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The Toolbox

The Toolbox is a professional development electronic newsletter that offers innovative, learner-centered strategies for improving teaching and learning for college students. It is published bimonthly, and subscriptions are free.

Current Issue

Volume 20, Issue 6
Effective Course Design Practices that Foster Success with First-Year Students

Three evidence-based principles of educational psychology can facilitate effective course design practices that increase learning. These evidence-based principles are often underutilized because they are not generally viewed as student success strategies. However, they are especially effective practices for instructors who engage with transitioning students in higher education. In this issue of The Toolbox, we will examine these course design practices and demonstrate how they have been successfully used with college students in general education courses. 


The Toolbox Collection

The Toolbox Collection is a five-volume series that gives vital topics from previous issues of The Toolbox an added focus, while providing context for 2019 and beyond.

The Toolbox Collection, Vol. 4: Digital Learning
With the global COVID-19 pandemic forcing educators to transition to online instruction, this compendium of past issues focuses on connecting and communicating with students, assignments and assessment, and resources for the online classroom.


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