For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Colleges

I have worked for not-for-profit community colleges for more than 14 years. Over the last 5 years, my college has hired several employees who “jumped ship” from local for-profit institutions. Personally, I have hired two intelligent, talented staff members who left their jobs in for-profit institutions and took a cut in pay to come to work at my college. What does that tell you? ..... (read more)

Chemistry Learning Game

Science courses can be difficult subject to teach, but instructors can make it a bet easier for college students to learn by using teaching aids.  I stumbled across one for you chemistry teachers to share with your students. You don’t teach chemistry? Do you have a child who is taking chemistry? Then share this site with your future chemist.  No chemistry connection, but you like Mahjong?  Then there is something for you too. ..... (read more)

Student Engagement Techniques

Student engagement doesn’t just happen; you have to make it happen.  Here are some student engagement techniques (SET’s) that you may want to try.

Engagement Techniques – A Handbook for College Faculty

I have borrowed a few ideas from Engagement Techniques – A Handbook for College Faculty by Elizabeth F. Barkley.  Barkley has provided many excellent student engagement strategies.  There are 50 in all to go along with 50 “Tips and Strategies.”  The book lists for $40, but I have seen new editions online for less than $32 and used for under $20.  It is definitely a good value even at the full list price!  Check it out on the right. ..... (read more)

The KHAN ACADEMY and the College Classroom

Find out how the Khan Academy can help you teach and help your students learn.

Videos Inside and Outside the Classroom

Almost exactly one year ago I wrote an article entitled YouTube and the College Instructor – Engaging Your Students with YouTube Videos. In it, I encouraged instructors to use videos in their classrooms. Then a few months later, I wrote an article entitled The College Instructor’s Guide to YouTube. In this article, I mentioned other sources of videos and suggested that instructors assign videos as homework. ..... (read more)

Four Traits of Great College Instructors

Compassion, Courage, Candor and Contemplation are four of the most important characteristics of great college instructors. Learn why.