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The articles below have been selected in order to enhance teaching methods while providing insight and solutions to the constantly changing learning environment. The selected articles focus on teaching college freshmen, student engagement and teaching in large classrooms. Have an article you'd like to share with your fellow UCR collegues? Please email them to Mark Nicolay at mark.nicolay@ucr.edu

Article TitleDescription / SummaryAuthor(s)Website
The "Change-Up" in Lectures
Middendorf and Kalish discuss the research on student learning and attention patterns and present their strategies for breaking up the lecture into a variety of stimulating activities.

Joan Middendorf and Alan Kalish


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A Change-Up Sampler
The article presents over a dozen "change-up" options. You should be able to find a few here that work for you.
Joan Middendorf and Alan Kalish Read the full article.
Best Practices for Teaching First-Year Undergraduates
The authors describe first-year students and why they are unique; discuss successful teaching strategies for first-year students; and list indicators that identify struggling students.
Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, Carnegie Mellon University
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Effective Lecturing Benefits and disadvantages of lecturing as a teaching method. Provides esentials for successful lecturing. Virginia Commonwealth University, Center for Teaching Excellence Read the full article
Teaching Large Classes Offers advice on course and syllabus design, lecturing, assessment and classroom management. Virginia Commonwealth University, Center for Teaching Excellence Read the full article
Large Classes: A Teaching Guide This article covers the major difficulties encountered with teaching large classes: student engagement; personalizing the classroom; managing classroom disruption; working with diverse student backgrounds, and more. University of Maryland, Center for Teaching Excellence Read the full article


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