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"What makes a great teacher great? Who are the professors students remember long after graduation? The short answer is - it's not what teachers do, it's what they understand."

~Ken Bain,
What the Best College Teachers Do


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"Learning is a social process that occurs through interpersonal interaction within a cooperative context. Individuals, working together, construct shared understandings and knowledge."

~David Johnson, Roger Johnson and Karl Smith,
Active Learning: Cooperation in the College Classroom


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"Learning is not so much an additive process, with new learning simply piling up on top of existing knowledge, as it is an active, dynamic process in which the connections are constantly changing and the structure reformatted."

~K. Patricia Cross,
Adults as Learners: Increasing Participation and Facilitating Learning


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"Everyone agrees that students learn in college, but whether they learn to think is more controversial."

~Bill McKeachie,
Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research and Theory for College and University Teachers



Dr. Mandernach is the Executive Director for Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching (CIRT) and a doctoral instructor at Grand Canyon University.

The Online Teaching Showcase presented by the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching (CIRT) has started and goes through the month of June! The topic this year is Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Technology. In addition to providing comments, make sure to rate the presentations so we can find out what you think will help you most in your classroom.

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