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Free Ebook: Pedagogies of Care: The Human Work of Course Design

Jesse Stommel, PhD, provides an activity book that will help teachers understand the intersections of inclusive design, critical pedagogy, and the practice of teaching today’s students.

How to Apply for Student Loan Forgiveness—and Why It Matters (2022)

Dr. Norma Hernandez provides a list of resources and step-by-step instructions on applying for the special waiver for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and the one-time cancellation of $10,000 ($20,000 for Pell grant recipients).

Free Ebook: Practical Strategies for Culturally Responsive Teaching

Jill Purdy, EdD, shares several essential components of culturally responsive teaching, such as funds of knowledge and Universal Design for Learning.

Free Ebook: Build Deliberate Practice in Your Students—in Any Course

Ben Wiggins, PhD, shares how he leverages evidence-based techniques to provide opportunities for students to practice critical skills in a low-stakes but high-impact format.

Teaching Resources from Course Hero’s Education Summit ’22

View resources shared by speakers of Course Hero's Education Summit '22

6 TikTok Influencers Teachers & Students Should Be Following

With millions of students on TikTok, it's the perfect channel for providing learning content. Here are 6 TikTok influencers that are helping college students and teachers learn and thrive in the classroom.

Free Ebook: Teaching Your Students with Care in a Volatile World

Alka Arora, PhD, shares how faculty can better respond to and support students’ needs as they contend with challenging world events.

Free Ebook: Accessibility Tips for Invisible Barriers in Class

Malynda Mabbitt, EdD, shares how teachers can help students with invisible barriers feel empowered and motivated, even on their most challenging days.

Free Ebook: Creating a Syllabus Your Students Will Read

Stephanie Speicher, PhD, shares five principles of humanizing syllabus design and provides a checklist for teachers to design syllabi that highlight their teaching personality, create social connections, and generate curiosity for course content.

Building Community in the Classroom: A Conversation with Dr. Michael J. Sorrell

Dr. Michael Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College, recently sat down with Bridget Burns, CEO of the University Innovation Alliance, to talk about how he has successfully built community on his campus and in the classroom.

What Students Are Saying About Learning Today

College students share what works (and what doesn't) when it comes to learning and staying engaged.

51 Innovative Teachers Receiving Course Hero’s Grant for Digital Learning

In April, Course Hero launched its inaugural teaching grant program, inviting instructors to share their classroom project ideas for the Fall 2023 semester. Here, we present to you the 51 recipients of Course Hero’s Fall teaching grant.

VIDEO: Grading with Heart: How to Design Authentic Assessments and Rubrics

Stephanie Speicher, PhD, shares research-based strategies to create relevant, authentic, and real-world assessments and rubrics that can be aligned to your course.

Free Ebook: The Power of Self-Assessment: How to Help Students with the REDO Technique

Fabiola Torres provides strategies for students to Reflect, Edit, Discover, and Observe their own performance so they can articulate their own learning patterns and identify obstacles.

Free Ebook: 3 Effective TikTok Projects to Engage Your Students

Angelita Howard, EdD, MBA-PM, MA, outlines three TikTok classroom project ideas she uses with her students to improve engagement.

What Educators Are Saying About Academic Integrity

“I think we need to be clear with our students what is cheating. Some students do not even know that they are cheating in certain situations.” - Associate Professor, West Coast University

8 Powerful Quotes from Educators at Course Hero’s Faculty Event

Course Hero hosted “Rising Together: Effective Assessment for Students and Teachers,” a half-day forum exploring today’s challenges and opportunities related to assessment, grades, inclusion, and academic integrity.

We Teach Better When We Teach Together

Welcome to a collection of best lessons, classroom tips, and practical strategies shared by Course Hero’s multidisciplinary faculty community.

Show the Power of Statistics with a Student-Driven Survey Project

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.

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.

Strengthen Students’ Soft Skills with Virtual Role-Playing

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

Phage Hunters Handbook: Make the Most of the SEA-PHAGES Program

Biology professor Steven Caruso, PhD, has turned a bacteriophage ID program into something that can be the highlight of a student’s college career.

Germs on My Phone?! Engage Biology Nonmajors with This (Gross) Lab

To personalize her labs, Beatrice Fineschi, PhD, has students collect bacteria from their phones and chairs, then use high-tech methods to ID it.

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.

Prep MBAs Better—Skip the Lectures, Textbooks, and Tests

When entrepreneur and innovator James Stikeleather heard that MBA programs were lacking, he became a professor—and started stirring things up.

Discovering Antibiotics: A Microbiology Lab Where Students Take the Lead

Dr. Lauren Klabonski’s Microbiology lab gives undergraduates a chance to drive research with lifesaving potential.

3 Ways to Weave Personal Finance into a Business Course

Personal finance content can be worked into course materials to improve student interest and engagement, says J. David Miller, PhD.

Acting Out in Class: A Drama on the Electron Transport Chain

Biology professor Marlee Marsh, PhD, uses energetic role-playing to help students learn the steps in oxidative phosphorylation.

4 Ways to Level the Playing Field in Introductory Science Courses

Using backward course design and team-learning approaches, biology professor Dr. Mark Lee has helped more students stay in STEM.

Take Science Students Beyond Textbooks with Cutting-Edge Extra Credit

To introduce chemistry students to new research, Dr. Ellen Matson uses extra-credit assignments with fun foci: Web surfing, live events, and Twitter.

Surveys, Simulations, and Data Analysis: Top Research Tips from a Marketing Pro

To succeed in the international marketing arena, students learn to shed assumptions, dig into data, and create targeted customer surveys.

Use “Shakespearean Science” to Enliven Anatomy and Physiology Class

Adonna Rometo, PhD, uses exercises derived from props, role-play, and method acting to bring clarity to tough biology concepts.

Changing the Formula: Do’s and Don’ts in Teaching Calculus Today

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. 

DNA Poker: A Card Game to Illustrate Concepts of Evolution

Biology professor John Swaddle, PhD, helps students understand gene flow, drift, and mutation—using playing cards and a little imagination.

A Personalized Research Project for Community College Students

Joseph Lin created an honors biology project that has students investigate their interests while gaining real-world research skills.

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.

