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Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-61236-1
400 pages
April 2010, Jossey-Bass
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This expanded and updated edition of the best-selling handbook is an essential toolbox, full of hundreds of practical teaching techniques, classroom activities and exercises, for the new or experienced college instructor. This new edition includes updated information on the Millennial student, more research from cognitive psychology, a focus on outcomes maps, the latest legal options on copyright issues, and more. It will also include entirely new chapters on matching teaching methods with learning outcomes, inquiry-guide learning, and using visuals to teach, as well as section on the Socratic method, SCALE-UP classrooms, and more.
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The Author xv

Preface xvii

Part One LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR STUDENT LEARNING 1

1 Understanding Your Students and How They Learn 3

2 Outcomes-Centered Course Design 17

3 The Complete Syllabus 33

4 Your First Day of Class 43

5 Motivating Your Students 51

Part Two MANAGING YOUR COURSES 61

6 Copyright Guidelines for Instructors 63

7 Preventing and Responding to Classroom Incivility 71

8 Preserving Academic Integrity 83

9 Making the Most of Office Hours 89

10 Course Coordination Between Faculty and Teaching Assistants 95

Part Three CHOOSING AND USING THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING 101

11 Matching Teaching Methods with Learning Outcomes 103

12 Making the Lecture a Learning Experience 113

13 Leading Effective Discussions 127

14 Questioning Techniques for Discussion and Assessment 137

15 Experiential Learning Activities 145

16 Learning in Groups 155

17 Writing-to-Learn Activities and Assignments 167

Part Four MORE TOOLS: TEACHING REAL-WORLD PROBLEM SOLVING 173

18 Inquiry-Guided Learning 175

19 The Case Method 181

20 Problem-Based Learning 187

21 Quantitative Reasoning and Problem Solving 193

22 Problem Solving in the Sciences 199

Part Five MAKING LEARNING EASIER 209

23 Getting Students to Do the Readings 211

24 Teaching Your Students to Think and Write in Your Discipline 223

25 Accommodating Different Learning Styles 229

26 Using Visuals to Teach 239

27 Using Instructional Technology Wisely 253

Part Six ASSESSING LEARNING OUTCOMES 271

28 Assessing Student Learning in Progress 273

29 Constructing Summative Assessments 281

30 Preparing Students for Tests 295

31 Grading Summative Assessments 301

32 Evaluating and Documenting Teaching Effectiveness 315

Appendix: Instructional Support and Resources at Your Institution 329

References 335

Index 367

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The Author

Linda B. Nilson is the founding director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University. She is the author of The Graphic Syllabus and the Outcomes Map: Communicating Your Course from Jossey-Bass.

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