Handbook for College FacultyBarkley
Creating Significant Learning Experiences – An Integrated Approach to Designing College CoursesFink
Delivering a Course – Practical Strategies for Teachers, Lecturers and TrainersForsyth
Designing & Assessing courses & Curricula – A Practical GuideDiamond
Discussion as a Way of Teaching – Tools and Techniques for Democratic ClassroomsBrookfield
Effective Grading – A Tool for Learning and AssessmentWalvoord
Embowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, & DoingBonk & Zhang
Empowering Online Learning – 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying & DoingBonk
Engaging Ideas – The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the ClassroomBean
Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning – A Guide to the Process, and How to Develop a Project from Start to FinishBishop-Clark
Evidence-based Teaching for Higher EducationSchwartz, Gurung
Excellence in Teaching: Narratives from Award-winning FacultyCastano Bishop
FLIP the First 5 Minutes of Class!Honeycutt
Generation Z Goes to CollegeSeemiller
How am I Teaching? Forms and Activities for Acquiring Instruction InputVella
How Do They Know – Evaluating Adult LearningGilbert
How to be a Successful Online StudentGilbert
How to Design Self-Directed and Distance Learning ProgramsHarrison
Learner-Centered Assessment on College Campuses – Shifting the Focus from Teaching to LearningHuba
Learning Assessment Techniques – A Handbook for College FacultyBarkley
Learning to Listen Learning to Teach – The Power of Dialogue in Educating AdultsVella
Make it Stick – The Science of Successful LearningBrown
Mastering the Techniques of TeachingLowman
McKeachie’s Teaching Tips – Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University TeachersMcKeachie
Mentor in a Manual – Climbing the Academic Ladder to TenureSchoenfeld
Peer Review of Teaching: A SourcebookVan Note Chism
Planning a Course – Practical Strategies for Teachers, Lecturers and TrainersForsyth
Positive Academic Leadership: How to STOP Putting Out Fires and Start Making a DifferenceBuller
Preparing a Course – Practical Strategies for Teachers, Lecturers and TrainersForsyth
Reframing Academic LeadershipBolman

Scholarship Assessed – Evaluation of the ProfessoriateGlassick
Small Teaching – Everyday Lessons from the Science of LearningLang
Student Engagement Techniques – A Handbook for College FacultyBarkley
Teaching & Learning Online – Pedagogies for New TechnologiesStephenson
Teaching at its Best – A Research-Based Resource for College InstructorsNilson
Teaching Naked Techniques – A practical Guide to Designing Better ClassesBowen
Teaching Naked: Howe Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student LearningBowen
The Art and Science of Classroom Assessment: The Missing Part of PedagogyBrookhart
The College Administrator’s Survival GuideGunsalus
The Courage to Teach – Exporting the Inner Landscape of A Teacher’s LifePalmer
The Distance Learner’s GuideConnick
The FLIP IT! Success Guide: The 7 characteristics of successful flipped classrooms and active learning experiencesHoneycutt
The Neuroscience of Learning and Development Enhancing Creativity, Compassion, Critical Thinking and Peace in Higher EducationLudvik
The One Minute Teacher – How to Teach Others to Teach ThemselvesJohnson
The Seven Laws of TeachingGregory
The Skillful Teacher – Building Your Teaching SkillsSaphier
The Skillful Teacher – On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the ClassroomBrookfield
The Surprising Truth About How We Learn and Why it HappensCarey
The Technology Tool Belt for TeachingManning
Tools for TeachingDavis
Understanding by DesignWiggins
What the BEST College Teachers DoBain
What’s the Use of Lectures?Bligh
Whistling Vivalidi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can DoSteele
Write More, Publish More, Stress Less! Five Key Principles for a Creative and Sustainable Scholarly PracticeStevens

Teaching and Learning

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Purdue University Northwest has purchased access to The Teaching Professor, an online newsletter and website highlighting the best strategies supported by the latest research for effective teaching in the college classroom. As a member of the PNW community, you can access The Teaching Professor at no cost. Each week, new articles with practical, evidence-based insights and actionable advice are posted.  You also have access to archival content arranged by topic. 

