To help business students struggling to grasp mathematical concepts, Dr. Doug Bujakowski encourages seeking answers—by asking more questions.
By taking advantage of modern technologies, Dr. Marie Mallory offers distance learners more face-time than they would get in some on-campus classes.
How do you solve for a low graduation rate? For Dr. Norma Jimenez Hernandez, it means helping students understand (and fight for) their rights.
When Dr. Peter Corridon noticed that his dental students lacked soft skills, he introduced a project that uses their digital savvy to their advantage.
This professor’s solution to his troublesome hearing issue offered an unexpected benefit: It helped him better connect with his students during class.
Professional writing consultant Theresa Stevens helps students of all majors turn a headful of ideas into a clearheaded research paper.
Dr. Christopher E. Manning’s in-class workshops help students learn history and improve their writing chops by editing themselves and each other.
When Kristen Jaskie, MS, saw students struggling with critical thinking in her discrete mathematics class, she solved the problem—with puzzles.
To push students’ boundaries on product innovation and development, Dr. Dan Li has them pick a card (any card!) and a handful of building bricks.
This professor’s systems approach—using computer models and a made-up world—can be adapted to suit any complex or controversial subject.
Dr. Jessica Calarco uses podcasts to teach empathy and social justice to sociology students.
This professor found a winning trick for easing students into mathematical models of modal logic. And it starts with an ordinary deck of cards.
The emotional tension of real-life stories and Hollywood movies help this law professor make complex concepts more relatable—and memorable.
Dr. Mark Schoenfield drives discussion around difficult topics by breaking the class roster and course content into pieces for pondering.
Math did not come easily to this professor. By providing a path from Novice to Journeyman to Mastery, she helps students work through their struggles.
Alternative medicine instructor Adrian Isaza, DC, has blended VARK’s model and Bloom’s Taxonomy to make coursework more engaging for all students.
This professor has students analyze the details of JFK Jr.’s plane crash to better understand how weather and geography can impact air travel.
Students cannot embrace diversity when they’re trapped in a cultural bubble. So Dr. Jacquelyn Mosley helps them break out with a clever exercise.
Can complicated science be made more interesting through storytelling? Upon analysis, this instructor has come to a solid conclusion: Yes.
To circumvent writer’s block, students engage in a variety of creative approaches to reading, annotation, and analysis—then start on their thesis.
By showing students how evolution can inform and be informed by all areas of academia, this professor models the power of interdisciplinary instruction.
This professor helps nursing students absorb the complexities of prescription medications by tapping into their artistic potential.
When students asked, “Who cares? So what?” about her course material, this professor shared some fascinating, newsworthy stories.
This professor leverages the tools of applied psychology to help his students understand the unconscious and often irrational behavior that drives business decisions.
To prepare business students to be thoughtful leaders, this professor asks some pointed questions to uncover hidden biases and advantages.
Reinforce the utility of scientific investigation through realistic scenarios that require students to team up and think like experts.
This fitness-minded professor uses technology to help Millennials wrap their heads around how the heart functions—and what it means for their health.
To foster healthy lifestyle changes in their future patients, nursing students must first give their own communication skills a checkup.
To help future fitness pros flex their mental muscle, this instructor devised four-round case studies of clients whose needs are always changing.
Using visual modeling and some helpful computer programs and platforms, this professor brings differential equations into clear focus.
This professor of the culinary arts prepares future chefs for the real world by emphasizing teamwork—and the in-class community—over individual egos.
By including writing warm-ups as a regular—and required—part of her course, this professor has found a way to keep students talking.
This professor pushes her students to proclaim their true selves—and step into unfamiliar worlds—to overcome cultural misunderstandings.
When this professor wants a quick read on students’ grasp of concepts, she hands out index cards and sets a timer for 60 seconds.
By having them help a community in need, this professor teaches would-be entrepreneurs what it takes to succeed in the business world.
When pre-class readings left students ill-prepared for lab work, this physicist found a better way to show them what they need to know.
Breaking down concepts and class groups—from big to medium to small—helps extroverts and introverts alike.
To help students understand the dynamics of presenting a business plan, this instructor reached out to his LinkedIn network—with remarkable results.
A two-part assignment provides students with the knowledge and confidence they will need to present findings to a board of directors.
Using an online stock-trading simulation helps students put theory into practice—with a safety net. The payoff for top performers? A grade boost.
A quiz with seemingly basic questions—how many chairs are in this room?—shows students that critical thinking is critically important.
Students learn to power through writer’s block by doing a deep dive into the works of three types of composers—and not just the famous ones.
This communication professor’s lesson empowers students to overcome their fears—and consider their lack of meaningful connections.
When Dr. Michelle Miller saw there was a dearth of evidence on learning theory, she wrote the book on it—to the benefit of educators and students alike.
After years of researching close-knit families on military installations, this professor realized their lessons could help students build campus connections, too.
The study of Islam involves subject matter that can be sensitive or difficult to digest. Reflective essays reveal areas where clarity or context is needed.
Set up lab students for real-world success with field work that addresses a real-world question: How do bacteria fight antibiotics?
