Teaching and Learning
This page covers Teaching Resources, Media and Instructional Technology, Support for Student Success and Resources Related to Academic Integrity.
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1. Confidential Classroom Observations
- Get feedback and support!
- Talk with an experienced and confidential mentor about classroom management techniques, course design, particular assignments, leading an effective discussion, and more!
- Arrange to have a mentor visit your class, watch you teach, and give you confidential feedback!
- Visit the class of another experienced instructor – in your discipline or beyond. Follow up with coffee and discussion!
- Get middle-of-the-term feedback from your students unofficially and anonymously.
- Access teaching and learning tips from national experts
2. Digital Resources for Teaching
Find samples, ideas, and resources for inspiration.
3. Learn from Colleagues
Our faculty are experts on many teaching pedagogies and andragogies: here we share some of their presentations (more in our archive):
Faculty member Stephen Cole provided this example of what he requests from students who ask for letters of recommendation: What to do if you want me to write a letter of reference for you
Also, consider the Student Assessment of Learning Gains online resource, a course evaluation tool that allows instructors to measure students’ learning gains in their classes.
More resources on “Inspiring Higher Education To Lead the Sustainability Transformation”
Consult campus expert Kate Mills for assistance supporting students’ writing in the classroom
See Kate Mills’ colloquium presentation on teaching writing
Talk with a librarian about writing resource available at the Gellert Library.
7. Consult a Librarian
Our library contains a wealth of resources about faculty development and our librarians are excellent resources for helping to find any number of excellent resources.
To place a text on hold, use this form from the library
Media and Instructional Technology
1. Resource Specialists
Our expert ITS staff are here to help! You can reach them at:
- Help Desk, 650-508-3555, firstname.lastname@example.org, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
- Audio-Visual, 650-508-3763, email@example.com, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.*
- Network Services, 650-508-3471, firstname.lastname@example.org, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
- Administrative Systems, 650-508-3739, email@example.com, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
2. Campus Portal
Campus Portal is the place for posting grades, getting class lists, and other important information. If you have trouble logging in, check with the ITS staff during regular business hours. Within the Portal are instructions for all typical faculty activities. **NOTE that as of Spring 2018, the Portal will no longer host a Learning Management System. Instead, all classes will move to Moodle (see next section)
3. Moodle: NDNU’s Learning Management System
Moodle is NDNU’s learning management system as useful for supplementing in-class discussions, hosting hybrid classes, or conducting an online class. Keep in mind that NDNU has guidelines about transitioning any course to online/hybrid format and every instructor should work with his or her Chair/Program Director before doing so. Hybrid courses require Chair approval; any course more than 50% online requires approval of the curriculum committee.
To access Moodle, use the same ID# and password that you use for the Portal and contact ITS if you have access issues. Within Moodle, our expert ITS crew have provided a variety of resources to assist with use of the system. Once logged in, be sure to look for:
NDNU Faculty Training 2017, in which an online training session helps walk participants through the basic uses of Moodle for online/hybrid learning. This course was offered in Spring 2017 so there will be no live feedback, but the lessons remain.
NDNU Moodle Quick Starts are a group of PDFs that give instruction on how to get started with Moodle. They include:
- How to add assignments
- How to add a teaching assistant (non editing teacher)
- Add an image to summary or resource
- Add a turn-it-in assignment
- Copy content from one Moodle Course to another
- Copy content from Campus Portal LMS system to Moodle
- How to add files (Syllabus, handouts, etc.)
- Adding a forum (for asynchronous discussion)
Other resources that help introduce Moodle include:
- A video on Moodle basics, created by Dr. Doug Rice
- Basic Instructions for Using Moodle, created by Dr. Sandra Larragoiti
- Survey of Student Technology Needs, compiled by Dr. Roger Goodson
Hybrid courses: be sure to check with your Chair or Program Director for Program/School specific guidelines about hybrid courses. Some resources:
The Professional Studies Program has developed a series of guidelines, which can be found here: PSP Hybrid Guidelines
Dr. Suata Verma gave an excellent presentation for faculty: Designing Hybrid Courses: A Flipped Classroom Model, Sujata Verma, March 29, 2016
4. Lost Passwords
Log-in to either Moodle or the Portal with your NDNU ID number and Campus Portal password. If you don’t know your password, please click the Lost Password link, which will take you to Campus Portal. Follow instructions there to reset your Campus Portal password.
After you reset your password on Campus Portal, it will take one hour or less for your Moodle password to be updated to match your Campus Portal password. The two systems don’t synchronize in real-time, so please be patient for up to an hour after you’ve reset your Campus Portal password for the new password to change on this site.
If your ID number begins with a zero, then any zero preceding the numbers 1-9 will be omitted. For example, if John Doe’s ID number is 001234, he’ll type 1234 in the ID Number field.
If you are still having difficulties logging in, please click this LMS Technical Support link.
5. Media Services
Arrange for instructional support for your classroom: Laptops, projection, audiovisuals, and more! Note that the Audio-visual Department requires a 72-hour advance notice for any audio-visual delivery and setup. An audio-visual request form must be completed to ensure that deliveries and setup are scheduled. For additional information, visit Media Services.
Computer Labs support is provided by ITS. For additional information, visit Computer Labs.
Support for Student Success
Find out about resources for students in your classes, including academic advising, disability resources, counseling services, the writing center, and more.Teaching Assistants
1. Teaching Assistants
Teaching assistants can facilitate and enrich the learning experience; they are students who help a faculty member with the administration of a class. If you identify a student who is interested and who would be a good fit, have them work with their advisor to add the teaching experience experience to the classes that they are registered for. The advisor can let you know whether the student needs the miscellaneous units toward graduation.
2. Advising and Academic Support
Do students ask you academic advising questions? Start with your Chair/Program Director for answers and , whenever possible within the boundaries of good student service, send the student to see his or her adviser.
The Campus Programs Office develops and enhances students’ talents and potential to be effective leaders and citizens in their communities through student programming and involvement, living-learning communities, leadership retreats, conferences, trainings, and academic courses.
If a student has a learning disability of other circumstance that requires accommodation, that student is responsible to bring it to the attention of Disability Services to arrange for possible accommodations. Disability Services is part of Counseling, Health, and Disability Services, located in New Hall E18 and New Hall E19. The main number is 650-508-3714.
Counseling Services are an integral part of support to our students. They have a variety of resources for faculty, including:
In addition, they offer the following referrals:
- Suicide Prevention: 650-579-0350
- Parent Support Line: 1-888-220-7575
- Rape Trauma Services: 650-692-7273
- Alcohol and Drug Helpline: 650-573-3950
- Center for Domestic Violence Prevention: 650-312-8515
How do I learn more about academic integrity?
What is our protocol for dealing with violations?
What do I do when I suspect cheating or plagiarism?
NDNU has an account with TurnItIn; contact