5 Ways to Add High-Level Research to Upper-Level Biology

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.

Teach Complex Science with Tech (and Caring)

By layering high- and low-tech instruction, Robert Belton, PhD, shows students he wants them to succeed—which helps them grasp anatomy and physiology.   

Use Yoga to Sink Deeper into Anatomy and Physiology Studies

In Dr. Carolina Priester’s independent study, students stretch their communication skills by creating training materials for prospective yoga instructors.

Teach Writing to STEM Students with a Request-for-Proposal Project

To sell technical students on the power of writing, Heather Riser, MA, provides a real-world exercise that teaches far more than good grammar.

5 Ways to Move Cell Biology Students Beyond the Memorizing Mindset

Dr. John Moore shares research-based tips that help biology students understand complex science—not just memorize facts.

5 Teaching Tweaks to Make the Most of Mastery-Based Learning

To help underrepresented students succeed in organic chemistry, Dwight Williams, PhD, switched up more than his grading approach.

Cinderella in Muscle Contraction: Teaching Anatomy with Stories

Anamika Basu, PhD, uses fairy-tales and analogies to help community college students understand Anatomy and Physiology course concepts.

4 Creative Biome Projects to Jazz Up Introductory Bio

Ciara Reyes-Ton, PhD, teaches biology with an artistic twist, having students write songs, invent creatures, and play Survivor in class.

Spread the Health: Community-Engaged Learning for Biology Students

Biology professor Debby Walser-Kuntz, PhD, shares two ways her biology students create helpful materials for the general public.

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.

It (Could Be) Alive! A Create-a-New-Organism Project for Intro Bio

After teaching students the building blocks of life, Dr. Allison Stamatis puts them in a fun role: that of a Dr. Frankenstein (of sorts).

Teach Scientific Inquiry with the Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Ecologist X. Ben Wu, PhD, helps undergrad non–science majors understand scientific processes and practices by having them do a virtual inquiry project.

A Debate Project That Builds Sociological Imagination (and Critical Thought)

Thea Alvarado, EdD, has created a structure for in-class and online debates that inspire students to rethink their worldview.

Use “Virtual Drug Screenings” to Make Undergrads Think Like Scientists

Stephanie Maiden, PhD, provides pharmacology students with a project mimicking real-world drug development. No lab required!

Make Statistics Less Scary for All Science Students: A 3-Point Plan

To ease implicit bias, oceanographer Drew Talley, PhD, tackles the mindset behind it—and helps underrepresented students succeed.

5 Lessons I Learned from Flipping My Genetics Class

To help students overcome the “but it made sense in class” conundrum, Judith Leatherman, PhD, flipped her approach—and started producing lessons on video. 

Make High-Level Concepts Relatable with Multifaceted Micro-Cases

Demand forecasting stymies even seasoned business people. Thanks to a unique approach, students “get it”—even if they do not get an A.

Bring History to Life with a Playlist Project

This professor helps students gain a deeper understanding of history by having them dive deep into the music of the past 100 years.

Storytelling in Science: 7 Tips for Turning a Textbook into an Epic Tale

Dr. Samar Abedrabbo shares a collection of innovative ideas for using the power of narrative to engage biology students.

March MATHness: Applying Statistics to College Sports Brackets

Math professor Tim Chartier, PhD, uses the annual college basketball competition to show students how to use data to predict outcomes.

4 Ways to Use Tech to Close the Equity Gap in Math

To help students overcome math anxiety, Edouard Tchertchian, MS, turned to tech they all know and love: their smartphones.

Inquiry-Based Learning in Science: How to Embed It at Every Level

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.

Streamline Science Labs with Digital Notebooks and PowerPoint Exams

To enhance study habits—and ease test-taking—biologist Mike Taylor, MS, is using digital technology in some unexpected ways.

Teach Financial Analysis—and Excel Skills—with a Self-Made Case Study

By letting finance students tackle real-world problems, Miren Ivankovic, PhD, gives them the intellectual and digital tools they will need on the job.

A Cell Biology Cancer Lab for a Lecture-Only Course

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.

Add Compassion to the Healthcare Curriculum, Two Weeks at a Time

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.

STEM Is for Everyone! Promote Diversity with an On-Campus Event for High Schoolers

Dr. Danielle Graham uses a multi-pronged approach—including a lab led by her microbiology class—to spark young students’ interest in STEM.

Apply the 5E Model to Bring Biology Concepts to Life

Biology instructor Marianna Burks, MS, shares the hands-on, highly visual approach that has reshaped her classroom.

#SciArt: Twitter-Inspired Ways to Teach Biology with Art

From unusual icebreakers to cupcake sculptures, biology professor Jennifer D. Robison, PhD, gives students artistic license to learn.

Flawed Research as a Teaching Tool in Undergraduate Science Courses

Dr. Arpita Bose teaches undergraduate microbiology students to be critical readers by examining journal articles that are riddled with errors.  

“Keeping Up with the Ilyiches” and Other Ways to Unpack Classic Literature

When English composition students struggled to connect with characters from Shakespeare, Milton, Tolstoy, and more, Melissa Long, MA, made them feel real.

Turn Undergraduates into Published Scientists . . . in One Semester

Dr. André Hudson’s writing project requires critical thinking and collaboration—and rewards genomics students with a coauthor byline.

Make Math Lovable with Sudoku, Secret Codes, and Teamwork

Agnes Rash, PhD, eases math anxiety with in-class activities that make failure fun, while building teamwork and strategic thinking.

Use Tree Thinking (and Candy) to Explain Evolutionary Relationships

Even science-education majors struggle to understand evolutionary relationships. Amanda Glaze, PhD, finds that a sweet approach makes it easier.

Make Anatomy and Physiology Less Daunting with “Learn as You Go” Guides

Dr. Kathryn Lipson offers tips on creating detailed, customized study guides that help students keep on top of a demanding workload.

Teaching Science to Nonmajors? Rethink the Goals and Assessments

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.

Tape a Heart on the Floor … and Other Circulatory System Exercises

To better teach the anatomy and physiology of the heart, Caycee Creamer, MS, uses VARK (visual, aural, read/write, and kinesthetic) tactics.

