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Our teaching techniques are practical to use and address many dimensions of learning. Videos are continually in production, so please check back regularly to see our latest additions.

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In the 3-2-1 technique, students write about 3 things they learned in the lecture, 2 things they found...


In Jigsaw, students work in small groups to develop knowledge about a given topic before teaching what...


When using IRA’s, students complete a written response to a reading assignment that includes three...


A Frame is a template of sentence stems that provides the shape of a short essay, but not the content....


In Letters, students assume the identity of an important person in your discipline and write a letter...

This website is invaluable for new and seasoned educators alike. I have already implemented some of the techniques into my classroom and have really enjoyed the reflective feedback I have received from my students.  Highly recommend!

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Much needed. Especially useful to reach adjunct, marginalized, or new faculty. This will change the landscape for professors who are teaching students.

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I can’t wait to use all the resources. The [techniques] will help me continue to learn and improve my teaching practices.

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The K Patricia Cross Academy website offers a wide variety of teaching tips that are great for engaging students. I have recommended the website to colleagues and instructional designers at UA Online to use as a resource.

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