Math instructor Lee Ann Roberts takes the fear factor out of quantitative reasoning by having students pose a real-life question and collect data on it.
To make thermodynamics relatable, this professor brings them to life with pop culture examples, guest lectures, and one-pagers.
To bolster emotional intelligence in a tech-minded generation, Virginie Kidwell, PhD, provides software-based practice problems in a workplace setting.
Biology professor Steven Caruso, PhD, has turned a bacteriophage ID program into something that can be the highlight of a student’s college career.
To personalize her labs, Beatrice Fineschi, PhD, has students collect bacteria from their phones and chairs, then use high-tech methods to ID it.
Employed or unemployed? It is not that simple. David Powell, MS, uses data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to demystify statistical analysis.
When entrepreneur and innovator James Stikeleather heard that MBA programs were lacking, he became a professor—and started stirring things up.
Dr. Lauren Klabonski’s Microbiology lab gives undergraduates a chance to drive research with lifesaving potential.
Personal finance content can be worked into course materials to improve student interest and engagement, says J. David Miller, PhD.
Biology professor Marlee Marsh, PhD, uses energetic role-playing to help students learn the steps in oxidative phosphorylation.
Using backward course design and team-learning approaches, biology professor Dr. Mark Lee has helped more students stay in STEM.
To introduce chemistry students to new research, Dr. Ellen Matson uses extra-credit assignments with fun foci: Web surfing, live events, and Twitter.
To succeed in the international marketing arena, students learn to shed assumptions, dig into data, and create targeted customer surveys.
Adonna Rometo, PhD, uses exercises derived from props, role-play, and method acting to bring clarity to tough biology concepts.
Dr. Doron Levy oversees 10,000 students and 800 math majors, but he thinks that most of them do not need to take calculus classes.
Biology professor John Swaddle, PhD, helps students understand gene flow, drift, and mutation—using playing cards and a little imagination.
Joseph Lin created an honors biology project that has students investigate their interests while gaining real-world research skills.
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.
Carlotta Walker, DBA, uses news stories and simulation games to help HR students develop the sensitivity and integrity needed in today’s diverse workplace.
Biology labs can be downplayed—but not for Phyllis Freeman, PhD. Here is how she makes sure students experience labs as integral to their learning.
By layering high- and low-tech instruction, Robert Belton, PhD, shows students he wants them to succeed—which helps them grasp anatomy and physiology.
In Dr. Carolina Priester’s independent study, students stretch their communication skills by creating training materials for prospective yoga instructors.
To sell technical students on the power of writing, Heather Riser, MA, provides a real-world exercise that teaches far more than good grammar.
Dr. John Moore shares research-based tips that help biology students understand complex science—not just memorize facts.
To help underrepresented students succeed in organic chemistry, Dwight Williams, PhD, switched up more than his grading approach.
Anamika Basu, PhD, uses fairy-tales and analogies to help community college students understand Anatomy and Physiology course concepts.
Ciara Reyes-Ton, PhD, teaches biology with an artistic twist, having students write songs, invent creatures, and play Survivor in class.
Biology professor Debby Walser-Kuntz, PhD, shares two ways her biology students create helpful materials for the general public.
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.
After teaching students the building blocks of life, Dr. Allison Stamatis puts them in a fun role: that of a Dr. Frankenstein (of sorts).
Ecologist X. Ben Wu, PhD, helps undergrad non–science majors understand scientific processes and practices by having them do a virtual inquiry project.
Thea Alvarado, EdD, has created a structure for in-class and online debates that inspire students to rethink their worldview.
Stephanie Maiden, PhD, provides pharmacology students with a project mimicking real-world drug development. No lab required!
To ease implicit bias, oceanographer Drew Talley, PhD, tackles the mindset behind it—and helps underrepresented students succeed.
To help students overcome the “but it made sense in class” conundrum, Judith Leatherman, PhD, flipped her approach—and started producing lessons on video.
Demand forecasting stymies even seasoned business people. Thanks to a unique approach, students “get it”—even if they do not get an A.
This professor helps students gain a deeper understanding of history by having them dive deep into the music of the past 100 years.
Dr. Samar Abedrabbo shares a collection of innovative ideas for using the power of narrative to engage biology students.
Math professor Tim Chartier, PhD, uses the annual college basketball competition to show students how to use data to predict outcomes.
To help students overcome math anxiety, Edouard Tchertchian, MS, turned to tech they all know and love: their smartphones.
Is IBL possible for every student in every course? Melissa C. Srougi, PhD, shares her top 6 tips for making it so—from their first year to their last.
