Teaching & Learning

Teaching: What We Have Learned?

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills and Other Tips for E-Faculty from BEEP (Best Educational E-Practices

Michael Wesch and the Future of Education Michael Wesch's 66 minute video of how he tries to make students knowledge-able (able to create and critique knowledge) rather than knowledgeable (mind dump education).

Encouraging Interaction in Online Classes Teachers need the expertise to develop a class structure that stimulates social interaction and affirms rigorous academic standards while fostering independent learning skills from an article by Brent Muirhead in Instructional Technology and Distance Learning.

Online Learning Teams: Indispensable Interaction Interaction among students in online learning teams is an indispensable component for learning. Successful online instructors must learn and apply a crafted management of learning teams in line with related research and best practices.

A Balancing Act: Improving Student Discussion Students improved comfort level with online discussion is influenced by several factors. These factors include participants personalities, instructor’s encouragement, group activities, participant’s responses and the one most cited- opportunity to practice discussion.

Learning Environments for the 21st Century John Seeley Brown's graphical presentation looks at the tools and the knowledge needed to teach in the digital age.

Brain-Based Learning: Possible Implications for Online Instruction from the International Journal of Instructional Technology.

Learning at a Deeper Level

Learning with Your Brain , Should what (and how) we teach be associated with what we know about the brain and nervous system? - a presentation given by Jonathan Karp Ph.D, Department of Biology, Rider University, at the faculty Center on October17, 2005.

Connectivism is the learning theory for a digital age. Including technology and connection making as learning activities begins to move learning theories into a digital age. We can no longer personally experience and acquire learning that we need to act. We derive our competence from forming connections.

Connectivism Online George Seimens' PowerPoint is a great explanation this learning theory

Assessing Student Needs in Web-Based Distance Learning

Do They Really Think Differently?

Peer to Peer Great article on peer to peer instruction creating engaged, thoughtful students from Inside Higher Ed, March 15.

Breaking the Barriers of Time and Space: More Effective Teaching Using E-Pedagogy - a study of a successful online writing course across the curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania.

Creating Concept Maps: Integrating Constructivism Principles into Online Classes" from the International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning

Encouraging Creativity in Online Courses

Five Roles I Play in Online Courses from Innovate Magazine October/November 2005.

One Course, Two Ways an article from eLearn magazine that compares teaching the same course face-to-face and online.

Beyond constructivism - Exploring future learning paradigms In light of changes in education, this research explores future learning paradigms.

How Experts Differ from Novices Understanding this concept will help you design more effective lessons.

Engaging Students A list of techniques from Kentucky Department of Education on Classroom Management Techniques.

Teaching Tips to foster engagement from the Teaching Resource Center at the University of Virginia.

Engaging Students during Presentations from the Teaching Resource Center at the University of Virginia.

Online Tips in Brain-Based Learning

Toward Learning by Engagement by Paul Elsner for the Community College Journal, Apr-May 2002.

Getting Results This is a great demonstration of how you can lead students to observe, apply and learn theory.

Beverly King has written an article on active learning techniques:Think small! A beginner's guide to using technology to promote learning: incremental steps toward integrating technology in teaching can pay big dividends." 

Hybrid Courses: Blending Online and Face-to-Face Instruction from Best Educational E-Practices, a publicationof Project Eagle, St. Petersburg College.

Online Policies Good ideas for managing communications and correspondence within CE6 course management system and/or email.  These structures outlined in this article can help to make your e-communications more manageable - whether you are teaching an online, hybrid, or face2face course.

Think Small! A Beginner's Guide to Using Technology to Promote Learning Incremental steps toward integrating technology in teaching can pay big dividends.

Social Software in Academia
Still new on campus, social software tools can support students and staff beyond the classroom, reaching around the world for learning and communication.

Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0

Adapting Your Teaching to Accommodate the Net Generation of Learners  
Educators are faced with the challenge of adapting their teaching styles to accommodate a new generation of learners. The Net Generation or Millennials, who are now entering colleges and universities, have learning expectations, styles, and needs different from past students.