Tag Archive: peer relationships

Sep 14 2017

SIP #5.2 Meeting Students Where They Are

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? At MSU Denver, we are dedicated to promoting equity for our very diverse student body. There are two facets of equity to consider:  access equity and equity in outcomes. MSU Denver fosters access equity in a variety of manners: we have a modified open enrollment policy, we have a …

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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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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 24 2015

SIP 2.6 Equity

Thirsty for Strong Instructional Practice? “Equity” is a word that seems to be tossed around a lot in higher education these days.  But what does it mean?  And how can we promote equity in the classroom or in our student services interactions?  MSU Denver prides itself on being very diverse—doesn’t that mean we already practice …

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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 10 2015

SIP 2.4 First-Year Students

Thirsty for Strong Instructional Practice? As professors, faculty, and administrators, most of us are familiar with the challenge of engaging first year students in academic work and social life on campus.  However, it is important to take note of the special attention that must be given to first-year students during this critical time of transition.  …

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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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Aug 18 2015

SIP 2.1 Ice Breakers

Thirsty for Strong Instructional Practice? Welcome to the first day of the new semester!  Everyone is excited, the room is filled with promise.  You don’t want to kill the mood by spending the entire first day going over the syllabus, but when you enter the classroom and look at 25 new students, you wonder how …

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Mar 12 2015

SIP 1.8: Inclusive Class Discussions

Several college students in a classroom with a professor. All of the students have their hands raised.

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Exchanging information, ideas and opinions in open and provocative discussion lies at the heart of inclusive and collaborative learning. A good discussion can be an unmatched learning experience as students articulate their ideas and develop skills in evaluating the evidence of their own and others’ positions. Given such, it …

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