“Design Thinking” is Happening in Engineering 1500

Design thinking focuses on encouraging students to brainstorm, prototype and reward out-of-the-box thinking, take “wild ideas” and transform them into real world solutions. The Engineering 1500 freshman course was designed to do just that! Professor Afsaneh Ghanavati, Electrical and Computer Engineering, in conjunction with LIT, have brought Active Learning (AL) along with experiential learning into […]

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Don’t Let the Weather Disrupt Your Course!

Unexpected events can disrupt precious class time. With a little preparation, you can keep the continuity of learning moving: post course content on Blackboard Learn use various discussion options to engage students in dialogue (discussion forums, VoiceThread) create short content videos to deliver content whether it’s narrating and annotating slides or problem solving using Panopto […]

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Rethinking the Way College Students are Taught

Learners often express preferences about how they would like to receive information – by reading, hearing or doing – and these are often referred to as ‘learning styles’. Many teachers believe that assessing learning styles and teaching to learners’ preferences will improve learning. While your students may have a preference, they also use different styles […]

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Is Your Class Active and Engaging?

Most germane to learning, research shows that students need to do more Reading, Writing, and Presenting (Schmoker 2011). Research has demonstrated, for example, that if a faculty member allows students to consolidate their notes by pausing three times for two minutes each during a lecture, students will learn significantly more information (Ruhl, Hughes, and Schloss […]

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Why Flip Your Classroom?

Can’t seem to cover all the material you need to in class? Just not enough time to have the needed discussion in class to prompt deeper learning.  Well, you’re not alone. So, how can you make the most out of a 50 or 75-minute lecture?  “Flip” your class. Have your students view the material or […]

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