College Educators Have Complimentary Access on Course Hero through September 30

In response to COVID-19, Course Hero is offering three months of complimentary access to our course-specific library for verified educators.

Help Online Students Learn Anatomy Terms—No Cadavers Required

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.

Helping Educators and Students in a Time of Need 

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.

3 Levels of Undergraduate Research Projects Using Beer and DNA

Mike Wolyniak, PhD, customizes research projects for biology students based on their year, ability, and course objectives.

Physiology Trick: Add Context to Coursework with a Track-Your-Exercise App

To help her students better relate to the tough topics of anatomy and physiology, Dr. Elizabeth Granier gets them moving—and tracking the results.

The Unfaithful Lion: How to Use Storylines to Make Science Enticing

Biology instructor Jason Crean, MS Bio, EdD, weaves semester-long stories to immerse students in the deep science of genetics, evolution, and interdependence.

Pandas, People, and Plastic Straws: How to Make Climate Change Personal for Students

By investigating stories and research that directly impact biology students, Dr. Spencer Ingley inspires them to impact the world in a positive way.

Create a Science Expo to Generate Excitement in Nonmajors

Dr. Melba Horton’s biology students have attracted national funders and community attention with their original (and personally relevant) projects. 

Teach to Learn: Have Biotech Students Create Activities for Schoolkids

By creating biotechnology activities for a children’s museum, Dr. Rebecca Murphy’s upper-level undergraduates get deeper into their subject.

Piglets, Potato Salad, and Death: Liven Up Microbiology with Storytelling

To snag nonmajors’ attention in a stadium-sized class, Tom Gustad, MS, breaks up lectures with high-energy (and personal) stories.

Oral Assessments: How and Why They Are Worth the Time

When Dr. Martin St. Maurice replaced written tests with oral exams, he gained new insight into his biology students—and built stronger bonds.

Update Mythology Using New Stories—and Modern Media

When students felt disconnected from the conventional myths of the Greeks and Romans, Jackie Williams, MFA, created a new, entirely modern approach.

Draw to Remember: Using Art to Teach Anatomy, Physiology, and Disease

Biology professor Dr. Thomas Davis has found a creative way to improve student participation and reinforce the learning of complicated topics: drawing.

 5 EdTech Tools for an Online Anatomy and Physiology Class

Dr. Nick Roster uses an array of technologies to enhance content, motivate students, and virtually dissect organs from the comfort of home.

A Love of Virtual Labs: One Biology Professor’s Thoughts

After experimenting with online labs, biology professor Dr. Yavuz Cakir has found many benefits that may outweigh real-world work.

Teach Scientific Methods Through a Fishing Field Trip

Biology professor Dr. Adam Aguiar encourages students to apply scientific principles, such as pattern recognition, by using his hobby as bait.

Guess That Pathogen: A Fun Game of Case Studies and Role-Play

To help undergraduate students begin to think (and act) like medical professionals, Dr. Aimee Hollander uses role-play—and buzzers.

Go Viral with a National Database Project on Bacteriophages

Digging through dirt and data, Dr. Marcia Pierce’s undergraduate students gain lab experience, life lessons—and maybe national recognition.

Find Pollution Solutions with “Speed Dating” and Community Outreach

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.

An “Accounting Escape Room” and 4 Other Engaging Activities

Christopher McCullick, CPA, has gamified accounting exercises and quizzes to inspire student engagement, mastery of key concepts, and hands-on fun.

Think Big: Teach Microscopic Processes with 3-D Printed Models

To help students “see” how the immune system works, Dr. Erica Suchman enlisted the help of two honors students and a 3-D printer.

6 Engaging Strategies to Supplement Dry Science Textbooks

To help make complicated medical topics more engaging, Dr. Sandy Westerheide uses a variety of attention-grabbing textbook alternatives.

Virtual Volcanoes and More: Using Past Data to Predict Earth’s Future

To help environmental science students analyze the past and forecast with data, Dr. Stephen MacAvoy turns to carbon storage, volcanoes, and ice cores.

Teach Science Writing with Peer Review—and Vice Versa

To help biology students become better writers, readers, and peer reviewers, Dr. Pamela Kittelson has added a writing lab to her courses.

Teaching Systems Biology with the Jigsaw Method

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.

Promote Sustainable Eating with an Eye-Opening Food Footprint Portfolio

To inspire more sustainable habits, Jennifer Macbeth, MS, uses a blend of electronics and introspection to highlight “bad” habits—and inspire good ones.

Counteract “Plant Blindness” with an On-Campus Phenology Trail

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.

Myth Busters: Teach Critical Thinking by Debunking Pseudoscience

Biology professor Dr. James Wilson makes examples of ghosts, Bigfoot, mermaids, and local legends to encourage students to think more like scientists.

Encourage Deeper Inquiry Early in the Math Major

To help students develop deep understanding of mathematics, Dr. Kristin Camenga asks them to create their own questions—and embrace failure.

4 Ways to Enhance Scientific Learning with Art

Genetics professor Dr. Ahna Skop uses assignments that teach effective visual communication of science.

How Coaching Esports Helps This Generation of College Students—and the Next

Informatics professor Katie Salen Tekinbaş introduces students to a club that turns sports-focused video games into educational opportunities.  

5 Writing Exercises to Engage Science Students

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.

Turn Scientifically Illiterate Students into Idea-Generating Scientists

Dr. Catherine McCusker has perfected a way to help undergraduate biology students read, decipher, digest, and even question jargon-heavy journal articles.

Use Argument-Driven Inquiry (and Caffeine) to Spark Interest in Labs

Dr. Bethany Melroe Lehrman uses a sequential group-learning approach—and a lab on caffeinated beverages—to add zing to her chemistry class.

Turn Hesitant Chem Students into Independent Chemists

To teach her students to be analytical and confident, Dr. Paula Mazzer gave them risk assessments, checklists, quirky questions—and plenty of autonomy.

4 Types of Videos That Defeat the “Math Confidence Deficit”

David Breed, MEd, makes videos each semester to address individual quiz mistakes, zinger problems, and other morale killers that plague his adult classes.

Real-Life Examples That Prove Economics Is About People (Not Just Money)

Dr. Adelaja Odutola adds his own twist to icebreakers, group work, and essays to make this numbers-based, theory-heavy subject more relatable.

