Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 20, 2010 - Education - 400 pages
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Teaching at Its Best

This third edition of the best-selling handbook offers faculty at all levels an essential toolbox of hundreds of practical teaching techniques, formats, classroom activities, and exercises, all of which can be implemented immediately. This thoroughly revised edition includes the newest portrait of the Millennial student; current research from cognitive psychology; a focus on outcomes maps; the latest legal options on copyright issues; and how to best use new technology including wikis, blogs, podcasts, vodcasts, and clickers. Entirely new chapters include subjects such as matching teaching methods with learning outcomes, inquiry-guided learning, and using visuals to teach, and new sections address Felder and Silverman's Index of Learning Styles, SCALE-UP classrooms, multiple true-false test items, and much more.

Praise for the Third Edition of Teaching at Its BestEveryone—veterans as well as novices—will profit from reading Teaching at Its Best, for it provides both theory and practical suggestions for handling all of the problems one encounters in teaching classes varying in size, ability, and motivation."—Wilbert McKeachie, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, and coauthor, McKeachie's Teaching TipsThis new edition of Dr. Nilson's book, with its completely updated material and several new topics, is an even more powerful collection of ideas and tools than the last. What a great resource, especially for beginning teachers but also for us veterans!"—L. Dee Fink, author, Creating Significant Learning ExperiencesThis third edition of Teaching at Its Best is successful at weaving the latest research on teaching and learning into what was already a thorough exploration of each topic. New information on how we learn, how students develop, and innovations in instructional strategies complement the solid foundation established in the first two editions."—Marilla D. Svinicki, Department of Psychology, The University of Texas, Austin, and coauthor, McKeachie's Teaching Tips

 

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Contents

Regular Meetings
6
Understanding Your Students and How The Online Living Syllabus
36
Getting to Know
51
Preventing and Responding to Classroom 12 Making the Lecture a Learning
113
Preserving Academic Integrity 83
125
Making the Most of Office Hours 89 14 Questioning Techniques for Discussion
137
StudentActive Tutoring Typologies of Good Discussion Questions
144
Experiential Learning Activities
145
Accommodating Different Learning
229
Using Visuals to Teach
239
29
253
Part
271
Formative Feedback
277
Essay
290
AnxietyReduction Measures
298
Grading Constructed Responses
304

Learning in Groups
155
WritingtoLearn Activities
167
ProblemBased Learning
187
Quantitative Reasoning and Problem
193
Getting Students to Do the Readings
211
Teaching Your Students to Think
223
Grading Lab Reports
309
Evaluating and Documenting Teaching
315
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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