Resources provided for faculty focusing on the following areas: preparing to teach; engaging students in learning; inclusive teaching; assessing and improving teaching; and evidence-based information on best teaching practices and innovative teaching practices.

How the Pandemic May Have Permanently Altered Campus Spaces

Dear Colleagues,

Here is a link from today's Chronicle in Higher Education that discusses how campus spaces may have changed for the future as a result of the pandemic.

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First Annual TUC Teaching Awards: CILT/Provost Announcement

Dear TUC Colleagues and Students,

The Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching (CILT) and the Touro University California Provost’s Office will
recognize individuals who are engaged in outstanding teaching and in innovative teaching.

The Outstanding Teaching Award is a $1000 award.
The three (3) Innovative Teaching Awards are one
(1) $500 award for course or curricular level innovation and two (2) $250 awards for assignment level innovation.

Each award winner will also receive a commemorative plaque.

The Outstanding Teaching Award is open to all faculty (with exceptions described in the attached document).

The Innovative Teaching Awards are open to all faculty and staff.

Deadline for submission of applications is 3 pm, April 23rd, 2021.

Please see the attachment for details.
Final TUC Outstanding Teaching Award-SMS queries

5 Things You Should Do First Thing In The Morning To Be Happier All Day (2 minute read)

Here is a brief article from the Huffington Post about creating positive morning habits.

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Hope some of you find this of value.

Recording of patient panel discussion now available: TUC-IPE-2021

For those of you who were unable to rejoin the patient panel discussion, here is the link to the recorded session:

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The Future of Virtual Reality Seminar (Zoom Recording)

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Understanding Student Motivation

Dear Colleagues,

Would you like to have a greater understanding of student motivation and the factors that influence their success and

Below is a link for a wonderful video from some of the world's experts.

This video is offered through SXSW.EDU

Here's a description:
Carol Dweck, one of the most influential and pioneering social science scholars of the past three decades, joined David Yeager, Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, and Mary Murphy the Herman B. Wells Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Indiana University, for a virtual SXSW EDU session.

Their discussion examined the science of human motivation. In the past decade, scientists have shown definitively that people’s mindsets—their beliefs about themselves and their place in the world—can shape motivation and enhance learning. The next decade will be about using this knowledge to make lasting changes in teaching and learning contexts and to reduce achievement disparities at scale. In the context of what we have achieved, this session unveils grand challenges for the future and shows how scientists and practitioners will work together to solve them.

“We believe that the power of growth mindset can not be known, can not be fulfilled, until we learn how to create cultures that instill a growth mindset and sustain it.”

–Carol Dweck, Lewis And Virginia Eaton Professor Of Psychology at Stanford University.

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New Library Resource Guide on Virtual, Augmented, & Mixed Reality Available

Dear TUC Students, Faculty, Staff,

The TUC librarians invite you to look at the new Virtual, Augmented, Mixed Reality Resource Guide we developed for the TUC community and just posted on the TUC Library website ( -- see on the left side under: Resource Guides. It is a pleasure to let you know that our work on this special guide was also assisted by our new librarian intern, Teresa Shellmon.

We would like to acknowledge and thank both Dr. Jim O’Connor and Dr. Tom Furness regarding this new resource guide. This guide was created in response to a request for such a guide from Dr. O'Connor who has been leading TUC’s campus training and focus in this area, and it was informed and inspired by the recent TCUS presentation arranged by Dr. O'Connor by Dr. Tom Furness, one of the pioneers and continuing leaders in this area of technology.

Here is the direct link to the new Virtual Reality Resource Guide:

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The resources listed in the guide are books and other materials available in the TUC Library as well as other important and useful resources the librarians have identified on the topic. Any print books listed in this resource guide can be requested for check-out and for a Wednesday or Friday (12 noon-3 pm) curbside pick-up or, if you prefer print books can be mailed to you. Just send your requests to

We will continue to add to and improve this guide and very much welcome your comments and suggestions. Please send your comments and suggestions to:

We very much hope that this resource will be useful to you for personal growth, further exploration, discussion and study.