To enhance study habits—and ease test-taking—biologist Mike Taylor, MS, is using digital technology in some unexpected ways.
By letting finance students tackle real-world problems, Miren Ivankovic, PhD, gives them the intellectual and digital tools they will need on the job.
Dr. Oliver Oakley’s cell biology class does not include a lab period—but he has found a way to sneak in a three-week experiment with big benefits.
To help students see patients as people, not symptoms to be treated, Dr. Tiffany Sanders focuses on their ability to understand—and work with—each other.
Dr. Danielle Graham uses a multi-pronged approach—including a lab led by her microbiology class—to spark young students’ interest in STEM.
Biology instructor Marianna Burks, MS, shares the hands-on, highly visual approach that has reshaped her classroom.
From unusual icebreakers to cupcake sculptures, biology professor Jennifer D. Robison, PhD, gives students artistic license to learn.
Dr. Arpita Bose teaches undergraduate microbiology students to be critical readers by examining journal articles that are riddled with errors.
When English composition students struggled to connect with characters from Shakespeare, Milton, Tolstoy, and more, Melissa Long, MA, made them feel real.
Dr. André Hudson’s writing project requires critical thinking and collaboration—and rewards genomics students with a coauthor byline.
Agnes Rash, PhD, eases math anxiety with in-class activities that make failure fun, while building teamwork and strategic thinking.
Even science-education majors struggle to understand evolutionary relationships. Amanda Glaze, PhD, finds that a sweet approach makes it easier.
Dr. Kathryn Lipson offers tips on creating detailed, customized study guides that help students keep on top of a demanding workload.
Role-play. Personal essays. Infographics. These make up half of the grade in Dr. Katelyn Butler’s biology class. The goal? To create savvy consumers.
To better teach the anatomy and physiology of the heart, Caycee Creamer, MS, uses VARK (visual, aural, read/write, and kinesthetic) tactics.
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To simulate the 3-D experience of identifying body parts on a body or model, Dr. Mary Puglia found (and labeled) more than 350 images.
Course Hero CEO Andrew Grauer shares how the company is reaching out to educators and students as they face unprecedented challenges brought on by COVID-19.
Mike Wolyniak, PhD, customizes research projects for biology students based on their year, ability, and course objectives.
To help her students better relate to the tough topics of anatomy and physiology, Dr. Elizabeth Granier gets them moving—and tracking the results.
Biology instructor Jason Crean, MS Bio, EdD, weaves semester-long stories to immerse students in the deep science of genetics, evolution, and interdependence.
By investigating stories and research that directly impact biology students, Dr. Spencer Ingley inspires them to impact the world in a positive way.
Dr. Melba Horton’s biology students have attracted national funders and community attention with their original (and personally relevant) projects.
By creating biotechnology activities for a children’s museum, Dr. Rebecca Murphy’s upper-level undergraduates get deeper into their subject.
To snag nonmajors’ attention in a stadium-sized class, Tom Gustad, MS, breaks up lectures with high-energy (and personal) stories.
When Dr. Martin St. Maurice replaced written tests with oral exams, he gained new insight into his biology students—and built stronger bonds.
When students felt disconnected from the conventional myths of the Greeks and Romans, Jackie Williams, MFA, created a new, entirely modern approach.
Biology professor Dr. Thomas Davis has found a creative way to improve student participation and reinforce the learning of complicated topics: drawing.
Dr. Nick Roster uses an array of technologies to enhance content, motivate students, and virtually dissect organs from the comfort of home.
After experimenting with online labs, biology professor Dr. Yavuz Cakir has found many benefits that may outweigh real-world work.
Biology professor Dr. Adam Aguiar encourages students to apply scientific principles, such as pattern recognition, by using his hobby as bait.
To help undergraduate students begin to think (and act) like medical professionals, Dr. Aimee Hollander uses role-play—and buzzers.
Digging through dirt and data, Dr. Marcia Pierce’s undergraduate students gain lab experience, life lessons—and maybe national recognition.
To encourage students to impact pollution, Dr. Jessica Hua has them look at it through three lenses: their own, the class’s, and the community’s.
Christopher McCullick, CPA, has gamified accounting exercises and quizzes to inspire student engagement, mastery of key concepts, and hands-on fun.
To help students “see” how the immune system works, Dr. Erica Suchman enlisted the help of two honors students and a 3-D printer.
To help make complicated medical topics more engaging, Dr. Sandy Westerheide uses a variety of attention-grabbing textbook alternatives.
To help environmental science students analyze the past and forecast with data, Dr. Stephen MacAvoy turns to carbon storage, volcanoes, and ice cores.
