Tag: Effective Teaching

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Easier Isn’t Always Better When it Comes to Studying: Opinion

April 8, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“Effective learning requires a lot of hard work, and students–much like all humans–prefer things to be easy,” writes James M. Lang, professor of English and director of the D’Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College, in a recent op-ed in The Chronicle of Higher Education. In the article, Lang focuses on interleaving, or studying […]

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Six Themes to Promote Student Learning

March 29, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Tyler Griffin, Ph.D., associate professor at Brigham Young University, recently shared his “six A’s” for promoting deep and lasting learning in courses in a Faculty Focus article. The big-picture themes include: Adjustments, or making minor tweaks to a course to improve student learning; Audience, or getting to know more about students and why they’re taking […]

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Building Transparent Classroom Assignments

March 4, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Creating better course assignments can start with transparent teaching, one professor says. Tanya Martini, a professor of psychology at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, shared her approach to making assignments more relevant to her students in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Martini was frustrated that students in course evaluations said her assignments […]

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Tips for Using Classroom Assessment Techniques

February 28, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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At one point or another, many faculty members fall back on prompts such as, “Any questions?” or “Does this make sense?” to gauge students’ comprehension of a lesson. However, using Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) could be a more effective way of monitoring student learning, writes Pete Watkins, associate director of the Center for the Advancement of […]

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Establishing True Engagement in Class Discussion

February 7, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Discussion is one of the most common ways for teachers to engage students in the classroom, but all too often, college students engage in “civil attention” rather than real attention, writes Jay R. Howard, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University in a recent Faculty Focus article. Civil attention is […]

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Taking a ‘SMART’ Approach to Student Learning

January 14, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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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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Finding Compassion in the Classroom

November 16, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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It’s common for teachers to feel irritated by students’ questions now and again. But what if teachers let compassion, rather than annoyance, guide their actions in the classroom? That’s the premise set forth in a new article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. In the article, James M. Lang, professor of English and head of […]

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Metacognition and Transparency in Teaching

November 13, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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Thinking about thinking, or metacognition, is important as one tries to achieve more transparency in teaching. In a recent Faculty Focus article, Amy B. Mulnix, Ph.D., director of the Faculty Center at Franklin and Marshall College, shares a story about how metacognition and transparency improved her performance in the classroom. Mulnix asked first-year students in a […]

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Public Policy Fellow Brings Campaigning to the Classroom

November 13, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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“Students, whether on the policy or political side, have an ability to make an impact,” said Thomas Irwin, Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis. Irwin, a veteran in Missouri politics, teaches a one-credit course in the fall, “Just Do It! Running […]

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New Perspective on Lecturing in Teaching

October 16, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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Lecturing is a contentious subject lately, with some teachers arguing that it should be abolished in favor of more active learning methods. However, calling for an end to lecturing overlooks its advantages and nuances, writes Joshua Eyler, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and adjunct associate professor of humanities at Rice University, in a […]

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