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Peer Learning: Make a Visit to the “Post Office”

Have you ever struggled to find a solution to a seemingly simple problem… only to discover, weeks later, that your next-door neighbor or the colleague down the hall had the answer all along? Through these experiences, we often discover that the people right around us can be our best resources. However, for fear of embarrassment, students may feel uncomfortable seeking information about their courses or the campus from their peers. The good news: You, as an instructor, can open their eyes to the benefits of overcoming initial shyness and asking a classmate for some help. Download Constance Staley’s enjoyable Read More…


Critical Thinking – Critical Searching

Conducting an Internet search is certainly a quick way to find information — but once that search is done, it’s imperative to evaluate the trustworthiness of the results.
Even if you don’t have an extensive amount of time to devote to instruction on research skills or information literacy, there are some ways you can begin to provide students with the skills they need to distinguish accurate, authoritative material from that of a less trustworthy nature. For one such method, download an exercise from Constance Staley’s 50 Ways to Leave Your Lectern, designed to help Read More…


Creating a “Lecture Map” that Facilitates Active Listening

A lecture may be crafted with consistency and clarity, but sometimes an audience—especially one unfamiliar with your topic—needs some help to follow your train of thought. In Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lectern, Constance Staley offers some suggestions for building a helpful “lecture map” that orients listeners to your message’s key concepts. Download a helpful active-listening activitythat will hlep students build these skills. Reference: Content adapted from Staley, Constance. 2003. Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lectern. Belmont: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning. Do you have additional thoughts, ideas, or suggestions on this topic? Please share your comments below.     Read More…