Useful Teaching Websites, Blogs, and Tools

Writing Across the Curriculum

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Marymount's Writing Program Resources

Visit the MU writing program wiki site for composition resources.

Writing Intensive Materials at Marymount

An Introduction to Writing Across the Curriculum

This guide offers information about WAC – writing across the curriculum.

GMU: Writing across the Curriculum

The resources provided on these pages are here to support you in your efforts to teach effectively with writing so that your students will achieve the learning and writing goals you set for them.

WAC at Northern Illinois University

This site has a great repository of activities, assignments, workshops, and other disciplinary-specific resources for WAC instructors.

Welcome to the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Welcome to the Purdue OWL. We offer over 200 free resources including Writing and Teaching Writing, Research, Grammar and Mechanics, Style Guides, ESL (English as a Second Language), and Job Search and Professional Writing.

Sequenced Microthemes: A Great Deal of Thinking for Your Students, and Relatively Little Grading for You

The microtheme, the Swiss Army knife of assignments, can be put to many uses, and is merely a short 100–500 word essay in which a great deal of thinking precedes a rather small amount of writing. In addition to requiring less time for you to read—and I can grade and comment upon twenty-five microthemes in about two hours—microthemes force an admirable economy on your students by forcing them to distinguish between the important and incidental, and to choose the former.

Academic Blogs, Pedagogy, and News

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Academic Blogs

Welcome to the main portal page for the academic blogs wiki. Brad DeLong has described the academic blogosphere as a kind of Invisible College - this site is supposed to help make the College a little more visible to itself and its readers. It is a work in progress and will remain that way.

Teaching Carnival

A semi-weekly edited collection of the best web-based writings on pedagogy.

Foundation for Critical Thinking

The Center for Critical Thinking and Moral Critique conducts advanced research and disseminates information on critical thinking.

viz. | Visual Rhetoric - Visual Culture - Pedagogy

Viz. explores the many ways rhetoric, visual culture, and pedagogy interact with and inform each other. In keeping with this mission, the viz. blog presents a forum for discussing the visual and its connections with theory, rhetorical practice, popular culture, and pedagogy.

Blogging Pedagogy

This is a blog about pedagogy and English studies. It is a space to share resources, stories, successes, and failures.

Take 20

Take 20 questions. Ask 22 writing teachers. The result is Take 20 — an hour-long film that captures a corner of an ongoing conversation about current practices, changing conditions, and emerging ideas around the teaching of writing. Part professional development tool, part documentary, Take 20 is a new kind of professional resource produced by Bedford/St. Martin’s and directed by Todd Taylor from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Radical Teacher

Radical Teacher is an independent magazine for educational workers at all levels and in every kind of institution. The magazine focuses on critical teaching practice, the political economy of education, and institutional struggles.

Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed is the online source for news, opinion and jobs for all of higher education

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.


Supporting and promoting the teaching and study of college composition and communication.

Pedagogy and Technology

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The goal of this site is to serve as a resource for academics trying to navigate the world of computing and technology. That is, outlining the more concrete ways technology and computers can be used to improve both teaching (how to get beyond the use of Power Point) and scholarship (did you know there are more effective, cheaper, alternatives to MS Word-how does a $30 word processor designed by academics sound?). To that end, this blog is going to try to chronicle how I use technology in an effort to teach and write more effectively.

Prof. Hacker | productivity & pedagogy in a digital age

Prof. Hacker delivers productivity, technical, and pedagogical tips to higher education faculty Monday-Friday.

Computer Writing and Research Lab

Information technologies are rapidly and fundamentally changing our work and work organization, our teaching and learning, our lives and recreation. That’s especially true in terms of how one of our oldest information technologies – writing – is being transformed. At the CWRL, we explore how information technologies are changing the ways we produce and consume texts, the ways we argue, and how we can flexibly address these sociotechnical changes.

Academic Commons

Academic Commons is a community of faculty, academic technologists, librarians, administrators, and other academic professionals interested in two interlocking questions: how do creative uses of new technology and networked information support the current project of liberal education, and, perhaps more interestingly, how do they force us to re-think what it means to be liberally educated?

C & C Online

Computers and Composition Online is the refereed online companion journal to Computers and Composition: An International Journal, now in its 26th year and currently published by Elsevier. Our goal is to be a significant online resource for scholar-teachers interested in the impact of new and emerging media upon the teaching of language and literacy in both virtual and face-to-face forums. As part of this goal, we wish to foster a sense of community and collegial sharing of ideas by providing an online space where select features, announcements, and community resources work together to promote a virtual exchange for the latest and best work in the field.