Learning from The Simpsons in a Business Law Classroom

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.

Use Mindfulness Writings to Boost Study Skills in Any Course

Biologist Kristin Picardo, PhD, uncovered a secret to improve learning outcomes: Require students to consider whether what they are doing is working.

How to Get Undergraduate Students Excited About Doing Research

Mathematics researcher Dr. Mohamed Ait Nouh builds confidence in underserved students by inviting them to collaborate with him on publishable projects.

Make Ethics Real by Sharing Your Life Lessons

Dr. Erinn Tucker helps hospitality students prep for complex cultural conundrums by role-playing her own lived experiences.

Chemistry in Action: A Service Project at a Local Estuary

A local estuary has helped Dr. Subhalakshmi Nagarajan show her students the interdisciplinary nature of science and the value of a scientific career.  

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.

Help Math Students Visualize Probability Distributions with Excel

Randomness can be difficult to explain with words alone, so Dr. Mehdi Razzaghi uses numbers, spreadsheets, and histograms to help students understand.

Beauty and the Accountant: A Student Project Using Data from a Local Salon

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.

Build Essential CPA Skills with a Modified Monopoly Game

Dr. Rania Mousa has turned this money-based board game into an activity that is proven to forge real-world accounting skills.

Build Digital Literacy in Music Marketing with a Real Brand or Band

Gigi Johnson, EdD, teams her students with real-world music industry clients to teach them about twenty-first-century digital literacy and tools.

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.

5 Real-Life Accounting Stories and Illustrations to Engage Students

To help students relate to the material, Eugene H. Cantor, LLM, CPA, presents real situations to personalize key accounting terms and concepts.

Fuel an Open Mind with International Food Day

Carrie Awadzi, EdD, uses the age-old ritual of breaking bread to help students appreciate cultures and perspectives different from their own.

Finance Students Pay It Forward by Helping Peers Manage Their Money

To address students' widespread money confusion, Oscar Solis, PhD, has upper-level consumer finance students teach first-years the essentials.

A 6-Pillar Approach to Teaching Business Analytics

To put statistics into perspective, Michael Ratajczyk, MA, takes a holistic look at businesses in lessons like the one detailed here.

Add Value to Economics Class with Mind-Blowing Data

Michael Eaton, JD, sheds light on today's financial markets by sharing surprising historical narratives and the tricky side of reporting statistics.

Boost Undergraduates’ Lab Expertise by Teaching with Real Neurons

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.

Make Genetic Diversity Relatable with a Bitter Taste Test

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.

Jump-Start Dramatic Writing by Focusing on Conflict Dialogue

To bust writer’s block in new playwrights, Kevin Kelly, MFA, has students create characters who fundamentally disagree, then watch the drama play out.

Turn Students into Accounting Fans with Creative Case Studies

Grad students of Eric Sussman, MBA, hook into accounting by looking at finances through the eyes of ballplayers, celebrities, and real estate moguls.

6 Tips for Using POGIL in a Stadium-Seating Course

Dr. Naina Phadnis uses a technique called Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) to make massive biology classes easier to follow—and pass.

Teach Multicultural Skills to Future Teachers with Field Research

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.

Teach Molecular Biology with Craft Supplies

Dr. Kamal Dulai has found that a pipe cleaner, beads, and a chance to work in three dimensions can help students understand protein structures.

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. 

Virtual Beer with Real Benefits: The Gamification of an Accounting Class

Real-life experience in auditing is crucial (and rare) for accounting students, so D. Scott Showalter, CPA, turned to virtual reality—and virtual beer. 

Teach Intro to Theatre with Shocking Scripts and 3-D Art

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.

Invite Bio Students to Write a “Genetic Bill of Rights”

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.

For Ad Majors: Give a Local Business a Much-Needed Social Media Upgrade

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.

Help Engineers Grasp Statistics by Writing Code

To increase students’ understanding of probability values (p-values), Dr. Joni Torsella has them write original code to calculate it.

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.

Guest Speakers Bring to Life the Reality of the Family Business

Professor Daniel Van Der Vliet guides guest lecturers to use personal experiences to reveal how to make the most of working with relatives.

Bring Political Science to Life with Hamilton

William Adler, PhD, found a dramatic way to make engagement skyrocket, even among nonmajor students: Use a smash Broadway musical as a teaching tool.

Check for Math Comprehension with Small-Group Mini Quizzes

Math professor Lawrence C. Udeigwe, PhD, draws on lessons from his other passion—music—to reframe math quizzes as collaborative opportunities for practice.

Engage English Nonmajors with a “Make Your Own Exam” Assignment

Susan Burgess’s approach to helping students tackle tough English lit texts? Teach them how to develop midterm-worthy questions.

Did You Get the Memo? Tips to Help Auditors Communicate

When business pros told Dr. John DeJoy that accounting graduates are lacking in communication skills, he refocused his course from math to memos.

Build Students’ Resumes with High-Stakes Clients (and No Exams)

To provide students with vital work experience, Scott Grant, EdD, created a business-cum-marketing class serving a local sports team.

Inquiry-Based Learning: A Math Professor’s Formula for Engaging Nonmajors

Dr. Christine von Renesse uses unconventional examples, such as maypole dances, to show students the beauty of mathematics.

Social Responsibility in Business: Breaking Down Barriers to Ethical Leadership

To encourage tomorrow’s leaders to care about planet and people—not just profit—Dr. Tim Hart shares real-world cases that challenge assumptions.

3 Keys to Business Success—and How to Teach Them in Class

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.

Boost Theatre Appreciation: Help Nonmajors Put on an Original Show

Sarah J. Fabian, MFA, takes students behind the scenes to show them the amount of work and skill that goes into a play.

It Adds Up: Accounting Plus Toys Equals Fun (and Learning)

Many people think accounting is a dry subject. That included Professor Debbie Porter’s students—until the toy cars and plastic building bricks arrived.

6 Ways for Business Students to Take a Deep Dive into Ethics

Dr. Elizabeth Chapman has students act as debater, teacher, defense attorney—and opponent—to learn about leading organizations with many points of view.