Students in this marketing course wear many hats—entrepreneur, marketer, and client. Changing roles and other surprises keep them on their toes.
This professor's approach combines her knowledge of special education and business in a way that meets a broad range of student needs.
To overcome a deeply held belief among students that math skills were out of reach, this instructor first got a little goofy.
Journal articles can intimidate first-year college and university students used to reading textbooks in classes. These strategies help them crack the code.
For students to see their role in the wider world—and the future—they first must realize that their view of the past is skewed.
Students build Spanish and English speaking skills—and intercultural awareness—when they trade life stories in the community.
Reading medicine labels is a good start, but this professor shows students that there is more to being a pharmacist than meets the eye.
A collegiate competition is giving this Washington College professor the chance to immerse his marketing students in real-world agency life.
By encouraging role-playing and collaboration, this professor teaches occupational therapy students how to deploy research for personalized treatment.
A passion for journalistic research enables this history professor to help students deeply understand the past through the lens of the present.
Typed comments on papers can feel accusatory. This writing professor (and prolific writer) uses psychology and technology to set a positive tone.
Questions around the effectiveness of using cat cadavers led this instructor to try a series of experiments. This is how she got from Point A to 3-D.
This professor’s group interaction project helps independent-minded honors students become more capable as leaders and as teammates.
By focusing on how problems are solved instead of simply solving problems, this instructor helps future teachers build intuitive skills in the classroom.
To help write better—not just correctly—students dissect the sentences of famous authors, then use word games to augment sentences of their own.
By evaluating themselves and others—on paper and in person—students learn to be more objective about their progress and identify opportunities for growth.
This professor brings a touch of the real world to his marketing course by having students try their sales pitches on sales professionals.
This architecture professor has adopted a practice that helps students from multiple disciplines tap into their creative minds and generate new ideas.
With a little coaching in sound engineering, weaker writers learn a trick to help them catch their own errors—and pump up their final draft with wicked audio.
No five-paragraph essay here! This class reads up on tough topics, feels all the feels, then uses context and research to write insightful response essays.
The Socratic method singles out law students—and sends stress soaring. This professor found a calm, collaborative way to build argumentation skills.
To show students it is OK to be vulnerable and make mistakes while learning, this professor lowers the stakes and raises the fun factor.
Journalists write in words, but their platform is often digital. One media professor’s mission is to ensure that students can read and write code, too.
With a strong background in business and technology, this professor sees benefits in taking his students beyond the use of classroom-only tools.
How to raise students’ awareness of their usage in today’s 24-hour-cycle, media-saturated world? Through experiential learning and critical essays.
This instructor helps online students succeed by offering supportive input at key moments in each student's journey.
Great minds do not always think alike: That’s why this professor introduces students to as many philosophies as possible.
For social work students, spending a month in a poor community overseas can be distressing. These educator interventions helped them through.
Using tools for self-reflection, this border-studies expert helps Arizona students examine their beliefs about the southern border of the U.S.
To humanize distance learning, this professor teaches netiquette, forms de facto study groups, and takes part in student discussions.
In this high-energy class, getting students out of their seats and on their feet helps boost their odds of understanding how to read and apply statistics.
This professor sparked excitement in non-major students by offering them a heartwarming task: to teach basic science to local kids who need it most.
A community food assessment elevates experiential learning to a new level, taking students outside the classroom to view the real impact of inequities.
Help even the most fearful of students understand and apply abstract concepts of mathematics with confidence. Here is one professor's approach.
In real life, we talk, we don’t conjugate verbs. Sharing fun details in a new language helps students internalize—not just memorize—vocabulary.
When his practice quizzes were a flop, this psychologist created a midterm challenge game that can earn students an A—and bragging rights.
By examining historic primary documents and modern-day pedagogy, aspiring educators learn how to promote educational excellence for all.
Most students know how it feels to be on a terrible team. After this class, they will understand why—and what they can do about it.
This professor focuses labs on familiar health challenges in his students’ own community, making key scientific concepts more relatable and memorable.
Analyzing data, metrics, and consumer habits gets real—and really easy to understand—when students serve as actual business consultants.
In accounting courses, if students fall behind, it is tough to catch up. Checking comprehension daily—with a reward of early dismissal—can help.
To help complex concepts sink in and nurture students' natural curiosity, this professor offers activities before the lesson—and no time to forget.
For students writing and revising a semester-long research paper, the promise of a minimum grade of B can shift their focus from grades to effort.
This former softball coach combines two loves—science and competition—in a classroom experiment that helps freshmen get creative with science.
Math, unlike life, has correct answers. This professor supports students every step of the way, so they can see the beauty in finding the solution.
Even the most socially conscious students are shocked to find how difficult it is to differentiate between quotes from rapists and those of men’s magazines.
To help marginalized students reach their tremendous potential, this professor weighs every action to ensure he is part of the solution, not the problem.
When this professor realized that a math deficit was blocking his students’ grasp of physics, he restructured his course to close the skills gap.
Students use compelling primary documents to assume the role of historian, channel life as a historical figure, then teach history to each other.
To give students agency in analyzing Brazilian literature, this professor makes them write in their books, then get up on their feet to show what they know.
