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The faculty in the Ensure Students Are Learning video clips were interviewed at the 2019 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) annual conference in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, May 26–Monday, May 27 at the Hilton Austin. Annually NISOD hosts the Excellence Awards celebration, one of the most prestigious and well-attended events for community and technical college educators.

The Center invited the Excellence Awards recipients (who were faculty who had taught within the past academic year and were registered to attend the NISOD conference) to participate in the interviews. Each hour-long interview consisted of four–five faculty members from across the country. Over 60 faculty were interviewed in total. The Faculty Focus Group Discussion Guide contains similar questions to the ones that were asked of the interviewed faculty. The Center thanks the 2019 NISOD Excellence Awards recipients for participating in these interviews and sharing their engaging teaching strategies.

Collection of Narratives

Five open-ended items about innovative teaching practices were added to the 2018 Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE) in 2018. 6,761 faculty from 85 colleges responded to the open-ended items. Presidents from 40 of those colleges gave permission for Center staff to conduct follow-up interviews with their faculty. After a thorough review of those faculty responses to the open-ended items by Center research staff, 708 faculty were invited to participate in follow-up interviews. 

Invitations were sent and the interviews were staggered over 13 weeks between November 14, 2018, and April 18, 2019. In all, a total of 202 interviews lasting an average of 45 minutes each were completed with faculty from 30 colleges. All interviews were recorded and transcribed. Some faculty interviews resulted in multiple narratives.

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Because the component “high-impact teaching practices” encompasses so many impactful practices, it has been subdivided into 10 areas, each beginning with “HITP” in the drop-down menu below.