Demystify Economics Statistics with a 5-Minute Video Project

When her econometrics students were confounded by finding stories in economic data, Dr. Sarah Pearlman created an activity that drives a concise narrative.

Stewards of the Community: Use Local Health Research to Spark Awareness

NYC health policy veteran Dr. Christopher Godfrey tasks students of experimental psychology with exploring real issues through a unique community survey.

Hold Still! And Other Prompts to Create Better Public Speakers

When he saw business students project fear, not authority, during presentations, David Bacci, MBA, taught them how ethos can help.

That’s Edutainment! How to Liven Up Accounting Classes

Accounting professor and documentary filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope, PhD, CPA, shares her top tips for adapting an edutainment approach to instruction.

Turn Students into Museum Pros to Spark Interest in Local History

By partnering with the surrounding community, Dr. Sarah Scripps creates opportunities for students to create actual museum exhibits on local history.

Prep Social Work Students for Research with a Proposal-Writing Project

Christopher Shar, PhD, MSW, immerses students of social work in a research skills class that helps them become smarter consumers of research.

Teach Limits in Math, Starting with an “Unsolvable” Problem

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.

Teddy Bear Dissections and Laundry Sorting Make Accounting Funtastic

Here’s how accounting professor Dr. Steve Crawford uses quirky activities to keep his students engaged.

Beat Math Negativity with Lessons in Mindfulness

Lessons learned while teaching in rural China showed Dr. Winnie Wong how to improve outcomes for math students in the US.

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.

The Zine Project: Disrupt the Status Quo in Literature Classes

Dr. Nicole Gervasio makes classic works accessible and gives voice to marginalized characters by having students create a radical lit-crit mini-magazine.

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.  

Get Out of the Lab to Find Real-World Experiences on Campus

To beat boredom and explain biosecurity, Sarah Balcom, DVM, lets her animal sciences students go “free range” on the campus farm and buildings.

Being Humerus: How LOLs Help Nursing Students Earn As and Bs

To help nursing students connect with difficult subjects, Susan Loesch, MSN, brings in the laughs—sometimes with potty humor—to foster deep learning.

Build Critical-Thinking Skills by Examining Popular Health Claims

To help her biology students separate fact from fiction, Brigitte Morin, MS, has them compare notes from popular media versus evidence-based research.

Teach Students How to Take Standardized Tests

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.

Drive a Historical Perspective Shift with a New Lived Experience

By shifting focus toward historically marginalized people, Gaye Theresa Johnson, PhD, preps students to rethink the past and dream a different future.

A Life-and-Death Experience: 3 Positive Writing Prompts on Dying

Professor Patrick Ashwood, PhD, challenges sociology students’ perspectives on death by helping them explore history, culture, and their own assumptions.

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 Finance Students into Savvy Investors with Yahoo! Finance

How can you teach finance students about the intricacies of investing? Dr. Alhassan Ndekugri found an effective solution online.

Teach Future Nurse Educators How to Build a Curriculum

To teach about nursing, Alfreda Harper-Harrison’s students will need to create courses from scratch. Her 7-step group project shows them how.

Make Research Papers Fun with Fake News

Dr. Daneryl Weber struggled to get her English Composition students to engage with research—and then the 2016 election happened.

Encourage Entrepreneurship by Empowering Students

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.

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.

A Pediatric-Focused Service Learning Project for Nursing Students

To open nursing students’ eyes to the needs of children from underserved communities, Kristen Rawlett, PhD, FNP-BC, created an innovative clinic.  

Look for Leadership Qualities in News Headlines

To flesh out textbook principles on management, Stefanie Wilson, DM, has students look for leaders—good and bad—in the media.

Reveal Hidden Biases with a Google Photo Lesson

To help future nurses see the humanity in patients, Kathy Magorian, EdD, MSN, RN, created an exercise based on making snap judgments.

Create YouTube Tutorials That Supplement Lecture Time

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.

Teach Complex Concepts with Unexpected Props and Mental Imagery

Dr. Kristy Kounovsky-Shafer uses stuffed animals, office supplies, and on-the-fly visual demos to make abstract chemistry concepts more fun.  

Use Real-World Partners to Help Students Choose a Career Path

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.

Make Tactile Models—from Household Objects—to Reach All Learners

Neuroscientist Dr. Katie M. Wiens explains why (and how) she uses toys, hair curlers, and craft supplies to make models of complex biological concepts.

5 Eye-Opening Exercises for Students in Helping Professions

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.

The 21-Headed Nurse and Other Perspective-Shifting Activities

Using exercises that evoke strong emotions, Sharon Bigger, MA, helps break down personal biases, raise transcultural awareness, and increase collaboration.

Teach Agile Thinking with a Scrum-Based Real-World Project

Tina Ostrander, MS, gives her IT students real-world experience with local clients, setting them up for Scrum certification—and job offers.

Erase Knowledge Gaps in Online Classes by Adding Peer Support

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.

Put the “Human” in “Human Resources” with a Role-Playing Card Game

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.

Work in Tandem with Big Companies to Get Students Career Ready

To give his business students instant value to employers, Dr. Craig Seidelson created a manufacturing internship and Six Sigma certification program.

Introduce Best Practices in Business with a Peer-Driven Group Project

Susan Schanne, MA, builds business skills with a 30-page group paper—complete with lessons in grammar, research, teamwork, and grounds for dismissal.

Turn Students into Experts with a Guest Spot on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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.

8 Focused Practice Strategies for Music Students (and Everyone Else)

Sang Woo Kang, DMA, developed a unique eight-step program for his increasingly distracted students—and the results are music to his ears.

Fight Research Fraud by Turning Scientists into Podcasters

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.

Expand Empathy by Having Students Argue for Charity

To show composition students that argumentation can include both empathy and logic, Amber Karlins starts with a topic that is close to their hearts.

Demystify Scientific Literature, Step by Step, with C.R.E.A.T.E.

In her ecology class, Dr. Catherine Kleier helps students get so comfortable reading journal articles that they write an abstract—then a grant proposal.

Improve Learning by Co-Teaching to Help Students Feel Invested

When business students seemed content to sit back in their seats, Dr. Michael London reconfigured the student-teacher dynamic to one of apprentice-mentor.

