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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 zero-cost textbook degree program. There’s also a professor who started a 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. And if you have a thorny teaching problem you'd like help on, ask our new teaching advice columnist.

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

More professors are shifting from textbooks to OER

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As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost

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How an OER Rookie Dove Deep Into a Zero-Cost Textbook Degree Program

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Free Textbooks Are Not Always Free: New Study Analyzes OER’s Costs to Colleges

3 MONTHS AGO

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Does OER Actually Improve Learning?

3 MONTHS AGO

Flipped classrooms seem to be growing exponentially

Digital Learning

A Case For Flipping Learning—Without Videos

8 MONTHS AGO

Digital Learning

Lessons From Flipped Classrooms and Flipped Failures

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

More professors are looking to experts to help them teach. (Though some resist.)

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Teaching With Technology in Higher Ed? Start With Relationship-Building.

16 DAYS AGO

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Why Professors Doubt Education Research

11 MONTHS AGO

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What College Professors Should Know About Learning Science

ABOUT 1 MONTH AGO

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Most Professors Think They're Above-Average Teachers. And That’s a Problem.

8 MONTHS AGO

The classroom isn’t the only place to learn

Higher Education

Schools and Colleges Try Virtual Reality Science Labs. But Can VR Replace a Cadaver?

6 MONTHS AGO

Digital Learning

#BlackStudentsMatter: Why Digital Activism Is a Voice for Black Students

5 MONTHS AGO

Digital Learning

Should Professors (a) Use Multiple Choice Tests or (b) Avoid Them At All Costs?

8 MONTHS AGO

Digital Learning

Will Moving Office Hours Online Get Students to Show Up?

4 MONTHS AGO

Colleges are still struggling to find the best fit for online education

Digital Learning

How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching

7 MONTHS AGO

Digital Learning

Does Online Education Help Low-income Students Succeed?

6 MONTHS AGO

Digital Learning

Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive?

6 MONTHS AGO

And what does it mean to teach an age of information overload and polarization?

Digital Learning

Can an Online Tool Depolarize Campus Discussions?

5 MONTHS AGO

Digital Learning

Can a New Approach to Information Literacy Reduce Digital Polarization?

10 MONTHS AGO

Digital Learning

Forget ‘Sage on the Stage,’ and ‘Guide on the Side.’ The Challenges Of Teaching In the Trump Era

12 MONTHS AGO

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How Faculty Can ‘Click’ Their Way to a More Inclusive Classroom

ABOUT 2 MONTHS AGO

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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