Peter VanZandt, PhD, uses a collaborative approach to help students’ interest blossom in his requirement-filling field botany course.
Jutta Heller, PhD, shares her before-during-after exam wrappers, which help her biology students improve their test prep.
Dr. Staci Johnson shares how her prompts for self-reflection and group discussion help personalities of all types engage in complex classroom interaction.
To spice up biology topics, Gloria Miller, PhD, sends students on a series of quests that help them educate themselves—and the wider world.
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.
To give students in the healthcare profession a competitive edge, Will Primack, MD, teaches an “adulting and physiology” class.
As a former adjunct English professor, Elissa Caruth knows how to support these educators, deepening their connection to campus and colleagues.
Dr. Lawrence C. Scharmann, an expert in evolution education, shares how to connect with students—and connect them with the material.
Course Hero gathered more than 120 college faculty to discuss their experiences with online teaching. These are some highlights from the event.
Flashcards help with memorization, which is key in the sciences. Here is how Dr. Tracey Magrann has created hundreds of them, with student help.
Biology professor Paul Twigg, PhD, uses social media to boost student engagement in large introductory classes, 280 characters at a time.
David Rivers, PhD, is challenging the old biology-to-med-school path to help students explore all career opportunities in the sciences.
Educators share how they inspire students to ask (and answer) more questions—and more types of questions—on their own.
Dr. Jacob Cooper, a lecturer in biology, makes test-taking a pleasurable (and educational) exercise in teamwork.
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!)
Dr. Phil Stephens created dozens of lab simulations and videos for distance learners. Here is how to use them online and in person.
Biology professor Kayla Rihani has adapted a tool from the mid-20th century to get students to share their thoughts and questions more freely.
To bring the mysteries of cytogenetics to life, Dr. Leocadia Paliulis has her students capture their own specimens—especially spiders.
After students turned against him in a post-exam review, biology instructor Dr. Michael Moore experimented with these new approaches to improve results.
Instructor Thomas Vogel, MS, uses an invincible cartoon bird to inspire biology students to outwit the challenges of education.
Dr. Emily Weigel teaches about the biological impacts of climate change—and shows her students how to write about it, too.
By tapping into the affective domain, English professor Cristy Lopez-Bowlin, MA, has turned reluctant writers into highly engaged students.
When Dr. Thomas Mennella flipped his biology class, he found that his old tests were not working. So he changed his exam approach, too.
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.
To help students memorize anatomy terms without raising their blood pressure, Rebecka Zepeda, MS, put some new twists on a traditional teaching tool.
Dr. Melissa Haswell’s approach to dialogue education centers on a biology course notebook that students use for organizing, studying, and testing, too.
A community sculpture, breathing exercises, and a clever acronym help Dr. Anastasia Prentiss inspire communication students to engage and bond.
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.
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.
Dr. Jessica Wooten shares how she gets biology students to make movies on complex processes, culminating in a screening day complete with popcorn.
How effective is a “Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-Down Pedagogies” in biology? Dr. Gokhan Hacisalihoglu explains.
Biology professor Dr. Mikhail Khoretonenko shares how he defeats common student stressors, including costs, tests, and conflicting schedules.
To help freshmen grasp causation versus correlation, Dr. Samuel Richardson introduces a free data visualization tool—and a fun video project.
Lisa Kenyon, EdD, uses modeling techniques developed from her work in K–12 schools to enhance college students’ understanding of science.
Ranging from hip-hop models to the Volkswagen scandal, Dr. Payal Sharma parlays her research knowledge into teaching tools for her business students.
Janae Nelson Raymond, MS, taught high school special education students before she taught college. Here, her tips for helping all students succeed.
Dr. Lance Forshee used his background in science education to identify obstacles that were dropping students’ work by a whole letter grade.
Biology lecturer Dr. Shereen Sabet shares her views on the pitfalls of modern teaching trends and when traditional methods can be more beneficial.
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.
DNA can be manipulated to build vaccines, flavorings, and maybe woolly mammoths. Dr. Lisa Scheifele is helping educators learn how to teach it.
Psychology professor Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassill offers 5 ways for educators to reduce stress and burnout—to support themselves as well as their students.
Psychology professor Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassill outlines how educators should respond if they believe they have seen signs of mental illness in a student.
Psychology professor Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassill discusses why educators may inadvertently overlook mental health problems among students.
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.
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.
Holly Greiner-Hallman, MS, a special lecturer in biology, structures her courses to help freshmen retain as much classroom learning as possible.
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.
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.
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 classrooms are fine, but chemist Dr. Justin Shaffer adds a bit more structure to ensure that learners do their part outside of class.
