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This Co-Creation Project Gains Buy-in in a Required Course

Peter VanZandt, PhD, uses a collaborative approach to help students’ interest blossom in his requirement-filling field botany course.

Exam Wrappers (with a Twist): 3 Steps to Assess Study Habits

Jutta Heller, PhD, shares her before-during-after exam wrappers, which help her biology students improve their test prep.

Create a Welcoming Space for Introverts and Extroverts

Dr. Staci Johnson shares how her prompts for self-reflection and group discussion help personalities of all types engage in complex classroom interaction.

“Teach It to a 7-Year-Old” and Other Ways to Inspire Nonmajors

To spice up biology topics, Gloria Miller, PhD, sends students on a series of quests that help them educate themselves—and the wider world.

The Science of Engagement: Using Emotion to Make Material Memorable

Students and educators may not see eye to eye on what works best in the classroom, but Dr. Barbara Frank offers techniques to bridge the gap. 

An Instructor’s Guide to Helping Students “Adult”

To give students in the healthcare profession a competitive edge, Will Primack, MD, teaches an “adulting and physiology” class.

5 Ways to Make Adjuncts Feel More Welcome

As a former adjunct English professor, Elissa Caruth knows how to support these educators, deepening their connection to campus and colleagues.

Evolving as a Teacher: 4 Tips for Going from Good to Great

Dr. Lawrence C. Scharmann, an expert in evolution education, shares how to connect with students—and connect them with the material.

11 Online Teaching Tactics for Better Student Engagement

Course Hero gathered more than 120 college faculty to discuss their experiences with online teaching. These are some highlights from the event.

The Flashcard Project: Have Students Make (and Share) Study Tools That Promote Equity

Flashcards help with memorization, which is key in the sciences. Here is how Dr. Tracey Magrann has created hundreds of them, with student help.

Teaching with Twitter: 3 Types of Tweets to Try—and Why

Biology professor Paul Twigg, PhD, uses social media to boost student engagement in large introductory classes, 280 characters at a time.

Q&A: Are Bioscience Courses Prepping Students for Employment?

David Rivers, PhD, is challenging the old biology-to-med-school path to help students explore all career opportunities in the sciences. 

Teach Outside the Box: The “Question Everything” Edition

Educators share how they inspire students to ask (and answer) more questions—and more types of questions—on their own.

Q&A: The Multiple Perks of Small Group Quizzes—Scratch-off Style!

Dr. Jacob Cooper, a lecturer in biology, makes test-taking a pleasurable (and educational) exercise in teamwork.

Op-Ed: Why College Professors Need to Show More Compassion

Biology professor Richard Foreman, PhD, says studies show students may need third, fourth, and fifth chances. (Why? Hint: Not all of them are like you!)

Q&A: Physiology Resources from a Pioneer in Interactive Labs and Videos

Dr. Phil Stephens created dozens of lab simulations and videos for distance learners. Here is how to use them online and in person.

Use This Note-Taking Template to Spark Dialogue with Students

Biology professor Kayla Rihani has adapted a tool from the mid-20th century to get students to share their thoughts and questions more freely.

Q&A: Meet A Real-Life “Spider Woman” Who Makes Cell Biology Less Scary

To bring the mysteries of cytogenetics to life, Dr. Leocadia Paliulis has her students capture their own specimens—especially spiders.

6 Secrets for Post-Exam Reviews in a Stadium-Size Course

After students turned against him in a post-exam review, biology instructor Dr. Michael Moore experimented with these new approaches to improve results.

Lessons from the Roadrunner: Wily Tactics for At-Risk Groups

Instructor Thomas Vogel, MS, uses an invincible cartoon bird to inspire biology students to outwit the challenges of education.

A Writing Assignment That Benefits Students—and the Climate

Dr. Emily Weigel teaches about the biological impacts of climate change—and shows her students how to write about it, too.

All the Feels: 4 Ways to Use Emotion to Drive Motivation

By tapping into the affective domain, English professor Cristy Lopez-Bowlin, MA, has turned reluctant writers into highly engaged students.

Flipped Assessments: Replace Exams with eReports and Mastery Checks

When Dr. Thomas Mennella flipped his biology class, he found that his old tests were not working. So he changed his exam approach, too.

40 Quizzes Per Semester? Yes!

When Dr. Harry Davis was looking for ways to increase student engagement in online accounting, he introduced quick after-lesson quizzes—and lots of them.

