Category teaching

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5 strategies for improving classroom observations

As a faculty member, adjunct or teaching assistant, your teaching is observed by dozens and even hundreds of students in every class you teach. Observations by other teachers does not happen very often. When you are observed by other teachers, those observations are very important. Here are some reasons you would be observed: You’re nominated for a […]

Dr. Christy Carter leds CTSI workshop

Teaching Strategies workshop for UF’s K-College CTSI Program

Creating an effective syllabus, incorporating active learning into teaching, and using informal teaching evaluations were topics of the workshop I led with faculty, post-docs and doctoral students attending the CTSI KL2 session on “Strategies for Improving College Teaching” in the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute at the University of Florida. A theme throughout the workshop was […]

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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 […]