TeachTech Blog (SOLS@ASU)

Our TeachTech blog is used for faculty development for the Arizona State University School of Life Sciences. We focus topics on practical tools and techniques for our courses, emphasizing active learning and online activities. We often include guest bloggers that bring in topics on Evidence Based Teaching for STEM related courses.

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Posts by TeachTech Blog (SOLS@ASU)

Building Effective Analytic Rubrics

Do you feel frustrated when assignments are submitted that are lacking important criteria? Do you have several people grading and want to maintain consistency and […]

What Does it Mean to Design for Scale?

It’s no secret that enrollment numbers are increasing, whether due to a global pandemic or more run-of-the-mill economic changes, workforce needs and demands, or personal […]

The Art and Science of Course Announcements

When it comes to online course design and facilitation, course announcements are often treated as a “nice to have” supplement to instruction, taking a backseat […]

How Christians May Feel Stigmatized in the Biology Community

Although Christians are overrepresented in American society, they are underrepresented in biology careers. What is the reason for this under-representation? Prior research has indicated that […]

Students’ Knowledge of Finding and Securing Research Positions: How Can We Make Undergraduate Research Experiences Accessible?

Many STEM students are seeking the opportunity to conduct undergraduate research at some point in their academic career due to its many benefits. However, finding […]

How to Make Virtual Office Hours Work for You and Your Students

If you’ve ever scheduled virtual office hours, the first time may have gone something like this:  you picked a nice time slot when you were […]

Start Having Authentic Online Course Discussions

Do you often feel frustrated with the way discussions in your online course end up? Is everyone repeating the same thing? Are you reading essays […]

What Have We Learned From Student Perceptions of Voluntary Participation: Are We Being Equitable?

Imagine sitting in the audience at a large conference and you had a question. You think to yourself, “should I ask it?” but then overthinking, […]

The Tortoise and the Hare: Using Quick but Iterative Instructional Improvements to Build a Better Class Over Time

You may have heard Aesop’s fable of The Tortoise and the Hare. The two are pitted against each other in a race. The Hare is […]

Distracted Students? Explore What You Can Do About It

That red dot. It's calling your name. Emails, Slack messages, voicemails. Family and pets. Distractions! If you're distracted, chances are your students are distracted. Perhaps […]

Dialogues on Inclusion: Discussing and reflecting on the complex issue of inclusion

Higher education today is filled with information about inclusive practices for our classrooms and schools that need to be discussed from multiple perspectives, and do […]

i + 1, Meet BARNGA

Early in the fall of 1992, in my first grad school course at Oklahoma State University I first heard of Stephen Krashen. His famous Theory […]

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