Engagement and Motivation

Augmented Reality as a Learning Tool is Not so Farfetch’d

Chances are, you, your friend, or maybe even your kid has been swept up by the newly-released, augmented reality game, Pokémon Go. If, not, you’ve surely seen hordes of people circled around seemingly arbitrary public places, phone in hand. What could be dismissed as an overly-hyped game, may actually have the potential to change the way we learn. Read More…


How to Build Student Engagement in Study Sessions

Studying is essential for college students to remember facts, understand material, and get the most out of their education, yet there aren’t courses in studying. Fortunately, there are ways you can help if students are exhibiting poor study skills. Within lesson plans, before or after class and in office visits, teachers can encourage student engagement in study sessions. If you’re considering creating a new study session for students in your class, here are some classroom ideas to develop essential study skills and strategies on how to study for a test.

Importance of study sessions

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How to Teach Writing Style in the Developmental Classroom

Written by Lawrence Barkley and Christine Sandoval, authors of Grammar and Usage, Naturally, 1st Edition   Writing style is born from the understanding of grammatical components: words, phrases, clauses. Author and satirist Jonathan Swift defines style as “proper words in proper places.” But how do we translate Swift’s simple observation into a notion our developmental students can understand? In our previous post, “Teaching Grammatical Terminology in the Classroom,” we argued that teaching grammar terminology empowers students and allows them to participate in the conversation on writing. If we as instructors take the initiative to teach grammar and grammar terminology Read More…


College Student Engagement in Study Sessions

Studying is essential for college students to remember facts, understand material and get the most out of their education. Yet there aren’t courses in studying. Teachers can take up the slack if students are exhibiting poor study skills. Within lesson plans, before or after class and in office visits, teachers can encourage student engagement in study sessions. If you’re considering creating a new study session for students in your class, here are some classroom ideas to develop essential study skills and strategies on how to study for a test. Students may be stressing over their preparedness for class and Read More…


Level Up Teaching Strategies with Gamification in the Classroom

I’m a perfect target for marketing driven by gamification, as evidenced by the amount of money I spend at Starbucks; by the point-earning search engine I use on my computer; and by the fitness trackers and tied-in apps I can use to earn points across platforms, competing with friends on various leaderboards on a daily basis. College students, who were likely raised with video games as an everyday part of life, are even more receptive to being engaged in this manner. To tap into this growing, but still experimental, strategy, many teachers are using gamification in the classroom, allowing 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…


Teaching Tips for Engaging Students in the Online Classroom

The online classroom is gaining ground and popularity. The challenge for teachers at any level is figuring out how to foster a class discussion when all eyes are on a screen, at different times, rather than directly in front of you all at once. A successful class discussion can be difficult when you are in the same room as your students, but engaging students in another room, building or state requires another level of effort. What are some teaching tips you can employ?

Common problems in the online classroom

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Tips for Students: How to Study with 5, 3, or 1 Day Until the Exam

Spring has sprung and the semester is nearly over, which means final exams are finally here. While creating a solid study plan over several days is considered the best practice, sometimes life happens, and students need to fit a week’s worth of studying into a few days, or even just one night. With that in mind, here are three study plans students can use no matter how much (or little) time they have.

Steps for every study plan

In her text Essential Study Skills, 8th ed, author Linda Wong outlines the process for creating a study plan that all students Read More…


Assignment Idea: Nurture Collaboration and Campus Appreciation with Digital

Group assignments offer students the chance to experience variety in assignments, break free of comfort zones, maybe make new friends, and ultimately learn how to successfully collaborate with peers who have a common goal. In Michelle Davidson’s Business Professional Writing course at The University of Toledo, the common goal was an assignment:  to create a digital field guide to campus.  Students were tasked to work in groups and use WordPress to create a digital field guide showcasing an element of campus life.  This assignment required students to compose appropriate, descriptive copy and illustrate their ideas with visual images.  Responses Read More…


More than Just Fundamentals: Professionals in Principles

The challenge of every educator is to foster a learning environment that is engaging, meaningful, and relevant. As educators we should be ever mindful of who are students are and how to best connect with them to promote deep learning and retention of the subject matter being taught.

The students we teach today, desire something other than the formality of the traditional classroom and delivery mode. They want a more interactive learning experience not just the old-fashioned lecture model. Read More…