You've heard about "flipping your classroom"--now find out how to do it! Introducing a new way to think about higher education, learning, and technology that prioritizes the benefits of the human dimension.
Effective College and University Teaching by William F. BuskistUsing empirical research, Effective College and University Teaching gives faculty and graduate teaching assistants the strategies and tactics they need for excellence in teaching. Whereas the majority of books on college and university teaching are 'how to' books, this volume provides both the rationale and a detailed guide for how to use and teach these practices to others. Written by leading scholars and expert master teachers, this volume outlines, reviews, and discusses the best practices for becoming effective teachers for undergraduate courses. Aimed at the professional development of teachers at the college and university level, the book provides full coverage of those topics central to efficacious teaching practices such as developing a teaching philosophy, becoming an ethical teacher, and fostering active learning in the classroom. Key Features Offers strategies and tactics for incorporating state of the art best practices in college courses to enhance student learning outcomes. Provides an overview of effective active learning techniques and how to incorporate them in teaching.Includes guide to designing, implementing, and grading effective quizzes, tests, and writing activities. Includes a full chapter on how to incorporate important diversity issues into their teaching. This book is intended for graduate students who aspire to academic careers, new faculty making the transition to the professoriate, program directors and supervisors of graduate student teacher training, directors of teaching and learning centers, and seasoned faculty who may wish to update or otherwise improve their pedagogical knowledge and teaching.
My Freshman Year by Rebekah NathanAfter fifteen years of teaching anthropology at a large university, Rebekah Nathan had become baffled by her own students. Their strange behavior--eating meals at their desks, not completing reading assignments, remaining silent through class discussions--made her feel as if she were dealing with a completely foreign culture. So Nathan decided to do what anthropologists do when confused by a different culture: Go live with them. She enrolled as a freshman, moved into the dorm, ate in the dining hall, and took a full load of courses. And she came to understand that being a student is a pretty difficult job, too. Her discoveries about contemporary undergraduate culture are surprising and her observations are invaluable, making My Freshman Year essential reading for students, parents, faculty, and anyone interested in educational policy.
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