Award-winning instructor Dr. George Ashline shares his advice for engaging students with smart boards, classroom capture, and more.
Dr. Kevin Treu directs his computer and writing students to unexpected corners of the library for some surprising cross-discipline insights.
When Dr. Christine Shannon saw that her math students were frustrated and unfocused, she spiced up “old” drills with new flipped-classroom tricks.
Brad Richardson, MBA, adjusted his lectures, class discussions, and other classroom elements to teach students biology concepts—and better ways to learn them.
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.
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.
Former cancer researcher and biotech manager Dr. Timothy Veenstra brings working-world experience—and expectations—to students seeking a science career.
Dr. Nicholas Panasik shares the peer collaboration assignments he uses to help his biology and chemistry students create a true learning community.
Dr. Andrew David’s research background inspired this project in which student groups work consecutively (not simultaneously) to solve a parasite mystery.
Biology instructor Leigh Delaney-Tucker, MS, uses tech tools and activity packets to get students comfortable talking to her and to each other.
Dr. Amy Worthington helps biology students synthesize baseline knowledge and new information so they can tackle any problem that comes their way.
To foster inclusive thinking in government accounting students, Antonette McCaster, MBA, CPA, uses a blend of teamwork and self-reflection.
Biology professor Dr. Bruce Kirchoff explains how he adapted his psych-based “White Paper” study method to an online format.
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.
By treating students as peers, biology professor Dr. Nathan Tublitz creates a safe space for strengthening critical thinking and communication skills.
Psychology professor Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassill offers research and insights into student stress, to help educators better recognize and respond.
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.
Biologist and integrated environmental scientist Dr. Sarah Krejci’s compelling narrative illustrates the impact of humans on the natural environment.
Learn how award-winning educator Dr. Cindy Greenman created a forensic accounting program with a lot of hands-on learning—and impressive outcomes.
For first-generation, low-income, and/or minority students, the barriers to travel can be prohibitive. Judon-Monk, DHSc, has removed many of them.
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.
Colette Foisy-Doll, RN, a pioneer of simulation-based learning, pairs it with interprofessional education and an annual event: HELP! Save Stan.
A special Instagram account helps Christie Novak, DBA, CPA, connect with her accounting students—and gives learning a whole new look.
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.
Math professor Dr. Jana Gevertz shares how to find a happy medium between “sage on the stage” and “guide on the side.”
John Kerrigan, EdD, uses a flipped classroom to personalize instruction, reaching both the quick study and the student who finds math a challenge.
Biomechanics professor Dr. Anthony Lau demonstrates the value and step-by-step use of Design Hour activities, using his own Chicken Bone Test.
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.
Dr. Rebecca Campbell offers a plan for adopting a mindset of success for struggling students (and anyone else). From Course Hero Education Summit ’19.
When microbiologist Dr. Diana Ivankovic was diagnosed with cancer, she turned to her students for help seeking new treatments.
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 help students decipher scientific literature, Jennifer Punt, VMD, PhD, takes them beyond annotation with a lesson that culminates in an expert interview.
To help fourth-year students feel more invested and respected, Dr. Bradley Seymour lets them choose and research which topics they learn about next.
Dr. Ravi Nath, renowned researcher on digital distraction, uncovered actionable advice for educators in a session at the Course Hero Education Summit ’19.
Course Hero educator partners share how they demystify academic literature and foster critical thinking skills to help students avoid getting duped.
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.
To help struggling biology students understand tough concepts, Dr. Laura Palmer has them combine art and science in a unique writing project.
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.
By showing how a game-design concept applies to real life, Professor Chris Bennett helps edtech students create engaging online learning experiences.
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.
In her Course Hero Education Summit ’19 session, Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson demonstrated theatre-based activities to help students feel safe sharing ideas.
Educators explored 4 important topics during a multidisciplinary Course Hero Education Summit session led by biology professor Dr. Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito.
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.
Biologist Dr. Emily Holt observed confusion about exactly what plagiarism is. So she created simple tips and an assignment to guide her college students.
Dr. Debra Coleman Jeter pushes students to think beyond numbers and spreadsheets to examine how business ethics affect humans—including themselves.
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.
Dr. Brooke Miller helps students internalize and absorb concepts by connecting them to their lived experiences with journaling, media, and more.
How to help students engage with tough material and each other? The answer from criminology professor Talia Moore, EdD, begins with a question.
Joe Hoyle, MA, has found some surprising ways to help students strengthen their understanding and retain what they learn.
Kynthia James, RN, makes pharmacology instruction memorable by including some interesting tools: markers, crayons, and colored pencils.
