Collaborative learning is a well-established high-impact practice (HIPs). According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities, collaborative learning has two main goals: the first is to have students work together to solve problems or find solutions. And the second is for students to gain access to perspectives, experiences, and information they may have not … Continue reading Group Work and Collaborative Learning
Image from "Five Ways to Boost Metacognition in the Classroom" by J. Spencer (2013) By Jennifer Bland Have you ever been curious about how much your students are studying for exams, what material they are studying, and how they are preparing for exams? Exam Wrappers are one way for you to gather this information from … Continue reading That’s a Wrap! Using Exam Wrappers to Encourage Reflection
Image from Kenter (2019) "Rediscover VoiceThread" By Jennifer Bland Are you looking for a way to engage students in your online and hybrid courses? Look no further than VoiceThread! VoiceThread is an interactive presentation tool that is available as an integrated tool in Blackboard. It will allow you and your students to create presentations with … Continue reading What’s New in VoiceThread?
Image from www.epictop10.com By Jennifer Bland College graduates become community leaders and leaders in their professions. They take on roles where they make independent decisions and create new solutions. They transform coursework and textbook knowledge into lifelong dreams. Active learning strategies can be an important way to give students practice with the professional roles they'll take … Continue reading Active Learning and Career Competencies
The Flipped Classroom By Toni DiMella In my junior year of my undergrad, I convinced my advisor to let me register for Intermediate Italian II. I know some Italian, but not enough for an upper-level 200 course. However, that’s the one that fit my schedule (online classes were a pipe dream then), I was still … Continue reading Come Si Dice “I did study!”?
Image from "Managing Your Distractions" by Silver (2020) By Jennifer Bland Have you noticed your students’ focus wandering during class? Neuroscientist John Medina found that “the brain begins to wander at about 10 minutes, at which point you need a new stimulus to spark interest. That doesn’t mean you can’t focus for longer than 10 minutes; … Continue reading Distracted: Helping Students Stay Engaged