To help biology students become better writers, readers, and peer reviewers, Dr. Pamela Kittelson has added a writing lab to her courses.
Professor of systems biology Dr. Anuj Kumar scales down data sets to give students a hands-on understanding of complex systems, which they piece together in a group activity.
To inspire more sustainable habits, Jennifer Macbeth, MS, uses a blend of electronics and introspection to highlight “bad” habits—and inspire good ones.
To shift ecology students from a focus on animals only to the plight of plants as well, Dr. Alisa Hove has them study trees on a one-mile stretch of track.
Biology professor Dr. James Wilson makes examples of ghosts, Bigfoot, mermaids, and local legends to encourage students to think more like scientists.
To help students develop deep understanding of mathematics, Dr. Kristin Camenga asks them to create their own questions—and embrace failure.
Genetics professor Dr. Ahna Skop uses assignments that teach effective visual communication of science.
Informatics professor Katie Salen Tekinbaş introduces students to a club that turns sports-focused video games into educational opportunities.
Iona Baldridge, EdD, advocates creative prompts to build critical thinking among biology students, using a low-stakes Q&A, a 27-line paper, and more.
Dr. Catherine McCusker has perfected a way to help undergraduate biology students read, decipher, digest, and even question jargon-heavy journal articles.
Dr. Bethany Melroe Lehrman uses a sequential group-learning approach—and a lab on caffeinated beverages—to add zing to her chemistry class.
To teach her students to be analytical and confident, Dr. Paula Mazzer gave them risk assessments, checklists, quirky questions—and plenty of autonomy.
David Breed, MEd, makes videos each semester to address individual quiz mistakes, zinger problems, and other morale killers that plague his adult classes.
Dr. Adelaja Odutola adds his own twist to icebreakers, group work, and essays to make this numbers-based, theory-heavy subject more relatable.
Anthony McMullen, JD, uses scenes from the award-winning cartoon to teach about negligence and contract law. Here is how Bart and Homer make lessons stick.
Biologist Kristin Picardo, PhD, uncovered a secret to improve learning outcomes: Require students to consider whether what they are doing is working.
Mathematics researcher Dr. Mohamed Ait Nouh builds confidence in underserved students by inviting them to collaborate with him on publishable projects.
Dr. Erinn Tucker helps hospitality students prep for complex cultural conundrums by role-playing her own lived experiences.
A local estuary has helped Dr. Subhalakshmi Nagarajan show her students the interdisciplinary nature of science and the value of a scientific career.
Professor Rachel Rogers’s healthcare management students get ideas for addressing issues in the medical field by analyzing data—and other industries.
Randomness can be difficult to explain with words alone, so Dr. Mehdi Razzaghi uses numbers, spreadsheets, and histograms to help students understand.
Omar Roubi, MS, CPA, shares how he connected students with his own client to offer a dynamic real-world experience—and how other educators can do the same.
Dr. Rania Mousa has turned this money-based board game into an activity that is proven to forge real-world accounting skills.
Gigi Johnson, EdD, teams her students with real-world music industry clients to teach them about twenty-first-century digital literacy and tools.
In Robin Rufatto’s class project, students must work together as Wall Street analysts.
To help students relate to the material, Eugene H. Cantor, LLM, CPA, presents real situations to personalize key accounting terms and concepts.
Carrie Awadzi, EdD, uses the age-old ritual of breaking bread to help students appreciate cultures and perspectives different from their own.
To address students' widespread money confusion, Oscar Solis, PhD, has upper-level consumer finance students teach first-years the essentials.
To put statistics into perspective, Michael Ratajczyk, MA, takes a holistic look at businesses in lessons like the one detailed here.
Michael Eaton, JD, sheds light on today's financial markets by sharing surprising historical narratives and the tricky side of reporting statistics.
To make her labs as close to real life as possible, Kat Bartlow, PhD, uses a specific cell line—and a process that treats students as researchers.
A “can you taste this” test lets Dr. Michael Campbell’s students see their genetic makeup at work—and opens discussions of topics in evolutionary medicine.
To bust writer’s block in new playwrights, Kevin Kelly, MFA, has students create characters who fundamentally disagree, then watch the drama play out.
Grad students of Eric Sussman, MBA, hook into accounting by looking at finances through the eyes of ballplayers, celebrities, and real estate moguls.
Dr. Naina Phadnis uses a technique called Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) to make massive biology classes easier to follow—and pass.
To learn the communication skills needed in a diverse classroom, Angela Muñoz’s students use a 4-step plan to observe local educators in action.
Dr. Kamal Dulai has found that a pipe cleaner, beads, and a chance to work in three dimensions can help students understand protein structures.