Turn Scary Oral Quizzes into Low-Key, Fun Assessments

To help students memorize anatomy terms without raising their blood pressure, Rebecka Zepeda, MS, put some new twists on a traditional teaching tool.

4 Ways That Course Notebooks Build Student-Teacher Interaction

Dr. Melissa Haswell’s approach to dialogue education centers on a biology course notebook that students use for organizing, studying, and testing, too.

Forming Relational Connections: 6 Exercises to Build Community in Class

A community sculpture, breathing exercises, and a clever acronym help Dr. Anastasia Prentiss inspire communication students to engage and bond.

Stem Attrition with Personalized Instruction: Lessons Sparked by a DNA Test

In the quest to keep students in STEM majors, biology professor Dr. Aditi Pai found that a DNA test (and other personalized lessons) makes a good start.

Explore More in a Survey Course with a Build-a-Wiki Project

To deepen students’ focus on her Comparative Anatomy and Physiology course, Dr. Glené Mynhardt has them create a wiki page on one specific animal phylum.

A Science Prof’s Tips for Assigning Video Projects to Non–Media Majors

Dr. Jessica Wooten shares how she gets biology students to make movies on complex processes, culminating in a screening day complete with popcorn.

Q&A: Active Learning in Biology: New Research on the SCALE-UP Approach

How effective is a “Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-Down Pedagogies” in biology? Dr. Gokhan Hacisalihoglu explains.

How a “Study-Partner Attitude” Removes Common Barriers to Learning

Biology professor Dr. Mikhail Khoretonenko shares how he defeats common student stressors, including costs, tests, and conflicting schedules.

Put Global Health Data in Perspective with Gapminder Videos

To help freshmen grasp causation versus correlation, Dr. Samuel Richardson introduces a free data visualization tool—and a fun video project.

Q&A: An Expert in Scientific Modeling Shares Why It Works—and How to Use It

Lisa Kenyon, EdD, uses modeling techniques developed from her work in K–12 schools to enhance college students’ understanding of science.

Use Research Techniques to Teach Students the Art and Science of Interviewing

Ranging from hip-hop models to the Volkswagen scandal, Dr. Payal Sharma parlays her research knowledge into teaching tools for her business students.  

5 Tips to Support College Students with Disabilities

Janae Nelson Raymond, MS, taught high school special education students before she taught college. Here, her tips for helping all students succeed.  

Q&A: How an Anatomy Professor Dissected the Problem of Hasty Lab Work

Dr. Lance Forshee used his background in science education to identify obstacles that were dropping students’ work by a whole letter grade.

5 Times to Try Old-School Teaching Alongside Digital Formats

Biology lecturer Dr. Shereen Sabet shares her views on the pitfalls of modern teaching trends and when traditional methods can be more beneficial.

Question Everything: How to Help Students with Doubt

Dr. Michael Starbird—a professor of math and deep thinking—loves helping students become open to changing their minds. Here is his effective 4-step plan.

Q&A: Meet the Educator on a Mission to Help You Teach Synthetic Biology

DNA can be manipulated to build vaccines, flavorings, and maybe woolly mammoths. Dr. Lisa Scheifele is helping educators learn how to teach it.

Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask Before Assisting Others: Stress Management for Educators

Psychology professor Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassill offers 5 ways for educators to reduce stress and burnout—to support themselves as well as their students.

Mental Health on Campus: What Educators Need to Know—and Do

Psychology professor Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassill outlines how educators should respond if they believe they have seen signs of mental illness in a student.

Mental Health or Just Immaturity? Recognizing Unhealthy Behaviors and Helping Students Find the Resources They Need

Psychology professor Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassill discusses why educators may inadvertently overlook mental health problems among students.

Case Study: Online Resources Save Finance Prof “Countless Hours” on Courses

When Dr. Todd Feldman needed to create a new curriculum—fast!—he found free materials and a verified educator community on the Course Hero website.

Restructure Upper-Level Courses to Produce A-Level Research Assistants

To prepare 300-level science students for real-world research, Dr. George Mbata rewrote the syllabus. Here are some things he learned along the way.

8 Ways to Help Freshmen Outsmart the “Forgetting Curve”

Holly Greiner-Hallman, MS, a special lecturer in biology, structures her courses to help freshmen retain as much classroom learning as possible.

Online Students Crave Connection: This Business-World Tool Can Help

To get virtually face-to-face with her distance learners, accounting professor Jamie Seitz, DBA, introduces Zoom, a tool they might use in their careers.

