Tag: Participation

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Quality Over Quantity in Classroom Discussion

November 7, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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When it comes to classroom discussion quality is often more important than quantity, according to a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. In the story, David Gooblar, a lecturer in the rhetoric department of the University of Iowa, writes that having students talk during class can be detrimental to the learning process if […]

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Dissecting the Classroom

February 16, 2018 | Julia Johnson

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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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Does Redesigning Classrooms Make a Difference to Students?

February 10, 2018 | Julia Johnson

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In the article Does Redesigning Classrooms Make a Difference to Students? from the Chronicle of Higher Education, Shannon Najmabadi examines the impact that classroom design can have on student engagement and student learning. The research discussed in this article indicates that classroom spaces impact student engagement for a variety of reasons, from lowering the barrier for […]

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Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class

October 26, 2017 | Julia Johnson

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In the article “Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class” from the Chronicle of Higher Education, James M. Lang provides four strategies for immediately engaging students in your course material. These four strategies—opening with a question, asking students what they learned during the previous class, revisiting prior knowledge and low-stakes writing assignments—can be […]

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The Many Meanings of Silence in the Classroom

March 6, 2017 | Gillian Parrish

Inclusive Teaching & Learning /

In our extroverted culture, it can helpful for us to remember that our students’ silence in the classroom means different things at different times. In “Silence in Teaching and Learning: Perspectives of a Nepalese Graduate Student,” Krishna Bista, Professor of Education, University of Louisiana, provides insight on “patterns of silence” in the classroom. Informed by […]

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Insights from Neuroscience That Can Inform Classroom Practices

October 26, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Resources for Teaching

In this article, “Implications of Affective and Social Neuroscience for Education Theory,” Mary Helen Immordino-Yang reports on recent findings in neuroscience that suggest the need for whole-person pedagogies that account for the emotional and social dimensions of thinking and learning. This new perspective from science can help inform our course development as we design interactive lectures and homework assignments, as well discussion and […]

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Tips for Encouraging Participation by all Students

September 14, 2016 | Beth Fisher

Inclusive Teaching & Learning /

A recent post by Maha Bali and Steve Greenlaw on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s ProfHacker blog provides “Tips for Inclusive Teaching,” with an emphasis on encouraging participation by all students. Please also see The Teaching Center’s Strategies for Fostering Inclusion in the Classroom and related resources.

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“The Landlord’s Game” Teaches a New Generation About Inequality

July 18, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Inclusive Teaching & Learning /

As part of the Modern Segregation program initiative in American Culture Studies, Michelle Repice (lecturer in American Culture Studies and Assistant Director in The Teaching Center) teaches a popular course, “Home, Bittersweet Home,” which provides a multi-disciplinary lens on the history of home ownership in America. The course uses a case-study approach that is designed […]

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Article on OPAL Published in Journal of College Science Teaching

June 8, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Announcements

The Teaching Center’s Observation Protocol for Active Learning (OPAL) is the focus of an article in the May 2016 issue of the Journal of College Science Teaching. OPAL was developed by The Teaching Center as a part of the AAU-supported programs aimed at improving undergraduate STEM education. However, the tool can be applied in courses in all disciplines to create a visual […]

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Integrating Active Learning with Clickers: Tips from a Faculty Workshop

May 20, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

Integrating Active Learning / Resources for Teaching

How do you work on a problem with 200 students at once? How can you find out what 200 students are thinking? You ask them to “click”! A group of faculty discussed integrating active learning with clickers in a workshop led by Shawn Nordell and Beth Fisher of The Teaching Center. “Clickers,” or Classroom Response […]

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