As instructors, we are always looking for better ways to involve our students in the content of our courses. Very few of us have had formal courses in pedagogy; we have mainly gleaned our teaching strategies from workshops, conferences and colleagues. When we consider the learning pyramid, based on educational research, “lecture” is the least effective strategy for long-term learning and internalization of concepts. Instead, “teaching others” and “discussion” and “practice” are more effective strategies.
Faculty Focus is a practical, one-page weekly e-newsletter for instructional strategies for college professors. The strategies are submitted by professors across the country, apply across the disciplines and include on-site and online strategies. In a recent flex workshop, strategies from Faculty Focus touched upon the following topics:
Promoting Learning with Better Student Interaction;
Guiding Students to Think Critically Using Case Studies; Using the “Speed Dating” model to Enhance Student Learning; Setting the Stage for Learning During the First Class Session and more. For online classes, recent issues include:
Top 10 Rules for Developing Your First Online Course and Discussion Board Assignments: Alternatives to the Question-and-Answer Format and more.
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