When this professor saw students struggling with complex concepts, he adapted a tried-and-true teaching model to help them work through problems together.
With this guided discovery activity, students dissect complex equations like advanced mathematicians do, deepening their own understanding of core concepts.
When it comes to social justice, location matters. This social geography course explains how space affects equality—and how students can balance the scales.
Today's K–12 students are tech experts. Here is how education majors are learning to use tech to promote deep learning in future classrooms.
This botanist has a growth mindset when it comes to adapting his approach to suit each student's needs. Here is how he digs deep to find out what they need.
The greatest lesson students can learn from their study of mathematics may be how to solve complicated problems with the help of others.
In this professor's course, MBA students get a shocking glimpse into the differences between online and face-to-face negotiations.
By researching key statistics from a range of countries—and sharing their own international experiences—students form a more realistic worldview.
By midterms, it can be too late to course-correct. This professor uses high- and low-stakes grading—and other approaches—to identify problems early.
By diverging from language-teacher stereotypes, this professor has created assessments that empower students to be self-reliant, eager learners.
This former public school teacher shows future educators how to adapt quickly to meet the needs of each student’s unique learning style.
By trading required readings for creative writing, student artists discover how to develop their own stories and, ultimately, market themselves and their work.
When international business students played a game with new rules and no speaking, they realized why cultural and language barriers impact workplace deals.
When student performers voiced concerns that this instructor’s musical preferences could unfairly impact their grades, the educator created a new approach to evaluations.
In this molecular genetics course, labs closely mimic the imperfect nature of the real world to make students more flexible, resilient, and valuable.
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.
When his class doubled in size, this professor created a small-lecture feel—by finding ways to engage all 75 students at once.
This professor’s strategy encourages students to understand and then question the U.S. Constitution by suggesting amendments, then arguing their validity.
This professor received critical acclaim from students when he replaced lectures and labs with student-led performances on how genes switch on and off.
This professor eases students' fears of Shakespeare and bolsters their critical thinking skills by making them write new dialogue for classic characters.
This professor's LARP videos bring art history into the 21st century—and help students see the relevance of past works to their future careers.
Working together is essential in science labs (and life). This biology professor's guide defines group project roles—and encourages everyone to join in.
This professor sets new GTAs up for success in the classroom by empowering them to follow course requirements—and their own creative instincts.
A communications and journalism professor helps students know how to upgrade their online personas and show their best professional self (not selfie).
This professor is an expert on human-centered design, but her hidden talent lies in teaching her students radical empathy for each other and their end users.
When a professor is a licensed therapist, students sometimes seek help in more than academics. Here, a tool to preserve boundaries and help students adapt.
A tech-savvy professor shares how to use this digital tool to increase student engagement, collaboration, and communication—and save a few trees, too.
By promoting imagination (not memorization) to put managerial accounting principles to use, this professor boosts students’ future marketability.
This professor helps English composition students form and support strong opinions by considering how body art reflects the human experience.
This professor puts edtech students in charge of decision making and revisions as they create digital breakout games fueled by their ideas and passions.
How one education professor encourages edtech experimentation and creativity in a professional development program for other educators.
To help would-be therapists understand the diverse backgrounds and needs of their future clients, this professor has students take a closer look inward.
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.
How one professor uses historic milestones to help students understand the complex U.S. healthcare delivery system—and maybe drive future improvements.
How one lecturer's own career epiphany inspired his innovative marketing lesson: dissecting brand messaging to see what (and if) it delivers.
First-year theatre students learn what it means to be stronger than your struggle—by connecting with an icon who was (and is) a rainbow for others.
How a semester of civic engagement helps passive students discover social justice and their power to effect positive change in our world.
How one professor uses a poetic approach to help students in her Human Anatomy course memorize and retain the names and functions of numerous body parts.
When one web engineering professor saw that students lacked business savvy, he structured his class around teamwork and deliverables.
By having her students track their own consumer behaviors, this professor drives home the global message of sustainability in a very personal way.
This U of Michigan professor helps students of international marketing learn the nuances of culture by first helping them see how little they really know.
Her students can write code—but can they express themselves clearly and confidently? How one IT professor's assignment turns programmers into communicators.
How one professor helps students of modern dance make the leap from basic technique to true artistry.
Inspired by Jeopardy!, a Georgetown University professor uses a game to inspire grad students to ask (and answer) some compelling global questions.
Facing an audience of nearly 300 freshmen, this Penn State professor offers microeconomics students a look at complex theory by using popular TV shows.
How one economics professor bridges geographical distance and generates real enthusiasm by designing materials especially for online students.
At the semester’s start, a business professor models his lesson after a movie trailer, building excitement for an often dry subject: tax accounting.
A Virginia Tech professor’s photo treasure hunt takes geography students outside to learn about their university, each other, and the outside world.
This UCLA professor breaks down barriers of competitiveness in his 350-seat organic chemistry class, using a musical extra-credit project.
Find out how this University of Virginia lecturer helps beginning Spanish students build vocabulary and confidence—even if they're not majors.
When her History of Hip-Hop students struggled with pre-writing, Cain created a guided ideation lesson to help them craft an album review in record time.
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