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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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15 Smart Study Tactics Based on the Latest Brain Research - InformED

15 Smart Study Tactics Based on the Latest Brain Research - InformED | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Think you know everything there is to know about smart studying? You may be surprised by some of the past year’s research. Below are 15 new insights on how to prep for exams and boost your academic achievements in general. 1. Learn slightly differently each time. When acquiring a new skill, make slight changes during each... Read More
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How to Get the Most Out of a Professional Conference

How to Get the Most Out of a Professional Conference | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Here is a collection of strategies that I developed over the years to help me make the most of the conference experience—before, during, after the event.
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What’s your teaching perspective?

What’s your teaching perspective? | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
At a conference presentation recently, a colleague shared the Teaching Perspectives Inventory (TPI) and discussed how the inventory really formed the cornerstone of much of her work.  It was the first time I had encountered the TPI so I furiously wrote down notes and asked questions to better understand its significance and utility.  The TPI…
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Backward Design, Forward Progress

Backward Design, Forward Progress | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Backward course design forces us, as faculty, to make tough decisions about what content is really needed for our students to achieve their learning goals.
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How Teaching is Like Composting | Faculty Focus

How Teaching is Like Composting | Faculty Focus | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
At the end of four years, students come out of the "educational composter" looking and acting a whole lot different than they did when they first entered.
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Untangling the Web of Student-Teacher Communication

Untangling the Web of Student-Teacher Communication | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
There are a range of communication strategies for helping students learn. To become great teachers, we must also become great communicators.
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Personal Narratives: Perfect for Summer Reading | Teaching Professor Blog

Personal Narratives: Perfect for Summer Reading | Teaching Professor Blog | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
If you’re considering some pedagogical reading to fill your summer days, personal narratives can provide a nice change of pace.
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Disrupting Ourselves: The Problem of Learning in Higher Education

Disrupting Ourselves: The Problem of Learning in Higher Education | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Randy Bass (bassr@georgetown.edu) is Associate Provost and Executive Director of the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship at Georgetown University.
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Three Focusing Activities to Engage Students in the First 5 Minutes of Class

Three Focusing Activities to Engage Students in the First 5 Minutes of Class | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
You can use a focusing activity to introduce a new idea or to set the stage for what’s to come during class. They can be high-tech, low-tech, or no tech.
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Active Learning: Surmounting the Challenges in a Large Class

Active Learning: Surmounting the Challenges in a Large Class | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

After completing the assigned reading, students take a short online quiz that must be completed before class. Their answers help guide that day's lesson. 

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The paradox of evidence-based teaching | Bloom's Sixth

The paradox of evidence-based teaching | Bloom's Sixth | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
The spread of evidence-based teaching practices highlights a growing paradox: Even as instructors work to evaluate student learning in creative, multidimensional ways, they themselves are generally judged only through student evaluations.
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Reconsidering Educational Innovation: Moving Forward Meaningfully

Reconsidering Educational Innovation: Moving Forward Meaningfully | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Current approaches to educational innovation can be problematic,
particularly if they involve an uncritical adoption of technological
tools.  But it doesn't have to be this way.  We provide a model for
sustainable innovation that places students and faculty at the center of the process.

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Diversity and Inclusion in the College Classroom | Free Report

Diversity and Inclusion in the College Classroom | Free Report | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Diversity and Inclusion in the College Classroom is a free, downloadable report featuring 20 articles from faculty teaching at a wide range of institutions throughout the United States and Canada. The articles tackle some of the trickiest challenges in creating an inclusive and respectful learning environment for a community of learners that is growing increasingly diverse.

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What about The Middle?

Why is this the group that makes me want to be a better professor? Why is it not the top students? We have some stellar students who are very high-achieving. I had the privilege of teaching one of the students who won the top writing award at graduation and one of the students who won the award for the highest GPA is in my major, and we're very proud of her.
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Playing Games Can Yield Serious Learning

Playing Games Can Yield Serious Learning | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
An atmosphere of playfulness may work wonders not only for creating community and building student engagement but also for fostering learning outcomes.
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Course Spring Cleaning Checklists

Course Spring Cleaning Checklists | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

To ensure that I’m checking all the dusty corners of the courses during spring cleaning, the Director of Online Learning for the college I work with asked me to create a checklist of items to review for these redesign/update courses. The following areas are those that I see as crucial for an update cycle. Feel free to point out in the comments any areas I missed, or other helpful tricks or tips you have for updating older courses.

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Students who use digital devices in class 'perform worse in exams'

Students who use digital devices in class 'perform worse in exams' | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Study finds use of computers by students in lectures and seminars has ‘substantial negative effect’ on performance
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Survey: Instructional Designers 'Pivotal' in Tech Adoption -- Campus Technology

Survey: Instructional Designers 'Pivotal' in Tech Adoption -- Campus Technology | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
A report on instructional designers in post-secondary education found them to be pivotal to technology adoption but also noted that they face a number of obstacles, not the least of which is faculty resistance.
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Ensuring Student Success in Online Courses

Ensuring Student Success in Online Courses | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
As an online instructor, there is a lot you can do to support your students through better course design, communication, and instructor presence.
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What we've learned after several decades of online learning (essay)

What we've learned after several decades of online learning (essay) | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

In its infancy, online learning was viewed as a more accessible alternative for students unable to commit to the traditional higher education path. But in recent years online education has been gaining more acceptance.

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4 Reasons Why Online Learning Drives Residential Classroom Innovation | Technology and Learning

4 Reasons Why Online Learning Drives Residential Classroom Innovation | Technology and Learning | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

The longer you spend in the world online teaching the more you appreciate the possibilities of face-to-face learning. What you discover about face-to-face learning is that you can do things when everyone is together in physical space that you can’t do online. (And vice-versa). There can be an intensity, immediacy, and level of human connection that is difficult to achieve online.

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Test Anxiety: Causes and Remedies 

Test Anxiety: Causes and Remedies  | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Those who don’t suffer from test anxiety—and I’ll bet that’s most faculty—can find it hard to be sympathetic. But test anxiety is a legitimate problem.
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Seven Bricks to Lay the Foundation for Productive Difficult Dialogues - Faculty Focus

Seven Bricks to Lay the Foundation for Productive Difficult Dialogues - Faculty Focus | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Faculty often don't feel equipped to handle difficult conversations with students. Whether planned or unplanned, these conversations can serve as powerful learning opportunities. 
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The Last Class Session: How to Make It Count | Faculty Focus

The Last Class Session: How to Make It Count | Faculty Focus | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

First and last classes are the bookends that hold a semester together. How can we finish the semester with the same energy we had at the start? This article offers a few ideas:

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