DiRT: Digital Research Tools

This wiki collects information about tools and resources that can help scholars (particularly in the humanities and social sciences) conduct research more efficiently or creatively. Whether you need software to help you manage citations, author a multimedia work, or analyze texts, Digital Research Tools will help you find what you're looking for. We provide a directory of tools organized by research activity, as well as reviews of select tools in which we not only describe the tool's features, but also explore how it might be employed most effectively by researchers.

TeachWeb 2.0

We are a group of curious teachers who explore and brainstorm ways to integrate Web 2.0 technologies into our teaching. Some of us meet face-to-face at an independent school in St. Petersburg, Florida. The rest of us are from all over the world.

Teaching Carnival

A semi-weekly edited collection of the best web-based writings on pedagogy.

Build an Interactive Timeline

But why would you want to build a timeline? Well, just imagine that you are teaching a survey course of Victorian literature. You could assign your students different years in this time period and ask them to identify four important events that happened in their particular year and to post them to a timeline. The result might look something like this. Or imagine that you are teaching a novel with a complex chronology, like Slaughterhouse-Five or Jazz. You could have your students work collaboratively to timeline Billy Pilgrim's experiences. Or you could timeline your work on your dissertation. Or…well, you get the idea.

Lecture, Notekeeping, and Presentation Materials

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Directory of Learning Tools

Exhaustive, category-driven directory of digital learning tools, most of which are free and web-based. Browse around!


With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install. A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies.

Prezi: Sample Prezi by T. Howe

Prezi is zooming sketches on a digital napkin. It's visualization and storytelling without slides. Your ideas live on stage and on the web. Have you ever wondered about presenting your thoughts as free as they come? Ever got tired of creating a slideshow? It's been said, that the best innovations come from people who are unhappy with the tools they use. We realized that our ideas won't fit into slides anymore. Putting together creative thinking and technology expertise, we have created Prezi, a living presentation tool.


SlideShare is the world's largest community for sharing presentations. SlideShare is the best way to get your slides out there on the web, so your ideas can be found and shared by a wide audience. Do you want to get the word out about your product or service? Do you want your slides to reach people who could not make it to your talk? Are you a teacher looking to share your lesson plans? It only takes a moment - start uploading now, and let your slides do the talking!


BrainSlides was developed to address a particular niche in the world of presentations: using slides in education. Many people are familiar with the Death by PowerPoint concept and a handful of books and blogs address the issue of designing good presentations in the business world. But PowerPoint presentations have also made their way into the classrooms at universities, colleges, high schools, and even some junior high and elementary schools. There simply aren’t any good online resources addressing the incorrect use – and overuse – of PowerPoint slides in the classroom

Mind42: Collaborative mind mapping in your browser

Isn't 42 the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything? Well, in this case it means FOR TWO and indicates the collaborative character of mind42. Manage all your ideas, whether alone, twosome or working together with the whole world - collaborative, browser-based and for free.


Simply type in your ideas. Drag and drop files and web pages. Any idea can be linked to anything else. Using your digital Brain is like cruising through a Web of your thinking. See new relationships. Discover connections. Go from the big picture of everything to a specific detail in seconds. Accelerate your mind.

MindMapping Links on Delicious

A collection of links related to mindmapping bookmarked by George Brett

12 Screencasting Tools from

A good overview of several screencasting technologies, which you can use to create video tutorials for your students. They vary in complexity; for very quick-and-dirty 4-minute screencasts, try Jing, which has a minimal learning curve. Another easy tool to use is CamStudio, a free version of Camtasia.

5 Best Screencasting Tools

Another collection, streamlined, of screencasting tools for video tutorial or other video creation. Jing is mentioned here, as is CamStudio, the free version of Camtasia.

Images and Archives

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World Digital Library

The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.

Flickr Commons

The key goals of The Commons on Flickr are to firstly show you hidden treasures in the world's public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer.

smArtHistory is a free multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement (or even substitute) for the traditional art history textbook. Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker began smARThistory in 2005 by creating a blog featuring free audio guides in the form of podcasts for use in The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Soon after, we embedded the audio files in our online survey courses. The response from our students was so positive that we decided to create a multi-media survey of art history web-book. We created audios and videos about works of art found in standard art history survey texts, organized the files stylistically and chronologically, and added text and still images.

Intute: Helping You Find the Best Websites for Study and Research

Intute is a free online service that helps you to find the best web resources for your studies and research. With millions of resources available on the Internet, it can be difficult to find useful material. Our subject specialists review and evaluate thousands of resources to help you choose the key websites in your subject. We can also help you develop your Internet research skills through our Virtual Training Suite tutorials, written by lecturers and librarians from universities across the UK. Intute is created by a consortium of seven universities, working together with a whole host of partners.

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