Resources for Improving Student Success in College Math Courses

I posted some resources for improving student success in college math courses over on the POD list, copied below: I highly recommend this free ebook that MAA (mathematical association of america) put out last year: Instructional Practices Guide: Guide to

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The Case for Open Textbooks

Here is an article summarizing some of the research and data on the benefits of open textbooks that I posted over on the circles of innovation site: The Open Textbook Alliance created a nice handout explaining The Case for Open Textbooks.  Open

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Using FlipGrid in Canvas

I posted some information about how to setup and use FlipGrid in Canvas over on the Canvas community site and Circles of Innovation.  And made a video screencast:

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Course Design Rubrics & Checklists

I’m starting to lose track of all the different rubrics and checklists related to course design that I’ve come across, and some new ones have come out very recently, so I’d thought I’d list them here.  If you know of

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Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies in Canvas

I’ve shared a resource in Canvas Commons with some examples of brief, research-based teaching strategies implemented in Canvas, such as: transparent assignments, minute papers, values affirmation, social belonging, goal setting, student testimonials, nudges, discussion protocols, wrappers, and midterm student feedback.   You can

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Canvas Online Teaching Readiness Self-Assessment

I shared a self-assessment for faculty preparing to teach online.  You can try the Online Teaching Readiness Self-Assessment here, or import it from Canvas Commons. It’s based on Penn State’s Faculty Self-Assessment: Preparing for Online Teaching.  I also like the Online

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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

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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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Evidence for Various Research-based Instructional Strategies: Countering Critiques

There are several bloggers continuing to criticize constructivist-inspired teaching methods.  They almost always base their criticisms on a 2006 opinion piece by Kirshner, Sweller (inventor of Cognitive Load Theory), and Clark entitled “Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An

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Recent Education Books – EdTech, Learning, College Success, Math & Engineering Education

Here are some recent books that I’ve skimmed or plan to skim 😉 in case any look interesting to you.  For most of them I’ve found a free summary or review online, as well. Engineering Education Cambridge Handbook of Engineering

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