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Sample Teaching & Learning Resources

Here are some sample teaching & learning resources I’ve created over the years.  There are a bunch more training courses, videos, and other resources, but most of them are not publicly accessible: Videos Canvas Essentials Part 1, Part 2, Part

Posted in Student Success, teaching

Strategies to Help Struggling Students Turn It Around

Here are some techniques you can try mid-semester to help struggling students turn it around: Boost engagement and faculty-student interaction with some of these easy-to-use ideas to improve your students’ participation, attitude, and learning from EngageEngineering.  There are ideas that

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Anticipating and Addressing Student Resistance in Your Courses

There have long been calls for using evidence-based teaching techniques and technologies in the classroom to improve student success.  For example the 2012 “Engage to Excel” report by the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) notes that “Classroom approaches

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Posted in education, Evidence-Based Pedagogy, Online Teaching & Learning, teaching

Resources for Supporting Students in Psychological Distress

Here are a few resources related to supporting students (and others) in psychological distress: 1. Trauma-Informed Practices for Postsecondary Education: A Guide (pdf) Mentioned in this related article: “What Trauma Looks Like in College-Aged Students and Adult Learners“ 2. Mental

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Recent STEM & Higher Education Books, Articles, Reports

Here are some recent books and reports I’ve run across, as well as some articles I and others have written that you may find useful. We created a knowledgebase of over 50 articles related to college teaching here, on topics

Posted in education, research, teaching

Teaching and Technology Related Handouts & Posts from the Last Year

Here are some various educational handouts and blog posts elsewhere I’ve created over the past year, in case you find any of them useful: Handouts / Google Docs: Resources for Teaching Elementary School Kids Coding and Robotics – as part

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Posted in children, edtech, education, embodiment, games, learning sciences, opensource, simulations, software, teaching, technology

In Defense of Hand Washing: Lessons from Healthcare for College Teaching

(the title’s a play on the recent huge spate of articles “in defense of lecturing”) Healthcare in the 19th Century Imagine going to a hospital where few if any of the doctors have any professional training (they are essentially amateurs).

Posted in education, learning sciences, teaching

Horace’s Compromise and the Faculty-Student Non-Aggression Pact

Concerning the 1984 book Horace’s Compromise by Ted Sizer: “In it, he examined the fundamental compromise at the heart of allegedly successful American high schools. He suggested that the students agree to generally behave in exchange for the schools agreeing

Posted in education, teaching, theory

Fixing Calculus Courses

After doing midterm semester surveys and observations in several calculus courses, I compiled a list of suggested resources and strategies for improving student performance in calculus.  I also posted this to the POD list along with a little more background on

Posted in education, research, software, teaching, technology

200+ Educational Google+ Communities

In January I compiled a list of education related Google+ communities in this Google document.  I then added another 30 communities in May, bringing the list to over 80 Google+ communities now, which is copied below and ordered by their

Posted in community, edtech, education, embodiment, learning sciences, teaching, technology