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Welcome!   The MERLOT Pedagogy Portal is designed to help you learn about the variety of instructional strategies and issues that could help you become a better teacher. The resources you’ll find in the Pedagogy Portal should apply to teaching a variety of disciplines. This collection of resources should help you answer questions that teachers ask:

  • How do I teach large lecture classes effectively?
  • How do I engage my students in problem-based learning?
  • Do I have to teach adult learners differently than recent high school graduates?

The resources highlighted in this portal are organized into 5 major areas (see columns below) which were developed by the MERLOT Faculty Development community after several years of exploring other categorization schemes. They correspond to the steps in the teaching process; each major area has specific topics for you to explore.

  • Click on the links in the columns to find a “short list” of recommended online materials for that specific topic. The short list is five items that are found in the MERLOT collection. If you have other resources you recommend, please send to Cathy Swift.
  • On each sub-page you can also link to a search of all items in MERLOT in that topic.
  • Browse the full collection of over 1,800 related materials in the “Faculty Development” Collection.
  • Find discipline-specific teaching strategies in each MERLOT Discipline Community Portal, “Teaching Tips” area (see listing in center of home page:
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Understanding how learning works can help you design better teaching strategies.

Adult Learners
Learning-Centered Education
Learning Sciences & Theory
Learning & Teaching Styles
Learning and Technology











Careful thought and planning is essential to ensuring and maximizing student learning.

Course Planning
Learning Objectives 
Online/Hybrid Courses
Syllabi and Learning Contracts
Universal Design for Learning












There are a variety of teaching strategies that instructors can use to improve student learning

Active Learning
Clicker Use in Class
Collaborative / Cooperative Learning
Critical Thinking
Discussion Strategies
Experiential Learning
Games/Experiments/ Simulations
Humor in the Classroom
Inquiry-Guided Learning
Interdisciplinary Teaching
Learner-Centered Teaching
Learning Communities
Lecture Strategies
Mobile Learning
Online/ Hybrid Courses
Problem- Based Learning
Service Learning
Social Networking Tools
Teaching Diverse Students
Teaching with Cases
Team-Based Learning
Team Teaching
Writing Assignments

All professors know that there are a number of challenges they face in the classroom. 

Cheating/ Plagiarism
Classroom Management / Faculty andStudent Civility
Ethics and Values
First Day of Class
Information Literacy
Large Classes
Motivating and Engaging Students
Quantitative Skill Development
Writing Skills Development






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Assessment is evaluation of student learning and knowledge retention.

Assessment of Course/Program
Classroom Assessment Techniques
Rubrics and Grading
Student Portfolios
Student Readiness for Online Learning
Tests, Assignments, and Projects