These solutions suggest ways to approach class lectures.
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Teaching Like a Superhero

A column from UW-GB professor and OPID representative Regan Gurung.

We all have days when we leave a class and we feel as if we were on fire/on a roll/’da bomb’. We engaged students, clearly evidenced by the many questions raised, the number who stayed after class to ask more questions, and even the stellar content of the essays and short answers on the exam. Perhaps even our course evaluations are excellent. These are all good indicators of strong teaching but are they enough? As we dig into another academic year, it is a good time to reflect on what makes good teaching.

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Laptops and Wireless in the Classroom

Students that are distracted by laptops in the classroom (be it their own or a neighbor's) likely have a difficult time engaging with course content.  Here are a few suggestions and resources on how to address this issue.

Wide Web of diversions gets laptops evicted from lecture halls - washingtonpost.com

This article in today's Washington Post reminded me of some of the criticisms we have heard about wirless here in DoIT-Academic Technology.

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Start lectures early

Exposing students to ideas they will encounter in lecture can be done in more ways than assigning textbook reading ahead of time.

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Uploading presentation materials, like PowerPoint slides, is one common way of exposing students to content in advance of class.  Instructors can choose whether to share materials before lecture, which frees students to print and take notes on slide handouts, or after lecture, to make sure that students pay attention and frame lecture materials on their own.

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Bring Web Conferencing into Class

web conferencing representationThink Web conferencing is out of reach? Think again. Connect offers instructors a web conferencing tool for bringing guest speakers into class, hosting virtual class meetings, and recording online discussions. Connect is an easy-to-use web conferencing tool available at no cost to instructors.


Adobe Connect is an easy-to-use highly customizable browser-based tool that features live two-way audio and video, PowerPoint delivery, screen and application sharing, whiteboards, breakout groups, polling, and more.

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Quick-thinks: The Interactive Lecture

A study by Ruhl, Hughes and Schloss (1987) compared lectures presented without pauses with lectures where, every 12-18 minutes students paused for two minutes and discussed and reworked their notes (without interaction with the teacher). Students in the latter group performed better on free-recall quizzes and on a comprehension test. In fact, the differences were so large that they would have raised the performance of the experimental students' one-two letter grades (depending on grading scales used).

This is from Tomorrow's Professor and presents a particularly interesting and practical incorporation of active learning in large lecture classes.  It is by Susan Johnston, Ed.D. and Jim Cooper, Ph.D., and is adopted from the Cooperative Learning and College Teaching newsletter Vol. 8, no. 1 (Fall 1997).


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