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Read the thoughts and impressions on a variety of topics written by IDEA staff as well as occasional guest bloggers.


May 30, 2019
Can an instructor be highly competent in the discipline, skilled at explaining things, and still be lacking because of students’ feelings about her?

February 22, 2019
Good teaching is difficult to define. Our scholarly approach to understanding many things is to break a concept down into its parts so we can examine and fully understand the components. But good teaching is difficult to consider in a reductionist fashion.

January 9, 2019
Everything you can do to improve students’ perception can aid in helping them feel connected to you and the course.

November 12, 2018
Discussing divisive issues is sometimes a necessary part of the learning outcomes for a course--especially in the social sciences--and therefore, such discussions should not be avoided.

September 21, 2018
A Quick IDEA for better teaching

August 22, 2018
But can the syllabus be more than a list of due dates and other basic information? And if faculty work to make it more, does it do anything to help improve student learning in a course. In other words, does the syllabus matter?

June 6, 2018
A series of small steps to improve college courses to impact student learning.

February 27, 2018
Small assignments or in-class activities can sometimes seem simplistic and somewhat pointless until they are understood in the larger scheme of the course

November 28, 2017
Sharing how and why we use student feedback to develop teaching practice is a meaningful way to encourage students not to merely go through the motions, but to take the time to make thoughtful comments about their learning experience, comments that will be helpful and actionable.

October 26, 2017
Cleaning up a course

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