Teaching Effectiveness Blog Posts

Teaching Abroad: Ensuring a Good Opportunity is Really GREAT!

With increased globalization, more colleges and universities are establishing faculty exchanges, study abroad programs, collaborative research efforts, and technical assistance programs with counterparts overseas.

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Graduate Assistant Experience at the Institute - An Interview with Amie Tope

Dr. Yi Yang and Amie Tope at graduation

During this interview, Amie talks about her experience working as a graduate assistant for the International Institute for Innovative Instruction (the Institute), and offers suggestions for future graduate assistants.  

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Bridging Learners and Clients: Challenges and Strategies

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Integrating clients into the curriculum is promising and potentially innovative.  A client-based course emphasizes a pedagogical orientation to gain real-word experience through meeting the “expressed needs” from the outside of the classroom.

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What International Teaching Has Taught Me About Instructional Design

Dr. Hyatt standing next to a Chinese lion sculpture in Beijing, China

Since 2010, I have visited Kosovo, Croatia, China, and the United Arab Emirates multiple times for the sole mission of teaching executive-style, graduate-level classes. These experiences have made me a better faculty member, but more importantly, they have made me a better instructional designer and leader of instructional design projects.

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The Workflow of Workflow

A long-exposure shot of a road with cars traveling in both directions.

Have you ever heard the Lewis Carroll quote, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there”? While it is true that not all who wander are lost, you shouldn’t completely forgo solid plans. Where do you start, though? With a cheat sheet, of course!

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Applying Project Management Strategies in a Large Curriculum Conversion Project in Higher Education

A word cloud in the shape of a lightbulb. The largest word is ideas, and smaller words include goal, solution, and strategy, to name a few.

Members of the i4 team share their experiences working with organizational culture, collaborating with busy faculty, and hiring part-time designers and content experts. Finally, they share their best practices for managing and leading large, multi-course instructional design projects.

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Mind Maps Allow Our Students to Paint a Picture!

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In our classrooms today, one way we can visually display information and paint a picture is by using mind maps (also called concept maps).

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Five Challenges for New Online Instructors

A boot camp for new online instructors focused on five challenges related to way-finding or transitioning to online teaching, building spaces for learning, preparing students for the work of online learning, managing the classroom, and assessing learner outcomes.

A boot camp for new online instructors focused on five challenges related to way-finding or transitioning to online teaching, building spaces for learning, preparing students for the work of online learning, managing the classroom, and assessing learner outcomes.

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My Reflections on the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) 2017 International Convention

A promotional poster for the AECT 2017 conference, whose theme was "Leading Learning for Change."

With close to 400 concurrent sessions, several workshops, and more than 1,000 attendees, the 2017 AECT conference was beaming and brimming with excitement and an aura of freshness as attendees imbibed from pots of research, best practices, and experiences of speakers and peers both in sessions and during breaks. Looking around, I could easily tell that the 2017 conference was a host to more than 4,000 years of combined professional experience. Just ruminate on that for a moment. Yes, you read it right: more than 4,000 years of combined professional experience. What learning problems can such a group not solve?   

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Clients as an Instructional Resource

man and woman in business attire meeting outside a cafe

Higher education is under pressure to change from both within and outside (Christensen & Eyring, 2011). One such pressure is from future employers. According to the survey conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education (Supiano, 2013), most employers significantly value students’ authentic experience over their classroom activities or grades.

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