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.

“We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.”

—John Dewey

Reflective teachers regularly dedicate time to evaluate their teaching practice. They consider the scope of their pedagogy — from the structure of the course to the classroom community — and reflect on how their specific teaching decisions impact their students’ learning. As they analyze their teaching, they consider how they might approach particular tasks or challenges in the future.

This post highlights key takeaways from Chapter 5 of How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching, by Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, and Marie K. Norman. This book has become an essential resource for TLC programs and initiatives, so much that we have invited Drs. DiPietro and Lovett to keynote at our annual conference on January 17, 2014! See below for details.

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Clear expectations. Hours of grading. Ample feedback. No improvement.

Course design is to teaching and learning what sheet music is to performing a symphony. Both require careful composition, indeed, but to deliver the best outcome, the most satisfying result, all parts must work together harmoniously. A well integrated course provides structure and is characterized by a reciprocal alignment among the essential course components: goals, assessments, and teaching and learning activities.

Even at seven years old, Twitter still has a reputation as a forum for minutiae by the minute. But this popular platform boasts more than half a billion users, and as more people sign on, the ways in which Twitter is leveraged continue to diversify.

Increasingly, members of the education community — from students to professors to universities themselves — are connecting and tweeting, and Twitter can be an effective tool for engaging students in learning at the college level.

For those of you who may be new to Twitter, we’ve assembled a quick tutorial on some of the finer points of Twitter along with some simple implementation strategies for your classroom. For more insight into how to incorporate Twitter into your teaching practices, read our post on teaching with Twitter.

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