Eberly Center: Providing Access to Carnegie Mellon’s Teaching Resources
The Eberly Center is a one-stop shop for teaching support and resources built for Carnegie Mellon faculty and teaching assistants. From tips on choosing collaboration tools to guidance on developing assessments, Eberly Center provides resources that support high-quality teaching and educational innovation from a gold-standard university.
Although the Eberly Center reserves many of these resources (like workshops and one-on-one teaching consultations) for Carnegie Mellon educators, it also offers helpful “how to” resources available for anyone to use. Below we’ve highlighted some of these open resources to guide you through Eberly Center’s wealth of rich, helpful content for designing, teaching, and managing your course.
Access Tips for Designing and Teaching a Course
The Design & Teach a Course section walks you through various decision points critical for creating an effective course. You’ll find guidance for the course design process, like how to write an effective syllabus and develop meaningful assessments; you’ll also find teaching guidance, including how to facilitate a successful first day of class, how to address problematic student behavior, and how to create an inclusive learning environment.
Explore Technological Tools
Technology for Education discusses a variety of tools you can investigate when choosing technologies to enhance your course: for example, tools for assessing student work, facilitating student collaboration, and creating data visualizations. The guidance offered helps you choose the tool most appropriate tool for the context in which you are teaching.
Assess Teaching and Learning
Beginning with the importance of course alignment, Assess Teaching & Learning shows you how to build reliable, meaning teaching assessments, and department and program assessments. It also offers assessment examples and tools to explore. The information shared is grounded in Carnegie Mellon’s assessment philosophy:
At Carnegie Mellon, we believe that for assessment to be meaningful (not bean-counting or teaching to the test!) it must be done thoughtfully and systematically. We also believe it should be driven by faculty so that the information gathered:
- Reflects the goals and values of particular disciplines
- Helps instructors refine their teaching practices and grow as educators
- Helps departments and programs refine their curriculum to prepare students for an evolving workplace [source]
Got a Teaching Problem? Solve it Here!
The Solve a Teaching Problem section allows you to choose from a wide variety of potential problems for which a list of possible reasons are provided. Once you identify the reason, the site suggests strategies for overcoming the issue.
Get a Quick Overview of Educational Principles
The Teaching & Learning Principles section provides concise information covering theory and research-based principles of teaching and learning. This information allows you to access “current research and theory on student learning in a way that can inform and guide effective teaching practices.”
What are some of your “go-to” places for educational information? What other great “how-to” resources can you share?