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Asking Students for Feedback

By Jennifer Albat (Instructional Design & Learning Technologies)

February 22, 2018

How’s It Going? No, that’s not a question for you. Is that a question you ever ask your students? Are they finding assignment instructions to be clear enough? Are the course materials aligned with the exams? Is there anything you can do to improve the course? Other than formal end-of-semester evaluations, do we really take the time to ensure that our students are okay with the design of the course?

Course design is hard work, especially the first time. You may have really good inten...

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Student Preparation for Flipped Classroom

By Dr. Chaya Gopalan

January 30, 2018

Flipped teaching is a hybrid educational format that shifts lectures out of the classroom to transform class time as a time for student-centered active learning. Essentially, typical classwork (the lecture) is now done elsewhere via lecture videos and other study materials, and typical homework (problem solving and practice) is done in class under the guidance of the faculty member. This new teaching strategy has gained enormous attention in recent years as it not only allows active participat...

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