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Developing Teaching Self-Efficacy in Research Institution: A Study of Award-winning Professor

Developing Teaching Self-Efficacy in Research Institution: A Study of Award-winning Professor

Original Article Publication Date: 07/01/2011

In a study to assess six male and six female award-winning research professors, interviews revealed that mastery experiences and social persuasions were particularly influential sources of self-efficacy and that these sources tended to be closely related leading to outstanding research results from these professors. These professors identified past instructional successes and students’ evaluative feedback as the most powerful sources of their teaching self-efficacy.

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Teaching Problem Solving Skills

Teaching Problem Solving Skills

This website explains the value of teaching, and having students practice, problem solving skills. It includes a basic description of what problem solving is. Problem solving steps are identified and a variety of possible ways to implement these skills into any classroom are provided. A large variety of quotes about problem solving are also included throughout the article.

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The Power of Storytelling in the College Classroom

The Power of Storytelling in the College Classroom

Original Article Publication Date: 01/09/2015

Sal S. Buffo, a psychology professor at Yavapai College, talks about the power that stories can have in a college classroom. Specifically, he talks about the benefit of seeing how different aspects relate to one another. This can become a more personal kind of learning. This learning can help students feel more excited about, and confident, in the subject matter.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Trust Students

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Trust Students

Original Article Publication Date: 02/04/2019

Trust between an educator and their students is an essential part of creating an environment where learning can flourish. This article includes tips on how to help students trust you, and how you can show your students increased trust in them.

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Working with Undergraduate and Graduate TA's

Working with Undergraduate and Graduate TA's

Professor Kenneth Miller from Brown University describes how his perceptions of the usefulness of GA's and TA's has changed. Where he used to believe that they were unnecessary, he now finds them to be an incredible resource. He shares specific ways that you can make the most out of these student aids.

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Teaching Methods for Inspiring Students of the Future

Teaching Methods for Inspiring Students of the Future

Original Article Publication Date: 05/27/2015

In this Ted Talk, Joe Ruhl explains teaching methods for inspiring students of the future. He focuses on specific methods that he refers to as “The 5 C's” (Choice, Collaboration, Communication, Critical thinking, and Creativity).

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Learn. Teach. Lead. It's a Two-way Street.

Learn. Teach. Lead. It's a Two-way Street.

This address from the 2017 Empowering Teaching Excellence Conference focuses on innovative strategies to motivate and engage students.

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Asking Questions to Improve Learning

Asking Questions to Improve Learning

Original Article Publication Date: 01/25/2019

The Teaching Center at Washington University in St Louis provides some general strategies to keep in mind when asking questions and facilitating discussion.

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Extraordinary Math Teaching (video)

Extraordinary Math Teaching (video)

Original Article Publication Date: 02/17/2016

In this video, Dan Finkel talks about how to help your students by not simply giving them the answers. He provides 5 principles that will invite thinking from specifically math students in this particular video, but the principles can apply to any number of other subjects.

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Active Learning Increases Student Performance in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

Active Learning Increases Student Performance in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

Original Article Publication Date: 10/10/2018

This is a scientific research article on the impact of active learning and discusses the importance of active learning compared to simply lecturing. For this research, the subject matters studied were Science, Engineering, and Math. Specifically, the research shows that students who learned in an active learning environment performed significantly better on exams. This would suggest that information is understood and retained better in an active learning environment.

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Students Learn From People They Love

Students Learn From People They Love

Original Article Publication Date: 01/17/2019

This article from The New York Times emphasizes that learning is an emotional process and students only learn from those with whom they have formed an emotional connection. For this reason, taking the time to get to know your students, showing vulnerability, and remembering to evaluate the quality of your relationships can pay off in the long run with increased retetion and engagement.

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The Six Must-Have Elements of High Quality Project-Based Learning

The Six Must-Have Elements of High Quality Project-Based Learning

Project based learning is valuable but can be difficult to implement. While project-based learning has become more popular, many professors don't get the full value from it. This site covers the six most important aspects of successful project learning; intellectual challenge, authenticity, public product, collaboration, project management, and reflection.

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Active Learning

Active Learning

Active learning is a method that encourages student participation in the learning process. This website from the University of Minnesota Center for Educational Innovation provides an article and video about active learning strategies. It also includes samples of activities for different sized classrooms.

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Responding to Disruptions in the Classroom

Responding to Disruptions in the Classroom

While energized discussion can be good, disrespectful disruptions can turn into a serious problem in some classrooms. The University of Washington Center for Teaching and Learning website investigates causes of these types of disruptions. In turn it describes simple steps that professors can take to avoid disturbances. Suggestions include utilizing the syllabus, establishing ground rules, and responding in the moment.

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Back to Basics: Principles of Teaching That Will Never Expire

Back to Basics: Principles of Teaching That Will Never Expire

Professor Mike Christiansen's address at the 2018 Empowering Teaching Excellence conference at USU focuses on four principles that will always improve teaching even in an ever-changing academic environment.

