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Best Practices in Online Teaching for Student Engagement | Teaching and Learning Initiative

Best Practices in Online Teaching for Student Engagement | Teaching and Learning Initiative | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
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Many theorists predict that online education will gradually surpass traditional classrooms in the role of educating students in higher education....

 

The growing trend toward online education is self-evident through the increasing popularity of online universities such as University of Phoenix, Kaplan University, Strayer University and many others. Economic trends have forced more and more disenfranchised individuals out of the workforce and into a situation of needing to achieve a higher education to improve their chances for employability; many of the students in these online colleges and universities are students over 25, with families, and some with full- or part-time jobs.


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Fostering Student Learning through the Use of Debates

Fostering Student Learning through the Use of Debates | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Classroom debates allow students to see both sides of a topic, and require them to think critically and support what they say with factual information.
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Balancing Online Teaching Activities: Strategies for Optimizing Efficiency and Effectiveness

Balancing Online Teaching Activities: Strategies for Optimizing Efficiency and Effectiveness | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Increased demands in professional expectations have required online faculty to learn how to balance multiple roles in an open-ended, changing, and relatively unstructured job. In this paper, we argue that being strategic about one’s balance of the various facets of online teaching will improve one’s teaching efficiency and effectiveness. We discuss the balancing issues associated with four key online teaching facets: course design/development, delivery of the course content, assessments/feedback, and professional development. We conclude with a template for a strategic professional development plan that addresses these key facets.

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Retention in the Trenches

Retention in the Trenches | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Anyone who has worked at a community college for more than a few years knows that the current emphasis on "college completion" is really just a repackaging of an age-old concern: retention. Essentially, the question before us is: How do we keep students in our classrooms and on our campuses long enough for them to either transfer or earn a credential?

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Professor, Students Share Reactions to Flipped Classroom

Professor, Students Share Reactions to Flipped Classroom | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

A flipped learning model has more moving parts because one must unbundle traditional teaching practices. Professor LaRocco and his students share their experiences.

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A guest speaker walks into a classroom

A guest speaker walks into a classroom | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Inviting guest speakers to your classroom is a common teaching strategy, but students often see it as a break, rather than an essential part of the course.
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Lost is a Sea of Yellow: Teaching Students a Better Way to Highlight

Lost is a Sea of Yellow: Teaching Students a Better Way to Highlight | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

A lot of students are in love with their highlighters, sometimes using them to underline whole pages of text. But that's not how to tease out key concepts.

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Cheating Inadvertently

Cheating Inadvertently | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Even faculty members disagree on when paraphrasing becomes plagiarism. How can we expect students to know?
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Supporting Learning Outcomes

Supporting Learning Outcomes | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Effective educators know—supporting the knowledge and skills determined by a course’s learning outcomes is essential for student success, both in the classroom and online.

 

Learning outcomes can serve as goals, benchmarks, standards for accountability, and guides for course design. That’s why you need multiple methods to support learning outcomes. The aim of this report is to provide you real-world, tested approaches to help you improve student learning.

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If You Want Students to Learn to Write...

If You Want Students to Learn to Write... | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

The longer I teach first year writing, the more convinced I become that if we’re serious about wanting students to write well, we need to require two semesters of composition that students take in consecutive semesters, cannot be “proficiencied” out of, and feature curriculum that inextricably ties the two courses together as an instructional sequence.

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End of Semester Checklist – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

End of Semester Checklist – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

When things are (relatively) fresh in your mid, the end of the semester is a great time to update your CV.  Trust me, as soon as you switch gears and hit the egg nog, the details of your accomplishments that semester will be a lot harder to dig out of your brain.  By doing this, you are also going to make preparing your annual review materials a heck of a lot easier.  All you need to do it open your CV, copy & pastes, and you are golden.

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Helping Students Who Are Performing Poorly

Helping Students Who Are Performing Poorly | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Unfortunately, all too often performance on the first exam predicts performance throughout the course, especially for those students who do poorly on the first test. Faculty and institutions provide an array of supports for these students, including review sessions, time with tutors, more practice problems, and extra office hours, but it always seems it’s the students who are doing well who take advantage of these extra learning opportunities. How to help the students who need the help is a challenging proposition.

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Promoting Academic Integrity: Are We Doing Enough?

