Creating the Active Classroom 101

Promoting an active classroom doesn’t require a lot of major changes to your current teaching style. What it does require is incorporating simple engagement techniques that get your students up, moving, and interacting with your classroom content. “Students generally have difficulty connecting abstract knowledge with real-life applications” (Glaser & Struss, 1967). Providing your students with […]

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Engage Your Students in Class Using Top Hat

LIT conducted its Top Hat pilot during the summer 2018 semester. Top Hat is a product that leverages students’ devices, specifically their laptops and cell phones, during your classroom presentations. Top Hat integrates with your presentation software, and video content so you can embed quiz questions while you teach – creating better student engagement. And […]

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Engineering: Students Learning vs. Professors Teaching

Are your students’ learning styles compatible with your teaching style? “To teach is to engage students in learning.” Quote, from Education for Judgment by Christensen et al, [1]. For engineering faculty, the real challenge is not covering the material, but making sure students understand the material. It’s important to know that while presenting your content to […]

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How important is self-efficacy to our students’ success?

By definition, self-efficacy is the belief in one’s own ability to successfully accomplish something (Bandura, 1994). Working with students everyday – critiquing their work, grading their performance, giving professional feedback – how do these everyday events support our students’ self-efficacy? Now, I’m not suggesting that as instructors we swing the pendulum the other way and […]

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