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- Respecting your students
- Conveying your passion for teaching
- Maintaining academic rigor
- Engaging students in and out of class
- Making learning active
- Staying current
- Continually improving your teaching
- Publishing your work
- Being flexible
- Connecting to the outside world
- Collaborating with peers
Skill Level Beginner
- Hi, I'm Karl Kaap. Welcome to core strategies for teaching in higher ed. I've been a professor for almost two decades and I'm excited to share my techniques, experiences and advice for being a top professor in your field, and an effective teacher in the classroom. Over the course of my academic career I've counseled many faculty members on how to create effective instruction and I've received several awards for my own teaching practice. My participation in a variety of dissertation and university committees has given me insight into the strategies top professors use to succeed, and one thing I've learned from all this is that being a great professor is an art and a science.
It requires lots of study, diligence, and a willingness to be flexible. In this course, we'll study an array of strategies for upping your academic game. We'll explore ideas for better understanding and connecting with students. We'll talk about ways to convey a love for learning through your classroom practice. I'll walk you through some technologies that can increase your classroom engagement, but I'll also talk about more general principles for encouraging active and critical thinking skills in your students.
We'll discuss how to stay current in your discipline, how to continually improve your teaching practice and how to keep adapting to the rapidly changing academic environment. Finally, we'll delve into methods for connecting to the world outside of academia, and how to harness collaboration with your peers as a catalyst for success. Join me as I share these ideas of how you can become a top professor, excelling in your academic pursuits and your teaching goals.