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Articles and resources to help college faculty improve their teaching and stay current on the latest pedagogical challenges and trends for the face-to-face, online, blended, and flipped classroom.
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Step Outside the Major, Please

Step Outside the Major, Please | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Why you should encourage humanities majors to cross the border into math and science, and vice versa.
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Essay on whether academe knows how to judge teaching | InsideHigherEd

Essay on whether academe knows how to judge teaching | InsideHigherEd | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

What, then, is the critical element for teaching success? I say the best teachers are learning driven; their teaching is wholly focused on developing a deep understanding of the subject matter in the minds of their students. This entails much more than presenting information. Learning-driven teachers don’t simply wish or hope their students learn -- they take actions to see that the desired kind of learning takes place. 

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What Fitness Bands Can Teach Us about Classroom Assessment

What Fitness Bands Can Teach Us about Classroom Assessment | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Watching a colleague achieve her fitness goals using a tracker has caused me to revisit the power of formative assessment as a learning tool.
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Building a Better Discussion

Building a Better Discussion | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
You mean I can do something to spark discussion other than just ask good questions?
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Students' Mobile Learning Practices in Higher Education: A Multi-Year Study (EDUCAUSE Review)

Students' Mobile Learning Practices in Higher Education: A Multi-Year Study (EDUCAUSE Review) | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

As an integral part of students' daily lives, mobile technology has changed how they communicate, gather information, allocate time and attention, and potentially how they learn. The mobile platform's unique capabilities — including connectivity, cameras, sensors, and GPS — have great potential to enrich the academic experience.

 

Learners are no longer limited to the classroom's geographical boundaries, for example; they can now record raw observations and analyze data on location. Furthermore, mobile technology platforms let individuals discuss issues with their colleagues or classmates in the field. The ever-growing mobile landscape thus represents new opportunities for learners both inside and outside the classroom.

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The Art of Asking Questions

The Art of Asking Questions | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Too often we ask questions as they come to us. What would you predict would happen in your classroom if you changed the kinds of questions that you ask?

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Rethinking Direct Instruction in Online Learning

Rethinking Direct Instruction in Online Learning | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
The I Do, We Do, You Do structure of Direct Instruction is used to present new material, provide constructive feedback, and allow space for collaboration.
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How a Course Map Puts You on Track for Better Learning Outcomes

How a Course Map Puts You on Track for Better Learning Outcomes | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

To effectively meet the expected course outcomes and/or student learning outcomes (SLOs), it’s important to have a well-thought-out course map.

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This Summer, Don't Forget to Write | Faculty Focus

This Summer, Don't Forget to Write | Faculty Focus | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

It’s been a while since I’ve gently prodded you about pedagogical scholarship. It’s the beginning of the summer and although I know that some of you do teach for all or part of the summer, there are others who don’t.

 

Pedagogical scholarship can renew and energize teaching that has gotten a bit tired. It reaffirms the importance, relevance, and value of what teachers try to do in the classroom. It can motivate change and encourage risk taking.

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@AcademicsSay: The Story Behind a Social-Media Experiment

@AcademicsSay: The Story Behind a Social-Media Experiment | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

I am not an intellectual, leading expert, or public scholar. I am a rank-and-file academic with the job of balancing respectable research with acceptable teaching evaluations and sitting on enough committees to not be asked to sit on more committees. And in my spare time, I run what is arguably one of the most influential academic accounts on social media: Shit Academics Say: a parody Twitter account born out of frustration brought unexpected rewards — connecting with a previously unknown community and expanding research opportunities.

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Keep Calm and Teach: Best Practices for Teaching Cohorts

Keep Calm and Teach: Best Practices for Teaching Cohorts | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Teaching cohorts is radically different from teaching open enrollment sections of the same course. Here's how to navigate the positive and negative.

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Getting Students to Do the Reading

Getting Students to Do the Reading | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

On any given day, only 20 to 30 percent of the students come to class having done the reading. Faculty use a variety of approaches to up that percentage. What works?

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The Power of Language to Influence Thought and Action

The Power of Language to Influence Thought and Action | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

It’s good to remind ourselves that the power of language happens in all kinds of situations and certainly with language related to teaching and learning.

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A Learner-Centered Syllabus Helps Set the Tone for Learning

A Learner-Centered Syllabus Helps Set the Tone for Learning | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

A learner-centered syllabus can take many forms, but often includes shared decision-making, a rationale for course objectives and tips for staying on track.

