Category: Teaching Tips

About Metacognition

Thinking about One’s Thinking |  Putting Metacognition into Practice   by Nancy Chick Thinking about One’s Thinking Metacognition is, put simply, thinking about one’s thinking.  More precisely, it refers to the processes used to plan, monitor, and assess one’s understanding and performance. Metacognition includes a critical awareness of a) one’s thinking and learning, and b) oneself…

About Bloom’s Taxonomy

Background Information In 1956, Benjamin Bloom with collaborators Max Englehart, Edward Furst, Walter Hill, and David Krathwohl published a framework for categorizing educational goals: Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. Familiarly known as Bloom’s Taxonomy, this framework has been applied by generations of K-12 teachers and college instructors in their teaching. The framework elaborated by Bloom and…

About Learning Styles

  What Are Learning Styles? The term learning styles is widely used to describe how learners gather, sift through, interpret, organize, come to conclusions about, and “store” information for further use.  As spelled out in VARK (one of the most popular learning styles inventories), these styles are often categorized by sensory approaches:  visual, aural, verbal…

Encouraging Students to Read

“From the moment I picked up your book until I put it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it.” –Groucho Marx Most of us have seen this downward spiral:  We assign reading. Students—inexperienced at academic reading—find it challenging and don’t complete it. During the next session, we encounter blank faces, so we…

Assignment Design Checklist

Careful planning and implementation of assignments will help your students produce th evidence you expect to prove they met your learning objective. Consider using this checklist as a tool to trouble-shoot your assignment design and identify possible areas to refine. Other considerations may be required for your specific assignment, but this will give you a…

“Being There” – Instructor Presence in Online Classes

One of the encouraging messages that emerges from research on online learning is that instructors matter.  In particular, students’ perceptions of your social presence in a course strongly correlates to perceptions of learning and instructor satisfaction (Richardson & Swan, 2003, Swan & Shih, 2005).  Social presence is the extent to which members of an online…

Tools: Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking tools help you organize and share links to articles, videos, images, websites, social media – any online content you wish to collect. You can also share your collections with colleagues and students. This is a great way to provide students with links to resources for research and exploration. Why Use a Special Tool…

Keeping Student Stress from Devolving into Distress through Course Design

Contents: Defining Stress, Distress, and their Origins How Distress Manifests in the College Setting Why Make an Effort to Reduce Distress Among Students? Reducing Distress in the Classroom Further Resources References Defining Stress, Distress, and their Origins Stress is an omnipresent feature of most Americans lives (American Psychological Association 2010). The American Psychological Association defines…