Teaching after COVID: Finding New Energy with Technology

Claudia Sánchez-Gutiérrez is the coordinator of the first-year Spanish program at University of California, Davis.  The first-year Spanish program at UC Davis is composed of three consecutive courses because we are on the quarter system: Spanish 1, 2, and 3. Each quarter, 23 sections of those courses are offered, almost all taught by graduate teaching assistants, most of whom have never taught on their …

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Teaching Interplanetary Distances Using a Human Solar System

Dr. Michael Dunham is an assistant professor in the physics department at SUNY Fredonia. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.S. in physics and astronomy from the University of Rochester. In this post, he shares how he shows students the size and scale …

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Using Technology to Build a Better Relationship with Students 

Dave Monahan is an award-winning filmmaker, professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington, and coauthor of Looking at Movies, an introduction to film text. As part of his work on the book, he has created dozens of videos illustrating cinematic concepts and techniques. In this blog post, Monahan reflects on how multimedia learning and adaptive quizzing created a positive change in his introduction to film classes.    Dave MonahanImage Credit: …

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Classroom Resources: Two Active-Learning Explorations for Introductory Astronomy

What activities do you incorporate to flip your classroom? Tabitha Buehler, Associate Professor (Lecturer), Physics And Astronomy at the University of Utah, shares one hands-on activity she incorporates into her intro astronomy classroom. This post originally appeared in Teaching Astronomy by Doing Astronomy. I consider my introductory astronomy class ("The Universe") at the University of …

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Improve Student Engagement by Ditching Classroom Traditions

M. Chad Smith works as science coordinator and biology professor for Beaufort County Community College (BCCC) in North Carolina. He also teaches biology and environmental science courses as online adjunct faculty for Shaw University and Miller-Motte College. He discusses how he keeps his nonmajor biology students engaged by incorporating active learning in his classroom. One …

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Using Role Playing to Keep Students Engaged

As courses have moved swiftly online, many faculty wonder about various ways to keep their students engaged remotely. We’ve invited Amy Curry, chair of history at Lone Star College, Montgomery, to share her experiences with using a role-playing pedagogy, Reacting to the Past, in her history survey courses. Image Credit: Nikky Lawell You’ve been using …

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Orchestrating Active Learning in a Less-than-Ideal Environment

Stacy Palen is an award-winning professor in the physics department and director of the Ott Planetarium at Weber State University. Dr. Palen is passionate about teaching astronomy, and presents tips on creating an active learning environment below. Image Credit: Zac Williams Somehow or other, classroom architects in the 1960s, 1970s, and as far along as …

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