Author: Claire Moore

Coursework-life Balance Skills for Adult Learners

According to the Lumina Foundation, of all undergraduate college students, 38 percent are older than age 25, 58 percent work, and 26 percent are also raising children. Because of financial pressures and competing obligations, adult learners are much less likely to complete their education. While older and more mature than the “traditional” college student just out of high school, these students must deal with pressures that can be daunting to even the most motivated student. In order to promote student success and student engagement, colleges must understand their needs and make serving those needs a fundamental part of their Read More…


Top Resources for College Student Research

It seems that no matter how many student research papers you assign, each new assignment brings your students the challenge of finding the right sources in a timely manner. Facing an impending deadline can lead some students to try shortcuts that result in lackluster papers that don’t meet academic standards. Instructors can help students take control of the research and writing process by providing guidance along with the project instructions.

Student research guide

In their book, Cengage Guide to Research, 3rd Edition, Susan K. Miller-Cochran and Rochelle L. Rodrigo lead students through the process of completing a research paper. Recognizing that Read More…


Tips for Recording Video for the College Classroom

Video enhances learning in situations where a demonstration of a process or the modeling of behavior is required. It can also be invaluable to a busy instructor by standing in for you when you’re not available or as a presentation of information that you find yourself repeating often. While video offers a rich presentation experience for learners, it is a medium that requires a multitude of skills in its creation. Cell phone technology has made it easy to record and upload video but without the proper groundwork the final product won’t be successful. Here are a few tips Read More…


How Students Can Get the Most from Their Summer Work Experience

For many college students, summer break is for more than working on their tan. It’s a time to get valuable work experience and earn a few dollars toward tuition. With some guidance and planning, students can make sure that they get the most benefit possible from their summer job. The good news is that their employment doesn’t have to be directly related to their major for the experience to add value to their education.

Start with a plan

For those who have found a focus for their future, a summer job that is related to their major is the Read More…


Apps and Tools: How to Get Organized In the Classroom and Out

Computer-based educational technology has spread the classroom experience out of the campus and into the pockets of students and instructors alike. Today, all it takes is a smart phone or tablet to create, share, and communicate ideas, projects, and learning with others. The ability to create a media-rich, interactive, and customized learning experience helps to keep students motivated and engaged. Tools and apps also help both students and instructors to schedule their time and manage their work flow. Here are just a few of the tools and apps that you may find useful.

Apps

Here are just a few of the Read More…


How to Help Business Students Develop Soft Skills

According to Fortune.com, 80 percent of hiring managers surveyed stated that they couldn’t find enough job candidates with strong soft skills such as punctuality, speaking, writing, listening, and collaborating. Moreover, the managers predicted that these soft skills will become increasingly important as the business world becomes more globalized. Recruiters can deal with graduates who have a sparse resume if the candidate can show strong soft skills. How can professors ensure that their students develop these skills?

Aligning experience with skills

Students are inclined to bemoan their lack of job experience as they approach graduation. As instructors, we can help them Read More…


Professional Development in the Comfort of Your Home

As invigorating as it is to travel to a seminar or convention, it’s also nice to stay at home and study. When it comes to your professional development plan there are several digital learning resources literally at your fingertips. These include webinars, online courses, and virtual events. Depending on the format you can participate according to your own schedule, learn at your own pace, and repeat as often as you like.

Effective professional development

According to a Center for Public Education (CPE) report, most teachers participate in workshop-style training sessions during a school year. However, participants in the study Read More…


Alternative Methods of Skills Assessment: Beyond the Exam

Just as a physician takes a pulse to assess a patient’s health, instructors use educational assessment techniques to monitor the effectiveness of teaching and achievement of learning outcomes in the classroom. Assessment provides valuable feedback that is used to adjust the presentation of instruction or to place students in programs. Traditional assessment tools often utilize a test instrument such as true-false or multiple choice. These instruments are designed to solicit either recall or identification skills of students. Other assessment techniques, such as authentic assessment, measure real-world situational knowledge. What methods can be used to take assessment beyond the Read More…


Tools, Tips and Ideas for Presenting to Your Peers

Delivering a presentation to fellow instructors can feel more stressful than presenting to students. After all, who is in a better position to critique us than our fellow instructors? Be that as it may, there are a few truisms when it comes to presenting to our peers. Everyone wants to experience something engaging, interesting and worthwhile. If they can be entertained at the same time, so much the better. Here are few ideas to employ in your next presentation. Know your audience: Keep in mind that adjuncts teach almost 60 percent of the students enrolled in community colleges across the U.S. Read More…


Meet the Challenge of Engaging the Reluctant College Student

Every major has required classes that help form the core foundation of learning in a discipline. However, that doesn’t always mean that students are enthusiastic about the subject. Take, for example, an accounting class that is required of all business majors. It’s likely that many of the students are only taking the class because it is required. They hate numbers and are intimidated by math. What can you do to engage these students and persuade them to see the benefits of understanding accounting concepts? In his book “Engaging Teaching Tools: Measuring and Improving Student Engagement,” David Sladkey described techniques that Read More…