Tag Archive: collaboration

Nov 03 2016

SIP #3.11 Student-Centered vs. Learner-Centered Teaching

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? For years now, faculty development circles have been tossing around the phrases “student-centered” and “learner-centered.”  We are all pretty clear on the fact that the “sage on the stage” has given way to the “guide on the side,” but how do we “faculty guides” center our practice appropriately?  Aren’t …

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Oct 27 2016

SIP #3.10: Cooperative Learning Strategies/ Using Jigsaw

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Lecturing is typically the most efficient but not always the most effective means of ensuring student learning.  While listening to a lecture students are passive learners and student engagement with the material is typically low.  In addition, researchers have found more attention lapses by students in a lecture setting …

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Oct 17 2016

SIP #3.9 Making Group Work, Work: Ensuring Accountability

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Why do we assign group work? How does it benefit students? How does it benefit professors? If not planned for appropriately, group work can create a lot more work than necessary for both  students and professor. For students, the disadvantages of group work could mean having to coordinate schedules; …

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Feb 05 2016

SIP #2.17 Gallery Walks for Structured Small Group Discussions

Thirsty for Strong Instructional Practice? Have you ever planned a class discussion only to find just a few students participating? Small, structured group discussions often work much better than whole class discussions. But, how can you provide this structure in a way that gets every student actively involved? Take a SIP of this: Gallery Walks …

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Oct 29 2015

SIP 2.10 Student-to-Student Peer Evaluation

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice Do you ever feel like you spend all your time grading or have grading piling up no matter how hard you try? What if assessing what students know and do not know in a class is not just up to the instructor? What if students could be involved in …

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Sep 16 2015

SIP 2.5 Classroom Discussions

Female student speaking in class with another student watching

Thirsty for Strong Instructional Practice? Discussions can be an excellent strategy for enhancing student motivation, fostering intellectual agility, and encouraging democratic habits. They create opportunities for students to practice and sharpen a number of skills, including the ability to articulate and defend positions, consider different points of view, and enlist and evaluate evidence.  While discussions …

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Sep 04 2015

SIP 2.3 Class Discussions

Four students having a discussion in a classroom

Thirsty for Strong Instructional Practice? Class discussions in which every student participates are a dream for faculty—and sometimes merely a fantasy. We may assume that students who are quiet during discussions are unprepared or disengaged, but another very likely explanation is that they are simply introverted. Many studies put the percentage of introverts in the …

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Apr 30 2015

SIP 1.14: Project-Based Learning

Four college students working on a project together

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Regardless of discipline, some content lends itself to opportunities for students to engage in the community and be more self-directed in their learning. Project-based learning can provide a structure to increase student inquiry and motivation. Take a SIP of this: Project-Based Learning What is PBL? Project Based Learning is …

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Mar 05 2015

SIP 1.7: Instructional Grouping

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? We want students to engage with course material. Unless we create opportunities for students to interact with content in the course materials, they might only encounter it once. Take a SIP of this: Instructional Grouping Benefits and purposes of grouping Encourages student communication and development of academic, discipline-specific language …

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Jan 22 2015

SIP 1.1: The Class Notetaker

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? We want students to take notes during class, but they often don’t know how to take effective notes. Take a SIP of this: The Class Notetaker One way to demonstrate the value of taking quality notes and to help students improve their note-taking skills is to build note-taking into …

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