Here you will find a collection of educational resources that our team has created and compiled. Many of these were created as support materials for the faculty workshops we provide on campus regarding best teaching practices, incorporating educational technologies in the classroom, and leveraging the learning management system, ACORN.
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Research has shown that incorporating short, formative activities within your regular lectures can benefit your students by increasing their classroom engagement, deepening their understanding of the material being studied, and aid in long-term retention. In this handout you will find activities suitable for the beginning, middle and end of your lectures, as well as activities specifically designed to help your students recall key information, predict what is to come, and mitigate fluency illusions.
Graphic organizers are simple tools that can be a game changer for students who struggle to organize information, or who benefit some creating a visual representation of the information being learned. There are an abundance of types of graphic organizers freely available on the internet, and in many cases you can either create your own, or have students make them in their own notes. Filling these out can also be used in coordination with lecture activities.
|Cluster/Word Web||Fact or Opinion||KWL Chart|
|KWS Chart||Persuasion Map||Problem/Solution Chart|
|Sequence Map||Step-by-step Chart||Story Map|
|Timeline||Venn Diagram||Close Reading|
Creating lesson plans can be a valuable organizational practice that helps teachers conduct regular reflection on their own teaching practices, to take stock of what's working and to identify what's not. Having a plan is helpful to instructors in a moment of hesitation, and can also help establish a timeline in class which opens up the possibilities for incorporating activities into lectures. The format and level of detail will be different for each person, according to their preferences. These are just a few templates to help you get started - feel free to edit and re-purpose them.
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Turnitin is an application that can be used in conjunction with an assignment dropbox in ACORN to grade written assignments. Student submissions can be scanned for plagiarism and an originality report can be generated that breaks down where textual similarities were detected. Turnitin also has a built in feedback studio that allows you to make comments, highlight, use customized quickmarks and leave audio feedback directly on the students' submissions, and a Rubric Manager which allows you to attach a rubric to student assignments and grade them online in combination with the feedback studio.
Whether it's to create a traditional quiz, a formative set of review questions, or a teaching technique, ACORN's quiz feature is a valuable tool in the classroom. These handouts will get you started in the right direction by offering a step-by-step tutorial on how to organize your question bank, create your questions, and create quizzes.