Student ratings of instruction are one of the most studied topics in all of higher education, with several thousand research articles and books addressing various aspects of this topic over the past 100 years. The summary below is intended to offer an overview of some common questions about ratings. This review is not designed to be exhaustive, but rather to present trends in the literature on these issues along with references for further reading. Individual studies challenging these trends exist, but as with any literature review we have tried to synthesize across studies and provide a synopsis of key themes of a large body of literature.  Read more »


University of Nebraska at Omaha EcEdWeb: Economics Resources for University and College Teaching

This page lists a collection of information and web links showing activities to use in economics classes and sites of other teachers of economics.

National Association of Economic Educators

This site lists grant information and resources for economic educators and it also has links to other organizations.

The Journal of Economic Education

The site offers original articles on innovations in and evaluations of teaching techniques, materials, and programs in economics.

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Cooperative learning involves having students work together in groups to maximize their own and one another’s learning (Johnson, Johnson & Smith, 1991).  During cooperative learning activities students are exposed to perspectives that may be new or contrary to their own.  By working together students actively explore class concepts and material by talking, listening, reading, writing, and reflecting.  This page provides resources about cooperative learning, designing effective small group activities, and guidance for creating and sustaining effective student learning groups. Read more »


Teaching portfolios allow instructors to document the scope and quality of their teaching performance and to improve their skills through continuous reflection. Course portfolios are used to document the planning, process, and outcomes of a single course. The articles and links in this section describe the purpose and important components of teaching portfolios and offer detailed guidelines for creating teaching portfolios.

CRLT Occasional Paper #11: The Teaching Portfolio (Kaplan, 1998)

The teaching portfolio is one of the tools faculty members can use to document their scholarly work in teaching. This Occasional Paper contains a discussion of the nature and purpose of the teaching portfolio (and its offshoot, the course portfolio) and suggestions for how individuals and units can use portfolios most effectively.

Developing a Teaching Portfolio

This site from the Ohio State University aims to provide faculty and graduate teaching associates (TAs) with a practical and self-reflective guide to the development of a teaching portfolio.

The Course Portfolio as a Tool for Continuous Improvement of Teaching and Learning (Cerbin, 1994) Read more »