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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How to Support LGBTQIA+ Students

An Interview with Megan Novell, Title IX Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty of English and Women’s and Gender Studies By: Dr. Erin Bell, CETL Staff At the University of Detroit Mercy and the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, faculty and administrators frequently study, research, and consider methods for making their classrooms more inclusive. June […]

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Resources for Fostering a Sense of Community and Connectedness During Times of Change 

Open Educational Resources: The following links offer several free open educational resources which span the disciplines. DOAJ: The Directory of Open Access Journals provides free, Creative Commons access to over 17,000 peer-reviewed journals covering all disciplines. It is a donation and volunteer-supported non-profit based in the UK. https://doaj.org/ MERLOT: The MERLOT system provides access to curated […]

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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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How to Increase Enrollment and Persistence of Women in STEM fields? Be an Accomplice, as Well as an Ally

By Mara R. Livezey, PhD,Assistant Professor of Biochemistry As I have been mulling over how to write this column during the past few weeks, I couldn’t quite decide on the tone of the column I would write. In particular, I have been worried to write an article that is too negative, especially considering the immense […]

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