Teaching Thought — Note Taking as Critical Thinking

Recent research shows students who take written notes as opposed to on a laptop have higher retention of material. We ought to encourage quality note taking in our classes for learning and critical thinking. A recent article in Scientific American is an excellent summary of research on how students take notes and how that method impacts their rendition of material. Simply put, students who take notes on their laptops retain and remember less than students who write their notes by hand. This is because, the researchers hypothesize, students who take notes by hand are forced to synthesize while writing. Those who type on the laptop can type faster than they […]

App of the week – TapeACall Pro

This week’s app of the week is called TapeACall Pro. It allows users to record phone calls on the iPhone and Android phones. It is a great tool if you are conducting research with phone interviews or any other activities that require documentation of phone conversations. While the app is priced at $9.99, it is a good deal because it does not require any in app purchases and there isn’t a limit on the number of recordings or time of recordings that the user makes. To download this app for the iPhone click HERE. To download it for Android click HERE. To learn more about this app, watch the video […]

Mini-Grant for Research in Teaching & Learning

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the first mini-grant competition for research in critical thinking, teaching and learning. This mini-grant is designed to fund research that will impact the teaching of critical thinking in face to face, online, or hybrid courses. Possible uses for the grant funds include the purchase of research materials (books, journals, etc), data collection materials (survey tools, instruments, etc), or materials for classroom use that will be evaluated (technology, books, etc). Projects might include literature reviews, action research, case studies, or evaluation of teaching and learning materials. The maximum individual grant award will be $500. […]

Getting the Most Out of a Google Search

An infographic that provides you with a number of different operators and symbols that may help you search the web with google more effectively.

About the CETL

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Texas Wesleyan University (CETL) promotes a student-centered university by providing resources and professional growth opportunities to faculty on enhancing instructional practice, integrating technology, and promoting essential student skills.

Latest Tweets