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Research Reports by CETL Groups

The following articles, publications, and reports were written by teams of educators who participated in CETL-sponsored programming:

"Effective Discussion Techniques." Manning, Carmen, et al. Fellow report, 2011-2012.

Discussion Bubble ImageYou've prepared a thought-provoking discussion for your next class. You pose the first question when class begins, certain excellent discussion will ensue, but wait...complete silence? Is the class prepared? Do they need more time? What do you do?

How do you respond when your discussions are continually dominated by the same voices? Do the quiet students really have nothing to add? Do they have an equal opportunity to share their thoughts?

Read the techniques presented here to help you set the right tone for discussions to unfold and become glorious music to your ears.


"Teaching Evaluation Initiative." Reynolds, Kate Mastruserio, et al. Fellow report, 2010-2011.

Checklist ImageGain insight into instructional practices that we value in university instruction. Also learn what renowned teacher evaluation experts have written that inspired this team to develop tools to aid in evaluating our instructors fairly and effectively.



"Reading to Learn: Engaging University Students in Meaningful Reading and Discussion." Larson, Jan, et al. Fellow report, 2009-2010.Student Reading Book

Discover how using reading communities in your classes can promote critical thinking, enrich discussions, and ultimately enhance learning. Read what students think about this style of learning and peruse examples you can adapt for your own classes.


"Student Evaluations of Instruction." Bleske-Rechek, April, et al. Fellow report, 2008-2009.

WhaOnline Survey Imaget do good instructors do? What don't they do? Important questions, right? What other questions should we be asking?

Bleske-Rechek and her team surveyed students to get answers and collected over 600 responses, which were used to create student evaluation form-style categories and were compared to existing student evaluation forms. Take a look at the team's findings on how closely our forms match up with what the students found important.

Also check out the different purposes student evaluations serve and sample questions to include to fulfill each purpose.