Course Materials and Readings
Your textbooks, articles, and other course materials often form the foundation for your in-class activities, discussions, and assignments. Here are some things to consider as you build that foundation.
- Stay focused on your learning objectives when selecting readings and other course materials. Try comparing your list of objectives with your course materials to make sure they correspond.
- Be mindful of overloading your students with too much. Try to be realistic about how much information your students can absorb and ditch any readings that don’t contribute directly to your learning objectives.
- Consider assigning companion questions or activities that will help your students understand the relevance of readings, videos, etc. as well as reinforce the important ideas they contain.
- If possible, vary the format of your course materials (books, articles, web pages, videos, podcasts, tutorials, etc.) to protect against monotony and disinterest as well as appeal to multiple learning styles.
More thoughts about choosing resources for an online classroom from Faculty Focus
Ordering Textbooks and Coursepacks
Your program manager handles all textbook orders. Fill out this order form and send it along to him or her. Be sure to watch for announcements about due dates.
Students may purchase textbooks through our TextbookX Online Bookstore.
Linking to Articles
You’ll never have to worry about copyright when you link to Treadwell’s full-text subscriptions. Finding links that will work in D2L can be a bit tricky, however. This tutorial about Finding Persistent URLs will walk you through the process:
If you’d like help locating full-text articles that will be relevant to your courses, just ask.
The Institute keeps a collection in the Library & Study Commons on the 4th floor of Building 38 where you may place personal copies of books or articles on reserve for your courses. Treadwell Library will also put its books on reserve for your courses. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Terrific sources for supplementary and recommended readings. Because these eBooks generally only allow one user at a time (just like a regular library book), we do not recommend these for required readings.
A collection of resources to help you improve the cultural competence content in your courses and curricula. This guide also includes links to Treadwell's books and journals on this topic.
Beyond books and articles
Looking for materials beyond books and articles? These are just a few sources.
Online Course Materials Sources
- National Library of Medicine
- MERLOT Health Sciences (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching)
- iTunes U - you’ll need to download the application and then you can find open courses and materials in the iTunes store.
Images, Videos, Audio
- Penn Medicine Medical Animation Library
- TEDEd - Register with the site in order to “flip” videos to add your own supplemental content such as quizzes and commentary.
- Khan Academy Health & Medicine videos
- Peter Ladefoged's Vowels and Consonants (includes audio files)
- Ausculation Assistant - heart sounds, murmurs, breath sounds
- Netter Presenter - a presentation tool comprised of thousands of Netter medical images from the Netter: Atlas of Human Anatomy and other Netter textbooks. Access from the T Drive: T/IHPRESCH/Netter Presenter
- Septris - a game about Sepsis
- Philips Medical Games - free online games for anatomy, medical terminology, patient care, imaging, and more
Ask the Institute Librarian to help you find multimedia materials on your course topics.
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