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How to Beat a Little-known Bias that Plagues Problem-Solvers

How to Beat a Little-known Bias that Plagues Problem-Solvers

Original Article Publication Date: 11/06/2018

The "plunging-in bias" is a little known bias that entails trying to tackle a problem before having a complete understanding of what the problem is or the best way to solve it. This article outlines three frameworks that help to overcome this bias. Keywords: Management, Business Administration

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How One University Uses 'Sneaky Learning' to Help Students Develop Good Study Habits

How One University Uses 'Sneaky Learning' to Help Students Develop Good Study Habits

Original Article Publication Date: 12/06/2018

Many students come to university with false ideas about what makes effective studying. The concept of "sneaky learning", as it is being taught to a handful of students at Colorado State University, can help students to develop study habits that will stick.

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Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning

Original Article Publication Date: 09/01/2018

Dr Tom Tobin's keynote address from the 2018 Empowering Teaching Excellence Conference focused on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Dr. Tobin introduced five strategies to reach more students and make your teaching more accessible. He also introduces the idea of +1 thinking. Included is a summary of another presentation by Dr. Tobin from the conference and a summary of a third presentation focused on accessibility and tools available to professors.

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Our failing schools. Enough is enough!

Our failing schools. Enough is enough!

Original Article Publication Date: 05/07/2013

Geoffrey Canada asks for a change in the school system, stating, "Why does our education system look so similar to the way it did 50 years ago? Millions of students were failing then, as they are now -- and it's because we're clinging to a business model that clearly doesn't work. Education advocate Geoffrey Canada dares the system to look at the data, think about the customers and make systematic shifts in order to help greater numbers of kids excel."

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Blended Learning Environments in Higher Education: A Case Study of How Professors Make it Happen

Blended Learning Environments in Higher Education: A Case Study of How Professors Make it Happen

Blended learning has become another method to deliver course content. Research has found that motivation, communication, and course design are factors that play a role in the success of blended learning.

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Student Perceptions of Teachers’ Nonverbal and Verbal Communication: A Comparison of Best and Worst Professors across Six Cultures

Student Perceptions of Teachers’ Nonverbal and Verbal Communication: A Comparison of Best and Worst Professors across Six Cultures

This study focuses on students from six countries and what forms of communication they have perceived as efficient and non-efficient when pertaining to professors.

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Features of Successful Group Work in Online and Physical Courses

Features of Successful Group Work in Online and Physical Courses

Original Article Publication Date: 12/01/2017

This study examined multiple factors that influence the effectiveness and success of group work and measured those effects in multiple categories. The author outlines the six factors considered and explains how each affects group work in terms of outcome, student satisfaction, and collaboration.

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Small Changes in Teaching: The Minutes Before Class

Small Changes in Teaching: The Minutes Before Class

Original Article Publication Date: 11/15/2015

How you spend the few minutes before a class starts can make a big difference. The small decisions we make in our courses have the power to affect learning in big ways. This article gives three suggestions of things you can do in order to use this time effectively: ask "how are you", display the framework, and create wonder.

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Expert Blind Spots Video

Expert Blind Spots Video

Original Article Publication Date: 05/22/2013

Experts can sometimes forget everything that went into learning the basics of their preferred fields. They want to teach according to the incredible knowledge they now have, but don’t focus enough on how they got there. This is known as an expert blind spot.

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How to escape education's death valley

How to escape education's death valley

Original Article Publication Date: 05/10/2013

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

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Think-Pair-Share

Think-Pair-Share

Original Article Publication Date: 01/13/2015

Think-Pair-Share is an instructional method where a teacher asks the students to consider a question or concept (think), turn to a partner in the classroom (pair), and share what they learned or their response with their partner (share). This article (and podcast) provides some strategies on how to maximize the benefits of this teaching method.

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What Good Writing Involves

What Good Writing Involves

Original Article Publication Date: 01/01/2016

Good writing is a skill that many college students struggle with. This article suggests several practices that professors can implement in their assignments for improving writing skills including multiple drafts, and diving deeper in a review process.

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Bloom's Taxonomy Individual Application

Bloom's Taxonomy Individual Application

Original Article Publication Date: 09/25/2012

Blooms taxonomy is an important theory in teaching. It includes different levels of a pyramid that build on one another. This video from LSU briefly explains the concept behind Bloom's Taxonomy and describes individual application for how college students can be better learners.

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Anticipating Misconceptions

Anticipating Misconceptions

Original Article Publication Date: 04/23/2015

What causes misconceptions in students? The value of trying to anticipate how students might incorrectly understand different concepts allows a professor to identify misconceptions before they effect the students academic relationships. As you get to know your students you will be better prepared to help your students correctly understand all the concepts you teach. While the article focuses on teaching math, it can be applied to all content areas.

