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Need tips for a great first day or a great semester? Starting off right is essential for a smooth and enjoyable learning experience for both students and faculty. Take a look at these excellent resources from Iowa State University and Stanford University.
Student engagement requires active strategies on the part of the professor and a variety of methods. Take a look at these resources from Washington University and Iowa State University for some great suggestions.
- Asking Questions to Improve Learning
- Improving Presentation Style
- Tips for Commenting on Student Writing
The Toolbox is an online professional development newsletter offering innovative learner-centered strategies to faculty.
Durham College – Learning Techniques – (11 short videos)
University of Minnesota Center for Teaching and Learning – resources for incorporating active learning into your courses
Overcoming Teaching Challenges
Solve a Teaching Problem
Have a teaching “problem”? This site from Carnegie Mellon University has practical strategies, grounded in educational research and learning principles, to address many teaching problems.
Here are some resources for icebreaker and warm-up activities:
Icebreakers for the College Classroom from Faculty Focus
First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning from Faculty Focus
Icebreaker Activities from Lansing Community College
10 Warm Ups for Lesson Plans from About Education
Ice Breaking Activities (PDF) from ion (Illinois Online Network)
10 Party Games to Energize Your Classroom from About Education
Networking “BINGO” activity (Word document) – feel free to modify this activity to use in your class
Airplane Icebreaker - from Edutopia