Evidence suggests that having students explain things to each other provides increased retention and depth of understanding. This suggests that we should encourage discussion of class and homework. However, allowing this kind of collaboration can lead to outright copying or make it difficult to measure an individual’s effort and understanding. How do you define collaboration so students can strike this balance as they do the work for your class?
Research has shown that student attention (and retention) starts to decline after about ten minutes of lecture. Many instructors have therefore implemented small breaks or instructional mode changes approximately every ten minutes during class. Share your favorite ways to regain student attention on the CTL Faculty Blog, and receive a small gift, or just view the blog to see what others do!
Giving students good feedback is essential to learning, but, especially in big classes, this can take time. What techniques do you use to strike this balance as efficiently as possible?