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Rethinking Office Hours

Rethinking Office Hours

How might you and your students move beyond office hours with passive, question-answering, superficial interaction, and instead use that time together to propel students to the next level in their learning? This short article provides suggestions on how to increase the effectiveness of office hours.

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How One Email From You Could Help Students Succeed

How One Email From You Could Help Students Succeed

Original Article Publication Date: 09/21/2018

Zoe Cohen, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, saw an increase in student effort and improved grades after sending personalized emails to struggling students. This article highlights the effectiveness of "nudges", actions that encourage but do not mandate a course of action, in education.

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The Learning Pyramid

The Learning Pyramid

The Learning Pyramid model shows what types of teaching/learning are most likely to be retained. These methods include lecture, reading, audio-visual, demonstration, discussion, practice doing, and teach others. A brief description of each level of the pyramid is provided.

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Linguistically Responsive Teachers

Linguistically Responsive Teachers

Original Article Publication Date: 04/25/2018

Many of today's classes have students for whom English is a second language. Academic fluency can take years longer to achieve than conversational fluency, making it difficult for these English learners to keep up. This article outlines three things educators can do to become linguistically responsive teachers.

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Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Domains

Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Domains

Original Article Publication Date: 01/12/2015

Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning explained! Bloom’s Taxonomy is a hierarchy of learning with 6 levels. Each level focuses on gaining additional depth in learning. Suggestions and examples of how to incorporate the principles are provided.

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What is Cooperative Learning?

What is Cooperative Learning?

An in-depth look at cooperative learning, its value and implementation to help learning be more effective.

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Designing Effective Discussion Questions

Designing Effective Discussion Questions

A good question is both answerable and challenging. It will inspire analysis, synthesis, interpretation, and critical thinking. This Stanford University website provides types of questions that are both effective and ineffective.

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Teaching Methods

Teaching Methods

A simple, easy to understand, breakdown of two major parameters of teaching; high tech vs low tech and teacher-centered vs student-centered. Great insights on how to focus your classes depending on your teaching style and desired outcomes. Several specific methods are described showing where they fit within each parameter.

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Three Ways to Ask Better Questions

Three Ways to Ask Better Questions

Original Article Publication Date: 06/27/2012

Professor Maryellen Weimer highlights 3 ways to get the most out of your questions in the classroom. She highlights the importance of time spent preparing questions, playing with questions in and out of class, and preserving questions that work well.

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Instructional Strategies

Instructional Strategies

The University of Central Florida has a great website with resources for college professors. This specific portion of the site includes a wide range of active teaching/learning methods for all classroom sizes. It includes an overview on several different instructional strategies.

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World Cafe Discussion Method

World Cafe Discussion Method

The World Café Discussion Method is a flexible format for hosting large group discussions. It includes a rundown of the five basic components in the model.

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Lectures - Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation

Lectures - Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation

This resource from Carnegie Mellon University's Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation outlines the what, how and why of using lectures as an effective instructional method.

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Case Studies - Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation

Case Studies - Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation

This resource from Carnegie Mellon University's Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation outlines the what, how and why of using case studies as an effective instructional method.

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Asking Effective Questions

Asking Effective Questions

Original Article Publication Date: 10/15/2018

Asking questions may seem like a simple task, but it can also be one of the most powerful tools you possess as a teacher. This article from the Chicago Center for Teaching provides helpful tips about how to utilize the questions you ask in your classrooms. In order to be more effective with the questions you use, 4 main steps are suggested.

  1. Perform a question-asking audit
  2. Build a question-asking tool kit
  3. Cultivate your question-asking style
  4. Further refine your technique

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What the Student Does: teaching for enhanced learning

What the Student Does: teaching for enhanced learning

Original Article Publication Date: 11/01/1999

The college classes of today are larger and more diverse than ever before, which can make maintaining academic standards difficult. This problem becomes more tractable if learning outcomes are seen as more of a function of students’ activities than of their fixed characteristics. This article explores this topic and also suggests two methods of organizing the teaching/learning context so that all students are more likely to use higher order learning processes: problem-based learning and the learning portfolio.

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Inside the Harvard Business School Case Method

Inside the Harvard Business School Case Method

Original Article Publication Date: 04/10/2009

This video is a discussion with Harvard Business School faculty and students about using the case method for learning business principles.

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Running Class Discussions on Divisive Topics Is Tricky

Running Class Discussions on Divisive Topics Is Tricky

Original Article Publication Date: 07/19/2018

The problem that often arises in difficult discussions, when they feel threatened, is that humans go into fight-or-flight mode — in which their ability to think critically is compromised. The challenge for professors, then, is to help students get unstuck from this instinctive response. That’s what Reflective Structured Dialogue, a system developed by marriage and family therapists, is meant to do. The article discusses Reflective Structured Dialogue as a method for dealing with conflict in the classroom.

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