Students Create a Cathedral on the Quad

by Jennifer Feltman, Department of Art & Art History Last week, students from my Late Medieval and Gothic Cathedrals courses worked together to layout the plan of a cathedral on the Quad using only simple tools: wooden stakes, mallets, string, and a straight edge. After about 3 hours work, they had the outlines of a […]

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How Padlet Can Help with Group Projects

by Lauren Cardon, Department of English During the Teaching Professor Technology Conference in Atlanta, I was a facilitator for a Strategy Swap session on group work. I met with two different groups of people for thirty minutes each, and we shared our strategies. Most of our discussion focused on group work in the classroom — […]

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Want to Help Students Annotate? Here’s a Hypothes.is

How do you annotate your texts? How do you think your students annotate their texts? Among the likely answers to the former include writing marginalia and underlining with a pen or pencil. Some may answer the latter the same way. In any case, the typical method for doing close reading involves interacting with hard-copy. The situation changes […]

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Active Learning Quick Start Guide

Whether you teach a large or small course, your students will likely benefit from active learning — a strategy that replaces the standard lecture with a mix of meaningful activities. Instead of sitting and listening passively, students purposefully interact with the course material, allowing you to assess what they’ve learned and target their specific needs. […]

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Listen: Favorite Active Learning Strategies

In this interview with Nathan Loewen, Margaret Peacock talks about her favorite active learning strategies, including a creative project and a collaborative reading exercise. A few of the questions asked: What are your favorite teaching strategies? How do you make the learning stick? About the Speaker Margaret Peacock is an associate professor of history, Leadership Board Faculty Fellow, […]

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Listen: Good Group Work is Structured and Specific

In this Q&A with Nathan Loewen, Margaret Peacock talks about how becoming a student again allowed her to see group work with fresh eyes. She offers tips and tricks for effective group work in classes of all sizes. A few of the questions asked: What insights did you gain from becoming a student again? What is a good […]

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