Tag Archive: course materials

Nov 14 2017

SIP 5.8 Chunking

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Our working memory can only hold about seven items of information at a time (Miller, 1956). Breaking skills into bite-sized chunks and mastering them one at a time until the learner reaches fluency is a more efficient way of learning. Understanding and retaining complex information or lists of dates, facts …

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Apr 06 2017

SIP #3.26 Minimizing Anxiety for Better Learning

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? At this time in the semester but really, at any time in the semester), students are faced with the challenges of attending school, engaging in classes, and completing work while also struggling with anxiety. In a 2013 survey by the National College Health Assessment, roughly half of college students …

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Mar 30 2017

SIP #3.25 Easy NFL Grouping

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Coming up with creative and pedagogically sound methods of grouping students for collaborative learning projects can become tiresome by the end of the semester. And when left up to students, we find groups that are comprised of the same classmates time and again. So, how can we create pedagogically-sound, …

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Mar 09 2017

SIP #3.23 Project Based Learning

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Opportunities for students to engage in the community and be more self-directed in their learning are important elements of well-rounded curriculum. Yet providing students with a structured opportunity for such can be challenging. Take a SIP of This: Project Based Learning What is Project-Based Learning? Project-Based Learning is a …

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Mar 02 2017

SIP #3.22 Using Games to Reinforce Content

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? You have prepared the “perfect” presentation for your class; your PowerPoint includes stunning pictures, provocative video clips, music and challenging concepts. After ten minutes, your students start to move on their seats; to hide behind the student in front so they can slip unnoticed into the realm of texting; …

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Feb 23 2017

SIP #3.21 Previewing and Summarizing a Lesson

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? It is all too easy to take a look at your syllabus, see what you “have to cover,” couch that in your vast knowledge from many years of graduate school, and have a little panic attack about how much you have to do in so little time. When this …

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Feb 16 2017

SIP #3.20 Grading Contracts

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? As much as we try to make our instruction student-centered, or to use Maryellen Weimer’s term, learner-centered, we tend to create our assignments and grading schemes free of student input. While this is a common practice, it can leave students feeling disempowered. Grading itself is already fraught with power …

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Feb 09 2017

SIP #3.19 Guided Notes

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Lecture is one of the most widely used methods of instruction in the higher education setting.  When lecture is the main mode of instruction, we often wonder just how much students are comprehending and retaining.  As mentioned in last week’s SIP #3.18 How to Teach Note-Taking Skills, it can …

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Nov 30 2016

SIP #3.14 Ensuring Online Accessibility: Three Best Practices

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? As creators of instructional content and designers of meaningful online learning experiences, establishing a consistent process for ensuring accessibility isn’t easy. At some point, we all encounter moments when we sacrifice universal accessibility for the sake of just getting things done. Beyond saving time, as humans, we’re also just …

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Sep 01 2016

SIP #3.2  Class Notetaker Redux

Female student taking notes

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? A while back, the SIPsquad took a stab at offering some thoughts on strong notetaking practices for your class. You can guzzle up this SIP (and all others) at The Well, and, for your convenience, you can read it below:  This SIP was very well received—but the SIPsquad has …

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