Teaching College in an Age of Accountability
by Richard E. Lyons, Meggin McIntosh & Marcella L. Kysilka

Written for faculty members and administrators needing to improve student recruitment, retention, completion rates and related outcomes, the book displays its table of contents below. Please note that each chapter closes with a Summary of Key Points, Through the Professor’s Eyes (the developing perceptions of three
composite professors), Tips for Thriving, Suggested Readings, and, in most chapters, an Appendix of Teaching and Learning Tools.

Chapter 1: The Rise of Accountability in Higher Education

  • Rising Expectations of Stakeholders in Higher Education
  • Market Pressures
  • External Political Pressures
  • Accreditation Pressures
  • Institutional Effectiveness
  • Impact on Institutional Practices

Chapter 2: Implications of Accountability on Your Teaching

  • Grounding Your Teaching and Learning Effectiveness
  • Understanding Individual Learning Styles
  • Developing a Teaching Style that Fits Students’ Learning Styles
  • Fostering Student Responsibility
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Professors
  • Managing the Mileposts of the Term
  • Thinking of Students as Clients

Chapter 3: Today’s College Students

  • The Big Picture
  • “Traditional” and “Nontraditional” Students versus Generations
  • The Generational Matrix
  • The Baby Boom Generation
  • Generation X
  • The Millennial Generation
  • Emerging Influences
  • Multiple Intelligences
  • Common Problem Situations
  • What Students Want from College Instructors
  • Students with Special Needs

Chapter 4: Strategic Course Planning

  • Designing an Effective Course
  • Additional Syllabus Considerations
  • Planning Your Course Strategy

Chapter 5: Launching Your Course Effectively

  • Orchestrating Positive First Impressions
  • Introducing Yourself Effectively
  • Clarifying the Learning Objectives and Your Expectations
  • Helping Students Learn about One Another
  • Getting to Know Your Students
  • Whetting Students’ Appetite for the Course Content
  • Informing Students of Key Issues
  • Reassuring Students about Their Decision
  • Assessing Students’ Understanding of the Starting Position
  • Following Up the First Week of Class

Chapter 6: Managing the Context of Your Course

  • Organizing Your Course Materials
  • Lesson Planning
  • Developing an Agenda
  • Managing Your Class Time
  • Managing Your Classroom Environment
  • Improving Interpersonal Communications
  • Special Strategies for Managing Large Classes
  • Managing the First Exam or Major Assignment
  • Surviving When You Are Not Prepared
  • Adhering to Ethical Standards
  • Dealing with Disruptive Students

Chapter 7: Instructor-Directed Learning Methods

  • A Continuum of Methods
  • Today’s Teaching and Learning Paradigm
  • Strategic Use of Lectures
  • Strategic Use of Video Presentation
  • Strategic Use of Guest Speakers
  • Strategic Use of Controlled Whole-Group Discussion

Chapter 8: Student-Driven Learning Methods

  • The Contemporary View
  • Active Learning
  • Strategic Teaching Using Student-Driven Methods
  • Strategic Use of Open Discussion
  • Strategic Use of Small-Group Learning Methods
  • Strategic Use of Role-Playing
  • Strategic Use of Student Presentations
  • Strategic Use of Experiential Learning
  • Strategic Use of Focused Study Time

Chapter 9: Infusing Technology into Your Teaching

  • Organizing Class Instruction
  • Fostering Richer Learning Relationships through Technology
  • Enhancing Instructional Presentations
  • Course Management Software
  • Leveraging the Learning Resources of the Internet
  • Organizing and Processing Information
  • Dealing with Technology-Facilitated Plagiarism
  • Where Teaching and Learning with Technology Intersect

Chapter 10: Managing the Examination Process

  • Qualities of an Effective Examination
  • Developing Effective Selected Response Items
  • Developing Effective Essay Test Items
  • Facilitating Student Success
  • Administering the Examination
  • Dealing with Student Cheating
  • Scoring Examinations
  • Reviewing Results of Examinations

Chapter 11: Alternative Methods of Assessing Students

  • Performance Assessment
  • Oral Presentations
  • Writing Assignments
  • Portfolio Assessment
  • Individual Learning Agreements

Chapter 12: Bringing Your Course to an Effective Conclusion

  • Energizing Your Class and You Approach the End
  • Supporting Your Students’ Time and Project Management Skills
  • Determining Final Course Grades
  • Conducting Effective Closing Class Meetings
  • Submitting End-of-Term Reports

Chapter 13: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Your Teaching

  • Conducting Informal Student Evaluations
  • Arranging Informal Assessments by Colleagues
  • Videotaping a Classroom Presentation
  • Gathering the Official Ratings
  • Preparing for Formal Observation/Evaluation by a Discipline Leader
  • Conducting a Self-Assessment

Chapter 14: Maintaining Your Edge

  • Building a Following among Students
  • Becoming an Advocate for the Marginalized
  • Leveraging Your Institution’s Faculty Development Resources
  • Developing Mutually Beneficial Mentoring Relationships
  • Developing a Collection of Teaching and Learning Resources
  • Participating in Conference Sessions Devoted to Instruction
  • Developing Your Technology Savvy
  • Developing a Teaching Portfolio
  • Focusing on the Differences You are Making
  • Taking Care of Yourself

Teaching College in an Age of Accountability may be purchased online at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com and other leading booksellers. For adoption as a course text, or purchase for libraries and teaching and learning center, access the Allyn & Bacon website.


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