Introduction

Welcome to the Future Leaders in Pedagogy Development (FLIP'D) Blog! In our Developing Teaching Excellence (University Studies 390X) course, participants explore primary research and best pedagogical practices. Part of the course includes a capstone project, where each participant generates teaching resources. After choosing a teaching-related topic, they write a short blog post. Each post synthesizes current relevant research, as well as anecdotal experience from the authors. To explore the articles by topic, click on the topic links below or scroll further for a snapshot into articles for each topic.

If you were enrolled in 390X and would like to contribute more articles, please e-mail Dr. Matthew Mahavongtrakul at mmahavon@uci.edu for instructions.

AccessibilityFlipped ClassroomService Learning
Active LearningGroup WorkStress
Case-Based Learning (CBL)LabTeam-Based Learning (TBL)
CriminologyLarge ClassesTools
DiversityOnlineUniversal Design for Learning (UDL)
FeedbackScience, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)

Below are some randomly selected articles to get you started:

Thriving in Academia:  A Leadership Task More Difficult Than It Sounds

March 14, 2019

Denise C. Phelps, Department of Public Policy “I want to be a leader,” are words you may hear echoed when a teacher asks their students what they want to be when they grow up. Being a leader and obtaining leadership skills details a lot of responsibility and hard work, especially […]

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Acknowledging Intersectional Identities within STEM Higher Education Classrooms

March 14, 2019

Hayley Glicker, Department of Chemistry Without recognizing students’ varying intersectional identities, students will not feel supported by their educator and feel alienated from their community. A memory of this occurred in my senior seminar/thesis course in my undergraduate institution. This course brought together different majors, so there were a few […]

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Service-learning: Teaching Criminology Beyond the Classroom

March 14, 2019

Gabriela Gonzalez, Department of Criminology, Law, & Society Making a Murderer, The Keepers, Mindhunter, Criminal Minds, How to Get Away with Murder. One need only flip open their laptop to get a glimpse of society’s obsession with true crime and crime drama. This obsession can also find its way into […]

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Teaching the Language of Science

March 14, 2019

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 […]

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Commentary: What Instructors Can Do to Improve Retention of Racial Minorities in Higher Education

March 14, 2019

Mustafa I. Hussain, MS, Department of Informatics Science has had a problem for a long time. The problem resurfaced recently, when news broke that Nobel Prize-winning biologist James Watson believes that race determines intelligence (Yancy-Bragg, 2019). Many of us instructors may find silence on such issues comfortable—but our silence is […]

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In with the Good and Out with the Bad: Promoting Healthy Stress in Class

March 11, 2019

Alicia Hoffman, Department of Chemistry Stress is correlated with both improved and diminished academic achievement. Students are successful when there is a drive to attain high standards, but too much stress negatively impacts learning and memory and increases underachievement, dropout rates, and depression.1,2 Therefore, maintaining a balance between too stressful and […]

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Making Lab Spaces More Accessible to the Variety of Students We Serve

March 11, 2019

Amy Christiansen, Department of Chemistry Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a way to make instruction accessible to students with disabilities (SwD) and different learning preferences. UDL strives to make instruction inclusive by providing diverse curriculum delivery formats and building accommodations into curriculum design. UDL is a well-established technique for making […]

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Active Learning Methods in Classrooms Old and New

March 14, 2019

Nima L Yolmo, Department of Anthropology The growing effectiveness of active learning pedagogical methods since the 1980s has concurrently drawn attention to classroom ambiance. Design aspects such as lighting and mobility influence student learning. Over the past decade, there has been a growing awareness among institutions to transition to Active […]

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Making a Large Class Small

March 12, 2019

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 […]

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Applying Best Practices to Online Classrooms

March 14, 2019

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 […]

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Case-based Learning in Chemistry

March 14, 2019

Bronte Charette, Department of Chemistry What is case-based learning? Case-based learning (CBL) is an instructional design model that stimulates active participation by relating course content to real-world examples. Indeed, business, law, and medical schools typically use this model. Cases are stories where students analyze and consider the solutions in relation […]

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5 Tips for Providing Feedback in Large Online Courses

March 14, 2019

Daniel Relihan, MA, Department of Psychological Science Online college and university courses have become increasingly common over the past decade. One reason for this increase is because online courses are cost effective for universities. For instance, they allow universities to charge tuition without the cost of brick-and-mortar space. Consequently, there […]

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