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21st Century Teaching

21st Century Teaching

Some technologies are ubiquitous on college campuses. A learning management system. Online grading. Email services. But teaching styles and pedagogies that incorporate new and evolving tools into the classroom still remain—in most cases—up to the instructor. It’s why there is still a mix of professors today who stick to the traditional chalkboard lecture, as well as many trying out new methods and platforms to teach a new generation of students who are more accustomed to using technology in their everyday lives.

For that latter group of instructors, teaching in the 21st century means experimentation and engaging students in new ways, but also a willingness to end or change innovative practices that didn’t pan out. In this series, we take a look at how faculty and instructors are using new approaches in their classroom and what lessons they have learned in the process. How did you get started? What’s there to know? What’s working? What’s not?

You’ll hear from a water agency official, who teaches an online community college course, about how she got started in creating open educational resources for the first time when her class was incorporated into a ser-cost textbook degree program. There’s also a professor who started podcast to learn about how other faculty are teaching these days. Later we’ll take a look at flipped classrooms, project-based learning, with plenty more to come.

This is an ongoing series, so look out for more articles in the coming weeks. Also, please share with us you own unique teaching style, and what your 21st-century college classroom looks like.

— Sydney Johnson, assistant editor

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Editor's note: This project is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. EdSurge maintains complete editorial authority on the articles in this series.

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