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)

Teach Talk: Cultural Lens Approach To Online Teaching and Learning

Do you feel disconnected in online spaces? Do you feel like it is difficult to connect with your students online and create community? This week […]

Upcoming Events Focus on Inclusiveness and Rethinking Assessments

As we arrive at the middle of the Fall semester, the Teaching Innovation Center team wants to share the upcoming events that have been planned […]

Teamwork makes the dream work: Group contracts and reflections for better group project communication and outcomes

Group work whether online or in-person almost always begets one or more emails that read “I’d really rather not do group work. Can I complete […]

Supporting Students with Anxiety and Depression in Biology Classrooms

In these challenging times, students are experiencing additional stressors exacerbating their anxiety and depression. As instructors who want students to succeed, how can we support […]

Pause for Professional Development: Reflective Journal Article Reading to Enhance Teaching and Learning

Summer. That time of year you think you’ll catch up and have more time for “light” reading and thinking. And yet, here we are, summer […]

Night and Day: Using Different teaching styles according to class time

Some students roll out of bed for early morning classes, bleary-eyed, hair a mess, thankful for coffee, and still wondering if their socks match as […]

Teach Talk: Writing Effective Questions and Answers to Measure Student Understanding

What makes a good question? How do you write effective answer distractors? Is feedback really used on exams? What tools can be used to engage students with […]

Tips from the Teaching Trenches: ASU Sync after the First Weeks of the Semester

As we enter the 3rd full week of Fall 2020 classes, let’s reflect on tips we've learned for conducting successful virtual class experiences. We've gathered […]

ASU Online: Who Are Our Learners?

As instructors, we make hundreds of decisions throughout a semester as we interact with our students, explain concepts and procedures, or assess their knowledge and […]

RISE Up for Racial Justice in the School of Life Sciences!

We are excited to announce 16 events this term that all focus on racial justice in biology. These events are open to the School of […]

Teach Talk: Ready, Set, Zoom! With Google Docs and Slides

As the semester is upon us, being prepared to teach on Zoom is essential. The synchronous time you spend in Zoom with your students should […]

“Ice Breakers” and Community Makers: The Importance of the Introduction in Online and Face-to-Face Classrooms

One of the beautiful things about a semester is that we are banded together in a learning experience for a specified period of time. Every […]

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