Printed Resource for the IUP's Reflective Practice Group, November 3, 2010
Dr. Richard Lamberski, Professor of Communications Media*
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
My appreciation to Sara Lamberson IUP'09, research associate while at IUP, for researching and compiling these six critical topic areas.
Blogging can be an effective tool for learning, but its benefits shouldn't be taken for granted. It takes careful planning and skillful management to make it work in an educational setting. Here are five of the most common mistakes for instructors to avoid when incorporating blogs into instruction.
The clicker allows students to answer questions simultaneously and for the teacher to see what proportion of the students got the correct answer; therefore, understanding the material.
Refer to this article for examples of several up-and-coming classroom technologies.
Allen, Anne Wallace. “‘Clickers’ Let Teachers See Who’s Really Learning a Lesson.” IdahoStatesman.com. 09 September 2008. 02 October 2008.
Cantillon, Peter. “Teaching Large Groups.” BMJ. BMJ 2003;326:437 ( 22 February 2008). 22 September 2008.
Davis, Barbara Gross. “Preparing to Teach the Large Lecture Course.” Tools for Teaching. 1993. University of California, Berkley. 22 September 2008.
Felder, Richard M. “Beating the Numbers Game: Effective Teaching in Large Classes.” North Carolina State University. June 2007. ASEE Annual Conference. 22 September 2008.
Reynard, Ruth. “Avoiding the 5 Most Common Mistakes in Using Blogs with Students.” Campus Technology. 01 October 2008. 02 October 2008.
Soliman, Izabel. “Lecturing to Large Groups.” Introduction to University Teaching Series. 1999. Teaching and Learning Centre; University of New England. 22 September 2008.
“Teaching Contexts.” Instruction at FSU: A Guide to Teaching & Learning Practices. 22 September 2008.
(This text is not excerpted above but has exemplary information on large group instruction)
Bain, Ken. What the Best College Teachers Do. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2004. (Chapter 5 of this book is particularly useful for the research of large group instruction. Bain gives seven principals with a lot of examples and explanation of successful lecturing.)