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Research: Opening Doors to a Deeper Understanding of Students’ Needs

What sparks your desire for discovery? Sometimes a (seemingly) chance conversation, observation, or glance at a headline opens the door to a new project or path in life. For people with an interest in teaching and learning, this enthusiasm often prompts a desire to share one’s new findings with others. In this video, Janet Zadina, co-author of College Reading: The Science and Strategies of Expert Readers, describes what drew her to research in the field of educational neuroscience. She also discusses her current research on the impact of stress and trauma on learning and shares her passion for helping Read More…


Helping Students Prepare for Online Courses

In some ways, having someone set a schedule for us makes our lives somewhat easier, doesn’t it? When we’re young, our parents and teachers schedule our time for us, but as we get older, we gradually become more responsible for making our own good decisions for how to manage our time. Online learning can present challenges to some students in that it doesn’t come with the same type of structure an on-ground course would. You aren’t typically expected to be in a physical location for a predetermined period of time to take part in learning online. In Plugged Read More…


Addressing the Challenges of Military Transition: Beginning or Returning to College

Guest Contributor: Andrea J. Burr, DP1 First Class Petty Officer.  What particular needs, attitudes, and expectations do former military personnel bring to the college classroom? How can an instructor address those issues, preferences, and challenges within his or her course?

Given her military experience, as well as her work as an instructor and mentor to ex-military personnel, Andrea Burr is uniquely qualified to answer such questions. Below, she shares her insights into the mindset that they bring to the classroom, and she also offers her strategies for helping these students make the most of class time.
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Collaborative Learning: Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom (Part 2 of 2)

Guest Contributor:  Kristopher M. Carilli, Account Executive, ConnectYard.

Part Two of a Two-Part Series. Read Part One, Collaborative Learning: Leveraging Social Learning Sites, here.

The development and expansion of a new class of sites, Social Learning Sites (SLS), has enabled learners and their instructors to realize the benefits of the social web in academia. SLS provide the ability to expand one’s network by rapidly creating contacts to people, as with traditional social networking sites (SNS). In addition, SLS follow best practices for encouraging improved student learning outcomes and persistence to graduation. Decades of research on undergraduate learning has distilled several key Read More…


Rhetorically Evaluating Sources

We want to hear from you. What do you tell students about evaluating sources for research projects or papers? Share your tips, the advice that you share with your classes, or guidelines that you lay out for students, in the comments section below. Do you find that your students encounter challenges thinking critically about which sources to choose as they research and write because they have so much information available at their fingertips? With the rise of Wikipedia and discussion boards available on just about any topic you can think of, how can you steer learners in the right Read More…


Helping Students Master Challenging Concepts

Guest Contributor: Melisa “Joey” Bryant, Forsyth Technical Community College. In today’s post, Melisa “Joey” Bryant, program coordinator in the Thomas H. Davis iTEC Center at Forsyth Technical Community College, discusses how getting students involved with teaching your class can enable them to tackle challenging concepts and better understand tough material. How do you help your learners conquer difficult topics in your courses? Share your ideas and teaching tips in the comments section below. One of the most frustrating experiences as a student is going into a class and feeling like you are the only one who doesn’t understand what the teacher is saying. Read More…


Collaborative Learning: Leveraging Social Learning Sites (Part 1 of 2)

Guest Contributor: Kristopher M. Carilli, Account Executive, ConnectYard. Part One of a Two-Part Series. For the past two decades a transformation has been occurring in teaching and learning circles. There has been a transition from the traditional lecture centered model of instruction to one that emphasizes student discussions and active engagement with curriculum content. The term “collaborative learning” has been coined to describe strategies that support the latter model, including learning communities, virtual learning communities, and social learning sites (SLS). The rapid advance of information technology and the growing popularity of social networking sites have provided additional opportunities to Read More…


Keeping Your Computer Secure

Whether you’re teaching an online or on-ground course, your computer is an indispensable part of your and your students’ everyday lives. Losing the information you’ve stored there is a significant blow to your ability to perform successfully. Begin considering the loss of privacy, security, intellectual property, money, and other data that takes place via hacking, phishing, and other forms of identity theft — as well as the damage done to computers by malware, hackers, and other forms of cyberattack — and you’ll undoubtedly recognize the importance of keeping your computer as safe and secure as can be. To this Read More…


Technology 2013: Everything Just Changed

Guest Contributor: Professor Corinne Hoisington, Central Virginia Community College.  Which technologies will have an impact on your teaching life in 2013 and beyond? Staying on the cutting edge is crucial in our classrooms and these four trends and products will shape the future of technology and teaching as we know it. All are worthy replacements for your legacy and sometimes forgotten technology, and they’ll give you some new productive, inspirational tools to boot. Favorite New Teaching Tool Need a technology that you can’t teach without? Think back to the last time you assigned homework that was even boring for you to grade; however, Read More…


Teaching Online: Keys to Success

Guest Contributor Ken Baldauf, Florida State University. MOOCs, MOOCs, MOOCs! Everyone’s talking about MOOCs! Are massively open online courses really going to take over higher education? While MOOCs aren’t yet a serious threat to a traditional college degree, they have opened educators’ and administrators’ eyes to the advantages of online education. Class enrollment is no longer limited by classroom space, and university enrollment need not be limited to residential students. As institutions work to define the scope of their student population, many are exploring various forms of online education. Here at Florida State University, we have been offering online courses and online Read More…