Category: Classroom Response Strategies

A group of journalism students in Elaine Sciolino’s JRN 456: Local Reporting: Paris as a Case Study, recently spent spring break in Paris, reporting on the sights, sounds, and experiences of the city. Sciolino, former Paris bureau chief for The New York Times, and author of the book The Only Street in Paris (2015, W.W. Norton […]

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April 10, 2017

The Evolution of Multiple Choice E-learning | Henrik J. Mondrup | This post by Henrik J. Mondrup, a social learning expert, describes how combining peer-to-peer education with multiple choice exercises in a pair-think-share activity can make the sort of question that usually rewards memorization into a meaningful learning experience. To read more, follow the link […]

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September 27, 2016

Hisae Matsui will speak about her development of a unique blended course in intermediate Japanese grammar. Professor Matsui has been working with the McGraw Center for the past three years to develop content for this course — using the McGraw Teaching Lab and web-based tools.This showcase will present materials used in JPN105, including flipped lectures, […]

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September 6, 2016

Post by Professor Monserrat Bores Martinez with contributions from Professor Nadia Cervantes Perez On March 7th, sixty-three students in Spanish 108, taught by Professors Monserrat Bores Martinez and Nadia Cervantes Perez, used a combination of Piazza, a popular Q&A platform, and Blackboard, Princeton’s Learning Management System, to have a discussion forum about sexual violence and […]

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April 14, 2016

Second Wednesday Technology Workshops: The McGraw Center is offering a new series that discusses teaching technologies on the second Wednesday of every month classes are in session. There are two more sessions in Spring term. What’s up this month? Speed Grading: Just in Time for Exams, Wednesday, March 9th, 4:30 -6:00, Frist 330 RSVP Imagine […]

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February 29, 2016

In a previous post, I cited this simple definition for active learning: Active learning is a process where students engage in classroom activities that promote critical engagement with course materials. Activities may include text analysis, collaborative writing, various forms of discussion or problem solving. Although active learning transfers, in part, the responsibility of learning to […]

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February 16, 2016

The classroom, East Pyne 012, is now part of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning. The classroom design includes a central seminar table and computer stations along the side walls of the room is perfect for active learning — allowing small breakout groups around the screens, and a space for the whole class to […]

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February 4, 2016

Need clickers for your class? Have you assigned clickers for your class? The McGraw Center can help you integrate student-owned clickers into Blackboard so that your quizzes are automatically graded and uploaded to the Blackboard gradebook. For anonymous, occasional polling, you can borrow clickers. (Sorry, clickers are for course use only.)

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February 2, 2016

On January 4th, 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education published an opinion piece written by 15 undergraduates, all of them writing-seminar students at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The next day, The Chronicle’s republished this piece,  A Lecture from the Lectured,  with the catchy hook: “We’re tired of sitting silently in the dark, listening to […]

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January 20, 2016

How do you spend the first five minutes of your class? It might make a big difference in how students learn. Here are some great tips from James M. Lang, via The Chronicle of Higher Education ( January 11, 2016): Four quick ways to shift students’ attention from life’s distractions to your course content. Source: […]

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January 20, 2016

Blackboard has several tools that allow you to assign students assessments, blog posts, discussion board items, or other forms of submitting assignments. You can also create rubrics in Blackboard to make team grading more effective, or to share your expectations with students in advance of their submitting an assignment. To learn more about these services, […]

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October 12, 2015

Blackboard course sites are built for every course, every semester. Are you getting the most out of your site? Blackboard includes many useful features, and is a place students know to go for commonly shared course documents, such as your course syllabus, announcements, and assignments. Other features include: A secure dropbox for assignment submission; and […]

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October 12, 2015