5 resources to help you be more effective in college teaching

by Julie Dodd

A major part of Mass Communication Teaching is having each class member teach class on a topic related to teaching, such as multiple-choice testing, learning styles, and incorporating discussion into class.

McKeachie's Teaching Tips provides great advice and strategies for planning your syllabus.Each of those teaching topics is a big issue, but each teaching presentation is only 30 minutes. So a key part of developing the lesson plan is determining what are the most important aspects of the topic to talk about.

Another key part teaching class is demonstrating what we’ve been reading about in “McKeachie’s Teaching Tips” and “What the Best College Teachers Do” – which is promoting active learning and not just lecturing.

Part of the process of developing a lesson plan is doing research on your teaching topic. Here are five resources:

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UF holds symposium: ‘Bricks and Mortar in a Digital Age: The Uncertain Future of Higher Education’


by Julie Dodd

Our class discussion of “Rebooting the academy: 12 tech innovators who are transforming campuses” included discussion of the pros and cons of different instructional approaches.

land_grant_2Can online courses be as effective as face-to-face classes in building community and getting student engagement?

Does the content and purpose of the course determine what is the best delivery method?

Do online courses provide the access needed to allow people to earn college degrees who can’t afford to attend classes in a traditional bricks-and-mortar setting?

The University of Florida is holding a symposium to discuss many of those issues — “Bricks and Mortar in a Digital Age: The Uncertain Future of Higher Education.” The symposium is April 11.

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5 advantages and 5 disadvantages of technology in higher education

by Ronen Shay
PhD student, University of Florida

rebootEach student in our Mass Communication Teaching course was asked to give a one-minute presentation about a specific topic or innovator from the text, “Rebooting the Academy: 12 Tech Innovators who are Transforming Campuses.”

While one minute is not generally conducive to more than an explanation of the key points of a specific innovator the topic, “What are the overall advantages and disadvantages of technology in higher education,” lends itself to a David Letterman Top 10 list (or in this case 2x Top 5 lists).

So without further ado the…

Top 5 Disadvantages of Using Technology in Higher Education:

5) Many professors will require re-training in how to apply technology.
4) Intellectual property ownership is difficult to protect, piracy is inevitable.
3) Has the potential to decrease the revenues brick and mortar institutions generate.
2) Difficult to regulate, and therefore potential for corruption is high.
1) Potential to diminish the overall value and experience of an in-person education.

Top 5 Advantages of Using Technology in Higher Education:

5) New methods for teaching and organizing material.
4) Deregulation of transfer credits and other student restricting regulations.
3) Potential for lower textbook prices.
2) Potential for lower tuition prices.
1) Increased accessibility to higher education.