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Three Things Employers Want

As a Training and Career Consultant, clients often ask me what employers really want.  Many people think there is a secret skill that employers only whisper about behind closed doors.  There is not.  Employers really want three simple things. Technical SkillsTechnical skills are ...

MOOCs for Educators

A MOOC is a Massive Online Open Course.  This type of program means that anyone with an internet connection can enroll in college courses designed and facilitated by passionate instructors. MIT and other prominent colleges and university are forming MOOCs.  Their collection ...

Winning Instructional Strategies

Most instructors enjoy students who can sit through a lecture, review all course materials, and apply the concepts without issue. There are not many of these students out there however so we need to consider the instructional strategies we are using in the classroom. The strategies we employ impact ...

21st Century Engagement Tools

Students today have advertisers, social media, friends, parents, and other teachers, all bidding for their attention. As a teacher, if you can keep them focused for an entire class period, you are doing very well! Keeping students engaged is not a 21st century problem, but it can be addressed with ...

Give Motivating Assignment Feedback

Grading and giving feedback is often cited as the least enjoyable part of teaching. The feedback you give on assignments can motivate students to move forward or give students an excuse to give up completely. It is not something to be taken lightly as your comments can impact a student's willin ...

Motivate Your Students

Think back to your favorite teacher. Did you do more for them and their classes? Do you remember what set them apart? Did they seem to “get you”? This teacher likely made you feel that he or she knew you.  It probably felt like like they knew what mattered to you.Historically, stud ...

Day 1: Discuss Course Expectations

It is tempting to read course expectations right from the syllabus and move on with the course. Have you ever wondered what students expect from you? Have you ever had a student accuse you of not being accessible? You may have your office hours in your syllabus and may mention that you will proofre ...

Don’t Skimp on the Syllabus

Let’s face it. Students very rarely read syllabus from cover to cover, so why should we instructors put so much time into developing it? Students reference it. When you were a busy undergraduate, did you spend your extra time reading every syllabus that was handed to you? Many students, espec ...

5 Ways to Spice Up Your Presentations

Are you tired of presenting the same old PowerPoints weighted down by words and bullet points. If the students can read every word of the lecture, why are you reading it to them? Lay off the words and use these tips to add a little flair to your presentations.1) Consider an alternative to PowerPoin ...