Post Tagged with: "Tools"

Rethinking the Physics Classroom: 4 Tools to Consider

Francisco J. Mercado, Department of Physics & Astronomy When we think about a physics classroom, more often than not, the picture that comes to mind is an ‘all-knowing’ professor standing at the front of a classroom writing on a blackboard while some of the students behind them are vigorously taking notes struggling to keep up. Others are attempting to complete the difficult problem set that they have to turn in by […]

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Phone-a-Friend: Tips for Designing Meaningful Collaborative Exams

Jaclyn Beck, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior Wait a minute. You want to test how much your students learned! Why would you want to give them a group exam? Perhaps a shift in perspective can answer that: Aside from scoring a student’s performance, exams themselves can be used as additional learning opportunities. Collaborative activities can increase student learning and performance in many different settings (Johnson and Johnson 2009, Efu 2019, […]

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Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) 2020 Conference

Matthew Mahavongtrakul, PhD, Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation I attended the AAC&U 2020 conference this January in Washington, DC, which focused on three topics: Inclusive education using equitable, innovative, and cost-effective models. Public trust in higher education given rising tuition costs Pathways to student success across disciplines at 2- and 4-year institutions In this post, I highlight what I took away from the conference, focusing on faculty development, undergraduate […]

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Flipped Classrooms and Active Learning for Students Success in Language Acquisition

Gilberto Nuñez, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Nowadays the way of teaching has changed due to new technology. Whereas in the past decades accessing information required more time, now everything is immediate, which has made the work of the educator different. For this reason (and others), educators should think of new ways to use classrooms more effectively. They must change from teaching-centered to learner-centered. Importance of Active Learning in the […]

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The Changing Role of University STEM Teaching in the Internet Era

Chris Persichilli, PhD, Department of Physics & Astronomy The Problem These are unstable times. The insurgence of the Internet into all facets of modern life has had a transformative impact on every industry, whether they like it or not. Education is no exception, of course; and with the continued reduction in barriers to knowledge brought on by the information age, there are questions about the role and utility of traditional university […]

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Can You Explain That 3 More Times? Advice for Universal Instruction

Daniel J. Ruiz, Department of Earth System Science After asking someone to repeat themselves multiple times and still not hear what they’ve said on the 3rd iteration, I’m the type to give up, smile and nod, and be overcome with embarrassment of the whole exchange. Too often do our students feel this way after asking their peers, TAs, and instructors questions only to get the same explanation and sheepishly give […]

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Learning and Teaching as Complementary Practices: Examples from Freshmen Experience Courses

Jessica Guerrero, Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy Some instructors are naturals when it comes to teaching, but like everything, teaching has evolved over the years. Pedagogy practices also highlight ways of how studying learning has changed. Research studies demonstrate that the traditional thoughts of “the instructor performing certain actions to facilitate learning, and the student, in turn, explicitly or implicitly promises to behave in ways to receive that […]

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Teaching the Language of Science

Lorrayne A. Serra, Department of Developmental and Cell Biology Reading and the Language of Science Learning science is directly related to understanding the language of science. At first, learning a language is challenging, but if the appropriate tools are provided, students can excel. To understand science, student must therefore master reading and writing. Although science is considered “hands-on” learning, which to most people translates into experiments, students are not always […]

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Applying Best Practices to Online Classrooms

Colin McLaughlin-Alcock, Department of Anthropology Educators are increasingly recognizing the value of active learning and other best practice strategies which allow students to take ownership of their own education. One domain which remains resistant to active learning, however, is the online classroom (Germain). In this article, I present suggestions for building best practice strategies into online pedagogy. Building a Learning Community Students are more likely to succeed if they feel […]

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Making a Large Class Small

Alessandra C. Martini, Ph.D, UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders There’s a unique set of challenges that can reduce student learning and exhaust faculty members teaching large-enrollment courses. Among so many people, it is easy for students to feel anonymous, disengage, and obtain a less favorable grade. Within this environment, instructors need to be especially prepared for the term and each class period as some actions might require […]

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