How to Get (and Use) Candid Feedback in Course Evaluations

Biologist Dr. Mike Trombley shares why he uses 4-question, short-essay evaluations, why they are not anonymous, and how he gets honest answers anyway.

Help Students Stay on Track in a Flipped Class

When he noticed that some students in flipped bio classes struggle with self-discipline, Dr. Brent Burt took some unique steps—including canceling class!

Flipped-ish: Praise (and Tips) for High-Structure Course Design

Flipped classrooms are fine, but chemist Dr. Justin Shaffer adds a bit more structure to ensure that learners do their part outside of class.

4 Ways to Engage Students with Classroom Tech

Award-winning instructor Dr. George Ashline shares his advice for engaging students with smart boards, classroom capture, and more.

5 Top Reads on Technology’s Role in Human Behavior

Dr. Kevin Treu directs his computer and writing students to unexpected corners of the library for some surprising cross-discipline insights.

Tough Class? Combat Short Attention Spans with a Half-Flipped Approach

When Dr. Christine Shannon saw that her math students were frustrated and unfocused, she spiced up “old” drills with new flipped-classroom tricks.

6 Class-Time Tweaks That Move Students Beyond Memorization

Brad Richardson, MBA, adjusted his lectures, class discussions, and other classroom elements to teach students biology concepts—and better ways to learn them.

6 Video-Making Tips from YouTube’s “Professor Dave Explains”

You are ready to make a video of a lesson—but where do you start? Dave Farina, MA, explains his process—and his path to YouTube stardom.

Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom: 6 Effective Student Exercises

Course Hero educator partners share how they help students explore diversity in the classroom so they can feel seen, heard, and respected for who they are.

Q&A: A Former Biotech SVP Shares What Science Students Lack

Former cancer researcher and biotech manager Dr. Timothy Veenstra brings working-world experience—and expectations—to students seeking a science career.

Peer Power: 4 Student Roles to Promote Collaboration (and Learning)

Dr. Nicholas Panasik shares the peer collaboration assignments he uses to help his biology and chemistry students create a true learning community.

The Sequential Group Project: A Real-World Approach to Case Studies

Dr. Andrew David’s research background inspired this project in which student groups work consecutively (not simultaneously) to solve a parasite mystery.

4 Low-Key Ways to Inspire Q&A in Large Classes

Biology instructor Leigh Delaney-Tucker, MS, uses tech tools and activity packets to get students comfortable talking to her and to each other.

6 Exercises to Help Students Tackle a Question with No Clear Answer

Dr. Amy Worthington helps biology students synthesize baseline knowledge and new information so they can tackle any problem that comes their way.

Q&A: A Dialogue-Education Expert’s Tips on Teaching Open-Mindedness

To foster inclusive thinking in government accounting students, Antonette McCaster, MBA, CPA, uses a blend of teamwork and self-reflection.

Q&A: A Science Communication Expert’s (Free!) Visual Learning Software

Biology professor Dr. Bruce Kirchoff explains how he adapted his psych-based “White Paper” study method to an online format.

Career Planning in Class: Teaching About SMART Goals and Vision Boards

Dr. Andrea Woodson-Smith spends a semester on SMART goals and vision boards to show her kinesiology students how to get what they want in life.

Q&A: Why One Professor Focuses on *Respect* Instead of Active Learning

By treating students as peers, biology professor Dr. Nathan Tublitz creates a safe space for strengthening critical thinking and communication skills.

More than a Temperature Check: Understanding the Signs of Student Mental Health Issues

Psychology professor Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassill offers research and insights into student stress, to help educators better recognize and respond.

Q&A: An Analytics Expert Shares How to Boost Engagement in MOOCs

Dr. Ryan Baker has taught massive open online courses for as many as 50,000 students—but the insights he shares here can benefit any online educator.

Seahorses and Socioscientific Issues: Add Passion and Emotion to PowerPoints

Biologist and integrated environmental scientist Dr. Sarah Krejci’s compelling narrative illustrates the impact of humans on the natural environment.

Q&A: This Fraud Expert’s Program Has a 100% Placement Rate (for Real)

Learn how award-winning educator Dr. Cindy Greenman created a forensic accounting program with a lot of hands-on learning—and impressive outcomes.

7 Ways to Put Study Abroad Within More Students’ Reach

For first-generation, low-income, and/or minority students, the barriers to travel can be prohibitive. Judon-Monk, DHSc, has removed many of them.

