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First Day of Class Activity: The Interest Inventory

The interest inventory is a simple tool to help you acquaint yourself with your students. Unlike the many icebreakers, the interest inventory is a …

Teaching

Teaching Squares Bring Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives

I regularly hear colleagues complaining that they never have time to discuss teaching, and I know this is true in my liberal arts and sciences campus …

Teaching

First Assignment Helps Establish Expectations

There is a lot to cover on the first day of class. You establish procedures and convey expectations. You review the syllabus and, if you’re teaching …

Teaching

First Impressions: Activities for the First Day of Class

The old expression that you never have a second chance to make a first impression is certainly true in the classroom. Early in my career, I tried …

Teaching

Five Ways to Build Community in Online Classrooms

“I’m sorry to bother you, but…” was the opening line of every email I received in the first week of this semester. This line was usually followed by …

Education Technology

Six Things That Make College Teachers Successful

1. Study the knowledge base of teaching and learning.You have chosen to teach in higher education because you are a subject-matter specialist with a …

Teaching

How Can We Amplify Student Learning? The ANSWER from Cognitive Psychology

In the early 2000s, anyone learning about pedagogy might have encountered “learning styles,” a collection of theories that assert people learn …

Tips for Reducing Student Stress - Faculty Focus | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning

Students are stressed. A recent survey revealed that mental health issues, including severe stress, are on the rise. In 2016, 65% of students …

Is Good Teaching Caught or Taught?

There is comfort in things that are black or white, isn’t there? It feels good to have clarity and to be able to predict an outcome with certainty. …

Remembering the Coach Who Was a Teacher

I lost a dear friend last month, the colleague and mentor who taught me more about teaching and learning than anyone else. Over the years, Larry …

Taking the Class Temperature: Cognitive and Affective Feedback

“Are students getting it? How do I know?” Instructors answer these questions through a variety of assessments, from small, informal methods such as …

Ideas for Creating an Effective Syllabus for Online Learning

Online students need to feel an instructor presence in their classes. Thorough explanations and effective communication help fulfill this need and …

Five Keys to Motivating Students

Recently I had reason to revisit Paul Pintrich’s meta-analysis on motivation. It’s still the piece I most often see referenced when it comes to …

Rethinking Rereading

There’s plenty of good research on study strategies that promote learning. It’s also well-documented that students don’t always use them. As most of …

Five Ways to Promote a More Inclusive Classroom

The graduation gap continues to exist between traditional and nontraditional students. Although the classroom experience has not been the focus of …

Learner-Centered Teaching: 10 Ideas for Getting Started

Looking to incorporate some learner-centered teaching principles into your courses but aren’t sure where to begin? Here are 10 activities for …

The Benefits of Study Groups

Maybe we should be making a stronger pitch for student-led study groups. There’s all sorts of research documenting how students can learn from each …

Encouraging Student Evaluations Without Giving Extra Credit

Gone are the days of handing out course evaluations during the last week of class and asking students to fill them out and place them in the envelope …

Using Reading Prompts to Encourage Critical Thinking

“Students can critically read in a variety of ways:• When they raise vital questions and problems from the text,<br>• When they gather and assess relevant …

An Argument for Grading Participation

Many of us have visions of a classroom full of bright-eyed students scribbling notes, nodding thoughtfully, and laughing at our jokes. The reality of …

Cheating: Can We Be Doing More to Promote Academic Integrity?

The most common approach to cheating involves trying to prevent it—multiple versions of a test, roving observation during tests, software that …

The Way We Learn Is About to Change Completely

Big changes are on the horizon.<p><i>What will education and learning look like ten years from now? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Mike Silagadze, Co-Founder and CEO at Top Hat, on Quora:</b><p>…

Education Technology

Scenarios: Is It Cheating?

The collection of cheating scenarios provided below are adapted from a variety used in research on academic integrity. What makes these scenarios …

Learning Objectives: Where We Start and Where We End

On the surface, learning objectives don’t seem all that complicated. You begin with an objective or you can work backwards from the desired outcome. …

Looking for ‘Flippable’ Moments in Your Class

<i>“How do you determine what can be flipped?”</i><p>With all of this discussion around flipped classrooms, more instructors are asking this question and …

Teaching

Three Active Learning Strategies You Can Do in 10 Minutes or Less

A 2015 survey of <i>Faculty Focus</i> readers found that the number one barrier preventing faculty from implementing the flipped classroom model and other …

Education Technology

An Innovative Postexam Review Activity

We need to work more with students on seeing exams as something more than just grade generating experiences. Exams can be powerful encounters through …

Pedagogy

Five Ways to Teach Students to Be Learning Centered, Too

Have you ever wondered if your students are as concerned about their learning as you are? If you prioritize student learning, you may be the only …

Deep Learning vs. Surface Learning: Getting Students to Understand the Difference

Sometimes our understanding of deep learning isn’t all that deep. Typically, it’s defined by what it is not. It’s not memorizing only to forget and …