Tag: Student learning

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A Model for Project-Based, Interdisciplinary Learning

February 12, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Integrating Active Learning /

“To develop coursework that mirrors the world beyond campus, faculty members must climb out of their disciplinary silos and engage in open-ended exploration alongside their students,” writes reporter Beth McMurtrie in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The story looks at JMU X-Labs, a four-year-old program at James Madison University that combines […]

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How to Leverage the Rhythms of the Semester

January 24, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Research on Teaching and Learning

Attitudes and emotions change throughout the semester, according to research from Mann and colleagues and Duffy & Jones. A recent article in Faculty Focus examines those “rhythms” and provides tips on how faculty can leverage changes to improve their teaching. For example, many faculty and students approach the beginning of the semester with positive attitudes […]

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Taking a ‘SMART’ Approach to Student Learning

January 14, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

Many students believe that working harder and longer results in better outcomes, but sometimes working more efficiently is key to their success. Teachers can present a “SMART” approach to students to help them study more effectively, writes Conred Maddox, assistant professor of language arts at Honolulu Community College, in a recent Faculty Focus article. “SMART” practice stands […]

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Teaching Students How to Write Effectively

January 3, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Teaching with Writing

Professors often complain about students’ writing but schools could do a better job of teaching students how to write, said John Warner in his new book, Why They Can’t Write: Killing the Five-Paragraph Essay and Other Necessities. Warner, who is also a blogger for Inside Higher Ed, gave an interview recently on the website where he outlines […]

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How Assessment for Learning Can Improve Students’ Content Mastery

December 17, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Evidence-Based Strategies / Improving Teaching and Learning /

Assessment for Learning (AfL), or “formative assessment,” is a common theme in the U.S. educational landscape but it’s often overlooked in higher education. In a recent Faculty Focus article, Dr. Cathy Box, director for Teaching and Learning at Lubbock Christian University, explains AfL and how it can be used in the classroom to improve student learning […]

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Encouraging Student Learning in the Classroom

December 5, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

Good teachers prioritize student learning but some students may not prioritize their own learning experience. A new article in Faculty Focus gives instructors tips for coauthoring classroom experiences with students. Author Dr. Carl S. Moore, Director of the Research Academy for Integrated Learning at the University of the District of Columbia and Certificate Faculty for […]

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Five Ways to Help Improve Recall in Students

October 11, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Research on Teaching and Learning

When it comes to obstacles in learning, sometimes the problem isn’t that students forgot the information but that they never learned it in the first place, says Debora S. Herold, Ph.D., in a recent Faculty Focus article. In the article, “Remembering to Learn: Five Factors for Improving Recall,” Herold offers five tips to help teachers improve […]

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Five Ways to Facilitate Equal Group Work

October 1, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

In a recent Faculty Focus article, “Students Riding on Coattails during Group Work? Five Simple Ideas to Try,” Li-Shih Huang, Ph.D., discusses strategies for improving group work in the classroom. Huang gives five tips for promoting a balance of work among group members. Two tips include designing a group project in which students work in […]

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Are Small Classes Best? It’s Complicated

March 23, 2018 | Julia Johnson

Improving Teaching and Learning /

In the article, “Are Small Classes Best? It’s Complicated“, from the Chronicle of Higher Education, Beckie Supiano describes the conversation surrounding the relationship between effective teaching and course size.  Intuition tells us that small course sizes likely lead to more effective instruction, but studies have yet to arrive at a consensus to prove this. The […]

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Dissecting the Classroom

February 16, 2018 | Julia Johnson

Improving Teaching and Learning /

In the article, “Dissecting the Classroom“, from the Chronicle of Higher Education, Dan Berrett describes the procedure for, and importance of, classroom observation protocols. During a classroom observation, an individual will document both what the instructor is doing and what the students are doing at periodic intervals throughout the class. Through these observations instructors are […]

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