Research and Papers

IDEA Papers

 The IDEA Paper series, begun in 1979, is one of IDEA’s most recognizable resources. Topics cover the general areas of teaching and learning, faculty evaluation, curriculum design, and assessment. Many of the following can be viewed as PDFs by simply clicking on the title. Those unavailable online can be ordered from IDEA by sending an e-mail to info@IDEAedu.org.

List of Publications by Topic

55 - Team Teaching

Kathryn M. Plank, Otterbein University

Team teaching has the potential to have a profound impact on both teaching and learning. Many who have taught as part of a team report the break from solitary practice brings renewed excitement for...

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54 - Reflective Ethical Inquiry: Preparing Students for Life

Donna M. Qualters, Tufts University; Melissa McDaniels, Michigan State University; Perrin Cohen, Northeastern University

Although universities often teach ethics courses, they do not always teach students how to apply ethical course content to ethical dilemmas they encounter on a day-to-day basis. The Awareness-...

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53 - Active Learning Strategies in Face-to-Face Courses

Barbara J. Millis, University of Texas at San Antonio

As numerous research studies suggest, teachers who desire increased student learning should adopt active learning. This article explores the research, defines active learning, discusses its value,...

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52 - Considerations in Online Course Design

Paul A. Creasman, Ph.D., Arizona Christian University

With distance and online learning becoming ubiquitous in higher education, the need for faculty to be able to create quality online courses is greater than ever. This article offers practical advice...

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51 - Using Graphic Organizers to Improve Teaching and Learning

Kenneth A. Kiewra, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Students often have difficulty learning from texts and lectures because information is commonly organized in blocks or lines that obscure important relationships among ideas. This article introduces...

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50 - Student Ratings of Teaching: A Summary of Research and Literature

Stephen L. Benton, The IDEA Center; William E. Cashin, Emeritus professor, Kansas State University

This IDEA Paper is an update of IDEA Paper No. 32 Student Ratings of Teaching: The Research Revisited (Cashin, 1995).  Much of the content of IDEA Paper No. 32 is retained where no subsequently...

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49 - Effective Classroom Discussions

William E. Cashin, Professor Emeritus, Kansas State University

What is a discussion? No one seems to define it.  Lowman (1995, p. 159) suggested: “(A) useful classroom discussion...consists of student comments separated by frequent probes and clarifications by...

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IDEA Paper No. 48

Strategies to Improve Student Writing, Smit

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IDEA Paper No. 47

Promoting Deep Learning, Millis

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IDEA Paper No. 46

Effective Lecturing, Cashin

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IDEA Paper No. 45

Assessing Your Program-Level Assessment Plan, Hatfield

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IDEA Paper No. 44

The Learning Portfolio: A Powerful Idea for Significant Learning, Zubizarreta

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IDEA Paper No. 43

The Technology Literate Professoriate: Are We There Yet?, Madigan: Online Resources

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IDEA Paper No. 42

Integrated Course Design, Fink- For additional information on this topic see Dee Fink's book "Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses" available...

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IDEA Paper No. 41

Student Goal Orientation, Motivation, and Learning, Svinicki

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IDEA Paper No. 40

Getting Students to Read: Fourteen Tips, Hobson

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IDEA Paper No. 39

Establishing Rapport Personal Interaction and Learning, Fleming

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IDEA Paper No. 38

Enhancing Learning-and More! - Through Cooperative Learning, Millis

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IDEA Paper No. 37

Helping Your Students Develop Critical Thinking Skills, Lynch and Wolcott

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IDEA Paper No. 36

Appraising Teaching Effectiveness: Beyond Student Ratings, Hoyt and Pallett

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IDEA Paper No. 34

Focusing On Active, Meaningful Learning, Stalheim-Smith

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IDEA Paper No. 33

Developing an Effective Faculty Evaluation System, Cashin

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IDEA Paper No. 31

Answering and Asking Questions, Cashin

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IDEA Paper No. 29

Teaching Adult Students, Polson

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IDEA Paper No. 28

Periodicals Related to College Teaching, Cashin and Clegg

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IDEA Paper No. 27

Writing a Syllabus, Altman and Cashin

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IDEA Paper No. 26

Improving Student Reading, Maleki and Heerman   This paper is not available for download. Please contact The IDEA Center to request a hard copy.

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IDEA Paper No. 24

Improving Instructors' Speaking Skills, Goulden

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IDEA Paper No. 22

Student Ratings of Teaching: Recommendations for Use, Cashin

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IDEA Paper No. 21

Defining and Evaluating College Teaching, Cashin

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IDEA Paper No. 19

Improving College Grading, Hanna and Cashin

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IDEA Paper No. 18

Matching Instructional Objectives, Subject Matter, Tests, and Score Interpretations, Hanna and Cashin

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IDEA Paper No. 17

Improving Essay Tests, Cashin

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IDEA Paper No. 16

Improving Multiple-Choice Tests, Clegg and Cashin

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IDEA Paper No. 12

Court Challenges to Tenure, Promotion, and Retention Decisions, Seldin

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IDEA Paper No. 8

Questioning in the College Classroom, Hyman   This paper is not available for download. Please contact The IDEA Center to request a hard copy.

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IDEA Paper No. 7

A Guide to Clinical Performance Testing, Whitman

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IDEA Paper No. 4

Classroom Observation Techniques, Acheson   This paper is not available for download. Please contact The IDEA Center to request a hard copy.

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IDEA Paper No. 3

Improving Academic Advising, Grites

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IDEA Paper No. 1

Motivating Students, Cashin

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