Managing Student Anxiety Surrounding In-Person Learning

By Ethan Boynton, Plant and Microbial Biology Teaching Effectiveness Award Essay, 2023 While the return to in-person education was a welcome return to normalcy, it was a novel challenge for much of the student body. As an instructor, I sought to mitigate the negatives of hybrid-learning by encouraging low-stakes participation Continue Reading >>

Designing Soft Participation Policy for Remote Instruction

By Mengxin Wang, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Teaching Effectiveness Award Essay, 2022 During my first remote teaching experience in the fall of 2020, I observed that without seeing students face to face, it is hard to monitor student learning and adjust the teaching pace and depth. Conventionally, an instructor Continue Reading >>

Student-led Discussions Foster Compassion

By Anna Tomi, Scandinavian Teaching Effectiveness Award Essay, 2022 When teaching Reading and Composition, I often encounter a wonderful group of students enthusiastic to display their knowledge and engage with the instructor. But when it’s time for the students to talk to each other, they withdraw into silence. This is Continue Reading >>

Hands-on Simulation of Frog Development and Experimental Embryology Engages Students and Promotes Learning

By Danielle Spitzer, Molecular and Cell Biology Teaching Effectiveness Award Essay, 2022 Problem: MCB 141 (Developmental Biology) is an upper-division lecture course that covers fundamental concepts of animal embryonic development. The students learn about foundational experiments in the field which involve precise manipulations to animal embryos in three-dimensional space. They Continue Reading >>

Transportation Planning: From Theory to Practice

By Marcel Moran, City and Regional Planning Teaching Effectiveness Award Essay, 2022 A fundamental challenge of teaching transportation planning is bridging the divide between abstract material and the realities (and messiness) of the profession itself. No textbook chapter, white paper, or academic article can fully convey the prospect of altering Continue Reading >>