There are two ways to access the latest content or browse the archives:

  • On-campus – Go to
    It is not necessary to create an account or log in to access the subscription on-campus.
  • Off-campus – Please contact the Center for Faculty Excellence via email at or phone at 219-989-8328 to obtain directions for activating your PNW subscription access. 

Each week, you will have access to a 20-minute on-demand video addressing an important teaching-related topic.  On Monday mornings, you’ll get an email from the Center for Faculty Excellence with access information, and you can watch the video on-demand anytime through Sunday night. You’ll also be able to access supplemental materials, the PowerPoint slides and transcript during that time.

View the list of Monday Morning Mentor topics for Fall 2020.

Instructional Alignment

Writing Objectives

Bloom’s Taxonomy

  • What is Bloom’s Taxonomy?
    • This site from the Vanderbilt University explains Bloom’s taxonomy and how it can be used to develop effective instruction.
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy for Course Design
    • This site from the University of Central Florida explains each level of Bloom’s taxonomy listing associated action verbs, teaching methods and assessment activities.
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy Action Verbs (pdf file)
    • Handout listing action verbs for each level of Bloom’s taxonomy.

Course Redesign

Pedagogies & Teaching Strategies

  • Lecturing
    • Overview of lecturing basics and how to incorporate interactivity into lectures
  • Flipping the Classroom
    • Information about flipped classrooms, their effectiveness, and keys to successful flipping.
  • Online Teaching Activities Index
    • List of activities that can be used in online classes (many can also be used in face-to-face settings).
  • Inclusive Teaching
    • Information about how we can make our classrooms more inclusive.

Active Learning

Classroom Management

Assessment Basics

Assessing Student Learning


Assessing your Teaching

  • SoTL Guide
    • Information about taking a scholarly approach to your teaching and engaging in the scholarship of teaching & learning.
  • SoTL journals
    • List of journals publishing scholarly work related to teaching and learning.

Discovery and Scholarship

  • SoTL Guide
    • Information about taking a scholarly approach to your teaching and engaging in the scholarship of teaching & learning.
  • SoTL journals
    • List of journals publishing scholarly work related to teaching and learning.
  • PNW Office of Research
    • access information about finding funding, internal grant opportunities, developing a proposal, managing grants, and grantsmanship events
  • Purdue IRB
    • get information and submit protocols for review by the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • PNW Student Research
    • information about student research opportunities
  • PNW Research Centers
    • list of research centers and institutes at PNW

Service and Engagement

Productivity and Staying Connected

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Purdue is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, which grants Purdue faculty access to a number of resources.

Membership benefits include:

  • Weekly Monday Motivator Email Messages
  • Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars (and recordings of webinars for convenient access)
  • Monthly Guest Expert Webinars
  • Monthly accountability buddy match
  • Moderated monthly writing challenges

Steps to activate your institution-sponsored membership:

  1. Go to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity website.
  2. Click the “Become a Member” button and choose “Purdue University” from the list of institutions.
  3. Click “Activate My Membership.”
  4. Provide the requested information, being sure to use your Purdue* (NOT PNW) email address.  You can create any password you wish; it does not use your Purdue password.
  5. Provide the requested personal and professional information.
  6. Click “Continue” to complete the registration process.

*Please note that you MUST use your email address to activate your membership.  Your Purdue email account uses your Career account username followed by “”.

  • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • create a free account to get premium access through Purdue
    • under your Account settings, sign up to receive newsletters on a variety of topics including teaching, learning, breaking news, and global education.
  • Inside Higher Ed
    • subscribe for free to newsletters with daily or weekly updates, or on specialized topics like diversity or digital learning
  • Faculty Focus
    • sign-up for the free Faculty Focus newsletter on effective teaching strategies
  • Teaching Professor
    • online newsletter and website addressing effective college teaching that is licensed by PNW