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CUTLA Teaching Tips for Student Engagement

Teaching, learning, and assessment tips that facilitate student learning or promote student engagement based on scholarly literature and suggestions from faculty who have successfully used these strategies.

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CUTLA Teaching Tips are weekly e-mail messages to the faculty of UWF describing an instructional strategy that faculty might find helpful in promoting active learning and student engagement. If you are a UWF faculty member and do not currently receive the Teaching Tip e-mail but would like to receive future postings, contact CUTLA.

Contributions Welcomed

Do you have an instructional strategy that improves student learning or promotes student engagement with your class? Send a description of your teaching tip to Claudia Stanny at the Center for University Teaching, Learning, and Assessment for posting in a future Teaching Tip mailing.

Best of Teaching Tips

A collection of 80 of the best teaching tips from 2006-2016 categorized and presented in an easily readable PDF format. Best of Teaching Tips

Fall Semester Teaching Tips

Increase the visibility and impact of your scholarly work using ORCID and ResearchID

October 18, 2016 |

When faculty attempt to document the impact of their work, they must be able to clearly identify citations for their work and separate these from citations of work by authors with similar names. If you have ever run a Google search on your name and found a collection of hits that include your work and the work of several other people, you are well aware of the problem created when many scholars have similar names...

Improve student learning and metacognitive skills with frequent tests

August 30, 2016 | Claudia Stanny

Students and instructors are well familiar with tests used to assess learning. However, tests also create benefits for learning. The testing effect has been studied (and replicated) extensively in both laboratory research on memory and applied studies of classroom learning. Soderstom & Bjork (2014) outline the benefits of testing, replicated major findings, and explored how metacognition improves when students experience multiple tests on studied material.

Minimize mind wandering to maximize student learning

August 23, 2016 | Claudia Stanny

We are all susceptible to mind wandering or off-task thinking. Killingsworth and Gilbert developed an iPhone app to gather real-time data on mind wandering from an enormous sample (over 5000 people from 83 countries). The app polled participants at random times and sometimes asked Are you thinking about something other than what you’re currently doing? Nearly 50% of the respondents in a sample of 2250 adults reported mind wandering...