Weekly Teaching Tips

Learning on Landis
+ Summer Course Design Opportunity

Getting Outdoors Improves Cognition With only a month left in the semester, both students and faculty may be feeling torn: There’s pressure to stay hyper-focused on work and meet deadlines, but the beautiful spring weather beckons and may be fleeting. Fortunately, these impulses aren’t mutually exclusive. Learning may actually be advanced by taking time to […]

Time in Class
+ Summer Course Design Opportunity

Making the Most of the Rest of the Semester We’re always amazed by how quickly the weeks pass after spring break. One moment we’re getting back into the swing of things, and the next, it’s already time for finals, goodbyes, graduations, and summer. Before the semester gets away from us, this is a good moment […]

Ready for Spring Break

Spring Break Refresh Happy spring break! Whether you’re traveling, staying put, catching up on projects, or claiming your well-deserved rest, we hope the time will be restorative. After a break in routine, it can be hard to regain momentum, so we have a few suggestions for helping students regain their focus when classes resume. First, […]

Black History Month:
Featuring Saundra Yancy McGuire

Learning from Saundra Yancy McGuire To celebrate Black History Month this year, we’re featuring an inspiring Black scientist and educator whose work has influenced the way many university faculty teach and the way many college students learn. Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice […]

Are Your Students Talking in Class?

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Many of us use some form of class discussion in our teaching, likely with varying results. Sometimes class discussion is invigorating, with many students participating, making substantive contributions, and building on one another’s ideas. Other times, getting students to participate at all feels like pulling teeth, or we notice that although a […]

Improving Exams

Test What Matters Most & Provide Practice Faculty and students alike often find exams to be stressful—most of us have had minimal preparation in the craft of designing tests—and as Clegg and Cashin admit, “the process is not only difficult; it is also frustrating and often ineffective.” Sometimes we may find that our exams don’t […]

Teaching Through Feedback

A Perfect Time for Formative Feedback In the beginning of a course, students learn fundamental concepts and skills that they will need to build on all semester, so this is an important time for them to get some feedback on how it’s going. They need to know whether they are “getting it” so far, and […]

Harnessing the Power of Questions
+ Upcoming Events

Learning Through Inquiry The everyday work of a scholar involves posing questions that matter in your discipline. Your relentless curiosity is part of the love for your field that got you to where you are today. If you can help your students to see their learning this way, too—as a process of asking good questions […]

Where to Begin?

Getting to Know Our Students Happy New Year and welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful break. As we launch a new semester, we tend to have competing priorities; to build a strong foundation for learning, the most important thing we can do is get to know our new students. Of course we need […]