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.

Working in hybrid, online, or asynchronous modalities can make it difficult to foster student engagement and interaction. One partial solution to this problem is to make collaborative digital annotation or note-taking projects part of the course requirements. At the most basic level, these activities ask students to work together to create or comment on a shared course text.

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The fall semester is always a time of new beginnings at a university. Students moving into the Residence Halls, first-year and transfer students coming to campus for the first time, new notebooks waiting for notes and doodles, students excited (hopefully!) about new classes, and faculty ready to meet new students.

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Welcome back to the fall 2022 semester! As we came in the door today, another CAT staff member commented on how great it feels to see students on campus again. And we have been seeing faculty for a few weeks now, in our virtual lab, in person on campus, and in workshops. Last week, I was walking back from a session for new faculty in Shusterman Hall and I saw five faculty and staff whom I know. I stopped to talk with each one, reveling in the beauty of speaking face-to-face with my colleagues—so it took a long time to get across campus!!

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It's the first day of August and the start of the fall semester is starting to loom large on the horizon. If you are an instructor with a new class to prep or a course in need of revision, you may want to check out our summer EDvice series on the basics of integrated course design: 

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Congratulations! You’ve put in the time and hard work to think meaningfully about course design for significant learning. You’ve considered your course’s unique situational factors and then developed meaningful learning goals, authentic assessments that measure students’ achievement of those goals, and learning activities that enable them to get practice and feedback to prepare them for your assessments. Everything is in perfect alignment. You’re totally psyched to begin the semester now that you’re armed with, if you do say so yourself, a course designed to help learning take off. Nothing much left to do except hit autopilot and watch the magic unfold. Well…not so fast.

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