A Case for Weighted Totals

By Russell Davidson; Associate Director for Digital Education, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Office of Digital Education Blackboard’s Grade Center (or Gradebook, in Ultra-style courses) is a powerful tool that makes it much easier for both students and faculty to track student performance and share feedback on graded items. As a dedicated grading […]

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Grade Center Check-in

By Russell Davidson, Associate Director for Digital Education, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Blackboard’s Grade Center is a powerful tool that can simplify the process of tracking student performance and calculating grades. But, like any tool, it is only effective when used properly and if used improperly it can do more harm than […]

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What Can I Do with the YuJa Media Library?

By Russell Davidson, Associate Director for Digital Education, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Office of Digital Education Over the summer, the University added a new online tool to our teaching toolkit. YuJa, which gets its name from the Sanskrit word for join or connect, provides the Detroit Mercy community with a feature-rich, easy-to-use […]

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Evidence-Based Study Methods to Mitigate the Forgetting Curve

By Dr. Grace Jacek, Associate ProfessorCollege of Health Professions/McAuley School of Nursing “The mark of a successful college student is the mastery of knowing not only what to study, but also how to study it.” — Patricia I. Mulcahy-Ernt. Often, faculty receive questions from students inquiring about the best methods for study. Educators know it […]

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Utilizing Top Hat and Collaborate Ultra for Student Engagement in Concurrent Synchronous and In-Person Classrooms

By Sonya Kowalski and Traci Stewart, University of Detroit Mercy, McAuley School of Nursing Teaching during the COVID-19 epidemic challenged educators to find creative and engaging ways to connect and meet the needs of students at a pace no one was expecting. Overnight the University was shut down and was reopened in a completely remote […]

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Teaching Students Time Management

By Dr. Erin Bell, CETL Staff Many college students — particularly those who are in their first year — may find it difficult to effectively manage their time. For such students, college is often the very first period that they are responsible for managing their workload and schedule in order to complete assignments and course […]

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Attending to the Mental Health Needs of Students Using an Interactive Assignment

By Dr. Renady Hightower, Associate Professor, Health Services Administration  COVID-19 changed the world in 2020.  The effects of which reached into the lives of each of us in many ways.  COVID-19 research documents the pain and anguish felt across the spectrum of human existence.  Unfortunately, the ultimate sacrifice has been the numbers of lives lost […]

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How to Encourage Student Engagement with a Course Syllabus

By Dr. Erin Bell, CETL Staff Current research highlights the importance of creating a well-designed syllabus which highlights themes of student belonging, support, and how these components may lead to higher rates of persistence and retention. Faculty often dedicate hours to crafting a well-balanced and well-designed syllabus that provides relevant information about course content, assignments, […]

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The Benefits of Team-Teaching in the Collegiate Classroom

By Dr. Erin Bell, CETL Staff Team teaching, also called co-teaching or collaborative teaching, allows students to learn from more than one instructor in a single course. The faculty in a team-taught course may have different teaching styles and content area knowledge which leads to a more inclusive class experience. The team approach also encourages […]

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Resources for Implementing Inclusive Teaching Practices

Web Resources: Confronting Implicit Bias: Project Implicit was founded in 1998 by three scientists – Dr. Tony Greenwald (University of Washington), Dr. Mahzarin Banaji (Harvard University), and Dr. Brian Nosek (University of Virginia). Project Implicit Health (formerly Project Implicit Mental Health) launched in 2011 and is led by Dr. Bethany Teachman (University of Virginia) and Dr. Matt […]

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