Tamara Trujillo
Library Director

Yuja Resources (Credit: Daniel Thompson)

Use this Canvas course as a resource area for Yuja. You will find how-to videos, documents, and a training calendar where you can sign up for a session.

How to Enable Yuja in a Canvas Course:

Yuja Training Calendar

To learn more about Yuja; Click here

How to Stop Catastrophizing: An Expert’s Guide

Vision and Breathing May Be the Secrets to Surviving 2020

In a recent article by Jessica Wapner (November 16, 2020) in Scientific American,
Stanford neurobiologist Andrew Huberman discusses the two things we can always control,
even during a high-stress election and scary COVID pandemic.

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Important Canvas Tech Tip - Rich Content Editor

On behalf of Debbie Millican, EdS Instructional Technology - Instructional Designer: Touro University Nevada

Canvas will go to the new rich content editor in January 2021. You may get acquainted with the changes now by going to your Canvas course settings and toggling on the RCE Enhancements under the Features tab.

Below is an excellent YouTube video explaining all the RCE changes.

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Virtual Reality Creates New Worlds for Education Students BY ELIZABETH GANGEMI


Education is driving the future of VR more than any other industry outside of gaming. Here's why virtual reality gets such high marks for tutoring, STEM development, field trips and distance education.

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Virtual reality can help make people more compassionate compared to other media, new Stanford study finds..

Stanford researchers found that people who underwent a virtual reality experience, called “Becoming Homeless,” were more empathetic toward the homeless and more likely to sign a petition in support of affordable housing than other study participants. The research was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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How VR is Improving Empathy Between Healthcare Professionals and Patients

Encouraging Student Engagement During Synchronous Meetings: Preventing Midterm Drop-Off

Some students become busy, overwhelmed, or unmotivated by the middle of the semester. This phenomenon has become even more apparent with COVID-19 protocols. Which is why building a community of learners has become so important despite physical distancing, but it’s also much more challenging. The following presents six scenarios with strategies and ideas to encourage accountability and build in motivation from the start of the semester so the momentum continues until the end.

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Tips on Creating a Virtual Student Experience in 2020 by Rebecca Rozakis

How can schools create a virtual student experience outside the classroom? From student groups to admissions and alumni relations, get tips on getting your full campus experience online despite Coronavirus.

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“Mind the gap”: Critical insights on the urgent transition to online learning in a time of crisis By Dianne Conrad

How to Build Community in a Zoom Class With Personal Essays by Rachel Toor (Credit- Dr Barbour)

Your students are Zoomed out. Here’s a way to help them connect to you and to one another.

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Are You Working? How to Save Time on Grading and Doomscrolling By Rebecca Schuman (Credit- Dr Barbour)

Creating Magic in Your (Online) Classroom by Kenya Jenkins Fletcher (Credit- Dr Barbour)

5 Ways Medical Virtual Reality Is Already Changing Healthcare

Virtual reality is being labeled the 4th wave of computer technology. Many feel it is the future of both education and health care. This article demonstrates and explains how VR is already being used in the field of health care.

This is a quick read explaining VR and some of its current application. There are some cool short videos embedded in the article.

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Our HyFlex Experiment: What’s Worked and What Hasn’t by Kevin Gannon (Credit- Dr Barbour)

Armed with a can-do spirit, faculty members leaped into hybrid teaching this fall. The results have been decidedly mixed.

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25 Strategies to Engage Students on Your Next Zoom Meeting (Credit- Dr Barbour)

Now that we have all been thrust into the world of online learning, we have to figure out ways as educators to engage our students when they are online. Some of the first things schools did when shifting to remote learning was to hold regular video meetings with their students. These can vary based on the ages of the students and the frequency of when a teacher interacts with their students, but most teachers realized quickly that they can’t use the same behavioral strategies (like proximity) that they use in a physical classroom. This can lead to a lack of student engagement and involvement in what is trying to be taught regardless of age.

