College Teaching Tip of the Week – Vol. 1 Issue 5

Write Tests Students Will Like It is a shame that Odin Westgaard’s book, Tests That Work- Designing & Delivering Fair & Practical Measurement Tools in the Workplace (1999, Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer) has not been embraced by academics.  A college instructor who follows Westgaard’s advice can alleviate students’ test anxiety and make the testing process worthwhile for all.  About a good and fair test, he ..... READ MORE

50 Roles for College Faculty – Actor

Actor College instructors are on stage in every class.  They play to a tough and demanding audience that occasionally includes a few critics.  The reality, however, is that instructors have bad days.  They may be tired.  They may have troubling personal problems.  They may not be feeling well.  Yet, the show must go on.  They have to act the part in which they have been cast. At times instructors need to ma ..... READ MORE

College Teaching Tip of the Week – Vol. 1 Issue 2

How to Ask Students Good Questions Here are ten strategies an effective college instructor should use: (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Prepare questions in advance, ones that will promote student learning. Don’t be too rigid.  Improvise.  Adapt to your students’ responses. Avoid yes/no questions, especially ones like, “Did everybody understand that?” and the totall ..... READ MORE

50 Roles for College Faculty – Academic Counselor

Academic Counselor As a faculty member, it is important to know college rules and follow policies before you offer academic counseling advice to your students.  Don’t overstep your bounds!  However, a good instructor’s goal is student success, not just student command of subject matter, which is why many instructors also play the part-time role of counselor. Furthermore, this is a way to show your students y ..... READ MORE