May 4, 2015 mevins.consulting No comments exist

Amy Gross Consultant to the International Teaching Learning Cooperative (ITLC) The Lilly Conferences on College and University teaching are known for their engaging keynote sessions and faculty led general sessions. However, I have found that I also come home with some key ideas from the informal conversations with colleagues at meals, waiting for sessions to…

April 23, 2015 mevins.consulting No comments exist

Mick Charney Associate Professor, Architecture Kansas State University If you are a seasoned teacher, you have likely noticed that times have certainly changed…or have they? In the Shakespearean play of the same name, Hamlet says, “Yea, from the table of my memory | I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records, | All saws of books,…

April 6, 2015 mevins.consulting No comments exist

Todd Zakrajsek, Associate Professor University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Multitasking is a fascinating topic. Much has been written about the ability of today’s youth being efficient multitaskers (Miller, 2012). Others have noted that multitasking is not possible or greatly hinders learning (e.g., Junco & Cotten, 2012; Ophir, Nass, & Wagner, 2009). As a…

March 19, 2015 mevins.consulting No comments exist

Christine Harrington Professor, Psychology and Student Success Middlesex County College Group projects are a great way to promote the development of many important skills while allowing students the opportunity to dive deeper into course content. However, I’m sure I’m not alone in my struggle to figure out the best way to grade group work. Over…

March 2, 2015 mevins.consulting No comments exist

Frank V. Kowalski, Professor of Physics and Susan E. Kowalski, Research Associate Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO These are exciting times for anyone interested in “applying evidence-based strategies to enrich student learning” – the motto on the banner of this blog. Gifted teachers have always had a sixth sense about what works well (or…

February 1, 2015 mevins.consulting 1 comment

Bonnie Farley-Lucas Southern Connecticut State University Nationwide, faculty are under increasing pressure to obtain external funding and grants to support research initiatives to build on the scholarly work of teaching, learning, curriculum, and faculty development projects. In addition to the labor of love, research, innovation, and technical writing involved in creating a grant proposal, complex…

January 15, 2015 mevins.consulting 1 comment

Keith Hohn, Ph.D. Professor Chemical Engineering Kansas State University Engineering educators are dedicated to providing their students with rigorous training in engineering fundamentals that will enable them to become capable practitioners. To do this, most engineering professors follow a similar script: first, introduce and derive the fundamental equations describing some physical phenomenon and, second, apply…

January 3, 2015 mevins.consulting 1 comment

Todd Zakrajsek, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill People make New Year’s Resolutions to address any number of areas in which improvement is desired (e.g., exercise more, spend more time with family, volunteer more, travel more). As a long-time faculty member I can honestly say that it did not occur to me for the…

December 15, 2014 mevins.consulting No comments exist

Amy Gross, Ph.D. Guest Contributor We’ve all been there – either as a student or as a teacher. That class where we believe we are just not good at that despised subject or where we experience extreme performance anxiety. For me it was anything related to science – it is fascinating stuff, I just can’t…