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March 24, 2016

Exclusive: Tour an ACUE Module

Scenes from ACUE's new module tour

Facilitating discussions is an art and a science. Instructors who know how to start a conversation, maintain the momentum, balance voices and bring focus back to the subject are most able to facilitate engaging discussions. ACUE’s new Facilitating Engaging Class Discussions module helps faculty learn about and put those techniques into practice, ensuring students are fully engaged and learning during class discussions.

Watch the excerpted videos below for a glimpse of ACUE's innovative learning design. Visit our Tour a Module page for the full experience!

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Pique interest and introduce learning objectives
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Classroom Demonstrations
Showcase examples of effective practice and student reactions
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Technique Talks
Explain techniques and the supporting research with comments from nationally recognized experts

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padrón advocates for raising student success through innovative teaching and learning at community colleges across the United States. (Community College Week)

On ACUE’s Community Forums, faculty members swapped ideas on grading rubrics and started a brand new discussion topic: Active Learning Techniques and Research (The ‘Q’)

Old fashioned objects like typewriters can serve as a springboard for active learning experiences in the classroom, an MIT lecturer writes. (Inside Higher Ed)

For Twitter’s 10th birthday, here’s a list of the top academics to follow. It includes a chemist, an activist, a professor-blogger, and a parody account. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

After pairing freshmen with more experienced instructors, a college near Chicago is finding early success at retaining students. (Inside Higher Ed)

The “one-minute paper” and the “metacognitive five” are among the techniques faculty can use to effectively wrap up the last five minutes of a class, says the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
An economics-focused center for teaching and learning in London draws rave reviews from an American visitor for its innovative approaches to pedagogy. (CTaLE Blog)
Personality, presence, preparation, and passion are four properties of powerful teachers, but you don’t need to be born with these traits to cultivate them, Professor Rob Jenkins writes. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Using a rubric for assignments helps to set clear expectations and allows for quicker, fairer, and more transparent grading, asserts a professor from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. (Faculty Focus)
Makerspaces and 3D printing afford students the opportunity to think creatively and improve their higher order thinking skills. (Campus Technology)


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