Author Archives: pastprof

About pastprof

Recovering academic. Starting a new adventure as a college instructional technologist. Ph.D. in Communication & Information. Reside in the lovely Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

Student Voice and Choice Matter

One way instructors can build a positive environment and encourage students to take more responsibility for their learning is to give them greater control, such as seeking more input from them or allowing them to choose how they will be … Continue reading

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The Minutes Before Class Begins

Many of us arrive to our classrooms without time to spare.  We then concentrate on taking attendance, turning on the computer and projector, or reviewing our lecture notes. Meanwhile, our students sit silently, gazing at their phones.  We may not … Continue reading

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Strategies for Deeper Learning and Long-term Retention

Much of our understanding about how we learn is flawed.  The typical advice given to students is single-minded, focused repetition, reflecting the belief that if we expose ourselves to something long enough, we can burn it into memory.  This is … Continue reading

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Allow Yourself to be a Beginner

For those who are hesitant to experiment because you fear failure, chaos, poor teaching evaluations, or just looking like a fool, grant yourself permission to be a beginner. Continue reading

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The Essential Role of Memory Retrieval in Student Learning

Exams are considered by many to be the gold standard of measuring student learning. However, most instructors do not design exams that actually result in student learning. Better understanding the retrieval effect will help us create more effective assessments. Continue reading

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The Struggle of the Luddite Professor

Many instructors claim they are “not good with technology.” Typically, a lack of confidence is to blame, not a lack of competence. But the fear of incorporating new technology can be overcome! Read on for your Monday Mantra about embracing the uncertain. Continue reading

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Why You Should Flip Your Classroom

Empirical and anecdotal evidence demonstrates that the flipped classroom model can improve learning, attendance, engagement, and overall enjoyment. So what are you waiting for? Give it a try! Continue reading

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You Are More Than Your Course Evaluations

Student course evaluations are problematic for a multitude of reasons. Rather than waiting until the end of the semester to gather student feedback, implement these informal assessment methods throughout the semester. Continue reading

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Want to Improve Your Lectures? Take Notes!

Frequent self-assessment is vital to improve the quality of one’s lectures. These note-taking tips will help make this process more efficient! Continue reading

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Feeling Overwhelmed? Try the Pomodoro Method

Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of grading you have to do? The Pomodoro Method could help! Continue reading

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