Q&A: This Exec Tests Business Students with a Real Board of Directors Meeting

Dr. Wlamir Xavier’s course teamed students for a simulation that ends with a tough presentation to “the board.” An extra catch? It was a hybrid class.

Q&A: Nursing-Simulation Expert Shares an Approach to Minimize Medical Errors

Colette Foisy-Doll, RN, a pioneer of simulation-based learning, pairs it with interprofessional education and an annual event: HELP! Save Stan.

Use Instagram Stories to Keep Students in the Learning Loop

A special Instagram account helps Christie Novak, DBA, CPA, connect with her accounting students—and gives learning a whole new look.

Service Learning in Business Courses: 9 Project Ideas

Richard Kido, MBA, says service learning is part of his school’s accounting program. Here, ideas from his session at Course Hero Education Summit ’19.

5 Ways to Take Small Steps Toward Active Learning

Math professor Dr. Jana Gevertz shares how to find a happy medium between “sage on the stage” and “guide on the side.”

Q&A: Flipping the Classroom in an Ultra-Diverse Calc Class

John Kerrigan, EdD, uses a flipped classroom to personalize instruction, reaching both the quick study and the student who finds math a challenge.

The Design Hour Approach: A Mini-Lab That Maximizes Critical Thinking

Biomechanics professor Dr. Anthony Lau demonstrates the value and step-by-step use of Design Hour activities, using his own Chicken Bone Test.

Q&A: Using Ubuntu to Foster Classroom Compassion

On a vacation trip to South Africa, Adjunct Professor Lisa Slade learned a philosophy that she now uses to teach empathy in her Human Services courses.

Support a Growth Mindset in Students with the STEP Approach

Dr. Rebecca Campbell offers a plan for adopting a mindset of success for struggling students (and anyone else). From Course Hero Education Summit ’19.

Q&A: A Bio Professor Enlists Undergrads in Serious Cancer Research

When microbiologist Dr. Diana Ivankovic was diagnosed with cancer, she turned to her students for help seeking new treatments.

Make Sure Every Lesson “Clicks” with a Just-in-Time-Teaching App

A remote clicker app, or classroom response system, gives physics professor Eddie Red, PhD, real-time quiz results that help him adapt lectures on the fly.

To Build Excitement for Research, Add an Expert Interview

To help students decipher scientific literature, Jennifer Punt, VMD, PhD, takes them beyond annotation with a lesson that culminates in an expert interview.

How—and Why—to Give Students a Say in the Syllabus

To help fourth-year students feel more invested and respected, Dr. Bradley Seymour lets them choose and research which topics they learn about next.

5 Tips to Shut Down Digital Distraction in the Classroom

Dr. Ravi Nath, renowned researcher on digital distraction, uncovered actionable advice for educators in a session at the Course Hero Education Summit ’19.

Real vs. Fake News: How to Add Critical Thinking to Any Lesson Plan

Course Hero educator partners share how they demystify academic literature and foster critical thinking skills to help students avoid getting duped.

“What’s in a Name?” A First-Day Activity to Foster Discussion and Deep Learning

Based on ed psych principles, this low-cost (and fun!) activity from Ellen Stohl, MS, helps students open up to one another—and primes them for learning.

Writing Figure Legends for Science Graphics: A Study Tool

To help struggling biology students understand tough concepts, Dr. Laura Palmer has them combine art and science in a unique writing project.

Q&A: A Duke Professor’s Guide to Leading Campus Events That Fight Hunger

Finance professor John Graham, PhD, shares insights from his experience creating on-campus events that have delivered more than 400,000 meals to those in need.

Teach User-Focused Design with the Core Engagement Loop

By showing how a game-design concept applies to real life, Professor Chris Bennett helps edtech students create engaging online learning experiences.

Creating an OER Textbook: Steps Followed and Lessons Learned

Dr. Michelle Kruse-Crocker turned to open educational resources to swap a problematic textbook for a free, course-specific text. Here is what she learned.

4 Role-Playing Exercises That Open the Door to Difficult Conversations

In her Course Hero Education Summit ’19 session, Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson demonstrated theatre-based activities to help students feel safe sharing ideas.

How to Educate with Empathy—Without Getting Worn Out

Educators explored 4 important topics during a multidisciplinary Course Hero Education Summit session led by biology professor Dr. Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito.

7 Higher-Ed Experts Share Their Tips for New Teachers

Educators at Dr. John DeJoy’s session at Course Hero Education Summit ’19 offer their best advice—earned from a collective 120-plus years of experience.