Victor Piercey, PhD, uses his experience as an Arby’s shift manager to help his students analyze data and solve real problems.
Real-life experience in auditing is crucial (and rare) for accounting students, so D. Scott Showalter, CPA, turned to virtual reality—and virtual beer.
G. “Max” Maxin, MFA, gives students a proper intro to theatre with a design inspiration project that requires thought, research, and sometimes a glue gun.
To help students see that genetics is relevant to their lives, Dr. Sarah Berke asks them to explore how much control they have advocating over their DNA.
Ad majors think they know all about social media. James Hodgins, MA, fills in the hidden gaps, then has them help businesses with a weak online presence.
To increase students’ understanding of probability values (p-values), Dr. Joni Torsella has them write original code to calculate it.
When Dr. Brad Balukjian noticed that introductory biology students lacked experience in nature, he introduced the idea of local fieldwork.
Professor Daniel Van Der Vliet guides guest lecturers to use personal experiences to reveal how to make the most of working with relatives.
William Adler, PhD, found a dramatic way to make engagement skyrocket, even among nonmajor students: Use a smash Broadway musical as a teaching tool.
Math professor Lawrence C. Udeigwe, PhD, draws on lessons from his other passion—music—to reframe math quizzes as collaborative opportunities for practice.
Susan Burgess’s approach to helping students tackle tough English lit texts? Teach them how to develop midterm-worthy questions.
When business pros told Dr. John DeJoy that accounting graduates are lacking in communication skills, he refocused his course from math to memos.
To provide students with vital work experience, Scott Grant, EdD, created a business-cum-marketing class serving a local sports team.
Dr. Christine von Renesse uses unconventional examples, such as maypole dances, to show students the beauty of mathematics.
To encourage tomorrow’s leaders to care about planet and people—not just profit—Dr. Tim Hart shares real-world cases that challenge assumptions.
Building a business involves more than seed money. Business instructor Steve Riccio, EdD, shows students how to drive ideas forward in a values-based way.
Sarah J. Fabian, MFA, takes students behind the scenes to show them the amount of work and skill that goes into a play.
Many people think accounting is a dry subject. That included Professor Debbie Porter’s students—until the toy cars and plastic building bricks arrived.
Dr. Elizabeth Chapman has students act as debater, teacher, defense attorney—and opponent—to learn about leading organizations with many points of view.
When her econometrics students were confounded by finding stories in economic data, Dr. Sarah Pearlman created an activity that drives a concise narrative.
NYC health policy veteran Dr. Christopher Godfrey tasks students of experimental psychology with exploring real issues through a unique community survey.
When he saw business students project fear, not authority, during presentations, David Bacci, MBA, taught them how ethos can help.
Accounting professor and documentary filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope, PhD, CPA, shares her top tips for adapting an edutainment approach to instruction.
By partnering with the surrounding community, Dr. Sarah Scripps creates opportunities for students to create actual museum exhibits on local history.
Christopher Shar, PhD, MSW, immerses students of social work in a research skills class that helps them become smarter consumers of research.
To show calculus students why limits are important, Ondrej Zjevik, MS, presents them with a problem that they cannot solve with the math they already know.
Here’s how accounting professor Dr. Steve Crawford uses quirky activities to keep his students engaged.
Lessons learned while teaching in rural China showed Dr. Winnie Wong how to improve outcomes for math students in the US.
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.
Dr. Nicole Gervasio makes classic works accessible and gives voice to marginalized characters by having students create a radical lit-crit mini-magazine.
When Georgette Howell, RD, uncovered her students’ disconnect with food-assistance programs, she integrated eye-opening exercises into her instruction.
To beat boredom and explain biosecurity, Sarah Balcom, DVM, lets her animal sciences students go “free range” on the campus farm and buildings.
To help nursing students connect with difficult subjects, Susan Loesch, MSN, brings in the laughs—sometimes with potty humor—to foster deep learning.
To help her biology students separate fact from fiction, Brigitte Morin, MS, has them compare notes from popular media versus evidence-based research.
When Ashley Jabs, MS, saw her anatomy students struggle with exams the way she once did, she made test-taking strategies part of the curriculum.
By shifting focus toward historically marginalized people, Gaye Theresa Johnson, PhD, preps students to rethink the past and dream a different future.
Professor Patrick Ashwood, PhD, challenges sociology students’ perspectives on death by helping them explore history, culture, and their own assumptions.
Dr. Stephanie Speicher believes in the power of personal storytelling to give context to complex cultural factors, such as gender and social justice.
How can you teach finance students about the intricacies of investing? Dr. Alhassan Ndekugri found an effective solution online.
