Instructional Strategies

Examples of teaching strategies that you can employ in your classes

Collaborative Learning

Considered by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as a “high-impact teaching practice” (positively associated with student learning and retention), collaborative learning will kick face-to-face and online classroom activities and assignments into high gear.  This guide contains a summary of the research-based best practices surrounding collaborative learning as well as a host of ideas for collaborative activities you can bring to your classroom.

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Team-Based Learning Collaborative

Creating Online Group Work

The term “group work” can bring up feelings of dread for some students (and even faculty members) who have had  negative experiences in the past. However, group work can truly be a positive learning opportunity for all. Students who collaborate can increase their social skills, as well as engage more thoroughly with content while working in groups.

Engaging Generation Z Students

Generation Z—those born after 1995—have arrived on the Harper College campus.   Generation Z brings a unique set of strengths and challenges to the classroom.  This guide provides some basic background on Generation Z, as well as suggestions for engaging this generation in the classroom.

First Day of Class – The Research

In the first week of a semester, students are taking stock of their course loads, program requirements, learning needs, and school-work-life balance. The first day of class is your opportunity to help students answer the following questions about how your course fits into their student experience:

  • Why should I take this course?
  • What is expected of me in this course?
  • How can I be successful in this course?
  • What classroom experiences can I expect to have in this course?

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The First Day of Class: A Demonstration

Making the 4 Connections in Your Classroom

In 2010, in an effort to improve course dropout rates, Odessa College sought out the common thread between their courses which had the greatest student success. What they uncovered are four simple, yet effective practices that can increase your connection to your students and promote student success in your face-to-face or online classroom. This faculty guide outlines the “4 Connections” revealed in Odessa’s research and lists practical methods and tools for applying them in your own classroom.

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The 4 Connections at LWTech

Using Backchannels to Engage Students

Backchannels are a real time, online conversation occurring while a live event or activity is taking place. Participants in the backchannel use it to discuss their ideas, ask questions, and provide their thoughts on the activity at hand. This guide covers some tools and best practice suggestions to help you incorporate backchannels into your class.

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Why Use a Backchannel in Your Classroom

Using Online Discussions for Student-to-Student Interaction

There are many benefits to using online discussion forums for student-to-student interaction. Students can, for example, have more time to react to content in a discussion, they can share challenges and teach each other, and have many other learning experiences as well.