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Use Informal Early Feedback (IEF) to improve your teaching and your final course evaluations

Student evaluations play a significant role in the assessment of teaching in higher education. Evaluations are collected at the end of the term, and the scores become part of the instructor’s assessment. These evaluations can be a major part in determining if a teaching assistant or adjunct is reemployed. These evaluations become part of the package […]

10 strategies for active learning in college classrooms

“I want to get my students more engaged and less passive in class, but I’m not sure how to do that in a way that is productive.” That’s a teaching issue I hear from faculty and teaching assistants who want to incorporate more active learning in their class sessions but aren’t sure about best practices […]

Live tweeting activity in class provides good learning experience — and leads to #JOU3109 trending on Twitter

For about 30 minutes on Thursday afternoon, my Multimedia Writing class was trending in the United States on Twitter. #JOU3109 was Number 3 in the list of 10 trending topics in the U.S., behind #FunnyPetCards and #SleepWeek and ahead of Mardi Gras and Pokemon – and hundreds of other topics being tweeted at that time. […]

Tips for writing a teaching philosophy

A friend of mine is applying for a college teaching position. She’s been working in a science research lab for about ten years, and this is her first application for a college job. Here’s the question she emailed me: “In working through the application, I have a cover Letter and CV, but they ask for […]

Jaclyn Sherman recording an online class at the University of Florida

Online teaching requires planning — and a great deal of course content creation even before the course starts

I observed as Jaclyn Rhoads presented the last lecture for the semester. She offered advice on how the students could apply what they had learned in the course to the workplace. She thanked the students for their effort in the course. An interesting element in this scenario is that the course doesn’t start for two […]

Al Neuharth’s legacy included support of journalism education

A legend in modern-day journalism died yesterday – Al Neuharth, the founder of USA Today. I’ve read a number of the stories following his death that talk about his life and work in journalism, but those stories haven’t talked about an important part of his legacy – his contributions to journalism education. I’ve been fortunate […]

Instructional design and Pope Francis — incorporating current news adds relevance to class

Pope Francis helped me teach class this week. Every semester, I teach a class introducing the field of and functions of public relations. That introductory lesson then builds into a teaching unit or module on public relations. As you know if you’ve taught a course more than once, teaching a class that you’ve previously prepared […]

Police beat reporter for The Alligator offers tips for covering the police beat

What’s involved in writing a police story? That’s what my students in Multimedia Writing are asking because now they have to write a police story — for a grade. Most students in the class have never written news stories before and most don’t read police stories. So we spend time discussing how reporters obtain information […]

Session lets faculty and students share favorite apps for teaching and learning

Anyone with a smartphone knows that one of the best feature of such a phone is the apps. The challenge is determining which apps are the ones to download and use. Judy Robinson and I coordinated an App Share as a session at the Scholastic Journalism Division’s meeting to let members share apps and let […]

Jeff Klinkenberg shares how he approaches interviewing and writing for his stories

Jeff Klinkenberg distributed a packet of his stories — published in The Tampa Bay Times and many destined to be published in another collection of his much admired feature stories. He then told us about those stories and the behind-the-scenes of getting those stories. He asks the questions that he knows that we, as teachers […]