College Teaching Techniques is a book series written by college faculty for college faculty. Each of its authors is a respected college professor, and together they bring a wide range of experience spanning institutional and learning contexts. Dedicated to sharing practical tips and techniques with college faculty, each book in the series focuses on a specific instructional issue or form and provides concrete solutions that can help faculty use active and engaging teaching methods in both face-to-face and online college or university classrooms.
K. Patricia Cross conceived of the idea for a handbook of college teaching techniques in 1988, when she founded the Classroom Research Project at Harvard University. Pat had recognized the mounting pressures on institutions of higher education to provide evidence of student learning, and believed that rather than having assessment be driven by external demands, its greater purpose would be in fostering an internal feedback built into instruction and curriculum to improve teaching and learning. Hence, she wanted to help professors assess the quality of teaching and learning in their own classrooms, and conceived of a technique as an organized structure that guided teachers through the process and procedures to conduct formative assessment. She and the project moved to the University of California, Berkeley when the first edition of Classroom Assessment Techniques was published.
It is now almost 3 decades since this best-selling book was originally published, and the techniques series has been expanded to include a handbook on collaborative learning, on how to engage students, and a new approach for assessing classroom learning to meet the needs of a variety of stakeholders. Each technique guides teachers through an easy-to-follow format with instructions and examples in both face-to-face and online teaching environments, and each book also includes a wealth of practical information and guidance on the topic. For example, there is ample advice on how to create a learning environment that students will find motivating in the Student Engagement book, a chapter on how to address common problems in the collaborative learning book, and detailed directions on how to analyze and report learning outcomes to a variety of stakeholders in the learning assessment book. College teaching techniques is a series of books authored by college faculty designed to help you be a more effective teacher in today’s varied college classrooms.
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