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Nicol, Adelheid A. M. – College Teaching, 2020
In creating crossword puzzles themselves, students gain an understanding of a concept in order to create the clue for it. The instructor can make this activity either chapter- or domain-specific, for instance, to encourage reading the textbook and researching concepts. In this unique application of the self-generated crossword, students use free…
Descriptors: Puzzles, Teaching Methods, Cooperative Learning, Problem Solving
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Joyce, Amanda; Hassenfeldt, Tyler A. – College Teaching, 2020
When appropriately trained and supported, graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) can be an invaluable resource to the academic community, energizing an institution's teaching culture, and leading to subsequent benefits for undergraduate learners and faculty members alike. Therefore, it is important to provide GTAs with appropriate support. The…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Mentors, Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants
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Miller, Jennifer M.; Nugent, Terry L. – College Teaching, 2020
This paper discusses a collaboration between a criminal justice professor and the coordinator of composition at a small, four-year University in a rural location. The goal was to restructure the writing assignments in criminal justice courses in such a way as to enhance student participation in writing assignments and to improve the quality of…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Law Enforcement, Writing Skills, Student Attitudes
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Bhavsar, Victoria Mundy – College Teaching, 2020
This paper describes a reading assignment that resulted in students completing 80-90% of the assigned reading in a content-heavy science course taught in a flipped format. Students reported almost unanimously that the assignment was valuable in helping them learn the material, and a majority reported that other professors should adopt a similar…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Video Technology, Homework, Reading Habits
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Frohlich, Dennis Owen – College Teaching, 2020
Online discussion boards are in frequent use these days in both face-to-face and online courses. While "discussion" is in the name, it's not uncommon to see students struggle to have meaningful conversations in these digital spaces. One Quick Fix to this predicament is to require students to post a discussion question at the end of their…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Computer Mediated Communication, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Student Role
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Biber, Duke – College Teaching, 2020
Students learn in conjunction with others, and effective teaching and learning incorporates academic, social, and emotional components. Strategies, such as self-compassion training and gratitude training, can be implemented in a college classroom to promote mental health and academic flourishing. Self-compassion involves treating yourself with the…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Educational Benefits, Daily Living Skills
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Shadinger, David; Katsion, John; Myllykangas, Sue; Case, Denise – College Teaching, 2020
A positive, pre-speech self-talk experience was used to assess the influence on student performance anxiety in a variety of disciplines. The findings suggest that having students recite aloud a self-affirming statement in unison immediately prior to delivery of a required speech or presentation provides a greater reduction in performance anxiety…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Anxiety, Positive Attitudes, College Students
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Schupak, Esther B. – College Teaching, 2019
Modern college classrooms are increasingly diverse. We face classes where 18-year-olds sit beside grandmothers, native speakers of English sit beside speakers of other languages, and Christians, Jews, and Muslims share classrooms with atheists and agnostics. The question is: how do we take such a varied and ideologically differentiated group of…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Classroom Environment, Listening Skills, Rhetoric
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Meyers, Sal; Rowell, Katherine; Wells, Mary; Smith, Brian C. – College Teaching, 2019
This paper defines teacher empathy, argues that teacher empathy enhances student learning, and offers suggestions for increasing teacher empathy. Teacher empathy is the degree to which an instructor works to deeply understand students' personal and social situations, to feel care and concern in response to students' positive and negative emotions,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Empathy
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Thonney, Teresa; Montgomery, Joseph C. – College Teaching, 2019
Although faculty agree that critical thinking is an important learning outcome for college courses, experts disagree on how to define and conceptualize critical thinking. Some researchers see it as a general skill, similar to reading or mathematics. Others see it as highly specific to each academic discipline, with critical thinking in one…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, College Students
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Rivera, Christopher J. – College Teaching, 2019
Encouraging engagement and collaboration amongst students can sometimes be difficult in university classrooms. Merging current technologies as a platform to incorporate collaborative practices and increasing desired student behaviors could be beneficial. The purpose of this manuscript is to share how a Web application, ClassDojo (2018), was used…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Classroom Techniques, Cooperative Learning, Undergraduate Students
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Bosman, Lisa; Voglewede, Philip – College Teaching, 2019
We describe the organization and outcomes of faculty communities of practice over four semesters in which participants learned about research-based instructional strategies. In each semester, a community of 10 to 22 participants met for six to eight one-hour sessions, read a common book on teaching and learning, observed each other's class…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, College Faculty, Classroom Techniques, Faculty Development
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Baranski, Michael F. S.; Was, Christopher A. – College Teaching, 2019
Mindfulness meditation involves focusing one's attention on the present moment in a non-judgmental way. Several recently published investigations have demonstrated that a brief session of mindfulness meditation, practiced before a higher-education course lecture, can improve performance on a quiz over lecture content given immediately following…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Academic Achievement, Testing, Business Administration Education
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CohenMiller, A. S.; Miller, Michael V. – College Teaching, 2019
Higher education is moving toward increased online and blended learning formats; however, finding useful resources for such teaching can be challenging. One useful device for integrating multimedia in online and blended teaching is the "open video repository" (OVR), which principally provides freely accessible curated videos and also…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Science Instruction, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences
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Delima, Dianne G. – College Teaching, 2019
First-generation college (FGC) students compose nearly a third of the total student population in most four-year higher education institutions in the United States. Yet they graduate in drastically lower rates than their non-first-generation peers. To understand how these students can persist with their college learning, faculty need to…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Teaching Methods, Teacher Role, College Faculty
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