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August 27, 2017

Breaking the ice with truths and a lie

Bring the party to the first day of class with this party game to break the ice with and between students


August 15, 2017

Five items for Fall Semester 2017

Here are five topics on the minds of faculty as we gear up for the start of the Fall 2017 semester. What direction will you go with these issues?


May 16, 2017

Take-home final exam – Story Cubes for climate

Telling a story can help with communicating climate science. By using Rory’s Story Cubes as a foundation, students come up with symbols that could serve as the start of a climate story (and as a new version of this game!).


December 28, 2016

Student collaborative note taking during lecture – encourage or discourage?

Is collective note taking by students in lecture something to be supported/endorsed by faculty? Should it be discouraged? Should we be doing something different in class to begin with to reduce the hours of marathon note taking?


November 30, 2016

Take-home final exam – Earth Science for Future Presidents

The book that has yet to be written is “Earth Science for Future Presidents,” to make sure every President is prepared when it comes to Earth science and Earth issues. For your take-home exam, you are writing a nonfiction book proposal titled “Earth Science for Future Presidents”…


October 26, 2016

2016 Earth science election activity for students

Help students explore the grand challenges in Earth science during this election year with an exercise that explores where the candidates stand


October 5, 2016

Take the pledge for #ActiveLearningDay – October 25, 2016

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is issuing a national Call to Action to improve STEM education through the use of active learning. Will you take the pledge to spend 10 minutes on equally promote active learning and integrate cultural responsiveness on October 25th?


August 17, 2016

The first day of class – what will you do?

There is no right or wrong way to conduct your first class meeting of the semester – but are you using your time wisely? Explore these ideas for how to kick off the first day and every class day in the academic year.


February 24, 2016

Help students evaluate sources with the CRAP test

How do we help students sort through all of the information on the internet and use quality sources for academic work? Have them use the CRAP Test to improve their information literacy!


November 25, 2015

Take 5… blogs on teaching & learning

Take a quick break from your daily activities and check out these five blogs to read some current thoughts on teaching and learning in higher education