Category Archives: Evidence-Based Instruction

Concept Mapping Tools and Tips

What is concept mapping? Concept mapping are graphical tools used to organize and represent knowledge. The concepts are usually represented in some type of shape such as squares and circles. The relationships to other concepts on the map are shown … Continue reading

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Laurie Johnston – Best ECLearn Site Award Winner Fall 2014

Dr. Johnston is an Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies and the Director of Fellowships at Emmanuel College. Her special interests are in Christian social ethics, war, peace and religion. At the recent “Teaching with Technology Faculty Showcase” in the … Continue reading

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Faculty Spotlight: Kelly Grant – A Successful Hybrid Course Design Example

Instructor: Kelly Grant, MSIB Course: Strategic Management, MGMT 4303 The capstone course is designed to demonstrate the connection between Corporate Social Responsibility, Operations, Marketing, Financial Management, and Organizational Structure when formulating a long term business-level or corporate strategy. In order to … Continue reading

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Classroom Feedback – Formative Self-Evaluation Technique for Teachers

Teaching is a hard job, a noble professional and personal commitment. Just like any other profession, its performance is evaluated on constant basis. In the academic world, one of the most common ways is through course evaluations done by students … Continue reading

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Evidence-Based Instruction: Prevent Cognitive Overload From Interfering with Learning

  Working memory is a well-known limitation for learners.  A rule of thumb, based on numerous research studies is that somewhere between five and eight elements can be held simultaneously in working memory to be manipulated and processed together.  Working memory … Continue reading

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Evidence-Based Instruction: Laptops in the Classroom

Not many technology-related topics elicit as much passion from faculty as laptops in the classroom.  Opinions range from outraged rejection to enthusiastic acceptance.  But what does research show about the effect of laptop use on teaching and learning? The University … Continue reading

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Evidence-Based Instruction: Quizzing (“Rehearsal”) as A Learning Tool

Typically, instructors use quizzes and tests as an assessment tool. However, research shows that quizzing can be a valuable tool to enhance learning itself. As summarized in this 2010 review article: “[R]ecent studies … have shown that a combination of study and tests … Continue reading

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Evidence-Based Instruction: Graphics + Words = Better Learning

This post is the first in a new series highlighting research findings on effective instructional techniques. We noticed in our recent faculty survey that there were a significant number of faculty who are skeptical about the role of technology to … Continue reading

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