Category: Improving Teaching and Learning

Staying Connected with International Students During COVID-19

August 4, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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Check out this great guide from Cornell University, “Guidance for Faculty: Getting & Staying Connected with Int’l Students.” The guide has information including why Chinese students might not be responding to your emails, considerations for asynchronous and synchronous instruction, and creating inclusive online courses. You can access the guide here.

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How to Make Hybrid Teaching Work for You

July 30, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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Hybrid teaching strategies will be the new norm this fall in light of regulations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a recent newsletter from The Chronicle of Higher Education, experts weigh in on how to make hybrid teaching work in the classroom. Jenae Cohn, an academic-technology specialist for the program in writing and rhetoric at […]

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Weighing the Benefits of Reflective Practices: Faculty Focus

July 29, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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“The use of reflections in a classroom setting can help us, as educators, understand what students have learned and what needs to be covered in more depth or maybe in a different way as the semester unfolds,” write Ann Wheeler, associate professor of mathematics education at Texas Woman’s University, and Jörg Waltje, executive director of the Center […]

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Starter Activities to Begin Any Class

July 20, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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“What can you implement in your classes that can review content, establish a foundation for the day’s topic, encourage student participation, and get students prepared for the day’s activities? Whether you call them starter activities, bell work, or focusing activities, a predictable, formatted, content-based beginning of class activity can be used to achieve these goals,” […]

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Center for Teaching and Learning Reading Communities Host ‘How Humans Learn’ Author Josh Eyler

April 13, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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Josh Eyler, PhD, director of faculty development at the University of Mississippi and author of “How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching,” recently spoke at a joint virtual meeting of the Faculty Reading Community and Grad Student & Postdoc Reading Community at Washington University in St. Louis. The reading groups, which […]

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Q&A from Supporting Students’ Mental Health in an Online Class with Habif Health and Wellness

April 8, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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The Center for Teaching and Learning and Habif Health and Wellness hosted a virtual conversation, “Supporting Students’ Mental Health in an Online Class,” on Monday, April 6. In the session, staff from Habif’s Mental Health Services (MHS) emphasized strategies for supporting students’ mental health in this new online environment. Staff also provided a brief update about […]

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Tips for Being More Inclusive in Online Teaching

April 8, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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“As you lead a class discussion or a meeting on Zoom, it’s all too easy to lose people in the process. But the principles of inclusive teaching can help you reach students in a virtual classroom, just as in a physical one,” said Kelly A. Hogan, associate dean of instructional innovation at the University of North […]

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How Technology is Changing Higher Ed: NYT Report

February 25, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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Technology is slowly but surely changing the higher education landscape, according to a recent piece in The New York Times. The article focuses on institutions across the country that are implementing innovative technologies to improve learning. Institutions were historically “very risk-averse” to changing their approaches, said Gordon Jones, founding dean of the Boise State University College […]

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How to Better Support First-Generation College Students

February 21, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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About 56 percent of undergraduates nationally are first-generation college students, according to the most up-to-date numbers from from the U.S. Dept. of Education. Instructors should be aware of first-generation students and the challenges they face, which include but are not limited to lower levels of family financial support, a greater need for financial aid resources, and a […]

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Using a Different Approach to Foster Student Recall

January 27, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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The cramming-and-forgetting cycle is all too common in student learning. One professor recently decided to implement a new approach to encourage long-term retention of material. Kirk Fischer, an associate professor of accounting at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, in Texas, decided to change his “Survey of Accounting” course by replacing its three midterm exams with weekly […]

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