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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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Hager, Karen D. – College Teaching, 2020
Many recently developed technologies have the potential to significantly improve teacher preparation programs. In this article, I describe three specific examples of integrating technology into both the coursework and field placements of a teacher preparation program. The technologies described are Nearpod for course content delivery, and GoReact…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Teacher Education Programs
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Valiente-Neighbours, Jimiliz M. – College Teaching, 2020
To a growing student population for whom smartphone and Internet use started in their early childhood, social media and popular culture can be effective tools to mitigate potential anxiety and alienation students may feel when taking a theory course. This paper offers strategies and insight on the endeavor of utilizing both popular and social…
Descriptors: Social Capital, Popular Culture, Social Media, Cultural Capital
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Wolfe, Kathryn A.; Uribe, Samantha N. – College Teaching, 2020
This commentary provides insight into teaching in the online learning environment for new and/or novice instructors. Two experienced online instructors discuss what they wish they would have known when they first began teaching online. These practical suggestions provide insight into online presence and communication as well as organizing course…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Distance Education, Beginning Teachers, Educational Technology
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Jaramillo Cherrez, Nadia; Jin, Yi – College Teaching, 2020
This case study documented the critical reflective practice of an instructor in a higher education context related to teaching and learning approaches. In particular, the reflections unveiled ways of seeing teaching and learning, learning through sharing experiences, developing technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK), and nurturing…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, College Faculty, Faculty Development, Technological Literacy
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Strachan, Samantha L. – College Teaching, 2020
Not all instructors find the process of establishing positive interpersonal relationships with students easy. Even for the most experienced instructor, determining the best ways to establish and strengthen relationships with students in higher education settings can, at times, be difficult. As noted in the literature, instructor-student…
Descriptors: Caring, Teacher Student Relationship, College Faculty, College Students
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Zawilinski, Lisa; Shattuck, James; Hansen, Demaris – College Teaching, 2020
This article describes a professional development project that sought to increase active engagement in higher education classrooms. Flipped pedagogy was the focus of the professional development, as research suggested that flipped instruction allows for increased active engagement in the classroom. The authors describe how they guided faculty in…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, College Faculty, Homework, Video Technology
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Bosch, Brandon – College Teaching, 2020
Most late policies involve some type of initial large deduction when an assignment is late, followed by subsequent deductions around a certain interval. In many cases, instructors will select 24 hours as their interval. While this type of late policy is common, it can be criticized for being too punitive. Moreover, large intervals can encourage…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Grading, Punishment, Course Descriptions
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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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