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This book provides professors with the insights and tools necessary to achieve higher levels on accountability assessment outcomes while preparing students for enhancing their own career success in a more complex future. In recent years, many initiatives have been implemented by a number of state legislatures and boards of trustees to increase “institutional effectiveness.” These measures have made colleges and universities aware that practices once accepted as sacrosanct within the culture will, from this time forward, be assessed regularly for their contribution to achieving more accountable outcomes. This book equips professors to address outcome goals in a proactive manner.
1. The Rise of Accountability in Higher Education.
Increasing Stakeholders and Rising Expectations.
External Political Pressures.
Impact on Institutional Practices.
2. Implications of Accountability on Your Teaching.
Grounding our Teaching and Learning Effectiveness.
Individual Learning Styles.
Developing a Teaching Style that Fits with Students’ Learning Styles.
Fostering Students’ Responsibility for Achieving Learning Outcomes.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Instructors.
Managing the Retention Mileposts of the Term.
Students as Clients.
3. Today’s College Student.
The Big Picture.
Traditional vs. Non-Traditional Students and Their Three Distinct Generations.
Dealing Proactively with Common Problem Situations.
What Students Want from Their Professors.
Students with Special Needs.
4. Strategic Course Planning.
Strategic Teaching, Strategic Learning, and Strategic Course Planning.
Designing an Effective Course.
Additional Syllabus Considerations.
Grounding your Course Strategy.
5. Launching Your Course Effectively.
Orchestrating Positive First Impressions.
Introducing Yourself Effectively to the Class.
Clarifying Course Objectives and Your Expectations.
Helping Students to Learn from Each Other.
Getting to Know Your Students.
Whetting Students’ Appetites for Course Material.
Informing Students of Additional Opportunities.
Reassuring Students of Course’s Value.
Assessing Students’ Understanding of the Starting Position.
Following up the First Week of Class.
6. Managing the Context of Your Course.
Organizing your Course Materials.
Implementing and Managing Your Course Plan.
Managing Class Time Effectively.
Managing the Course Environment.
Special Strategies for Managing Large Classes.
Managing the First Exam or Major Assignment.
Surviving When You are Not Prepared for Class.
Professional Teaching Practices.
Dealing with Disruptive Students.
7. Instructor-centered Learning Methods.
New Ways to Think About Our Teaching.
Today’s Teaching and Learning Paradigm.
Strategic Use of Lecture.
Strategic Use of Video Presentations.
Strategic Use of Guest Speakers.
Strategic Use of Whole Group, Controlled Discussions.
8. Student-driven Learning Methods.
The Contemporary View.
Strategic Teaching Using Student-Driven Methods.
Strategic Use of Open Discussions.
Strategic Use of Cooperative and Collaborative Learning.
Strategic Use of Role-playing.
Strategic Use of Student Presentations.
Strategic Use of Experiential Education.
Strategic Use of Focused Study Time.
9. Infusing Technology into Your Teaching.
Organizing Class Instruction.
Fostering Richer Learning Relationships With Students Through Technology.
Enhancing Teaching Presentations.
Course Management Software.
Utilizing the Learning Resources of the Internet.
Organizing and Processing Information.
Dealing with Technology-facilitated Plagiarism.
Where Teaching and Learning with Technology Intersect.
10. Managing the Examination Process.
Qualities of an Effective Examination.
Developing Effective Selected Response Items: Matching, Completion, and Multiple Choice.
Developing Effective Essay Items.
Facilitating Student Success.
Administering the Exam.
Dealing with Student Cheating.
Reviewing and Following up Exam Results with Students.
11. Alternative Methods of Assessing Student Performance.
Incorporating Alternative Assessment into your Course.
Individual Learning Agreements.
12. Bringing Your Course to an Effective Conclusion.
Energizing Your Course as You Approach its End.
Supporting the Time and Project Management of Your Students.
The Challenges of Determining Students’ Final Grades.
Conducting Effective Closing Class Meetings.
Submitting End of Term Reports.
13. Evaluating Your Teaching Performance.
Conducting Informal Student Evaluations.
Arranging Informal Assessments by Colleagues.
Videotaping a Classroom Presentation.
Official Student Ratings.
Formal Evaluation by Instructional Leader.
Self-evaluation of Your Teaching.
14. Maintaining Your Edge.
Building a Following Among Students.
Leveraging Your Institution’s Faculty Development Resources.
Finding a Dedicated Teaching Colleague.
Becoming Technologically Savvy.
Maintaining a Collection of Teaching Resources.
Participating in Conference Sessions Devoted to Teaching.
Creating a Teaching Portfolio.
Assessing Your Teaching Success on a Regular Basis.
Solitude and Renewal.
Posted January 24, 2003
SOMETHING REMARKABLE HAS HAPPENED. A BOOK WRITTEN BY THREE SEASONED EDUCATORS HAS DELIVERED TO OUR COMMUNITY OF FULL AND PART-TIME PROFESSORS AN HONEST-TO-GOODNESS "HOW TO"MANUAL: HOW TO TEACH WITH INTEGRITY, AUTHENTICITY, CARING, CREATIVITY; WHILE GIVING US VALUABLE TOOLS TO REACH EVERY STUDENT WITH ENERGY,CARING AND ENTHUSIASM. IN THIS "AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY" TURNING TO THIS BOOK (AS I DO-OVER AND OVER) WILL GUARANTEE SUCCESS, NOT ONLY FOR YOUR STUDENTS BUT WILL SURPASS YOUR IDEALS OF WHAT A GREAT CLASSROOM AND COLLEGE LEARNING SUPPORT SYSTEM ATMOSPHERE CAN BE. FROM EFFECTIVE FIRST MEETINGS, THROUGH LEARNING TO COMMUNICATE WITH TODAY'S STUDENTS (WITH THE INCREASED DEMANDS PLACED ON THEM) TO LESSON PLANS TO LEARNING-STYLES AND EVALUATIONS, THIS BOOK HAS IT ALL. A MUST READ FOR ALL EDUCATORS, STUDENTS AND COLLEGE ADMINISTRATORS. ALAS, WE CAN BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND WIN! THANK YOU DR. LYONS AND COLLEAGUES FOR AN AMAZING GUIDE ON HOW TO BE THE BEST EDUCATOR OF THE 21ST CENTURY! L.J.SOHL,M.S.,ADJUNCT PROFESSORWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 5, 2002
The title got my attention, and the table of contents convinced me to read this book. I am very impressed with the way the authors clearly explained the context of teaching today, and in the way they addressed the conflicting pressures that instructors like me perceive. I am asked to facilitate student success by my instructional leaders with little guidance on how to achieve it. This book provides that guidance. Like many, I perceive a call to lower standards to aid student retention, but that totally contradicts why I chose the profession. This book provides me with the tools to facilitate increased success among my students, while helping feel much better about my role. Many are relatively simple, but extremely helpful for use in the classroom. The book also addresses how to manage key retention mileposts of each term; how to achieve greater effectiveness with first generation students;and how to ensure my evaluation methods are valid and appropriate. It has made me think about my teaching in a much more grounded way. It is the most practical book about teaching that I have ever read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.