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Q&A: Insights from a Flipped-Classroom Innovator

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

Infuse Biology Class with Gratitude, Humanity, and Civil Discourse

To help students grasp abstract concepts—and how they relate to real people—biology professor Dr. Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito taps into the power of story.

Catalyze Self-Motivation Through Student-Teacher Connections

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

7 Tips for Flipping a Stadium-Size Classroom

Nursing professor Casey Norris learned a lot by flipping a pathophysiology course of 125 students. Here is how she made the format work on a large scale.

Welcome to Learn: How to Create a Comfortable Space for Growth

To create a culture of caring, Tamara Coleman, PhD, gets to know her anatomy and physiology students as more than physical beings.

How to Promote Work-Life Balance for Adult Students

As a former nontraditional student, Dr. Wanda Carr meets her adult learners’ needs with abbreviated courses, customized lessons, and plenty of empathy.

Q&A: An MIT Professor’s How-to’s for Building Teams That Drive Innovation

Leadership expert Debora Ancona is reshaping the way we think about teamwork. Here, she shares how to apply her unique approach in the educational world.

Use Blogs, YouTube, and TED Talks to Help Refine Students’ Digital Presence

This professor helps MBA students enhance their digital presence with assignments that produce clickable, shareable materials.

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

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

Expert Tips for Managing Student Lab Assistants

Mary Gobbett, MS, draws on 25 years of experience as a biology lab coordinator to help students evolve into project planners, team players, and leaders.

Hypothesis vs. Theory? Demo the Difference with a “Two-Legged Stool” Game

When Dr. Nicola Plowes heard students misuse key scientific terms, she headed for the craft supply store and made a game with powerful, repeatable results.

7 Ways to Cultivate Compassion in the Classroom

For Dr. Amanda Sebastienne Grant, teaching students awareness of how they relate to others in society is the most important lesson in psychology.

6 Tactics from Business Leaders to Boost Student Engagement

Immunology Professor Dante Descalzi-Montoya has student engagement down to a science, thanks to business-style background checks, work-review check-ins, and more.

Free Your Class from Cell Phones—Without Making Threats

Biology professor Eric Rubenstein, PhD, has some strong feelings about the problems with tech in the classroom—and a clever solution that students love.

Spark Lightbulb Moments with 7 Principles of Human Learning

Dr. Nelson H. Kraus shares tips from his new book, Super Simple Anatomy & Physiology, that jazz up any subject and make complex topics easier to absorb.

A 4-Step Guide to Teaching Statistics to Science Majors

A love of Texas Hold ’Em helped genetics professor Dr. William Gilliland find ways to help science students understand, value, and apply statistics tests.

Why (and How) to Gamify Any Course

Public health professor Dr. Denise Rizzolo shares basics on 2 engaging games—plus 7 tips for other educators who are ready to play game-show host.

5 Assessment Tricks That Inspire Deeper Learning

Organic chemistry professor Dr. Stephen Branz shares simple tweaks to quizzes and extra credit that boost motivation—and success.

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

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

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

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

5 Effective Thinking Exercises from the Elective Everyone Loves

What will students remember from your course in 20 years? Dr. Edward Burger offers a few exercises in effective thinking that can be used for a lifetime.

11 Steps to Help Students Conduct Effective Research Surveys

Dr. Jerrod Penn shows his agricultural economics students how to use cold facts and human behavior to craft a survey that provides useful results.

Q&A: How Does Creative Puzzle-Solving Result in Effective Thinking?

University President Dr. Edward Burger’s insights on effective thinking, creative puzzle-solving, and intellectual regret—and why there is no “best” you.

7 Heartfelt Ways to Support Nontraditional Learners

Debra Jackson, PhD, teaches adults about their learning style, time management tips, and study tricks—and the basics of anatomy and physiology, too.

4 Ways to Create Fun in the Classroom with Active Learning

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

How to Respond to Every Student Email—with a Video Tutorial

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

10 Ways to Use Universal Design to Help Language Learners Succeed

To make Spanish more accessible to all of her students, this professor drew inspiration from the ADA accessibility laws and modifications.

Controversy in the Classroom: How to Keep Discussions Civil

Think your topic is tough? Dr. Brendan Lantz leads discussions on hate and bias crimes. Here are his tips on keeping it civil—and meaningful.

How to Use Face Time to Improve Communication in Hybrid Courses

This professor uses her research in organizational behavior to enhance student experiences in and out of the classroom.

15 Higher Education Podcasts that Pique Curiosity and Drive Innovation

Relevant and timely, these educator-created series offer insights into the tech, politics, sociology, and pedagogy affecting teachers today.

The Power of Perspective

Finding answers to complex problems and developing innovative ideas sometimes requires a big shift in perspective. The best solutions only emerge...

Bring Industry to the Classroom (and Vice Versa)

Two biomedical engineering professors share tips for building a bridge between academia and industry—with benefits for all involved.

Achieving Success in International Educational Partnerships

Should your school establish (or continue) study abroad programs? A three-time business school dean shares insights on six questions to consider first.

Reflections on the US PREP Design-Based Research Process

After engaging in a structured overhaul of a favorite course, this professor shares her steps, snags, and strategies that can be applied to any redesign.

A Meal-Sharing App That Targets Food Insecurity in College

Dispelling loneliness. Building community. Helping college students share extra meal swipes with hungry classmates. Yep: There's an app for that!

Remember Students’ Names with 5 Professor-Tested Strategies

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

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

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

How to Start a New Academic Department: A 7-Step Plan

This professor dreamed of building a new department of web engineering. Here's how he did it, what he learned along the way, and why he would do it again.

“Chemical” Is Not a Dirty Word

What does an organic chemistry professor do when his kids hate chemicals? Dr. Garg's colorful solution shows them a new way to look at the world.

5 Practical Tips to Manage Teaching Assistants

Are you a good mentor to your TAs? Here, experienced professors share practical tips for fostering collaboration during meetings, setting goals, and more.

Cell Phones in the College Classroom: How to Cope

Whatever your position, the truth is that students are more likely to remember their phone than their homework. Here are some ways other educators deal.

Why Stories Help Students Learn

Here, the neuroscience behind the power of story — plus 8 storytelling tips from Claremont Graduate University's Professor Paul J. Zak.

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