While the resources on this site tend to focus on the needs of FSU instructors, there are many amazing activities and writing practices that are easily adaptable to the University of Memphis's curriculum. Not sure how to approach a lesson? Look toward the Inkwell for inspiration.
While intended for use by Dartmouth instructors, these resources are excellent for anyone in a first year writing class. The guide tackles the issues every writing instructor must face - from syllabus design to writing workshops to dealing with grammar.
From abstract: This article argues that writing teachers can encourage students to adopt a rhetorical perspective toward research-based writing by characterizing products of research in terms of how writers use them in their texts. It maintains that the standard nomenclature for treating sources (primary, secondary, tertiary) is anti-rhetorical and proposes an alternative: Background for materials a writer relies on for general information or for factual evidence; Exhibit for materials a writer analyzes or interprets; Argument for materials whose claims a writer engages; and Method for materials from which a writer takes a governing concept or derives a manner of working.
The value of this site cannot be overestimated. From teacher's guides to social media and badges to twitter tips for students and articles about how to avoid burnout...and that's just the front page. This site is a teacher's goldmine. Dig in.
Engage your classroom in polls using the technology they already have - their cell phones and laptops. Take quizzes, guide discussions, demonstrate surveys. Free and low cost options available for higher ed.
The free level gives you the opportunity to create quizzes and questionnaires that your students cant take online from any device. You get their answers on your own device and can follow up on assessment immediately. Great for group work and homework.
Interested in flipping the classroom or pre-recording elements of lecture, but can't afford lecture-capture software? Here's an easy, free hack using Google Hangouts and YouTube. Makes you wonder why you didn't think of it.