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Denise Brodey

Denise Brodey is a proud Barnard College graduate and a passionate mental health and learning disabilities advocate. She writes often about health, education and business.

Help Non-Traditional Students Succeed with Universal Design for Learning

This professor's approach combines her knowledge of special education and business in a way that meets a broad range of student needs.

Make Physics Real with Writing Prompts—Not Just Practice Problems

To make thermodynamics relatable, this professor brings them to life with pop culture examples, guest lectures, and one-pagers.

The Power of Role-Playing: Engaging Students in Soft Skill Development

To bolster emotional intelligence in a tech-minded generation, Virginie Kidwell, PhD, provides software-based practice problems in a workplace setting.

Make Big Data Relatable by Analyzing U.S. Unemployment

Employed or unemployed? It is not that simple. David Powell, MS, uses data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to demystify statistical analysis.

Rituals to Start and End Class—and Unlock Learning

Theatre professor Katie Dawson, MFA, has found ways that students can use sticky notes, simple props, and their own thumbs to connect more deeply with course content.

Inspire Philosophy Students to Question Their Own Morals

To inspire students to question their own moral philosophy, Dr. Gene Fendt applies ideas from Aristotle to Camus, with challenges to logic along the way.

3 HR Skills Students Need to Impress Future Employers

Carlotta Walker, DBA, uses news stories and simulation games to help HR students develop the sensitivity and integrity needed in today’s diverse workplace.

Using Modules to Help CPA Students Hit the Ground Running

Dr. Amy Dunbar adapted her tax accounting course to an online format, using modules and plenty of tech tools. Here is how she did it.

Prescribe “Disruptive Thinking” to Spark Innovations in Healthcare

Professor Rachel Rogers’s healthcare management students get ideas for addressing issues in the medical field by analyzing data—and other industries.

How to Teach Math Using the Stock Market (and Vice Versa)

In Robin Rufatto’s class project, students must work together as Wall Street analysts.

Q&A: Nursing-Simulation Expert Shares an Approach to Minimize Medical Errors

Colette Foisy-Doll, RN, a pioneer of simulation-based learning, pairs it with interprofessional education and an annual event: HELP! Save Stan.

Demystify Algebra with a Simple Question: Want Fries with That?

Victor Piercey, PhD, uses his experience as an Arby’s shift manager to help his students analyze data and solve real problems. 

How and Why to Build a Biology Program Around Outdoor Labs

When Dr. Brad Balukjian noticed that introductory biology students lacked experience in nature, he introduced the idea of local fieldwork.

Q&A: Insights from a Flipped-Classroom Innovator

An early adopter of flipped teaching, professor and researcher Dr. Chaya Gopalan shares how she made the switch, and why you should try it, too.

Empower Students to Change Public Opinion with a Consumer Fair Project

Nutrition science can be difficult for consumers to digest, but Christina Liew-Newville, MS, RDN, LD, FAND, found a way to help her dietetics class make it engaging.

Catalyze Self-Motivation Through Student-Teacher Connections

To inspire intrinsic motivation in education majors, Ellen Stohl, MS, uses her psychology background to create relationships that allow it to bloom.

SNAP: Raise Awareness and Reduce Stigma with a Grocery Simulation

When Georgette Howell, RD, uncovered her students’ disconnect with food-assistance programs, she integrated eye-opening exercises into her instruction.  

Help Students Find Their Identity Through Personal Narratives

Dr. Stephanie Speicher believes in the power of personal storytelling to give context to complex cultural factors, such as gender and social justice.

Turn Tolerance into Understanding with a Social Justice Mixtape

Professor Stephanie Malmberg’s students examine their own identity through many lenses, then create a musical self-portrait to share with the class.

Demolish the “Ivory Tower of Academia”: Show Students Your Human Side

To help her students succeed, Dr. Samiksha Raut shares her life story, struggles, lunches, and personal interests—with impressive results.

How to Use Course Hero Video Study Guides in (and out of) the Classroom

What do a psychology instructor and an economics professor have in common? Both are educators who sideline as video stars—and are excited about the result.

7 Steps to a Graphic Syllabus That Clarifies the “Big Picture” of Your Course 

Macroeconomics instructor Dr. Ali Zeytoon-Nejad shares the inspiration and research behind his graphic syllabus—and shows how any educator can create one.

The Patient with Lithium Toxicity: A Role-Play Exercise for Nurses

To strengthen students’ understanding of mental health issues, Karla Hopkins, MSN, created an exam-room simulation that brings them to life.

Help Criminal Justice Students Explore a Key Question: Can People Change?

By taking on behavior change themselves, students in Ingrid McGuffog’s community corrections class gain empathy for those struggling to change their lives.

5 Collaborative Learning Strategies from a Teamwork Researcher

To build the soft skills that businesses seek, Professor Kevin Engellant uses a series of exercises that foster communication and cooperation.

4 Ways to Create Fun in the Classroom with Active Learning

To foster active learning, Dr. Tom Philippe uses paper airplanes, blocks, beads, and balls to solidify skills in listening, teamwork, and problem solving.

Video-Making Tips for Connecting with Students

Online math professor Dan Gryboski, MS, has created hundreds of short instructional videos—and his tips explain how you can easily do the same.

Teach the “Why” Behind Math with the Socratic Method

To help business students struggling to grasp mathematical concepts, Dr. Doug Bujakowski encourages seeking answers—by asking more questions.

How to Use Real Headlines and Fake News to Make Science Relatable

When students asked, “Who cares? So what?” about her course material, this professor shared some fascinating, newsworthy stories.

Show the Importance of Questioning “the Facts” with a Simple Survey

A quiz with seemingly basic questions—how many chairs are in this room?—shows students that critical thinking is critically important.

Foster a Sense of Family on Campus with Lessons from Military Family Research

After years of researching close-knit families on military installations, this professor realized their lessons could help students build campus connections, too.

Remember Students’ Names with 5 Professor-Tested Strategies

We love all the new faces in class, but oh, all those names! Here, educators with 150+ students per semester share their eminently doable name-recall tricks.

Ease Physics Phobia by Tackling the Math First

When this professor realized that a math deficit was blocking his students’ grasp of physics, he restructured his course to close the skills gap.

Inspire Reluctant Writers with a Storytelling Adventure

By trading required readings for creative writing, student artists discover how to develop their own stories and, ultimately, market themselves and their work.

Practice Quizzes Help Students Retain Key Facts—Now and at Work

A new study shows that recalling facts during a test—retrieval enhanced learning—reinforces long-term learning. We asked its lead researcher for details.

Tips for Selecting OER Resources: A Cost-Effective Solution for Students

Moved by stories of students who could not afford to pay for both textbooks and rent, this professor customized her course using materials that are free.

Build Emotional IQ About Sensitive Topics with a Case Study

A history professor helps students grapple with the complexities of slavery with a controversial approach: She asks them to look at all sides of the issue.

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