Instructional Technology Faculty Resources

Faculty Resources

Instructional Technology provides a technology-supported education system and the services that contribute to the strategic mission of the University, to the quality of education, and to the learning outcomes of UAB staff and students. ITIT supports the development of our faculty and encourage them to continue the pursuit of a lifetime of learning by providing resources that will help in the developing of blended and online courses.

Instructional Technology also offers assistance with course design via training classes, workshops and individual hands-on lab/consultation sessions.

For more information about the course offered please see the Calendar of Training & Education.


Professional Organizations

EDUCAUSE External Link
EDUCAUSE is an association of higher education professionals using information technology in higher education. UAB is a member of EDUCAUSE and faculty and staff may join at no cost under the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The EDUCAUSE site contains literature, professional development opportunities such as webcasts and conferences, communities of interest.

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) External Link
ELI addresses how students learn and how they can use technology to learn. The organization seeks to advance learning through IT innovation and provides information for higher education professionals using IT to improve the quality of teaching and learning. The site contains literature, opportunities for professional development such as webcasts and conferences, and communities of interest. UAB is a member of ELI and the EDUCAUSE membership login information is used to logon to the ELI site.

Sloan C External Link
Sloan C is supported by the Alfred P Sloan Foundation and is committed to serving needs related to on-line and blended learning. The site contains literature and research on effective on-line and blended teaching practices. Additionally professional activities are offered for the on-line teacher and program administrator. UAB is a member of Sloan-C and membership is provided to UAB faculty and staff at no cost. To join create an individual account under University of Alabama at Birmingham.

MERLOT External Link 
The Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) is an on-line academic community. The site contains a collection of peer reviewed teaching and learning materials from many disciplines in the arts and sciences. Faculty development and communities of interest are available to each member. Membership is free. 

TLT External Link
The Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) Group is committed to improving teaching and learning in Higher Education. The group provides resources, services and materials. A Friday live webcast (a TGIF subscription) is offered and addresses varied topics about teaching in an on-line/blended environment. The TGIF Subscription is free and some resources are made available for faculty review.

Blended Teaching and Learning Literature

Tips for Teaching On-line 


Learning Styles


Personality Assessments


Online Magazines, Journals, Newsletters, and Blogs (most are free!):


Tips for Course Design and Development


Marc Prensky External Link
This Web site contains information about the higher education student. There are also some good ideas for how games can be used for learning. Consider it if you are trying to convert lecture to a technology supported activity.

Thiagi External Link
This Web site is a little odd, but contains example activities. We learn better by practicing the skill. Consider this site if you are trying to convert a lecture to an in-class or technology supported activity.


Rubrics can help students and teachers define "quality." Rubrics can also help students judge and revise their own work before handing in their assignments. 


Wikis and Blogs


WetPaint External Link - Wetpaint powers free wiki websites that are available to anyone and easy to use.

WikiSpaces External Link - WikiSpaces makes creating wikis easy to use for everyone, not just technical users. They provide a simple interface, a visual page editor, and a focus on community collaboration.

PBWiki External Link - PBwiki is the world's largest provider of hosted business and educational wikis.


Blogger External Link - Blogger is an easy-to-use web site, where you can quickly post thoughts, interact with people, and more.

WordPress External Link - WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.

TypePad External Link - TypePad is the world’s premier blogging service, hosting the leading blogs and small business websites and powering the most influential voices on the social web.

Adobe PDF Reader indicates an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file which requires Adobe Reader (right-click on these files and choose "Save Link as..." to download)

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Microsoft Excel Document indicates a Microsoft Excel .xls file which requires Microsoft Excel.

External Link indicates an external link to a third-party website. Links to third-party websites are provided solely as a convenience to users of this page, and are provided for informational/resource purposes only.  UAB does not have a contract with such sites and has not reviewed any ‘click’ agreements that may be required for use of the web sites.  Use of any third-party link/site is strictly at the discretion of the individual user.

Last modified on October 29, 2012