Articles by: mmahavon

Promoting Equity and Humanizing Online Courses

Maricela Bañuelos, School of Education Historically, online learning was intended to increase underserved students’ access to educational opportunities. These students include students who are financially disadvantaged, English language learners, or disabled, or who come from rural areas (Campbell & Storo, 1996). While online courses may have expanded educational access to historically […]

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Conversations on Teaching and Continuity During Unplanned Events and Emergencies

Conversations on Teaching and Continuity During Unplanned Events and Emergencies

Check out the Pedagogical Continuity page for updated information about guidances for increased online instruction. Please join the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) for conversations on how to continue teaching during unplanned events and emergencies. Topics we’ll be discussing include: Alternatives to holding class in person Maintaining communication […]

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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- […]

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Subscribe to the Future Leaders in Pedagogy Development (FLIP’D) Blog!

Subscribe to the Future Leaders in Pedagogy Development (FLIP’D) Blog!

In our Developing Teaching Excellence (University Studies 390X) course, participants explore recent 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 […]

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Improving Student Engagement

Jonathan Ware, Department of Sociology In my Social Psychology class, we had just finished an in-class activity where my students were applying theories of power and how group structures play a role in interpersonal power relations. My students were segmented into groups of three and four and spent roughly 15 […]

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Improving Students’ Writing Abilities Through Peer Review

Alma P. Olaguez, M.S., Department of Psychological Science What Makes a Good Paper? Most students can differentiate a good writing sample from a bad writing sample. However, most students have difficulty producing concrete reasons why a paper is bad beyond “It just doesn’t flow.” Most importantly, the students who cannot produce […]

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Three Tips for Promoting Student Motivation

Yangyang Liu, School of Education Students play an active role in their own learning. However, as an instructor, you may have noticed that some students are more motivated than others in your classroom. According to educational research, optimal learning happens when individuals are intrinsically motivated (Black & Deci, 2000). You […]

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Learning through Writing Assignments

Jinna Kim, Department of Sociology Instructors often use writing assignments to assess students’ learning. There are many ways that writing assignments can be a form of active learning, especially when considering it as a writing process. Below are suggestions for implementing effective writing assignments that will enhance student learning. Writing […]

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