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Strategic Planning for Teaching and Learning

Mark Hofer, Ph.D College of William & Mary Each new class session brings a fresh opportunity for us to experiment with new ways to engage our students in their learning.  As we design or redesign our courses, we have considerable latitude to create the kind of learning experiences – face-to-face, blended, or online – that will help them develop critical thinking and disciplinary skills. The scholarship of teaching and learning abounds with examples of innovative approaches and strategies that go beyond traditional forms of lecture and discussion. For example, case studies (e.g., DiPietro & Huston, 2009), collaborative simulations (e.g., Olson, 2012), cooperative and team-based learn

Gone Fishin’: How Bass Fishing Helped My Classroom Approach

Jay S. Rozema Associate Professor of Theatre - Missouri Valley College Not one student had been following your train of thought for weeks nor able to accomplish what you set out as learning objectives. There’s been no sign of hope. It didn’t matter what you did, you got no response. You felt like banging your head against the wall. Have you ever found yourself in this scenario? I have. That was my Theatre Stagecraft class a couple of years ago. Week after week I was facing a classroom full of blank faces, unable to accomplish tasks, and with some students, poor attendance. I really thought my teaching abilities were gone. My confidence was at its lowest and my attitude was poor. I fo

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