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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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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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How to End a Course: Teaching Tips

November 11, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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By Eric Fournier, Ph.D., Director of Educational Development at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Senior Lecturer in International and Area Studies, Washington University in St. Louis Imagine an evening concert with a firm midnight curfew.  The opening number grabs the crowd’s attention. The middle part of the show is filled with improvised riffs, extended […]

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Implementing Practical Tips for Teaching

November 8, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“Students from different walks of life converge in a classroom for learning. They have different capabilities and personalities, adding to the diversity that comes with learning institutions. As such, if you want to be an effective teacher, you need to formulate and implement creative and innovative strategies that are practical and meet the needs of […]

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Professor Jesse Stommel on Trusting Students and Teaching in Higher Ed

October 29, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“Why ­aren’t there departments of higher-education pedagogy? Why aren’t there for-credit classes being offered in higher-education teaching and learning?,” said Jesse Stommel, senior lecturer in digital studies at the University of Mary Washington and co-author of “An Urgency of Teachers: The Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy” (Hybrid Pedagogy, 2018), in a recent interview in The Chronicle […]

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Debunking ‘Neuromyths,’ or Misinformation About Learning

October 21, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Professors, instructional designers, and professional developers who support teaching are all susceptible to “neuromyths,” or false beliefs about learning that stem from misunderstandings about the brain, according to a recent report released by the Online Learning Consortium cited in a Chronicle of Higher Education newsletter.  One of the most widely accepted neuromyths is that students learn best […]

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How Instructors Can Help First-Generation Students Study

July 23, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Students who are the first in their families to go to college have drive and determination, but they often lack study skills to succeed in rigorous courses. Instructors can help first-generation students by teaching study skills in class and encouraging struggling students to reach out for additional assistance, according to Gail Horowitz, Ph.D., a faculty […]

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Six Tips for More Successful Teaching

July 8, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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There are six themes that can help instructors in higher education improve their teaching, writes Mary Clement, EdD, in a recent Faculty Focus article. The themes include: “Study the knowledge base of teaching and learning,” or exploring books, articles in pedagogical periodicals, newsletters, conferences, online resources, and your school’s center for teaching and learning to learn […]

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