Get inspired by members of the UF community as they discuss tips and strategies for creating a quality learning experience.
“I just listened to the first podcast produced by your office (First Day Strategies) and loved it! Podcasts are a great way to reach busy faculty with great, helpful content (but who might not otherwise take time out for workshops across campus). Thank you for this wonderful resource and hope to see more!” – Dr. Coffey
Active Game Learning
Dr. Stacey Curtis, Clinical Assistant Professor and 2018-19 teacher of the year, shares how she incorporates meaningful games and activities into her course to promote student engagement and life-long learning.
Dr. Stacey Curtis | Bio | Transcript
Graduate Online Mentoring
Student Community Involvement
Dr. Michelle Farland, Clinical Associate Professor and president-elect of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative, discusses her experiences with team-based learning, the challenges, successes, and best practices for any instructor looking to get started.
Dr. Michelle Farland | Full Bio | More About TBL | TBL Workshop | Transcript
High-Stakes Testing Alternative
Dr. Kevin Knudson shares how he discovered standards based grading and how it transformed the student experience of his typically dreaded calculus class.
Dr. Kevin Knudson | Full Bio | Personal Website
High-Stakes Testing Alternative Transcript.pdf
Connect with Students: Verbal Communication
Whether it’s giving a lecture or speaking one on one with students, verbal communication plays a vital role in the classroom. Jennifer K. Smith shares a wealth of strategies on communication and lecturing that she’s learned from teaching and working with other faculty at the University of Florida.
Jennifer K. Smith | Full Bio
Connect with Students: Verbal Communication Transcript.pdf
Two-Stage Collaborative Assessment
Dr. David Julian explains how two-stage testing has made his students excited about assessment. He provides a brief overview of two-stage exams, examples of how he uses it in his classroom, and most importantly how this strategy has impacted his students.
Dr. David Julian | Full Bio
Melina Jimenez, English Language Institute instructor, talks about some of the common barriers international students face while studying at the University of Florida. She also gives us some easy course design strategies that benefit all students.
Melina Jimenez | Full Bio
Creating an Affordable Course
The cost of higher education often becomes a burden for many students. Hear how April Hines, College of Journalism and Communication Librarian, and Herbert Lowe, College of Journalism and Communication Lecturer, teamed up to make course materials more affordable for University of Florida students.
April Hines | Full Bio
Herbert Lowe | Full Bio
Creating an Affordable Course Transcript.pdf
First Generation Students
Adrian Cruz shares his story filled with laughter, struggle and success on being a first generation student. Also, Dr. Leslie Pendleton provides strategies to better support and learn from first gen students.
Dr. Leslie Pendleton | Full Bio
First Generation Students Transcript.pdf
Getting the Most Out of Assessment
We spoke with Corinne Huggins-Manley, Research and Evaluation Methodology Program Coordinator at UF, to hear about strategies for creating good assessment.
Dr. Corinne Huggins-Manley | Full Bio
Getting the Most Out of Assessment Transcript.pdf
Rising Above Adversity
We sat down with three University of Florida students to hear their stories and the adversity they face. Staff from the Disability Resource Center were also kind enough to share their experience, advice, and hope for students with disabilities.
DRC Staff – Kendra Saunders, Beth Roland, and Gerry Altamirano
UF Students – Julia, Emma, and Rosanna
Disability Resource Center
Rising Above Adversity Transcript.pdf
Fostering Student Success
Create your courses to effectively reach students with different gifts and circumstances. Ashley and Erica fill us in on some tips for creating a course that avoids simply teaching to the middle.
Dr. Ashley MacSuga-Gage | Full Bio
Dr. Erica McCray | Full Bio
Disability Resource Center
Fostering Student Success Transcript.pdf
Why We Love Assessment
Assessment provides information regarding student, faculty, and institutional effectiveness, allowing us to weigh and refine our approach towards teaching.
Dr. Timothy Brophy | Full Bio
The Career Connections Center
How did you find your career? Odds are there was help along the way. The CCC at UF endeavors to be that help for students and partnering with them as a faculty member may be easier than you think.
Andie Cochran, Jaysen Williams, and Sarah Gould | Biographies
CCC Faculty Page | CCC College Liaisons | CCC Presentation Request
The Career Connections Center Transcript.pdf
Open Educational Resources
Although she would never claim to be an “expert,” we believe Alexandra Bitton-Bailey offers great insight on utilizing open educational resources. She has used OER content for several years and now teaches a class that is solely supported by OER.
Alexandra Bitton-Bailey and Dr. John Jordi | Biographies
Open Educational Resource Transcript.pdf
Dr. Richard Conley explains how he crafted a new experiential learning course and the lasting impressions it had on his students.
Dr. Richard Conley | Biography and Website
Experiential Learning Course Guidelines.pdf
Experiential Learning Transcript.pdf
Providing Efficient Feedback
Strategies for Student Engagement
Ever wonder how to foster engagement with the students who find a cozy spot in the back of the classroom or those who seem lost in thought? Matthew Sowcik shares some great strategies to increase student engagement throughout the semester.
Dr. Matthew Sowcik | Full Bio
Quality Student Interaction
Mikell Pinkney has many accolades from a professional career on Broadway. However, what continually blew us away was his dedication to students and humble approach to work collectively with them.
Dr. Michael L. “Mikell” Pinkney | Full Bio
Who doesn’t want to be the “cool” professor? As it turns out, being committed to teaching and using a student-centered approach just may land you this title. Dr. Hector Perez, Associate Professor of Seed Biology, Plant Conservation, and Restoration at the University of Florida shares his philosophy, experience, and focus on active learning.
Dr. Héctor E. Pérez | Full Bio
Building an Inclusive Classroom
As educators, it’s our duty to remove barriers that prevent learning. L.B. Hannahs explains how respecting your students’ humanity and giving them an active voice in the class will bring exclusive barriers down.
Building an Inclusive Classroom Transcript.pdf
When the semester is coming to a rapid end and student energy is waning, how can you keep them motivated until the very end? Listen in as Kim Moore shares some of her strategies.
Dr. Kimberly Moore | Full Bio
First Day of Class Strategies
In the very first podcast of the new FDTE Beyond the Podium Podcast Series faculty from across campus share some of their most memorable first day experiences and strategies that they have developed to start the semester off right!
Dr. Kimberly Moore, Dr. Gillian Lord, Dr. Hector Perez, LB Hannahs, Dr. Melissa Johnson, Dr. Melanie Harris
First Day Strategies Transcript.pdf
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