These 25 strategies listed here are not meant to take the place of deeper learning. That kind of learning is generally better when done with a mix of asynchronous learning. That said, in order to get our students to that deeper state of learning with greater depth of knowledge (DOK) levels, we need to make sure they are engaged when we have synchronous conversations and discussions. Some of these strategies take little set-up while others might take more time and energy to make them really successful. The purpose of these tools is to draw students into the lesson/activity and make them engaged and looking forward to your next virtual class meeting.

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Designing for Kindness – Kona Jones (Credit- Dr Barbour)

When students feel like their teacher cares about them as a person, as well as their success in the course, it creates a foundation of trust that promotes meaningful interactions and learning. This session covers what this learning environment looks like, how it functions, and the impact on student learning.

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Raising Student Motivation During the Pandemic (by Shruti Nagpal, PhD)

10 Ways to Make Online Learning More Engaging - Sean Nufer (Credit- Dr Barbour)

4 New Zoom Features Educators Can Use to Enhance Virtual Teaching & Learning (Credit- Dr Barbour)

Hey, teachers! Zoom has a bunch of features you can use to better manage the online teaching experience, and we just rolled out four brand-new ones! Here’s how our features will help you teach — and students learn — over Zoom.

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Zoomtopia (Credit- Dr Barbour)

The Real Issue Isn’t Student Engagement (Credit- Dr Barbour)

6 Quick Ways to Be More Inclusive in a Virtual Classroom (Credit- Dr Barbour)

How do you create online or hybrid courses with an ethos of inclusion and equity embedded throughout?

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Teaching: How Professors Can Help Students Get Through the Semester by Beth McMurtrie (Credit- Dr Barbour)

The New Rules of Engagement (Credit- Dr Barbour)

This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s teaching advice columnist might be interesting to some faculty who are looking to create community and a greater sense of belonging in their remote instruction.

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Managing the Chat in Online Teaching (Credit- Dr Barbour)

Due to the pandemic, educators have had to make adjustments to their classroom delivery, including utilizing online venues such as Zoom, Google Talk, or CANVAS. While the use of these platforms aid in synchronous learning, they present one issue which differs from the in-person learning environment: the chat feature.

As an online educator, there are many things you have to be mindful of as you conduct your classroom. You wear many hats during an online session: you are the host of the meeting, you are teaching or running the show, and you may elect to use additional technology such as online polling software to encourage student engagement. At this point, you may find yourself overwhelmed. Then, you notice, in the corner of your eye, a flurry of activity in the chat. How do you handle the chat on top of these other responsibilities when the comments and questions are coming in so quickly? This is where strategies of streamers on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook can be used to your advantage.

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Formative Assessment help instructors identify concepts that students are struggling to understand.

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Online Student Behaviors and Attitudes

Here is a great read for faculty, and for staff involved in admissions, retention, and recruitment. Also, for those involved in instructional design and IT.

It is a comprehensive survey conducted by Wiley, which looks at a variety of topics.

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Strategies and Tips for Successful Online Teaching. (Credit- Dr Barbour)

Online education can take a wide variety of shapes and forms, including technology platforms, media modality, instructional approaches, student arrangement, and temporal arrangements. The challenge is how to craft the experience for your diverse students, thereby engaging them in authentic learning experiences within this often unfamiliar, virtual environment. Author Dr. Linda Dale Bloomberg has 10 tips to help you dig deeper into the use and application of asynchronous and synchronous tools.
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Syncing with Students: Valuable Qualities of Synchronous Online Teaching (Credit- Dr Barbour)

What Students Want (Credit- Dr Barbour)

In recent months there’s been no shortage of surveys in which students describe the challenges they faced during the pivot to remote education in the spring and summer. Many struggled to secure consistent Wi-Fi access and a quiet place to learn. They felt overwhelmed, not just by the pandemic, but in trying to keep track of assignments, deadlines, and communication with their professors. They missed the routines and relationships of campus life. Motivation was a real challenge.

