Author: Heather Mooney

Finding a Balance: Prioritizing Your Time

It can be difficult to find space on your schedule to balance the demands on your time with activities that you enjoy, but as we’ve learned, doing so can be key to avoiding burnout. In Principles and Labs for Fitness and Wellness, 12th Edition, authors Werner W.K. Hoeger and Sharon A. Hoeger share a few tips to keep in mind as you prioritize your time. Employing some of these ideas can help you keep your balance as you wrap up this term and look toward the future — hopefully with some time to enjoy Read More…


Reducing Stress and Avoiding Burnout

It’s nearly impossible for us to avoid stress altogether in our lives, but there are steps you can take to manage it so that you can avoid the dreaded burnout to which stress can make us susceptible. As you likely near the end this term, it seems a good time to share a post we previously published in hopes that it will help you again now. In this post, we shared ten ideas to help you maintain your balance and avoid burning out. By being intentional about taking these self-care steps, you can raise the likelihood of facing all that’s ahead Read More…


Using Assessment Data to Tweak Next Semester’s Instruction

Guest Contributor: Erin Doppke, Senior Instructional Designer, Cengage Learning Custom Solutions. There’s no need to wait to review data collected from student satisfaction surveys or final examsit may be that the keys to making tweaks to your course to improve learning for next term are already in your hands. In this post, Senior Instructional Designer Erin Doppke provides advice on increasing the effectiveness of your course by evaluating it using assessment information. How do you evaluate your course’s overall effectiveness and decide whether or not you’d like to make changes for the next term? Share your ideas and experiences Read More…


Collecting Meaningful Feedback Via Informal Assessment Techniques

You’ve worked hard to create an engaging, active learning environment for your students (maybe you’ve even used some of these ideas), but how do you measure your success in a meaningful way? As an instructor, you may wish to not only assess students’ progress in your course, you may also want to assess the effectiveness of a new teaching method or classroom activity you’re trying prior to the end of term. It can be helpful to get this kind of information from students while the experience is still fresh for them, rather than relying on feedback Read More…


Tips for Students: Setting a Strategy for Success

Do you find that your best students have a strategy for success in mind as they work? What do they do that you think would help their fellow learners succeed? Share in the comments section below.  Likely, your students are enrolled in college as part of a larger path toward the goal of future success. But like all roads not yet traveled, this particular journey would be well served by mapping out a path to the destination. Today, we share tips for your students on how to set a strategy for accomplishing their goals. It’s advice that should be Read More…


Improving Student Learning Outcomes: The Thing Itself

Guest Contributor: Worth Hawes, PhD, Senior Academic Services Consultant, Cengage Learning. In yesterday’s post, I shared some comments about how my own attitude and motivation has changed over the years regarding the ongoing drive for “better student outcomes.” In this article I want to talk more about the mechanics of student outcomes—in particular, what a good learning outcome actually looks like. Indeed, obtaining better student learning outcomes in the end requires the formulation of strong learning outcomes—the thing itself—in the beginning. Inasmuch as any learning outcome is a description of a particular demonstrable skill, capability, competency, Read More…


Improving Learning Outcomes: A Change in Philosophy

Guest Contributor: Worth Hawes, PhD, Senior Academic Services Consultant, Cengage Learning. In today’s post, Worth Hawes shares how his attitudes toward setting learning outcomes have changed since his time as a PhD student teaching philosophy to undergrads. How have your opinions, perceptions, and attitudes shifted with regard to establishing expected outcomes up front? Has your experience been similar, or have you taken a different road to the opinion you have today? Please share with us in the comments section below. I’ll confess that when I was finishing up my PhD in philosophy fifteen years ago—writing the dissertation in between Read More…


Incorporating Standard Learning Outcomes into Your Curriculum

Guest Contributor: Erin Doppke, Senior Instructional Designer, Cengage Learning Custom Solutions We all work with specific goals in mind, and teaching and learning are no different. However, sometimes we’re handed specific objectives that we’re required to work toward. That can present the struggle to balance keeping your work true to what you want it to be, and incorporating those goals organically as you go. Today on the blog, instructional designer Erin Doppke gives an overview of both learning outcomes (LOs) and standard learning outcomes (SLOs), and she shares some of her advice on how you can incorporate Read More…


The Importance of Being a Fire Starter, Not a Fire Hose

What lessons about the importance of student engagement did you learn early in your teaching career? What have you changed about the way you share knowledge with your students as a result? Please share your thoughts and teaching ideas with us in the comments section below. We’ve posted often about how important student engagement is to the learning process. Learning to engage students doesn’t come without some trial and error, however. Knowing all there is to know about a particular subject doesn’t necessarily mean that one will be equipped to confer that knowledge upon a group of Read More…


Try Technology Tools To Enhance Your Teaching Style

Guest Contributor: Cathy Scott, Navarro College. You may find that in developing your professional and leadership skills, it becomes necessary to test out new ways to be the most effective teacher you can be. Technology tools offer new ways to engage students and create an active learning environment. In this article, author and professor Cathy Scott outlines some of those available tools, but she points out that while integrating technology is important to promoting an active and engaging learning environment, you remain the most important part of your students’ learning experience. As you develop your skills, trying new things Read More…