September 30, 2016

PA019: A Discussion on Academic Integrity

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When it comes to plagiarism, do you use the Carrot or the Stick? On this episode, Jim and Beth discuss the issue of plagiarism and how best to deal with it. At one point, Beth asks the question: as instructors, are we a gatekeeper or a bridge-builder? Rather than jumping immediately to punitive actions when we discover plagiarism in a student’s work, perhaps we need to examine the circumstances and take action on teaching how to avoid it and building on the importance and value of giving credit to the source.



active learning September 26, 2016

The Flipped Classroom Unplugged: Three Tech-Free Strategies for Engaging Students

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Throughout this summer article series, we’ve addressed some of the most frequently asked questions about the flipped classroom in higher education. We’ve shared ideas for student motivation, student engagement, time management, student resistance, and large classes. Since this is the final article in the series, I reviewed my notes and the findings from the Faculty Focus reader survey on flipped classroom trends (2015), and there’s one more topic we need to address: creativity.


September 23, 2016

PA018: Using Media in Our Classes

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Technology can be a distraction if it is not used properly says Assistant Professor Jeff Hammond of Metropolitan State University in Denver. We met with Professor Hammond to discuss his presentation, “Instructional Design Strategies for Informational Media Presentations,” which he will lead at the upcoming Teaching Professor Technology Conference in Atlanta, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. In our conversation, he brings up some interesting questions about the use of media and technology.


study group September 21, 2016

What Happens When Students Study Together?

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I’m a strong believer in the benefits of students studying together, even though students don’t always understand or even experience the benefits. Oftentimes the potential gains of group study sessions are compromised by student behaviors. Students will saunter into study sessions, mostly not on time, sit around, check their phones, and socialize. When they finally start reviewing their notes, the text, or the homework problems, it’s all pretty superficial. There are very few questions, explanations, or confessions of confusion. The most intense conversation takes place over what they’ve heard from others about the exam and their hopes that it will be easy.


study group in library September 19, 2016

Five Ways to Teach Students to Be Learning Centered, Too

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Have you ever wondered if your students are as concerned about their learning as you are? If you prioritize student learning, you may be the only person in your classroom with that goal. Learning-centered teachers seek to coauthor classroom experiences with their students, whereas students may seek only to be taught passively. How might you inspire your students to share accountability for their learning? These five considerations can help you teach your students to be learning centered, too.


September 16, 2016

PA017: Online Synchronous Sessions

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More and more colleges and universities are using ‘live chats’ and ‘virtual office hours’ to connect with students. On this episode, Jim and Beth review the article, “Build Community, Extend Learning with Online Synchronous Sessions” by Rob Kelly, published on Faculty Focus on March 14, 2014. Jim has used ‘live chats’ in his classes for several years, and during the podcast he shares his insights based on those experiences.


Students get tests back. September 14, 2016

A Dose of Reality for First-Year Students and How We Can Help

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By the third or fourth week of most courses, students have had a reality check. They have taken the first exam, received feedback on their first paper, or otherwise discovered that the course isn’t quite what they had expected or hoped it would be. Here are a few reminders as to what many beginning students and some others might be thinking at this point in the semester.


female professor in front of small class September 12, 2016

An Introduction to Teaching through the Seasons

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It all started 56 years ago with a brown paper sack. This no-frills carrier contained a stash of glue, crayons, scissors, and strips of construction paper. These were my teaching tools. According to my mother, I carried this sack with me everywhere. Naturally drawn to showing and explaining things, I later graduated to using a small chalkboard. When our cat had kittens, they became my pupils, though admittedly they were less attentive than my stuffed animals.


September 9, 2016

PA016: An Interview with Dr. Oliver Dreon

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On this episode, we talk with Dr. Oliver Dreon, chair of the Teaching Professor Technology Conference and an associate professor at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. In the first half of our conversation, Dr. Dreon talks about the upcoming conference and what makes this conference different from others. We also talk about how technology is changing how we teach and how students learn.