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Where Does Innovative Teaching Come From?

Where Does Innovative Teaching Come From? | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

The survey asked faculty to identify practices and procedures that advance and hinder innovative teaching. An atmosphere of collaboration is essential.

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First Day of Class Activity: The Interest Inventory

First Day of Class Activity: The Interest Inventory | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

When creating your interest inventory, you need to consider what you need to know about your students in order to effectively teach them.

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2016 Teaching Professor Technology Conference | Concurrent Sessions

2016 Teaching Professor Technology Conference | Concurrent Sessions | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Oct. 2-4, 2016 in New Orleans.


At The Teaching Professor Technology Conference, you’ll take a close look at the diverse technologies that are influencing the ways teachers teach and learners learn. Whether the courses you teach are face-to-face, online, blended, flipped, or all of the above, the conference will help you take a more thoughtful approach to creating a better learning environment. You will leave invigorated with new ideas, information, and inspiration on the most effective ways to incorporate technology into your teaching.

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Why Change Our Approach to Teaching?

Why Change Our Approach to Teaching? | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Transforming a class, especially a large lecture class, isn’t easy. Roberts experimented with a variety of techniques. Some have failed; others succeeded.

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Baylor professor turns exams into celebrations to keep students more engaged | InsideHigherEd

Baylor professor turns exams into celebrations to keep students more engaged | InsideHigherEd | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Kevin Dougherty, an associate professor of sociology at Baylor University, is trying to reframe the way both students and faculty members approach assessments by changing the environment in which students are evaluated, relabeling quizzes and exams as “learning checks” and “learning celebrations.”

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No Phones, Please, This Is a Communications Class

No Phones, Please, This Is a Communications Class | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

I get it. This is not a college-student problem (I’ve been to faculty meetings). It’s a human problem. But I’m a college instructor, and so classrooms have become my sites of technological resistance and rebellion. It was time for me to usher in an era of digital death, at least for three 50-minute stretches a week.

 

After four years of teaching, I could not bear to look at one more student smiling at his or her crotch — the universally preferred location to keep one’s phone for "surreptitious" texting. (Note to students: If you’re smiling in that direction, your attempts at stealth are going to get noticed.)

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Ten Steps Toward Universal Design of Online Courses: Home Page

Ten Steps Toward Universal Design of Online Courses: Home Page | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Implementing the principles of universal design in online learning means anticipating the diversity of students that may enroll in your course and planning accordingly. These ten key elements will greatly enhance the accessibility and usability of your course for students with and without disabilities.

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Great advice:


Step 1: Develop content first, then design.
Step 2: Provide simple, consistent navigation.
Step 3: Include an accommodation statement.
Step 4: Choose CMS tools carefully.
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Six Trajectories for Digital Technology in Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Six Trajectories for Digital Technology in Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

When we consider the future roles of digital technology in higher education, it is often helpful to think in terms of trajectories rather than predictions. Predictions are remarkably fragile things. Any unforeseen factor will render the prediction false or off-target, and as those variables increase, so too does the likelihood that the prediction will fail. Predictions also tend to be projections of the current and the known, ornamented with something that provides a futuristic hue. In the case of digital technology, given the acceleration of change—enabled by the very things whose course we are trying to predict—the conundrum of predictions may be at its most acute.

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Assessment Strategies for Flipped Learning Experiences

Assessment Strategies for Flipped Learning Experiences | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Learn the assessment options available for the flipped classroom and how to best use them to evaluate progress and engagement with the course material.

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Using Google Web Apps to Improve Student Engagement

Using Google Web Apps to Improve Student Engagement | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

In my teaching, I have incorporated Google Web apps into activities that I have already used—group projects, class discussions, and content presentations.

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Classroom Freedom Versus Control

Classroom Freedom Versus Control | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

This fall I will be teaching rhetoric at the University of Iowa. As it will be my first time back in the classroom in two years, I’ve been working hard to prepare — reading books and essays on rhetoric, deciding on readings, and thinking about assignments, assessments, and in-class activities. I am almost childishly excited to be teaching again, and so I’ve thrown myself into preparation; I am determined to get it right.

 

But as I prepare, one question keeps jumping out at me, stubbornly refusing to go away: How do I balance my desire to integrate student-centered learning practices with my almost pathological need to have every last bit of the course planned out and thought through?

 

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