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Coaxing the Lion out of its Lair Or, the Challenges and Rewards of Teaching Writing to STEM Students

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by Kris Morrissey Teaching an English Literature class five years ago, the lights went out for no apparent reason. We sat looking at each other, considering the inherent symbolism of light – be it ambient or fluorescent. Then, when nothing happened, our discussion carried on at a deeper, more intense level to match the near […]

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Learning Your Students’ Names Really Does Matter

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by Carole R. Beal The new academic year is here, and thousands of students have entered college for the first time. I’ve been teaching college students for a long time, but this year, two developments have led me to think hard about my role as a professor: what it is, or rather, what it should […]

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How to Use Cumulative Testing to Enhance Learning Outcomes

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by Kevin Patton One of the most effective enhancements I’ve ever made to my human anatomy & physiology course was switching to cumulative testing. What I mean by that is instead of testing on each topic once, then moving on to a test on the next topic, I started testing my students on all the covered topics […]

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Do This, and Your Students Will Never Miss Class Again

by Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins Senior Digital Educator, Cengage Learning Growing up, you heard the lectures from your parents. And then you went to school and heard even more lectures. And once you arrived in college, you were just about lectured-out. However, now you teach, and you do what you know best. You lecture! Okay, perhaps you don’t—but […]

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From Koala to Kangaroo—Getting Your Students Hopping With Active Learning

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by Shawn Orr, Digital Educator  You’ve probably seen this chart or another many times over the course of your teaching. Basically, it’s saying that we remember very little of what somebody talks to us about. We remember more if we can see it. We remember much more if we can actually practice it and experience […]

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Great Apps to Create Meaningful Connections Inside (and Outside) the Classroom

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by Shawn Orr I love technology! I guess if I’m being completely honest, what I really love is the engagement, excitement, and interactivity that technology brings to my college classroom. I’m not talking about the bells and whistles (although that’s fun, too), but the true engagement that happens when I use technology that really resonates […]

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The Mentor Is In: Teaching and Supporting Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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by Steven Volk Planning a route, getting gas and changing a flat tire don’t sound challenging to most young adults, but for students on the autism spectrum at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL, it was one of the greatest tests of their independence. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a group of developmental disabilities […]

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Tips for Designing and Using Rubrics

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by Andrew Miller Rubrics are a beast. Grrrrrrr! They are time-consuming to construct, challenging to write and sometimes hard to use effectively. They are everywhere. There are rubrics all over the web, plus tools to create them, and as educators, it can overwhelm us. Rubrics are driven by reforms, from standards-based grading to assessment for learning. […]

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When Students Don’t Answer—Interpreting the Awkward Silence

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by Paul T. Corrigan One balmy spring afternoon, I asked my students, “What is the difference between being a student and being a learner?” I hoped to start a lively discussion about the purposes of college. Instead, one or two students attempted an answer, while the others sat quietly in their seats, avoiding eye contact with me. The […]

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Want to Be An Inspiring Teacher? Answer This Question: Why Do You Teach?

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By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA Your work as an adjunct instructor – do you remember how it all began? What initially inspired you to teach? Do you still feel the same today? If you have been teaching for any length of time you probably have a familiar routine established. You understand what’s expected for […]

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  • Not Quite 101 Ways to Learning Students’ Names

    by Michael Palmer Building rapport with your students goes a long way toward developing a positive classroom dynamic and facilitating the students’ overall learning experience. One of the simplest ways to begin connecting with your students is to learn their names. What follows is a compilation of some tricks, strategies, and activities which will help […]

  • A Review Teaching Tips (10th Edition)

    by Janice Albert EVERYTHING ABOUT “Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research and Theory for College and University Teachers” (Houghton Mifflin, 10th edition), by Dr. Wilbert McKeachie, suggests that it was originally intended for the beginning college-level teacher or teaching assistant. Now in its tenth edition, “Teaching Tips” is not so much one book as an anthology written by seven authors. The overall plan […]

  • Twins Teach in Moldova

    by Pamela Dillon WHEN JENNIFER AND KATHLEEN Sooy were growing up in Centerville, Ohio, they spent many hours discussing politics around the dinner table. There was much to debate: foreign affairs, the Vietnam War and Watergate. They’ve shared everything, but most of all their interest in law and politics. That interest ultimately led to political science […]

  • The Reluctant Professor

    by Cynthia L. Corritore, Ph.D. Most faculty in higher education tend to teach the way they were taught—I know this is true for me. And like most of my colleagues today, I have never taken an online course as a student. So when I was asked to put my course online, I felt quite unprepared, […]

  • Cloud Computing Research Tools — Free Resources For Faculty

    by G. Andrew Page Twenty-first Century research is increasingly becoming reliant on information and communication technologies to address systemic and distinct educational problems through greater communication, interaction, and inquiry. Research is an interactive inquiry process. In many instances this involves interaction with people. We also interact with technology and through technology to improve our educational […]

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