To teach about nursing, Alfreda Harper-Harrison’s students will need to create courses from scratch. Her 7-step group project shows them how.
Dr. Daneryl Weber struggled to get her English Composition students to engage with research—and then the 2016 election happened.
Dr. Kylie King knows innovation cannot happen if you tie it up with red tape. So she created a rule book that gives business students room to maneuver.
Professor Stephanie Malmberg’s students examine their own identity through many lenses, then create a musical self-portrait to share with the class.
To open nursing students’ eyes to the needs of children from underserved communities, Kristen Rawlett, PhD, FNP-BC, created an innovative clinic.
To flesh out textbook principles on management, Stefanie Wilson, DM, has students look for leaders—good and bad—in the media.
To help future nurses see the humanity in patients, Kathy Magorian, EdD, MSN, RN, created an exercise based on making snap judgments.
To make sure her videos support lecture rather than replace it, Carol Easter, MFA, keeps them short and sweet—and leaves something to the imagination.
Dr. Kristy Kounovsky-Shafer uses stuffed animals, office supplies, and on-the-fly visual demos to make abstract chemistry concepts more fun.
Former supply chain executive Robert Novack, PhD, helps students get a taste for logistics by asking them to problem-solve for actual businesses and execs.
Neuroscientist Dr. Katie M. Wiens explains why (and how) she uses toys, hair curlers, and craft supplies to make models of complex biological concepts.
Dr. Yelando Johnson and Dr. Natalie Grant devised a series of exercises to give students the self-knowledge they need to enter social work with eyes open.
Using exercises that evoke strong emotions, Sharon Bigger, MA, helps break down personal biases, raise transcultural awareness, and increase collaboration.
Tina Ostrander, MS, gives her IT students real-world experience with local clients, setting them up for Scrum certification—and job offers.
Online courses make it easy to work solo, but Dr. Susan Wright found that solo study inhibits success in accounting, so she added teams and TAs.
When Leonor Cabrera, MBA, noticed that students were missing the emotional side of HR, she put a spin on role-playing scenarios to help situations feel real.
To give his business students instant value to employers, Dr. Craig Seidelson created a manufacturing internship and Six Sigma certification program.
Susan Schanne, MA, builds business skills with a 30-page group paper—complete with lessons in grammar, research, teamwork, and grounds for dismissal.
To help non–theatre majors get into the minds of playwrights, Gillian McNally, MFA, uses the Mantle of the Expert exercise—with a daytime talk show twist.
Sang Woo Kang, DMA, developed a unique eight-step program for his increasingly distracted students—and the results are music to his ears.
To teach science students faultless research skills, Dr. Hilary Gaudet has them select a case of research fraud, then expose its faults in a podcast.
To show composition students that argumentation can include both empathy and logic, Amber Karlins starts with a topic that is close to their hearts.
In her ecology class, Dr. Catherine Kleier helps students get so comfortable reading journal articles that they write an abstract—then a grant proposal.
When business students seemed content to sit back in their seats, Dr. Michael London reconfigured the student-teacher dynamic to one of apprentice-mentor.
By presenting a slew of real-world conundrums, Dr. Fred Rosenberg equips future public health professionals to pivot in the face of problems.
Anita Shagnea, MS, developed a precalculus readiness workshop to get all her students on the same page.
To strengthen students’ understanding of mental health issues, Karla Hopkins, MSN, created an exam-room simulation that brings them to life.
Dr. Teresa Darnall gives nursing students a feel for age-related changes and community hardships with role-play, research, and uncomfortable simulations.
Dr. Michael Pomante II shows students how to support their opinions in a civil debate. The key? Assign plenty of prep work—and know how to pick sides.
By taking on behavior change themselves, students in Ingrid McGuffog’s community corrections class gain empathy for those struggling to change their lives.
Former Hollywood screenwriting agent Nancy Nigrosh, MFA, created an assessment to show would-be writers how to make it in the real world.
You cannot be curious if you feel incompetent. To give returning students confidence, Jessica DelBove, PhD, provides them tools to be great learners.
To develop language skills and global connections, Stephanie Krueger, MA, pairs Spanish students in the US with English students in Mexico.
To build the soft skills that businesses seek, Professor Kevin Engellant uses a series of exercises that foster communication and cooperation.
To strengthen students’ problem-solving skills, this biology professor reworked the lab script to put students in charge of their experiments.
To demystify coding for education majors (and other non–computer majors), Dr. Rachel Adler uses games, robotics, and a personalized final project.
When his roster outgrew his classroom, this professor built a hybrid online course based on modules—and a wide range of technologies.
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 nonmajor 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.
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.