Question Everything: How to Turn Followers into Free Thinkers

By presenting a slew of real-world conundrums, Dr. Fred Rosenberg equips future public health professionals to pivot in the face of problems.

Help Struggling Students with a Math Readiness Workshop

Anita Shagnea, MS, developed a precalculus readiness workshop to get all her students on the same page.

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.

Build Empathy in Nurses with Uncomfortable Scenarios

Dr. Teresa Darnall gives nursing students a feel for age-related changes and community hardships with role-play, research, and uncomfortable simulations.

6 Steps to Prep Students to Debate Either Side of Any Issue

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.

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.

Uncover Realistic Career Paths with a Simple Self-Assessment

Former Hollywood screenwriting agent Nancy Nigrosh, MFA, created an assessment to show would-be writers how to make it in the real world.

Build Confidence in Adult Learners with a Road Map to Learning

You cannot be curious if you feel incompetent. To give returning students confidence, Jessica DelBove, PhD, provides them tools to be great learners.

Foster International Conversations with Skype

To develop language skills and global connections, Stephanie Krueger, MA, pairs Spanish students in the US with English students in Mexico.

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.

Encourage Students’ Autonomy with a “Choose Your Invertebrate” Lab

To strengthen students’ problem-solving skills, this biology professor reworked the lab script to put students in charge of their experiments.

How to Teach Future Teachers (or Anyone) to Code

To demystify coding for education majors (and other non–computer majors), Dr. Rachel Adler uses games, robotics, and a personalized final project.

Using Tech to Make the Move to an Online Modular Curriculum

When his roster outgrew his classroom, this professor built a hybrid online course based on modules—and a wide range of technologies.

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.

5 Ways to Turn Online Courses into Two-Way Conversations

By taking advantage of modern technologies, Dr. Marie Mallory offers distance learners more face-time than they would get in some on-campus classes.

Stem Student Attrition by Building Empowerment into the Curriculum

How do you solve for a low graduation rate? For Dr. Norma Jimenez Hernandez, it means helping students understand (and fight for) their rights.

Build Lifelong “Soft Skills” with a 3-Minute Video

When Dr. Peter Corridon noticed that his dental students lacked soft skills, he introduced a project that uses their digital savvy to their advantage.

Solve for “Chalk and Talk” Teaching with a Dose of Technology

This professor’s solution to his troublesome hearing issue offered an unexpected benefit: It helped him better connect with his students during class.

A Writing Pro’s Tips on Building an Online Writer’s Workshop—for Any Major

Professional writing consultant Theresa Stevens helps students of all majors turn a headful of ideas into a clearheaded research paper.

Prep History Students for the Future with a Writing Workshop

Dr. Christopher E. Manning’s in-class workshops help students learn history and improve their writing chops by editing themselves and each other.

Wake Up Student Brains with a Logic Puzzle Warm-Up

When Kristen Jaskie, MS, saw students struggling with critical thinking in her discrete mathematics class, she solved the problem—with puzzles.

Spark Product Innovation with Name Brands—and Lego Bricks

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.

The Gaia Hypothesis: How to Teach Climate Change Without Heated Debates

This professor’s systems approach—using computer models and a made-up world—can be adapted to suit any complex or controversial subject.

Build Empathy in Tech-Focused Students with a Podcast Project

Dr. Jessica Calarco uses podcasts to teach empathy and social justice to sociology students.

Bring Logic to Life with a Strategic Card Game

This professor found a winning trick for easing students into mathematical models of modal logic. And it starts with an ordinary deck of cards.

Plot Twist: Use Movie Scenes to Make Material Stick

The emotional tension of real-life stories and Hollywood movies help this law professor make complex concepts more relatable—and memorable.

Piece Together Amazing Discussions with the Jigsaw Method

Dr. Mark Schoenfield drives discussion around difficult topics by breaking the class roster and course content into pieces for pondering.

Make Math Manageable with a Mastery-Based Method

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.

Engage All Learning Styles with an Integrated Lesson Plan

Alternative medicine instructor Adrian Isaza, DC, has blended VARK’s model and Bloom’s Taxonomy to make coursework more engaging for all students.

How to Teach Climate Geography by Analyzing a Real Air Disaster

This professor has students analyze the details of JFK Jr.’s plane crash to better understand how weather and geography can impact air travel.

This Multicultural Activity Menu Sparks a Love of Diversity

Students cannot embrace diversity when they’re trapped in a cultural bubble. So Dr. Jacquelyn Mosley helps them break out with a clever exercise.

Make Science Relatable by Editing Case Studies into Modern Stories

Can complicated science be made more interesting through storytelling? Upon analysis, this instructor has come to a solid conclusion: Yes.

Jump-Start Students’ Writing by Reverse Engineering the Thesis Statement

To circumvent writer’s block, students engage in a variety of creative approaches to reading, annotation, and analysis—then start on their thesis.

View a Topic Through an Interdisciplinary Lens with a Team-Taught Course

By showing students how evolution can inform and be informed by all areas of academia, this professor models the power of interdisciplinary instruction.

Build Content Mastery Through Creativity with an Illustrative Review

This professor helps nursing students absorb the complexities of prescription medications by tapping into their artistic potential. 

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.

Encourage Customer-Centric Thinking, Starting with a Moment of Struggle

This professor leverages the tools of applied psychology to help his students understand the unconscious and often irrational behavior that drives business decisions.

Advance Diversity Awareness with a Personal Survey on Identity and Inclusion

To prepare business students to be thoughtful leaders, this professor asks some pointed questions to uncover hidden biases and advantages.

Get Chem Students Curious with the Case of the Sleepless Student

Reinforce the utility of scientific investigation through realistic scenarios that require students to team up and think like experts.

How to Teach Heart Physiology with Smart Watches and Apps

This fitness-minded professor uses technology to help Millennials wrap their heads around how the heart functions—and what it means for their health.

Empower Nurses to Inspire Change with Motivational Interviewing

To foster healthy lifestyle changes in their future patients, nursing students must first give their own communication skills a checkup.

Mimic Unpredictable Scenarios with an Evolving Case Study

To help future fitness pros flex their mental muscle, this instructor devised four-round case studies of clients whose needs are always changing.

