Teach Universal Design Principles with Empathy Exercises

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.

Address College Stress with Student Self-Care Journals

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.

Facilitate Teacher-Student Communication with Google Classroom

A tech-savvy professor shares how to use this digital tool to increase student engagement, collaboration, and communication—and save a few trees, too.

Ditch the Scantrons to Boost Intellectual Creativity

By promoting imagination (not memorization) to put managerial accounting principles to use, this professor boosts students’ future marketability.

Strengthen English Composition Skills with a Lesson in Tattoos

This professor helps English composition students form and support strong opinions by considering how body art reflects the human experience.

Teach Critical Thinking with Breakout EDU Games

This professor puts edtech students in charge of decision making and revisions as they create digital breakout games fueled by their ideas and passions.

Empower Educators to Explore Technology in the Classroom

How one education professor encourages edtech experimentation and creativity in a professional development program for other educators.

Address Diversity Issues with a Social Location Essay

To help would-be therapists understand the diverse backgrounds and needs of their future clients, this professor has students take a closer look inward.

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.

Expand Big-Picture Thinking with an Interactive Timeline

How one professor uses historic milestones to help students understand the complex U.S. healthcare delivery system—and maybe drive future improvements.

Spark an In-Class Aha! Moment with an Assumption-Shattering Exercise

How one lecturer's own career epiphany inspired his innovative marketing lesson: dissecting brand messaging to see what (and if) it delivers.

Help College Students Build Resilience with Diva Role Models

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.

Turn Bystanders into Upstanders with Social Justice Teamwork

How a semester of civic engagement helps passive students discover social justice and their power to effect positive change in our world.

Write Riddles to Help Vocab Terms Sink In

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.

Teach Real-World Skills with an Industry Simulation

When one web engineering professor saw that students lacked business savvy, he structured his class around teamwork and deliverables.

Inspire Sustainable Living with a Student Logbook

By having her students track their own consumer behaviors, this professor drives home the global message of sustainability in a very personal way.

Build Cultural Competence with a Quiz that Students Are Expected to Fail

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.

Help Computer Students Communicate in Human-Speak

Her students can write code—but can they express themselves clearly and confidently? How one IT professor's assignment turns programmers into communicators.

Enhance Performance Artistry with a YouTube Dance Exercise

How one professor helps students of modern dance make the leap from basic technique to true artistry.

Inspire High-Level Thinking with a Game Show Approach

Inspired by Jeopardy!, a Georgetown University professor uses a game to inspire grad students to ask (and answer) some compelling global questions.

Bring Economic Concepts to Life with Sitcoms

Facing an audience of nearly 300 freshmen, this Penn State professor offers microeconomics students a look at complex theory by using popular TV shows.

Engage Distant Learners with Slides that Sizzle

How one economics professor bridges geographical distance and generates real enthusiasm by designing materials especially for online students.

Ignite Curiosity with a “Movie Trailer” on Day One

At the semester’s start, a business professor models his lesson after a movie trailer, building excitement for an often dry subject: tax accounting.

Unite Thousands of Online Learners with a Selfie Game

A Virginia Tech professor’s photo treasure hunt takes geography students outside to learn about their university, each other, and the outside world.

Help Study Groups Bond with Music Videos

This UCLA professor breaks down barriers of competitiveness in his 350-seat organic chemistry class, using a musical extra-credit project.

Engage Nonmajors with an ePortfolio

Find out how this University of Virginia lecturer helps beginning Spanish students build vocabulary and confidence—even if they're not majors.

Analyze Hip-Hop to Demystify the Writing Process

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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