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Examining Students’ Confidence to Learn Online, Self-Regulation Skills and Perceptions of Satisfaction and Usefulness of Online Classes by Brittany Landrum (Credit- Dr Barbour)

Three Characteristics of High-Quality Questions in the Classroom. (Credit- Dr Barbour)

Also from Dr. Rouleau: Questioning is the second-most-used teaching technique (after teacher talk) but not all questions are created equal. In this video, you’ll learn how to ask your students higher quality questions in the classroom that will prompt them to think more deeply about the concepts and content they’re learning.

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Less is More, Be Comfortable and Creative, Be Kind: 3 ACUE Strategies for Successful Transition

ACUE has shared an article with 3 important strategies related to effective teaching during this great worldwide educational experiment.

-Less is More
-Be Comfortable and Creative
-Be Kind

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Playing Music and Videos through Zoom.

Storing Zoom Recordings And Transcription

Some information on Zoom Webinar.

With great teaching, students succeed.

Decades of scholarship have identified practices that help students engage, persist in their studies, and learn more.
ACUE’s Effective Practice Framework is a leading statement of the instructional skills that every college educator should possess.


Five Essential Strategies to Embrace Culturally Responsive Teaching.

Being culturally responsive is a critical and necessary feature of our interactions with one another. It is also vitally important in the context of education. Culturally responsive teaching is an approach that “empowers students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically by using cultural referents to impart knowledge, skills, and attitudes” (Ladson-Billings, 2014). The following practices provide five essential strategies for how educators can make their learning environments more culturally responsive.

1. Know your students
2. Be aware of your own personal biases
3. Transform your pedagogy and curriculum
4. Respect and reinforce student culture
5. Involve family and community

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Active learning using "transparent methods" (Source- Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Ph.D., Coordinator of Instructional Development and Research, Office of Faculty, Policy, and Research as part of the Transparency in Learning and Teaching Project.)

Transparent teaching methods help students understand how and why they are learning course content in particular ways.

This list of options is adapted frequently as faculty participants identify further ways to provide explicit information to students about learning and teaching practices.

These methods include:

-Discuss assignments' learning goals and design rationale before students begin each assignment.
-Invite students to participate in class planning, agenda construction.
-Gauge students’ understanding during class via peer work on questions that require students to apply concepts you’ve taught.
-Explicitly connect "how people learn" data with course activities when students struggle at difficult transition points.
-Engage students in applying the grading criteria that you’ll use on their work.
-Debrief graded tests and assignments in class.
-Offer running commentary on class discussions, to indicate what modes of thought or disciplinary methods are in use.

Blended Learning

Blended Learning Toolkit

  • This Blended Learning Toolkit is a free, open resource for educational institutions interested in developing or expanding their blended learning initiatives. The website includes: a blog where people share ideas, a detailed section focusing on the process of building a blended course, model courses, a section on effective practices, evaluation resources, and a section on current research.

Effective Class Discussions.

Prepare a structure - Because class discussion can be less controlled, instructors should have clear expectations for themselves and for students about topics to cover. Instructors might develop several key big-picture questions to ask at the beginning of class and have groups answer by the end of class. Part of a solid discussion structure also includes explicit details defining participation and grading.

Regulate the discussion - Instructors should feel free to insert themselves into conversation in order to keep conversation on track. Students especially appreciate this tactic when a few students monopolize conversation. After ensuring that groups are functioning well, instructors can invite especially talkative students to continue conversation after class or in office hours.

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Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design in Higher Education

  • According to the website, "Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs."  For those of you designing new courses or new curricula, or if you are planning on revamping your course when the campus transitions from BlackBoard to Canvas, Universal Design for Learning is a great place to start.

Student Centered Learning

Naïve Task

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes a weekly newsletter focusing on effective teaching in Higher Education, entitled “Welcome to Teaching." Here is an example of one article that may be of interest to you, which focuses on activating students’ curiosity.

Prezi - Carl Rogers: Student-Centered Learning and Learner-Centered

  • Briefly, Rogers believed that the most important aspect of effective teaching was the development of trust between the teacher and the student. Trust could be built when the teacher demonstrated empathy, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness towards her or his students.