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.
Ten Course Hero educator partners share 6 ways they encourage class participation by engaging and energizing college students—starting on day one of class.
Quizzes that lessen math anxiety? Yes, please! Dr. Michel Mallenby shares her research-based formula for administering them every class.
Microbiologist Dr. Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito, an attendee and presenter, shares some surprising takeaways from this year’s sessions—including her own!
Audrey Agnello, MBA, offers a summary of her experiences at this idea-sharing conference—and how it inspired her to refocus her fall semester.
Dr. Benjamin Wiggins uses time-tested exam-creation methods to address language barriers, low-level thinking, poor study skills, and other test problems.
Dr. Lisa Burke-Smalley shares her findings on how authentic interpersonal relationships facilitate students’ learning.
Dr. Alisa Krishtal shares her strategies for driving engagement in a 100-student chemistry class by adopting easy-to-use, high-tech tools.
To investigate how social and cultural factors impact human psychology, Ashley Dixon’s students must tap the experiences of someone they love.
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.
Rebecca Streett, MS, a senior instructor of mathematics and statistics, shares how the workshops, sessions, speakers, and attendees spoke to her soul.
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.
Dr. Kimberly Mulligan shares her adaptation of the DAPPS goal-setting system that helps biology students see—and seek—their own potential.
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.
With the experience of nearly two decades and 9,000-plus students, biologist Dr. Kenneth Filchak shares insights on syllabi, exams, grading, and more.
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.
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.
To inspire intrinsic motivation in education majors, Ellen Stohl, MS, uses her psychology background to create relationships that allow it to bloom.
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.
To create a culture of caring, Tamara Coleman, PhD, gets to know her anatomy and physiology students as more than physical beings.
As a former nontraditional student, Dr. Wanda Carr meets her adult learners’ needs with abbreviated courses, customized lessons, and plenty of empathy.
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.
This professor helps MBA students enhance their digital presence with assignments that produce clickable, shareable materials.
To help her students succeed, Dr. Samiksha Raut shares her life story, struggles, lunches, and personal interests—with impressive results.
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.
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.
For Dr. Amanda Sebastienne Grant, teaching students awareness of how they relate to others in society is the most important lesson in psychology.
Immunology Professor Dante Descalzi-Montoya has student engagement down to a science, thanks to business-style background checks, work-review check-ins, and more.
Biology professor Eric Rubenstein, PhD, has some strong feelings about the problems with tech in the classroom—and a clever solution that students love.
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 love of Texas Hold ’Em helped genetics professor Dr. William Gilliland find ways to help science students understand, value, and apply statistics tests.
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.
Organic chemistry professor Dr. Stephen Branz shares simple tweaks to quizzes and extra credit that boost motivation—and success.
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.
Macroeconomics instructor Dr. Ali Zeytoon-Nejad shares the inspiration and research behind his graphic syllabus—and shows how any educator can create one.
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.
Dr. Jerrod Penn shows his agricultural economics students how to use cold facts and human behavior to craft a survey that provides useful results.
University President Dr. Edward Burger’s insights on effective thinking, creative puzzle-solving, and intellectual regret—and why there is no “best” you.
Debra Jackson, PhD, teaches adults about their learning style, time management tips, and study tricks—and the basics of anatomy and physiology, too.
To foster active learning, Dr. Tom Philippe uses paper airplanes, blocks, beads, and balls to solidify skills in listening, teamwork, and problem solving.
Online math professor Dan Gryboski, MS, has created hundreds of short instructional videos—and his tips explain how you can easily do the same.
To make Spanish more accessible to all of her students, this professor drew inspiration from the ADA accessibility laws and modifications.
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.
This professor uses her research in organizational behavior to enhance student experiences in and out of the classroom.
Relevant and timely, these educator-created series offer insights into the tech, politics, sociology, and pedagogy affecting teachers today.
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Two biomedical engineering professors share tips for building a bridge between academia and industry—with benefits for all involved.
Should your school establish (or continue) study abroad programs? A three-time business school dean shares insights on six questions to consider first.
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.
Dispelling loneliness. Building community. Helping college students share extra meal swipes with hungry classmates. Yep: There's an app for that!
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.
A new study shows that recalling facts during a test—retrieval enhanced learning—reinforces long-term learning. We asked its lead researcher for details.
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.
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.
Are you a good mentor to your TAs? Here, experienced professors share practical tips for fostering collaboration during meetings, setting goals, and more.
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.
Here, the neuroscience behind the power of story — plus 8 storytelling tips from Claremont Graduate University's Professor Paul J. Zak.