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The College's mission statement underlies all policies regarding teaching at Dartmouth. Especially important to teaching and learning at Dartmouth are these "Core Values":

  • Dartmouth expects academic excellence and encourages independence of thought within a culture of collaboration.
  • Dartmouth faculty are passionate about teaching our students and are at the forefront of their scholarly or creative work.
  • Dartmouth embraces diversity with the knowledge that it significantly enhances the quality of a Dartmouth education.
  • Dartmouth recruits and admits outstanding students from all backgrounds, regardless of their financial means. Dartmouth fosters lasting bonds among faculty, staff, and students, which encourage a culture of integrity, self-reliance, and collegiality and instill a sense of responsibility for each other and for the broader world.
  • Dartmouth supports the vigorous and open debate of ideas within a community marked by mutual respect.

Please also read the entire Mission Statement.

DCAL Resources

  • Course Evaluations  This resource explains how to interpret your course evaluations and use them to revise your instructional practice.
  • Learning Objectives  Examples and guidelines on how to write learning objectives
  • Syllabus Template  Creating a course from scratch? Use this template to get started. With sample information in many fields, it can help you ensure that you plan for all aspects of your course.
  • Service Learning Planning Form  Service learning components allow students to experience the practical application of concepts while also benefitting the community. Get started with this planning form.
  • Books to Borrow  We have a list of titles on teaching and learning available to borrow from the DCAL office. Browse a list of titles here.
  • Classroom Visit Guidelines We have a diversely talented teaching faculty at Dartmouth and we can learn a great deal from each other. On this page, find guidelines for observing colleagues and exchanging informal feedback.
  • Clickers at Dartmouth  Vicki May of the Engineering Department compiled a study of the use of clickers in classes at Dartmouth. Read about her and others' experiences here.
  • Lecture Capture Report  Vicki May's report on the experimental use of Lecture Capture Technology, 2007.
  • Case Stories  A set of hypothetical case studies used to examine the role of diversity in retaining women and minority students in the sciences.
  • Workshops and Events  A link to the Workshops and Events section of the DCAL website.
  • Services  DCAL offers a variety of professional development consulting and services, from help interpreting your course evaluations to support setting up Blackboard for your course. Learn more about our services.
  • Travel Grants for Teaching Conferences  Learn about fellowships available to faculty to attend teaching conferences.
  • Names and Faces John Thorstensen developed software which acts as "flashcards" to help you learn the names and faces of your students. Download the software here.

Dartmouth Resources

  • Teaching Guidelines  Guidelines prepared for Faculty by The Arts and Sciences Committee on Instruction, May 2009.
  • Reference Tools (some links will open in new windows):
  • Classrooms and Classroom Technology Service: Follow this category link to get detailed information about the Blackboard course management system, the Banner Student information system, reserving classrooms, including "smart classrooms," getting technical services and help.
  • Centers for Teaching Support: Learn more about offices that support teaching, including the Library, Curricular Computing, the Center for Research, Writing and Information Technology (RWIT), the Study Skills Center, the Language Resource Center, and the Arts and Humanities Resource Center.
  • Policies Regarding Teaching: Learn more about policies set by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Dean of the College, and by you as an instructor.
  • Directing Undergraduates in Research: Learn more about opportunities to direct undergraduates in university-funded research.
  • Faculty Services: Library and Information Technology Support Services for Faculty.

Resources Beyond Dartmouth

Last Updated: 12/5/13