The Toolbox Collection
Beginning with its first issue in 2003, the aims of The Toolbox seemed simple enough: Enable higher education faculty to boost the experience of student and teacher through a short, easy-to-read, conversational-style resource. At the time, the Toolbox newsletter also served a readership that was fairly easy to manage — the faculty at Indiana Wesleyan University, where author Brad Garner was actively involved in teaching the first-year seminar.
Over the years, The Toolbox has seen some changes — several colorful incarnations and a global (and still-growing) subscriber list that now numbers close to 2,000, to name a couple — but its purpose has stayed remarkably consistent. Many of the topics Dr. Garner has discussed at length in his now-bimonthly publication remain relevant to higher education classrooms today — from relating to students, to using technology’s benefits for improved teaching, to assessing student learning.
It is with this continued relevance in mind that the National Resource Center introduces The Toolbox Collection, a five-volume series that gives vital topics from previous issues of The Toolbox an added focus, while providing context for 2018 and beyond. As educational resources go, you could call it a virtual greatest-hits.
In this volume, author Brad Garner discusses some of the important ingredients and
processes involved in designing a high-quality course for students. Much like baking
a delicious dessert, course design requires mixing several common ingredients, adhering
to a set of procedures performed in a prescribed order, and using specific types of
Our second volume discusses active-learning strategies designed to promote deeper understanding, collaboration, and problem solving in the classroom.
As faculty, how do you know whether students are actually mastering course content? This volume discusses the assessment of student learning as a guide to verifying the effectiveness of teaching and learning practices.
How can faculty capitalize on their students' proclivity toward technology while also enhancing learning? This volume highlights ways to incorporate technology into college courses, with the aim of creating new, enriching learning opportunities.
- Vol. 5: Faculty as Agents of Student Success (February 2019)