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If you want to create a first-class learning environment start with the first class. From the very first day–from the moment students walk in the door–you set the tone for the entire semester. You can establish expectations, clarify responsibilities, energize and engage your students, and create a strong framework for success. We provide you with practical, proven tips for starting your classes off right.
A challenging economy has resulted in larger class sizes, increased workloads and more stress for faculty at colleges and universities across the country. Times like these can make it tough for educators to stay enthusiastic, but it’s vital that they do so, for the sake of their students, their institutions, their careers and their own well-being. This seminar will teach you how you can innovate your way past career stagnation and engage your students like never before.
It’s not surprising that many new faculty members struggle when they are first asked to lead their own classes. Bad habits picked up early in a teaching career can become self-defeating in the long term. Drawing upon our presenter's fifteen years of teaching and mentoring experience, we offer compelling and realistic advice on day-to-day teaching and improving student learning to guide new faculty members around predictable pitfalls and set them on the path to a rewarding teaching career.
As if your own research weren’t enough. Sure, your subject matter changes somewhat from year to year—keeping up with that is just part of the job. But learning science evolves, too. That means you need to update not only what you teach, but also how you teach. This seminar prepares you to answer the demands for accountability and evidenced-based approaches to instruction by giving you not only insights into how students learn but also actual teaching strategies that reflect the latest research.
Students can’t overcome bad habits they don’t know they have. We'll show you how to establish a climate of trust in which students can learn to recognize blind spots, gaps and contradictions in the way they think. We also share techniques to enhance classroom discussion and make it a vehicle for active learning and intellectual development.
Many first-year students arrive at college unprepared. It’s not that they aren’t smart or motivated. Instead, they experience a gap between the academic culture in high school and the culture of the university. These students arrive on campus thinking they are ready when no one has told them the rules have changed. This online seminar gives you the tools and techniques to help new students thrive during their first semester and throughout the rest of their college career.
Student populations are expanding, while budgets are shrinking; therefore, effective blended curricula must take into account a need for both scalability and low cost. This seminar goes beyond discussing theory and focuses on demonstrating how blended learning has worked in large classroom settings. After completing the seminar you will have a clear path to implement what you have learned.
From the teacher’s point of view, active learning should be a powerful instructional tool, but what do the students really think about it? Are they actually learning what you intend when you use these teaching strategies in the college classroom? This unique seminar will gives you the student perspective.
You know a “hands-off” policy helps students meet challenges on their own, and use their abilities to the fullest, but you also know if you don’t provide adequate support, you’ll end up with students who are discouraged, directionless and unlikely to succeed. We explain how you can empower students and examine five important areas of the student-teacher relationship and help you find the middle ground.
In this online seminar, you will learn how applying the concept of backward design to general education courses shifts course design from disciplinary content to disciplinary thinking. Students will apply knowledge, not just memorize it, and instructors will know whether students have mastered disciplinary concepts.
One of the nation’s most respected leaders in service-learning programs implemented the University of Maryland’s initial program in 1992. And that was long before service-learning was deemed one of the most effective practices for enhancing student learning by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and others. You hear about her experiences and dramatically shorten your learning curve in this seminar. The 10 essentials are explained through concrete examples of practices that work well, as well as those that do not.
Cheating strikes at the core of your school’s integrity. It creates an unethical environment among your students, and ultimately diminishes the quality and reputation of your institution. In this seminar, conducted by two experts in the field of academic cheating, we cut through the legalese and give you practical advice on combating cheating on campus.
Store-bought or homemade? “Store-bought” assessment tools, more generally known as “published assessment instruments”, have some advantages and disadvantages relative to homemade, or locally developed, tools. But published instruments are also a diverse lot; they need to be examined carefully, and on their individual merits. We'll help you decide whether published instruments should be part of your assessment program, and if so, which ones.
Difficult students present a variety of challenges. Some are disruptive. Some repeatedly fail to complete assignments. While others have unreasonably high expectations for themselves. With all of the different challenges posed by these students, which approach does one take to attempt to work successfully with them? Learn proven methods for overcoming challenging student behavior and successfully engaging students in learning in this seminar.
Do the faculty members at your school know how to respond effectively when confronted by uncooperative or even aggressive students? Find out how to successfully manage the full-range of student behavior problems. We use role play scenarios of problematic classroom behaviors to share strategies for responding effectively.
Concept mapping may be applied in any academic discipline to make better sense of a reading, document learning or thinking, or brainstorm a project. Used expertly, they can substantially increase student understanding of difficult topics. We'll introduce the idea of concept mapping and explain how it can be used to facilitate explanations and raise achievement in the classroom.
More and more schools are turning to curriculum mapping. Curriculum maps can enhance your programming and engage your faculty while standing up to increased oversight of by accrediting agencies, funders, students, and employers. This seminar helps you get started with curriculum maps and help you improve the overall educational program at your school.
Explosive. Anti-social. Passive-aggressive. Students with these and other types of troublesome personalities can quickly undermine a class and spoil the learning experience for everyone involved. We help you will gain an in-depth understanding of the seven disruptive personality styles and learn how to identify "red flag" signals and to better manage passive-aggressive behavioral styles.
Capstone courses are a powerful tool to ensure that students synthesize all the disparate materials they’ve studied so that they can launch into new endeavors and tackle complex problems in graduate school, their careers, and life. But for capstones to work their magic, schools must design them carefully and implement them deliberately. Learn how in this online seminar.
“If you want something done right …”When it comes to assessment of student learning, many in academia choose published instruments. Certainly those tools have much to recommend them. But there are equally strong opinions in favor of locally-developed assessment tools. We look at the strengths and weaknesses of various assessment tools, and how you can use them to best advantage in your programs.