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Lessons from the Lilly Conference

Lessons from the Lilly Conference

by Julia Maffei The Lilly Conference has become my yearly opportunity to rub elbows with innovative educators. This year, I was pleased to attend the conference as well as present there. My colleague, Anne Fletcher, and I spoke about “Motivating and Engaging...
Why I Don’t Want to Take Center Stage Anymore

Why I Don’t Want to Take Center Stage Anymore

by Dr. Sripadma Satyan I have always adhered to the traditional approach to teaching, even though I have been watching the evolution of new techniques in active learning. In the last couple of years I have come across articles and research showing the importance of...
Pausing to Make Progress

Pausing to Make Progress

by Rennison Lalgee In my years of teaching, it was not unusual to see students in class that did not take notes. However, I’ve noticed an increasing number of students that come to class (some of them have perfect attendance!) who will not even bring a pen. This...
Boring Quizzes, Minimal Impact? Scratch That!

Boring Quizzes, Minimal Impact? Scratch That!

by Catherine Harper The most valuable collaborative activity I currently use is the two-stage quiz with immediate feedback. Stage 1: students take a 10-point quiz individually, and hand it in. Stage 2: students join their assigned team and take the same quiz together...