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All Toolbox articles should be submitted online.
Suggested Topics for Articles
The Toolbox's primary purpose is to provide practical strategies for improving teaching and learning. Articles on a variety of topics related to classroom instruction are welcome, including those focusing on:
- Faculty–student relationships
- Principles and practices of effective course design
- Active-learning strategies for face-to-face venues
- Applications of digital technology to face-to-face and online venues
- Alternative strategies to assess student learning
- Strategies and techniques for meeting the learning needs of diverse student populations
The Toolbox does not publish product endorsements, textbook reviews, pure theory or
opinion pieces, or articles without practical application.
Toolbox readers include full-time and adjunct faculty; academic advisors; and administrators
focused on faculty development, teaching and learning, academic success, and the first
The style of The Toolbox tends to be informal and conversational. The content is presented in a manner that intentionally links theory with practice. More important, contributors present evidence-based practices in higher education in an accessible manner that allows faculty to easily apply those practices to their own courses and teaching. Articles, tables, figures, and references should adhere to APA (American Psychological Association) style. In addition:
- Typically, Toolbox articles include no more than 3-5 references.
- Active voice, third person is the preferred writing style.
- Statements or analysis should be evidence-based.
- Submissions should be uploaded as Microsoft Word documents.
Original articles should be no longer than 1,500 words. The editor reserves the right
to edit submissions for length.
What We're Looking For
Many topics addressed in The Toolbox lend themselves to a similar approach. Below are some suggested elements of an article:
- Strategies for tackling issues and problems in the classroom, with an emphasis on helping faculty think through the process and improving student success. There are few one-size-fits-all descriptions, so be detailed and descriptive as needed (in 1,500 words or fewer).
- References to professional literature concerning the issue/problem. What questions have researchers raised?
- Examples of classroom practices that can transfer to a range of course types (e.g., If a strategy was used in a first-year seminar, how might it also benefit students in a biology course?)
- A focus on technology and its application to learning methods in and outside the classroom
- An eye toward the future of teaching and learning (i.e., Will this strategy still be applicable in five years?)
Articles shall not have been registered for copyright or published elsewhere prior
to publication in The Toolbox. Images are welcome and must be accompanied by a written
release from the photographer or copyright owner, giving the National Resource Center
permission to publish the images.
Toolbox Production Schedule
|Issue Date||Submission Deadline (for consideration in this issue)||Publication Deadline (all requested edits must be completed)|
|October 2019||August 16, 2019||September 16, 2019|
|December 2019||October 11, 2019||November 8, 2019|
|February 2020||December 11, 2019||January 17, 2020|
|April 2020||February 14, 2020||March 23, 2020|
Following an initial review by the editor, authors will receive a preliminary response
as to the appropriateness of the proposed article for publication. This may include
suggestions for revising the manuscript, if necessary. Manuscripts accepted for publication
typically are published within six months of submission.
Submit an Article
Effective April 7, 2017, all Toolbox articles should be submitted online.