Bring Complex Math Down to Earth with Real-World Examples

Using visual modeling and some helpful computer programs and platforms, this professor brings differential equations into clear focus.

Create Team-Driven Chefs with Community-Focused Instruction

This professor of the culinary arts prepares future chefs for the real world by emphasizing teamwork—and the in-class community—over individual egos.

Improve Class Discussion with a Quick Writing Exercise

By including writing warm-ups as a regular—and required—part of her course, this professor has found a way to keep students talking.

Help Students Bridge Cultural Gaps Starting with Identity Pie Charts

This professor pushes her students to proclaim their true selves—and step into unfamiliar worlds—to overcome cultural misunderstandings.

Check Students’ Understanding (Fast!) with a One-Minute Paper

When this professor wants a quick read on students’ grasp of concepts, she hands out index cards and sets a timer for 60 seconds.

Teach Social Entrepreneurship to Engineers with a High-Stakes Overseas Project

By having them help a community in need, this professor teaches would-be entrepreneurs what it takes to succeed in the business world.

Keep Lab Time Focused on Lab Work with Pre-Lab Instructional Videos

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.

Introverted Educators: Play to Your Strengths with a 1:1 Approach

Breaking down concepts and class groups—from big to medium to small—helps extroverts and introverts alike.

Build Business Acumen with a Board of Directors Presentation

To help students understand the dynamics of presenting a business plan, this instructor reached out to his LinkedIn network—with remarkable results.

Beat Impostor Syndrome in Online Learners with a Big Group Project

A two-part assignment provides students with the knowledge and confidence they will need to present findings to a board of directors.

Teach Investment Theory with Real-Time Stock Trading

Using an online stock-trading simulation helps students put theory into practice—with a safety net. The payoff for top performers? A grade boost.

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.

Help Students Find Their Creative Voice with a Modeling Approach

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.

Dispel Public-Speaking Fears with an Awards Presentation Assignment

This communication professor’s lesson empowers students to overcome their fears—and consider their lack of meaningful connections.­

Could This Cognitive Psychologist Change the Way You Teach?

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.

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.

Spark Reflection on Learning Outcomes by Knowing What to Ask

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.

Build Student Lab Skills by Taking a Toxic Field Trip

 Set up lab students for real-world success with field work that addresses a real-world question: How do bacteria fight antibiotics?

Teach Practical Skills with a Mysterious Group Project

Students in this marketing course wear many hats—entrepreneur, marketer, and client. Changing roles and other surprises keep them on their toes.

Try Universal Design for Learning to Help Nontrad Students Succeed

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

Improve Math Skills by Thinking Like a Camp Counselor

To overcome a deeply held belief among students that math skills were out of reach, this instructor first got a little goofy.

Help Students Decode Journal Articles with Academic Reading Tips

Journal articles can intimidate first-year college and university students used to reading textbooks in classes. These strategies help them crack the code.

Shift Historical Perspective with Primary Sources and a Hot-Button Topic

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.

Build Community by Sharing Language Stories

Students build Spanish and English speaking skills—and intercultural awareness—when they trade life stories in the community.

Teach Holistic Thinking with a Five-Senses Lab

Reading medicine labels is a good start, but this professor shows students that there is more to being a pharmacist than meets the eye.

Use Real-World Work to Improve Student Expertise

A collegiate competition is giving this Washington College professor the chance to immerse his marketing students in real-world agency life.

Boost Decision-Making Skills with Just-in-Time Teaching

By encouraging role-playing and collaboration, this professor teaches occupational therapy students how to deploy research for personalized treatment.

Build Historical Perspective with a Pop Culture Catalog

A passion for journalistic research enables this history professor to help students deeply understand the past through the lens of the present.

Use Feedback Videos to Improve Retention and Growth in Online Writing Courses

Typed comments on papers can feel accusatory. This writing professor (and prolific writer) uses psychology and technology to set a positive tone.

Teach Anatomy with 3-D Art

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.

Encourage Collaboration with a Discussion Facilitation Assignment

This professor’s group interaction project helps independent-minded honors students become more capable as leaders and as teammates.

Teach Teachers to Teach with Intuition-Busting Clinical Interviews

By focusing on how problems are solved instead of simply solving problems, this instructor helps future teachers build intuitive skills in the classroom.

Build Better Writers with a Refrigerator-Magnet Game

To help write better—not just correctly—students dissect the sentences of famous authors, then use word games to augment sentences of their own.

Help Students Receive Feedback by Teaching Them How to Deliver It

By evaluating themselves and others—on paper and in person—students learn to be more objective about their progress and identify opportunities for growth.

Change Student Perspectives with Professional Partnerships

This professor brings a touch of the real world to his marketing course by having students try their sales pitches on sales professionals.

Increase Creativity with Progressive Relaxation Exercises

This architecture professor has adopted a practice that helps students from multiple disciplines tap into their creative minds and generate new ideas.

Help Students Learn to Self-Edit with Multimodal Composition

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.

Show Students that Their (Informed) Opinions Matter

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.

Overcome Public-Speaking Fears with Scratch-Off Lottery Cards

The Socratic method singles out law students—and sends stress soaring. This professor found a calm, collaborative way to build argumentation skills.

Foster Perseverance and Proficiency with a Game of Simon Says

To show students it is OK to be vulnerable and make mistakes while learning, this professor lowers the stakes and raises the fun factor.

How to Make Web Development Relevant to Journalism Majors

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.

Give Students an Edge: Bring Business Tech to the Classroom

With a strong background in business and technology, this professor sees benefits in taking his students beyond the use of classroom-only tools.

Improve Media Literacy with a 48-Hour Media Blackout

How to raise students’ awareness of their usage in today’s 24-hour-cycle, media-saturated world? Through experiential learning and critical essays.

Keep Adult Learners Motivated with the Right Message at the Right Moment

This instructor helps online students succeed by offering supportive input at key moments in each student's journey.

Provide a Framework for Business Ethics with Six Schools of Thought

Great minds do not always think alike: That’s why this professor introduces students to as many philosophies as possible.

Offset Stressful Field Work with Added Support Measures

For social work students, spending a month in a poor community overseas can be distressing. These educator interventions helped them through.

