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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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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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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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Strategies for Drama-Free Group Projects

My classroom is a “no drama” zone.  I work hard to establish and maintain a peaceful, professional, and cooperative environment in my classes.  But there’s one element that tests my classroom management style: group projects! Effective collaboration is a foundational … Continue reading

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Crafting a Learner-Centered Syllabus

In self-report surveys, students indicate they consult syllabi fairly regularly (Calhoon & Becker, 2008)1.  Yet professors’ exasperated refrain “It’s on the syllabus!” has become so clichéd, it has been turned into a whole host of memes and paraphernalia. Why do … Continue reading

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How to Pin a Tweet (and why you’d want to)

I’ve been using Twitter with my students for the past three years.  Just about every day, I share resources such as links to articles, Youtube videos, memes, and other media that are relevant to our course content.  I also use … Continue reading

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Universal Design and an Easier Way to Create Closed Captions

With the fall semester quickly approaching, I want to remind my professor friends about the importance of 508 compliance and Universal Design.  It’s vitally important that we design our courses to meet the needs of all students rather than creating … Continue reading

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Don’t Waste the First Day!

The countdown to a new semester has begun.  I’ll give you a moment to sob or stomp your feet… Despite our wish for a never-ending vacation, the reality is classes begin in a few short weeks.  As you work on … Continue reading

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Is Your First Day of Class “Syllabus Day”?

At college campuses across the country, a new semester has begun, allowing us to once again begin anew.  Few professionals have the opportunity to start fresh every couple of months but professors, if they’re so inclined, can modify their classes … Continue reading

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