Promoting Academic Integrity: Are We Doing Enough? | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Cheating continues to be a pervasive problem in college courses. Institutions have policies designed to prevent it and faculty employ a range of strategies that aim to catch those who do. And still the problem persists. A study at a university in Australia, where it is the students’ responsibility to read and follow the academic integrity policy, found that only 50% of the students said they read the policy. Nonetheless, 80% rated their understanding of plagiarism 7 or above on an 11-point scale. However, when asked to identify a set of behaviors associated with academic dishonesty, their answers indicated confusion and misunderstanding of cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of collusion that occur in courses and on campus.

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Five Steps to Improving Online Group Work Assignments

Five Steps to Improving Online Group Work Assignments | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Online Group Projects – Yikes! You can hear the moans and groans of students echoing through your computer monitors as you start the first week of your online course. The reasons for requiring a group project vary from one discipline to another, but there are educational and career motives for requiring group projects. Students will have an opportunity to develop team skills, improve communication skills, and leverage their own personal interests and experiences to contribute to a group project.

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Let Students Summarize the Previous Lesson

Let Students Summarize the Previous Lesson | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Starting each class with a brief recap of key concepts from the previous class is a good idea, but why not have students prepare and present that review?

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Why Open-book Tests Deserve a Place in Your Courses

Why Open-book Tests Deserve a Place in Your Courses | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Instead of wasting valuable time to deter cheating, open-book tests shift the responsibility onto the students themselves. A few tips for getting started.

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Why So Many MOOC Videos Are Utterly Forgettable (EdSurge News)

Why So Many MOOC Videos Are Utterly Forgettable (EdSurge News) | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
The participants of #NumericalMOOC will have noticed that we made only one video for the course. I thought that maybe I would do a handful more. But in the end I didn’t, and I don’t think it matters too much.
Why didn’t we have more videos? The short answer is budget and time: Making good-quali

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How Exams Improve Students' Access to Their Brains

How Exams Improve Students' Access to Their Brains | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

On many campuses, this is finals week. That got us wondering: Is the classic format, a midterm and a final examination, the best way to assess student learning? What might work better? We posed those questions to Henry L. (Roddy) Roediger III. Mr. Roediger, a professor of psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, is one of the authors of last year’s Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.

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Effective Social Media Practices and Good Online Teaching | Technology and Learning

Effective Social Media Practices and Good Online Teaching | Technology and Learning | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

I have this theory that if you are effective on social media then you stand a good chance of being effective in online teaching. How do these two activities go together?  

 

Two words: presence and community.

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Why Can’t Students Just Pay Attention?

Why Can’t Students Just Pay Attention? | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Although some faculty believe it's up to students to pay attention, there are things we can do to help keep them actively involved in their learning.

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12 Myths About Student Engagement - InformED

12 Myths About Student Engagement - InformED | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Student engagement is one of the most reliable predictors of gains in learning. We can all agree that students who actively participate in learning are m

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Faculty Mentoring Faculty: Relationships that Work

Faculty Mentoring Faculty: Relationships that Work | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Faculty mentoring is about more than sharing good instructional strategies, as important and necessary as that is to teaching and learning. It’s moving past the tips, tricks, and techniques and into those harder but more essential queries. Why do you teach? Are you the teacher you want to be? What’s your relationship with your content, and how does that influence your teaching? What do you believe about students and learning?

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Strategies for Addressing Student Fear in the Classroom

Strategies for Addressing Student Fear in the Classroom | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Upon setting foot in the classroom at the beginning of the semester, many students experience varying degrees of anxiety or fearfulness. As educators, we often sense nervousness among our pupils as we introduce ourselves and hand out copies of the course syllabus to review. Most students settle in shortly, but some may remain consistently fearful. Is it possible that their high levels of fear negatively affect their ability to learn in the classroom from week to week? In this article, we discuss the role of debilitating fear in some students’ lives and identify ways that educators can help them attain success despite their anxiety.

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Where Flipped Learning Research Is Going | Campus Technology

Where Flipped Learning Research Is Going | Campus Technology | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

While most agree that the flipped classroom model benefits learning, researchers are delving into the details and exploring the many facets of a flip.

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Tools That Limit Distraction May Raise Student Performance in Online Classes | Wired Campus

For students taking courses online, the endless distractions of the Internet can be a hindrance to success. But using software to limit those diversions can make a big difference.

 

That’s the takeaway from a new study, which found that limiting distractions can help students perform better and also improve course completion.

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Your Assignment: Host A Campus Wide Event (libraries and active learning) - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Your Assignment: Host A Campus Wide Event (libraries and active learning) - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

When I talk with students at these gatherings they always mention how it makes them feel special or how it is exciting. Faculty are always pleased too. It’s risky on their part because this is a break from a more traditional approach and you never know how students will react.

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