Demonstrate Bias—Then Growth—with a Word Cloud

Using tools for self-reflection, this border-studies expert helps Arizona students examine their beliefs about the southern border of the U.S.

Guarantee Weekly Engagement with Required Online Posts

To humanize distance learning, this professor teaches netiquette, forms de facto study groups, and takes part in student discussions.

Make Statistics Relatable with an Athletic Approach

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.

Engage Students of Required Courses with a Youth Service Learning Project

This professor sparked excitement in nonmajor students by offering them a heartwarming task: to teach basic science to local kids who need it most.

Cultivate Civic Engagement by Studying Local Food Insecurity

A community food assessment elevates experiential learning to a new level, taking students outside the classroom to view the real impact of inequities.

Conquer Math Phobia by Helping Students Analyze a “Burning Question”

Help even the most fearful of students understand and apply abstract concepts of mathematics with confidence. Here is one professor's approach.

Turn Students into Travel Agents to Make Languages “Stick”

In real life, we talk, we don’t conjugate verbs. Sharing fun details in a new language helps students internalize—not just memorize—vocabulary.

Make Practice Testing Fun with a “King of the Hill” Game

When his practice quizzes were a flop, this psychologist created a midterm challenge game that can earn students an A—and bragging rights.

Inspire Future Teachers to Be Agents of Equality

By examining historic primary documents and modern-day pedagogy, aspiring educators learn how to promote educational excellence for all.

Improve Students’ Collaborative Skills with the TREO Model

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. 

Create a Sense of Urgency in the Classroom with Real-World Scenarios

This professor focuses labs on familiar health challenges in his students’ own community, making key scientific concepts more relatable and memorable.

Tackle Real-World Business Decisions in the Classroom

Analyzing data, metrics, and consumer habits gets real—and really easy to understand—when students serve as actual business consultants.

Course-Correct Daily with a Modified Daily Quiz

In accounting courses, if students fall behind, it is tough to catch up. Checking comprehension daily—with a reward of early dismissal—can help.

Close the Confusion Gap with Invention Activities

To help complex concepts sink in and nurture students' natural curiosity, this professor offers activities before the lesson—and no time to forget.

Draw Out Students’ Best Work with a “Contract for B”

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.

Find Fun in Applied Science with a Messy Egg Drop Contest

This former softball coach combines two loves—science and competition—in a classroom experiment that helps freshmen get creative with science.

Overcome Anti-Math Bias with a Moment of Joy

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.

Reveal Media Bias with a Shocking “Who Said It?” Exercise

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.

Dismantle Classroom Inequities with Micro-Moments of Social Justice

To help marginalized students reach their tremendous potential, this professor weighs every action to ensure he is part of the solution, not the problem.

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.

Solve the Mystery of History Bias with an Investigative Approach

Students use compelling primary documents to assume the role of historian, channel life as a historical figure, then teach history to each other.

Teach Active Reading by Taking Away Students’ Desks

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.

Tackle Complex Subjects with the Think-Pair-Share Model

When this professor saw students struggling with complex concepts, he adapted a tried-and-true teaching model to help them work through problems together.

Help Math Students Find Their Own Shortcuts

With this guided discovery activity, students dissect complex equations like advanced mathematicians do, deepening their own understanding of core concepts.

Teach Empathy with Eye-Opening Service Projects

When it comes to social justice, location matters. This social geography course explains how space affects equality—and how students can balance the scales.

Help Tomorrow’s Teachers Engage the YouTube Generation

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.

Unlock Student Potential with “T-Teaching”

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.

Improve Problem-Solving Skills with a Culture of Care

The greatest lesson students can learn from their study of mathematics may be how to solve complicated problems with the help of others.

Wake up MBA Students with an Absurd Honor Code Contract

In this professor's course, MBA students get a shocking glimpse into the differences between online and face-to-face negotiations.

Bust Media Misconceptions with a Data Chart from the CIA

By researching key statistics from a range of countries—and sharing their own international experiences—students form a more realistic worldview.

Keep Students on Track with a Range of Grading Strategies

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.

Empower Self-Reliant Learners with a Paradigm Shift on Grading

By diverging from language-teacher stereotypes, this professor has created assessments that empower students to be self-reliant, eager learners.

Identify Unique Strengths with a Multiple Intelligences Test

This former public school teacher shows future educators how to adapt quickly to meet the needs of each student’s unique learning style.

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.

Awaken Cultural Awareness with a Quirky Card Game

When international business students played a game with new rules and no speaking, they realized why cultural and language barriers impact workplace deals.

Ease Student Fears of Subjective Grading in the Arts

When student performers voiced concerns that this instructor’s musical preferences could unfairly impact their grades, the educator created a new approach to evaluations.

Bring Reality to the Lab to Make Scientists Marketable

In this molecular genetics course, labs closely mimic the imperfect nature of the real world to make students more flexible, resilient, and valuable.

Make College More Affordable with Open Educational Resources

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.

Make Big Classes Feel Small with Group Problem-Solving

When his class doubled in size, this professor created a small-lecture feel—by finding ways to engage all 75 students at once.

Build Student Debate Skills with a Team Playoff Exercise

This professor’s strategy encourages students to understand and then question the U.S. Constitution by suggesting amendments, then arguing their validity.

Promote Active Learning with Drama in the Classroom

This professor received critical acclaim from students when he replaced lectures and labs with student-led performances on how genes switch on and off.

Teach Argumentation and Citation with a Shakespeare Mash-up Exam

This professor eases students' fears of Shakespeare and bolsters their critical thinking skills by making them write new dialogue for classic characters.

Spark Student Interest with LARP Videos

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.

Improve Group Project Accountability with a Guidebook

Working together is essential in science labs (and life). This biology professor's guide defines group project roles—and encourages everyone to join in.

Build Confident Graduate Teaching Assistants with a Structured, Flexible Curriculum

This professor sets new GTAs up for success in the classroom by empowering them to follow course requirements—and their own creative instincts.

Help Students Get Career Ready with a Social Media Makeover

A communications and journalism professor helps students know how to upgrade their online personas and show their best professional self (not selfie).

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.

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.