Why Good Students Plagiarize—and How to Help Them Stop

Biologist Dr. Emily Holt observed confusion about exactly what plagiarism is. So she created simple tips and an assignment to guide her college students.

Q&A: An Accounting Professor’s Eye-Opening Ethics Lessons

Dr. Debra Coleman Jeter pushes students to think beyond numbers and spreadsheets to examine how business ethics affect humans—including themselves.

How to Enrich the Research Experience of Transfer Students

Transfer students can be a step behind in terms of conducting scientific research. Katelyn Cooper, PhD, co-runs an ASU program to help them leap ahead.

Personalize Learning by Linking Key Concepts to Students’ Lives

Dr. Brooke Miller helps students internalize and absorb concepts by connecting them to their lived experiences with journaling, media, and more.

5 Tips for Crafting—and Asking—Class-Opener Questions

How to help students engage with tough material and each other? The answer from criminology professor Talia Moore, EdD, begins with a question.

Q&A: How to Help Students Fill the Gaps in “Swiss Cheese Knowledge”

Joe Hoyle, MA, has found some surprising ways to help students strengthen their understanding and retain what they learn.

Mentor Students in Making Study Aids—with Art

Kynthia James, RN, makes pharmacology instruction memorable by including some interesting tools: markers, crayons, and colored pencils. 

Q&A: Tips to Flip the Script on Accounting Instruction

How to flip the classroom with a tough subject like accounting? Dr. Curtis DeBerg has it figured out—and has an online textbook replacement that proves it.

Class Participation: 6 Expert Tips to Grab—and Hold—Students’ Attention

Ten Course Hero educator partners share 6 ways they encourage class participation by engaging and energizing college students—starting on day one of class.

4 Big Benefits of Brief Collaborative Quizzes

Quizzes that lessen math anxiety? Yes, please! Dr. Michel Mallenby shares her research-based formula for administering them every class.

Wish You Were Here? A Biology Professor’s Notes on Course Hero’s Education Summit

Microbiologist Dr. Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito, an attendee and presenter, shares some surprising takeaways from this year’s sessions—including her own!

An Accounting Professor’s Assessment of Course Hero Education Summit ’19

Audrey Agnello, MBA, offers a summary of her experiences at this idea-sharing conference—and how it inspired her to refocus her fall semester.

The Public Exam System: Simple Steps to More Effective Tests

Dr. Benjamin Wiggins uses time-tested exam-creation methods to address language barriers, low-level thinking, poor study skills, and other test problems.

Q&A: A Researcher’s Notes on Building Rapport with Students

Dr. Lisa Burke-Smalley shares her findings on how authentic interpersonal relationships facilitate students’ learning.

Huge Class? These High-Tech Methods Can Help

Dr. Alisa Krishtal shares her strategies for driving engagement in a 100-student chemistry class by adopting easy-to-use, high-tech tools.

5 Tips for Leading Students in Intergenerational Interviews

To investigate how social and cultural factors impact human psychology, Ashley Dixon’s students must tap the experiences of someone they love.

Ease Exam Jitters with Happiness Exercises

Dr. Lani Gleason explains how she melts anxiety among intro-to-biology students by using dog videos, odd essay questions, and other science-based tricks.

A Math Educator Perspective: Course Hero Education Summit ’19

Rebecca Streett, MS, a senior instructor of mathematics and statistics, shares how the workshops, sessions, speakers, and attendees spoke to her soul.

In Search of Free Materials to Teach Accounting? The Doctor Is In

Brian Routh, DBA, has put together an integrated website and YouTube channel that make it easier to teach (and learn) the ins and outs of accounting.

6 Actions to Help Students Develop a Growth Mindset

Dr. Kimberly Mulligan shares her adaptation of the DAPPS goal-setting system that helps biology students see—and seek—their own potential.

5 Tips to Spice Up Your Class Syllabus

Course Hero educator partners show how they move the class syllabus from "read-only" (or not-read-at-all) to a mental playground—and helpful resource.

8 Mistakes That Novice Instructors Make—and How to Avoid Them

With the experience of nearly two decades and 9,000-plus students, biologist Dr. Kenneth Filchak shares insights on syllabi, exams, grading, and more.

Q&A: Insights from a Flipped-Classroom Innovator

An early adopter of flipped teaching, professor and researcher Dr. Chaya Gopalan 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.