EDvice Exchange

EDvice Exchange is the Center for the Advancement of Teaching‘s blog. It serves instructors in the Temple community and other institutions of higher education. This resource provides effective, research-based teaching practices for your consideration.
Reacting to the Past (RTTP) Students
Genevieve Amaral

As a newly-hired full-time faculty member at Temple in 2015, naturally I agreed when my Associate Director asked me to join a weekend-long teaching workshop. When I looked more closely at the email describing the event, however, I was a little daunted: I had committed to training to use “Reacting to the Past” (RTTP), a role-playing pedagogy in which students become immersed in elaborate, multi-week games set at major historical and ideological junctures.

student working at computer
If you’ve read about or attended workshops on approaches to teaching and learning with technology, chances are you’ve come across a few different terms to describe classes that have an online component. What are blended, hybrid, and flipped courses? Are they all describing the same approach to teaching, or are they different from one another? Are they just teaching-with-technology buzzwords--just fads--or are they worthwhile approaches to structuring your courses? While these terms are often used interchangeably, in fact, they each have fundamental differences.
A wind turbine farm at dusk.
assignment design, open pedagogy

Many assignments end up being forgotten—dumped in an actual or virtual trash can—once we’ve graded them.  Bob Casper suggests crafting “renewable assignments” that add value to the world after they are completed.

dice

The Monte Carlo Quiz adds an intriguing layer of uncertainty to the assessment process.

A brain attuned to the world around it
critical thinking

Critical thinking is hard. Like other important cognitive skills, critical thinking requires practice.  We don’t learn to think critically by memorizing a set of rules.

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