General Best Practices

This page serves as a repository to disseminate and promote educational practices with the goal of positively impacting student learning outcomes.  As you utilize resources on this site, you will notice numerous references to best practices.  The term “best practices” has been used to describe “what works” in a particular situation or environment.  As consumers of information, we must keep in mind that a particular practice that has worked for someone within a given set of variables may or may not yield the same results across educational environments.

We invite you to explore the resources in the hopes that the information will prove useful in your classroom setting.

ArticlesHelpful Links

30 Things We Know for Sure About Adult Learning
Zemke, R. a. (2007, February 9). 30 Things We Know for Sure About Adult Learning. Retrieved from http://www.muskegoncc.edu/Include/CTL%20DOCS/XXIX_No4.pdf

Are learning Styles Invalid?  (Hint: No!)
Felder Ph D, R. (2010, September 27). Are Learning Styles Invalid? (HINT: NO!). Retrieved from http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/Papers/LS_Validity(On-Course).pdf

Nine Characteristics of a Great Teacher
Orlando, M. (2013, January 14). Nine Characteristics of a Great Teacher. Retrieved from http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/philosophy-of-teaching/nine-characteristics-of-a-great-teacher/

Collaborative Learning – The Global Development Resource Center

Cooperative Learning – Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSEweb.org)

Making Lectures More Interactive – Lansing Community College Center for Teaching Excellence

Motivating Students – Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching

Teaching Tips – Lansing Community College Center for Teaching Excellence