The Art of Gathering Applied to the College Classroom

“It just feels different in my classes.” “We are back, but it doesn’t feel like we are back together.” Versions of these sentiments can be heard across college campuses this fall. Students are back in classrooms, or participating in online courses, but the engagement does not feel the same for many of us. At aContinue reading “The Art of Gathering Applied to the College Classroom”

Tips to Regain Attention in the Active Learning Classroom

How to re-establish attention after group work in a college class When using active learning and engaging students in group discussions, the classroom can get noisy very quickly. For example, asking students to think about something and “turn to your neighbor and discuss for 2 minutes” is a beneficial Think-Pair-Share technique. However, we then needContinue reading “Tips to Regain Attention in the Active Learning Classroom”

Transforming your Syllabus with an equity-mindset: Part II

In a previous post, Transforming Your Syllabus with an Equity Mindset: The Role of Policy Statements, we explored the dilemma that boilerplate policy statements can make the syllabus feel like a transactional document, yet these very policies are designed to foster inclusion and to protect our most vulnerable students. Other aspects of the syllabus canContinue reading “Transforming your Syllabus with an equity-mindset: Part II”

Grading for Equity – Book Review

Ideas for higher education from the book by Joe Feldman We want our students to grow and develop in our courses, and we especially love those occasions when our students’ overcome barriers and achieve huge leaps in learning. But is it possible that our grading practices unintentionally punish students for slow starts, disruptive events, orContinue reading “Grading for Equity – Book Review”

Remaining a Reflective Practitioner in Hectic Times

Strategies for Academics to Avoid Burnout As we take a breath after the last few years, many of us have lost the space for reflective thought. Our need to triage the priorities of students, emergency remote learning, and our personal needs, health, and safety, have left us feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. Yet maintaining a reflectiveContinue reading “Remaining a Reflective Practitioner in Hectic Times”

3 Practical Strategies for Teaching about Mindsets

Teaching students how to learn often involves teaching about mindsets. There is substantial evidence that positive academic mindsets are strongly linked to better academic performance at all levels of schooling, not just in younger grades. Teaching students about the role of motivation, growth and fixed mindsets in their learning can be beneficial to develop theContinue reading “3 Practical Strategies for Teaching about Mindsets”

Tips for Starting the Semester Teaching Remotely

As the new year begins, the pandemic still looms and Covid cases are currently spiking. Many college educators are finding themselves starting the first few weeks of the semester back in remote teaching settings. Yes, we’ve had experience with this by now! However, college faculty can still benefit from thoughtful planning about how to useContinue reading “Tips for Starting the Semester Teaching Remotely”

Transforming Your Syllabus with an Equity Mindset: The Role of Policy Statements

How do we Manage Policy Statements within an Inclusive Course Syllabus? Our Designing a Motivational Syllabus course, based on the book by the same name, guides college instructors through the process of re-thinking and re-inventing a course syllabus. Although many may view the course syllabus as a logistical document that is rarely used after theContinue reading “Transforming Your Syllabus with an Equity Mindset: The Role of Policy Statements”

3 Significant Benefits of Integrated Course (Re)Design

One of the best parts of teaching a course about course design is seeing faculty view prior teaching “challenges” as exciting new opportunities. In Significant Learning by Design, based on Dee Fink’s Integrated Course Design framework and the Taxonomy of Significant Learning, this happens quite frequently. Although it would be wonderful to share each andContinue reading “3 Significant Benefits of Integrated Course (Re)Design”

Learning Outcome Verb List for Fink’s Taxonomy of Significant Learning

Download our list of learning outcome verbs that align with Dee Fink’s Taxonomy of Significant Learning. A word of caution about using verbs as a magical solution.  As a study by Claudia Stanny exemplifies, an analysis of 30 widely-used compilations of verbs for Bloom’s categories revealed that many lists frequently put the same verb inContinue reading “Learning Outcome Verb List for Fink’s Taxonomy of Significant Learning”