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Reduce Online Course Anxiety with a Check-in Quiz

Wed, March 15, 2017 at 4:53 pm “Online classes are often intimidating for first-time students,” writes David St Clair. “They wrestle with the gnawing fear that their class has no anchor in the physical world and that there ...read more

Five Tips for Embracing Classroom Diversity

Tue, December 6, 2016 at 10:46 am One sometimes underappreciated mark of a successful academic program is a diverse student and faculty population, which has many benefits in terms of both learning and community ...read more

Tempering the Syllabus: From Contract to Invitation, Map, and Guide

Tue, December 6, 2016 at 10:17 am The word “syllabus” invokes a number of emotions for professors. Some of these emotions are positive and some …not so much. These mixed feelings arise from competing ideas about the purpose of...read more

Enhancing Learning through Zest, Grit, and Sweat

Mon, November 28, 2016 at 11:28 am Early in my career, I focused most of my efforts on teaching content. That is, after all, what most of us are hired to do, right? With experience and greater understanding of how learning works, my...read more

Patterns in Course Design: How instructors ACTUALLY use the LMS

Thu, November 10, 2016 at 3:22 pm In Blackboard’s data science research practice, we’ve been investigating how faculty and students use Blackboard Learn, and looking into the relationship betwee...read more

The Flipped Classroom Unplugged: Three Tech-Free Strategies for Engaging Students

Wed, November 9, 2016 at 11:30 am   Throughout this summer article series, we’ve addressed some of the most frequently asked questions about the flipped classroom in higher education. We’ve shared ideas for student motivat...read more

Transforming Midterm Evaluations into a Metacognitive Pause

Wed, November 9, 2016 at 11:25 am Midterm evaluations often tip toward students’ (unexamined) likes and dislikes. By leveraging the weight of the midterm pause and inviting students to reflect on their development, midterm evalua...read more

What Happens When Students Study Together?

Wed, November 9, 2016 at 11:14 am I'm a strong believer in the benefits of students studying together, even though students don’t always understand or even experience the benefits. Oftentimes the potential gains of group study se...read more

A Dose of Reality for First-Year Students and How We Can Help

Tue, October 4, 2016 at 3:23 pm By the third or fourth week of most courses, students have had a reality check. They have taken the first exam, received feedback on their first paper, or otherwise discovered that the course is no...read more

Five Ways to Teach Students to Be Learning Center, Too

Tue, October 4, 2016 at 3:10 pm Have you ever wondered if your students are as concerned about their learning as you are? If you prioritize student learning, you may be the only person in your classroom with that goal. Learning-c...read more