Favorite The 7 Habits of Highly Effective College Instructors

In a 7-part series that begins Saturday, April 2nd, I will explore how Steven Covey’s 7 habits can be practiced by college faculty, particularly those new to the art of teaching. I will show you how making Covey’s habits your habits will make you a better instructor.

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Cognitive Learning Basics

Before releasing my forthcoming articles on the seven principles of “How Students Learn,” I want to be sure all readers have at least a basic understanding of cognitive learning theory. Why? Every instructor at every level should and can apply the basics, and both they and their students will benefit. So, let’s move on to some ….. (read more)

Students’ Prior Knowledge Can Help or Hinder Learning

I am sure that every instructor wants to know how learning works. Some do. Others think they do. And yet others, perhaps even you, want to make sure they do.

Aside: It will be helpful to have a basic understanding of cognitive learning theory as you go through this article.

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How Learning Works – Lessons from the Pros


How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching is an outstanding reference for teachers. It holds particular value for college instructors who are subject matter experts but may lack expertise in the principles of teaching and learning which includes many adjuncts and new full-time ….. (read more)

College Teaching Jobs Forecast

College Teaching Jobs Forecast Competition for tenure-track positions is expected to be high, as colleges and universities continue to move away from these positions and toward adjunct and part-time positions. Opportunities are expected to be good for part-time or adjunct … Continue reading

College Syllabus Samples

Note: Article last updated February 7, 2014, 4:00 p.m. CST. Much can be learned by studying other instructors’ syllabi. In this article I present samples of real syllabi that I retrieved off the Internet. The following four syllabi illustrate a … Continue reading

A College Instructor’s Guide to Understanding Helicopter Parents

Pondering Instructor

Understanding Helicopter Parents is the first step to dealing with them. June 5, 2010, I wrote an article for Suite101 entitled “A Parent Guide for Helping College Students.” Let me begin with the that article. Note: If you would like, … Continue reading

College Instructor Computer Skills

Computer skills are vital for virtually every college instructor. What should you do if you lack those skills?

Computer Skills Required to Teach College Courses

As a prospective college adjunct there are two things you should do when it comes to computer skills. First, find ….. (read more)