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Faculty Focus Nov 20
Converting assignments to multimodal ones doesn't have to be difficult. The move to multimodal can help prepare students for a world🌎 of communication that is increasingly multimodal and help them develop valuable insights on how to write in that world.
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Faculty Focus Nov 18
Why did the chicken🐔 cross the road? To get to the other side. Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the other slide. The lesson offered here is that with a little scaffolding, new knowledge and new abilities are more easily developed.
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Faculty Focus Nov 15
What happens when you let students design the course syllabus? Will chaos ensue? Will structure occur? Find out what happens when this chemistry instructor decides to step off into a world where students have the power.
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Faculty Focus Nov 14
If you've enjoyed our Faculty Focus articles and haven't yet signed up for our free weekly newsletters, you can sign up now! We'd love to welcome you👋 to the Faculty Focus community.
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Faculty Focus Nov 13
It is expected that approximately 500,000 students with autism spectrum disorder will be seeking post-secondary options in the U.S. by 2020. Are we well-equipped to understand and support the strengths of this growing population? Here are a few strategies:
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Faculty Focus Nov 11
The important role professors play in helping students appreciate cultural diversity cannot be overvalued. In turn, this instructor created a graphic organizer that simplifies the process of integrating multicultural content into his classes.
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Faculty Focus Nov 8
Virtual reality (VR) may seem out of reach for the classroom, but there are dozens of free educational apps with VR that can be viewed through a mobile phone or even Google Cardboard viewers. This 20 Minute-Mentor explores how you can use VR in your class!
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Faculty Focus Nov 8
If you implement a game activity into your class, will students engage? This instructor shows how you can use already existing activities and gamify them by simply adding a problem-solving aspect or surprise.
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Faculty Focus Nov 7
This month on the Focus is You, we're featuring Kathleen Koenig who used to be terrified of public speaking as a student. Now, she's an associate professor who teaches lecture classes with 135+ students.
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Faculty Focus Nov 6
There's no "one size fits all" approach to teaching students. But, to offer the best classroom experience, instructors should build collegiality, delve deeper into content knowledge, and hone their teaching practices. As such, here are a few simple tips:
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Faculty Focus Nov 4
For students with disabilities, there are a number of easy-to-implement strategies that can improve your teaching efficiency and effectiveness with all students in your classroom (not only the ones with disabilities).
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Faculty Focus Nov 1
After playing two video games🎮 this instructor realized he was using spaced practice: a way of learning where you can re-visit concepts before you shift them out to short-term memory. Now, he uses spaced-recall to help information stick with his students.
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Faculty Focus Oct 30
🎃We went digging and explored a few haunted traditions at different universities. Learn more about the Rush Rhees tower that's only open two times a year, and Dr. Tom Carter's tradition of taking his students to explore a cemetery. Don't be too scared! 👻
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Faculty Focus Oct 29
We just wanted to peek in and remind you that if you have an article you want to submit to Faculty Focus, we'd love to hear from you! If you're interested in sharing your story about effective teaching techniques, just submit your article to tierney.king@magnapubs.com
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Faculty Focus Oct 28
You ask a question and the hum of silence rings over your classroom. Sound familiar? Find out how waiting 3 seconds can improve student learning, and how wait time proves a necessary opportunity for student brains to organize complex tasks.
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Faculty Focus Oct 25
Quick! 🏃‍♀️ Today is the last day for our lowest price on The Teaching Professor Conference! Imagine yourself in the company of a thousand like-minded educators who are passionate about transforming lives through teaching.
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Faculty Focus Oct 25
When a course is new or needs a little design love💚, knowing where to start can be difficult. This instructional designer recommends starting with what you hope your students will carry with them several years down the road.
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Faculty Focus Oct 24
Oh, the weather outside isn't quite frightful ❄️, but when it is you'll have wished you signed up for our winter enrichment courses. From online classes to student note-taking, our winter courses are the perfect opportunity for professional growth.
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Faculty Focus Oct 23
With three "carrots"🥕 to nibble on, these students became more committed to attending class. With carrots of preparedness, high expectations, and accountability, absenteeism became very minimal for this instructor.
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Faculty Focus Oct 21
Understandably, many instructors fear becoming vulnerable will lessen their credibility. Ironically, when we attempt to “protect” ourselves by protecting our vulnerabilities, we can actually bring about what we fear: failing to teach our students well.
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