Faculty Core4 toolbox

Core4 LogoCommunicationCritical ThinkingInformation TechnologyPersonal Growth and Responsibility

Knowing the importance of core competencies and the value of imparting these skills to students through assignments in ways that produce measurable evidence can be challenging to even the most seasoned educators. Often collaborating with colleagues can be helpful and inspirational. Use the faculty toolbox for helpful tips and ideas on developing successful coursework that will produce measurable evidence.

Communication Tools


Writing Across the Curriculum List of online resources

Oral Communication in the Classroom:

Dr. Kathleen Turner, Director of Oral Communication at Davidson College

Activities for team working skills

University Of Kent
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Assess your communication skills - Quiz with assessment and information about how to improve in areas that need to be strengthened Mind Tools
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Critical Thinking Tools


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"Uncovering Assumptions" Video presentation
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Critical Thinking Resources Valencia Community College (website)
The Critical Thinking Community - A comprehensive site that contains online resources for teaching critical thinking at any level, including links to numerous articles and handouts for faculty and students about all aspects of critical thinking. Critical Thinking Community
Educator Resources - Wolcott Lynch conducts research, offers consulting services, and develops innovative and practical educational resources for enhancing and assessing critical thinking, professional problem solving, and other higher-order thinking skills. Wolcott Lynch Educator Resources

Microsoft in Education Teaching guides for Critical Thinking - “Explore the ready-to-use curriculum, including detailed lesson plans, student worksheets, and class demonstrations. We developed this critical thinking and web research curriculum with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Lesson plans include prerequisites, rationale, essential concepts, and descriptions of related National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) and are designed for beginner, intermediate, or advanced levels, aimed at middle school and secondary students.

Microsoft Teachers Resources - Critical Thinking
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research - ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, duration, and methods of analysis for a diverse and expanding social science research community. ICPSR's Resources for Instructors are the results of discussions with teaching faculty about using data in their classrooms and the challenges such an undertaking can entail. All resources are provided under a Creative Commons (attribution) License. Inter-university Consortim for Political and Social Research
Did you know? A growing number of educators continue to turn learning on its head by replacing traditional classroom lectures with video tutorials. They are focusing classroom time on solving problems, advancing concepts and engaging in collaborative learning. This new instructional model has been labeled the “flipped classroom.” This movement, inspired in part by the work of the Khan Academy’s Sal Khan, calls on educators to make class time more relevant, engaging, interactive and student focused. This FIZZ Institute video introduces a flipped instructional framework with Bloom’s Taxonomy and Gardener’s Multiple Intelligences (MI) to help instructors create powerful lessons. Find out how to design differentiated instruction, tailored specifically to your students’ strengths, with this activity. Flip Your Class - California Career Briefs
Problem solving techniques - See how the pro’s problem solve. Review the CIA’s Phoenix List CIA's Phoenix List

Information Technology and Quantitative Literacy Tools


Evaluating Resources Video from Margie Orell, Librarian
Plagiarism Advisory Service Provides guidance and resources to teachers
Faculty resources - Microsoft in Education - Explore curriculum resources, such as presentations, labs, exercises, software tools, programming tutorials, academic papers, research talks, and other reference materials Microsoft in Education
Microsoft Partners in Learning - Over 20 of our most popular education tools and teacher resources, all in one place. Microsoft Partners in Learning
MSU Libraries - Quantitative Literacy Resources for Instruction http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/qlit

Teach to the Career - California Café, resources

Briefs for College faculty and Career Professionals



Free Accounts for CPCC Faculty and Students - Learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals. Lynda.com CPCC accounts

Personal Growth and Responsibility Tools


Working in Groups Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University
Collaborative Learning Learning Collaboratively
Teams that Work New & Improved's Senior Partner, Jonathan Vehar
Multicultural Teaching UNC Asheville's Director of Diversity and Multiculturalism, Don Locke, Ed.D
Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future is a UNESCO program for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. It provides professional development for student teachers, teachers, curriculum developers, education policy makers, and authors of educational materials. Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future
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To learn more about the Core4 visit the individual competency pages!
Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Growth and Responsibility, and Information Technology and Quantitative Literacy.
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