Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Teaching & Learning Links to See This Week, June 24, 2016


Teaching & Learning Links to See This Week
A roundup of four intriguing or informative posts and articles from around the internet:

“Why Teaching May Truly Be the World’s Most Important career”
Research shows that a teacher’s impact on shaping a student’s life is staggering.  Barack Obama in 2008 (when he was first a president) said it all: “The single most important factor in determining [student] achievement is not the color of their skin or where they come from. It’s not who their parents are or how much money they have. It’s who their teacher is.” To read more go to:

Playing Games Can Yield Serious Learning
Contrary to the common beliefs, the college classroom can be fun. “An atmosphere of playfulness may work wonders in creating community and building student engagement.” You don’t necessarily have to have high-tech video games. This article shares some interesting ways to turn your quizzes or group work into interactive competitive games.

Benefits of Talking with Students about Mid-Course Evaluations
Talking to students about formative mid-course evaluation (opposed to what is officially collected at end of the semester) takes a certain amount of courage from the instructor. However, collected data can be very useful in enhancing teaching and learning for students during the same semester and for future iterations of the course.


Are We Too Preoccupied with Teaching Techniques?
“There’s a tendency to think that having more techniques is all that’s needed to become a better teacher. Collecting techniques is fine, but it’s the first and easiest part of a pretty complicated process.” Techniques are essential, but we need to figure out which technique is the best or most appropriate for each context. Focusing too much on the techniques may sidetrack us from what really matters.


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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Teaching and Learning Links of the Week: June 9, 2016

Teaching & Learning Links to See This Week
A roundup of four intriguing or informative posts and articles from around the internet:

“This Picture Tells a Story”
Leonard Cassuto addresses the present crisis in the humanities with honesty and proposes a very straightforward solution: prepare our graduate students to become teachers.

“Frame Your Feedback: Making Peer Review Work in Class”

If you were ever dissatisfied with the quality of peer feedback in your classes, Christina Moore’s article can definitely help you and, most importantly, help your students offer and receive better feedback from their colleagues.

Examining charisma in relation to students’ interest in learning

Shu-Hui Lin and Yun-Chen Huang answer an always pertinent question: does it matter whether students like a teacher or not? You can read the conclusion to their study here:

Preventing Cell Phone Use in the Classroom

Rodney C. Roberts offers the reader a quick tip on how to stop students from using their phones during classes and exams.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Teaching and Learning Links of the Week: June 3, 2016

Teaching & Learning Links to See This Week
A roundup of four intriguing or informative posts and articles from around the internet:

"Six Ways to Improve Your Department's Teaching Climate"
Do you want to bring teaching and learning issues and ideas into focus within your department, but aren't sure how? This article offers some strategies to get you started.

"Early Engagement in Course-Based Research Increases Graduation Rates and Completion of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Degrees"
The results of the most definitive study to date to measure long-term student outcomes associated with their early participation in course-based undergraduate research experiences.

"Small Changes in Teaching: Space it Out"
In this final entry in a series of articles about the power of making small changes in your teaching, Lang presents the argument for cumulative exams - not just at the end, but throughout the semester.

"What's Transfer, and Why is it So Hard to Achieve?"
The first in a two-part series, this post examines the concept of "near transfer" - the application of information to something very similar, but in a new and different way. In what circumstances can we help students acheive near transfer?
         
        
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Teaching and Learning Links of the Week: January 29, 2016

Teaching & Learning Links to See This Week
A roundup of four intriguing or informative posts and articles from the around the internet:

"Digital Distractions"
Study: The use of devices in the classroom for nonclass purposes is on the rise.

"The First Few Weeks"
Reflecting on one's successes and setbacks as the semester kicks off.

"Teaching Ourselves to Teach"
"Concrete ways faculty can work with other colleagues to improve their teaching"

"A Fresh Take on Successful Group Work"
Translating the approach that successful teams in the private sector 
    
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Friday, January 22, 2016

Teaching and Learning Links of the Week: January 22, 2015

Teaching & Learning Links to See This Week
A roundup of four intriguing or informative posts and articles from the around the internet:

"The Rhythms of the Semester: Implications for Practice, Persona"
Planning for the 3 major phases of a semester.

"When Students Won't Do the Reading"
Priorities, dealines, and context.

"Broadening Pedagogical Knowledge by Learning from Other Disciplines"
The argument for looking for teaching and learning solutions outside of your field.

"Small Changes in Teaching: The First Five Minutes of Class"
4 quick ways to shift students' attention from life's disctractions to your course content.

    
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Friday, December 11, 2015

ATLE Annual Top 10 Flyer

As we approach the end of the year, we at ATLE like to look back at some of the best teaching and learning literature and blogs that have been produced this year and share them with you! 

Click the link below to view our Annual Top 10 Flyer, curated by ATLE staff. As a bonus we have also included some of the most interesting TED Talks of the year.


2015 Annual Top 10: http://www.usf.edu/atle/services/2015-top-ten.aspx 


Have a great holiday break, and happy reading!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Teaching and Learning Links of the Week: November 23, 2015

Teaching & Learning Links to See This Week
A roundup of four intriguing or informative posts and articles from the around the internet:

"Small Changes in Teaching: The Minutes Before Class"
Taking advantage of the pre-class time to improve your students' learning.

"Why We Should Teach Less, Not More"
A discussion of how a lighter teaching load can posititvely influence classroom performance.

"Stimulate Students to Intellectual Effort Beyond That Required by Most Courses"
The value of getting your students to think beyond simply remembering and knowing.

"36 Books on Higher Education"
Which have you read? Which do you want to read?
    
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