Instructional Strategies

The classroom, whether it be on campus or virtual, draws students from different backgrounds with various experiences and abilities. Using a variety of  instructional strategies increases student engagement, critical thinking, connections to learning outcomes, and student success for all learners. Being an effective teacher requires the implementation of creative and innovative teaching strategies that work best for your course, your students, and your teaching style. 

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Active Learning

Students benefit from a classroom structure that includes planned and purposeful opportunities to engage with content and each other.

Learning Technology

Learning technology is a collection of tools, software, hardware, and platforms that have the potential to improve teaching and learning.

Engaging Students

Engagement involves the frequency and level of class participation including: student-to-student, student-to-content and student-to-instructor.

Science of

Scientific research over many decades has established some general principles of learning and methods to efficiently impact learning.

Research and Resources

Summarizing fundamental frameworks and theories that undergird motivation and outcomes.

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Metacognition’s Role in Learning

Metacognition refers to thinking about one’s own thinking or being mindful of one’s thinking processes. Research studies have shown that metacognition is one of the most effective ways to improve students’ academic performance and to help students achieve their academic potential (Wilson and Conyers 110).

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The Socratic Method: Fostering Critical Thinking

“Do not take what I say as if I were merely playing, for you see the subject of our discussion—and on what subject should even a man of slight intelligence be more serious?—namely, what kind of life should one live . . .” – Socrates

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