It’s conference time!

Fall is conference time for many professional organizations and associations. Conferences are a good way to learn about research into new areas, cutting edge technology, new teaching and learning strategies, and up and coming trends in higher education. Conferences offer an opportunity for networking or reuniting with colleagues from around the country. What is the best way to get as much out of a conference as you can? Here are a few practical tips. Plan Ahead Read the conference program ahead of time. Select the sessions you most want to see. Don’t forget the poster sessions and vendors. You can…

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Using Video as an Effective Tool for Teaching and Learning

With the popularity of flipped classrooms and online courses, the usefulness of video as an effective tool for teaching and learning has gained prevalence in many university communities. The planning, practice, and production that goes into a well-developed video project can greatly improve the quality of the finished product, resulting in a more powerfully directed learning outcome, and advancing a professor’s ability to reach students in progressive and innovative ways. When deciding to use video as a tool of instruction, it is very important to consider the best ways to adapt your instruction to a new medium. Often very slight…

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Tweaking Your Class To Prepare for a New Semester

Tips for Tweaking Your Class as You Prepare for a New Semester This is a good time to think about how to take a fresh approach to teaching in the fall. Sometimes just a few “tweaks” can make a course more learner-centered. Here are several ideas that consistently work in classes of any size: Conduct an informal class survey. Rather than waiting for end-of-semester evaluations of teaching, plan to conduct your own informal survey of teaching between the fourth and sixth weeks of class. This provides enough time for you and your students to have adjusted to the course and…

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