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Accountability Through Collaboration
Active Learning Through a Real-World Advertising Project
Adapted Carnegie Math Pathways for Tribal Colleges
Aligning Composition Assignment with STEM Pathways
Analyzing Current Topics in Business
Analyzing Local Social Service Systems to Reinforce Classroom Learning
Analyzing Paragraph Structure
Applied Accounting Using Real-World Problems
Applied Learning Activities Within a PowerPoint Presentation
Assessing Quality With Mystery Shopper Exercise
Assessment at the Departmental Level
Assessment Drives Course Development
Assessment of Collaborative Learning
Bean Game Budgeting Exercise
Bringing Fun and Games to History Exam Prep
Broadening Careers
Building Presentation Skills Through Project-Based Learning and Peer Review
Classroom Becomes a Negotiation Room in Product Liability Exercise
Coding Through Collaboration
Collaboration Across the Disciplines
Collaboration in the Online Environment
Collaborative Learning Activities Packed Inside a Single Class Session
Combining Kinesthetic Learning With Class Discussion
Connecting Students to Insider Information on Chosen Career Path
Connecting to Course Content Through Group Community Service Project
Connecting Writing to Future Success
Content Review Through Kahoot!
Contextualized Learning Using Rhetorical Strategies
Contextualized Writing With Feedback Loops
Course Offers Wide Variety in Assignments and Asks for Commitment
Creating a Culture of Learning: Assigning Homework Quizzes to Engage Students in Pre-Algebra and College Algebra
Creating a Culture of Learning: Using Creative Cultural Experiences to Engage Students
Creating a Learning Environment Through Volunteer Work
Creative and Contextualized Learning through Open-Ended Course Projects
Critter of the Day Brings Course Content to Life
Culinary Exercises Simulate Realistic Scenarios for Students
Cultural Experiences Outside the Classroom
Data Collection: Program Learning Outcomes and Assessment
Developing Career Readiness Through Stations and Research Portfolios
Developing Collaborative Skills Through Walk and Talks
Developing Communications and Interpretations Skills With Movement Maps
Developing Detailed, Comprehensive Academic Plans With e-Portfolios
Dialectical Reasoning through Iterative Writing in Psychology
Different Approaches to Teaching Mythology
Differentiation: Meeting the Needs of Different Learning Styles
Discussion Boards and Group Discussions to Improve Economic Reasoning Skills
Dissecting Difficult Text Through Active Reading
Each Student Gains Expertise and Responsibility in Classic Jigsaw Group Activity
Education Study Abroad Course
Educational, Culturally-Relevant Games to Reinforce Psychology Theories
Engagement Is Not Optional
Engagement Is Partnership
Engaging Students Through Business Plan Creation and Stock Analysis
Enhancing Lectures Through Online Study Materials Preview for TL_N4068
Ethnographic Research
Experiential Learning in Theatre
Expert Voices From the Field
Finding Opportunity, Not Limitations, in Online Discussion Format
Flipped Class: Interactive Grammar Lessons
Flipped Classroom Using Group Work and Technology
Focusing Assessment on Future Skills Students Need
From Bill to Law: A Hands-On Exercise
Game Using QR Codes Allows for Immediate Assessment and Feedback
Game-Based Learning for Oxidation-Reduction (Redox) Reactions
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Giving Students a Voice Through PSA Creations
Graphing Economic Concepts
Group Case Study Activities Build in Complexity
Group Dynamic Plays Significant Role in Science Poster Project
Group Therapy Session Simulation in Psychology Course
Hands-on Activity for Exploring Privilege and Oppression
High-Impact Teaching Practices
Homophone Game for Active Learning
Improving Content Understanding Through Online Exams and Retakes
Increasing Accountability Through Popsicle Pairs
Increasing Class Discussion Through Team Presentation
Increasing Engagement With Peer Instruction and Role-Play Presentations
Increasing Reading Comprehension Through Adaptation and Performance
Incremental Assignments Enhance Academic Writing Skills
Individual Problem-Based Project
Industrial Applications Through Group Work
Instructor Offers Multiple Outlets for Classroom Participation
Instructor Uses Mock Trial to Teach Critical Thinking Skills
Integrated Workbook Connects Algebra to Real-Life Applications
Interactive Class Participation with Plickers
Interactive Learning in Anatomy and Physiology
Interactive Science Workbook Provides Foundational Support Interactive Science Workbook Provides Foundational Support
Introducing "The 5-Minute Rule" to Teach Ethical Communication
Iterative Writing Through Paper Workshopping
Learning Every Facet of Clinical Research Trials
Learning History Through Interactive Stations
Learning Math Concepts Through Making Financial Life Plans
Learning Nursing Skills Through Empathy Training
Learning Reinforcement with Kahoot!
Learning Research Concepts Through Scavenger Hunts
Learning Styles and Paper Airplanes
Learning Writing and Literature Concepts Through Group Games
Linking Art and Historical Context
Making Course Information Relevant
Making Early American Literature Relevant
Making Learning Mobile Through Podcasts
Making Some Lecture Work
Mastery Grading Approach Removes Sense of Penalty in Math
Math Class Flowing With Creativity and Experimentation
Menu Project Includes In-Depth Cost Analysis
Mid-Term Checks Help Students Measure Progress and Understand Grades
Music Composition for Facilitating Social-Emotional Learning
Musical Chairs Group Stories
Mystery Shopping to Create a Hospitality Map
Online Forums Make Individual Research Projects a Group Effort
Online Homework: Using Knewton's Alta Software to Improve Homework Completion and Test Scores
Online Tool Incites Engagement and Collaboration on Annotations
Partnering With Industry
Peer Instruction Increases Engagement in Science Course
Peer Mentoring for Skill Set Improvement
Periodic Games to Practice Terminology
Personal Experience and Creative Practice Connect Students to Subject Matter
Preparation for Group Essay Assignment
Professional Practice Through Role-Play
Progressive Scenario Approach to Criminal Investigative Skills
Project-Based Learning: 3-Part Reflection Paper
Project-Based Learning: Creating a Social Media Campaign
Project-Based Learning: Five Phases of Radio Production
Promoting a Community of Collaboration
Real World Law Enforcement Training Strategies to Engage Students
Real-life Applications in Chemistry
Real-World Application With Business Sustainability Plan
Recording Oral Histories in an Online Class
Reinforcing Learning Through Peer Review and Self-Teaching
Research Project Blends Scientific Rigor and Culture
Research Projects as Group Presentations
Resources Hunt
Scaffolding Citations and Writing Essays
Science Course Places Importance on Academic Writing Development
Script Interpretation and Performance
Service Learning
Storytelling
Structured Summaries Accompany Assigned Readings to Ensure Completion
Student Blogs on Padlet
Student Progress Through Video
Student Reflections in a Composition Course
Student Teaching in Community Dental Health-Prevention
Study Guides and Jeopardy Based on Native American Ways of Learning
Study Lunches Boost Morale and Lead to Higher Scores
Teaching Grammar Through Song
Teaching Grit and Growth Mindset to Support Student Learning
Team Debate Project Prepares Students for Research Paper
Team Projects: Preparing Students for the Workplace
Teams Collaborate Over an Entire Term on Legal Analysis of Business Plan
Three-Part Process to Reinforce Learning Objectives
Understanding Achievement Gaps Through Survey Research
Universal Three-Step Process Adapted for Reading Skills Course
Using a Feasibility Study to Develop Course Content
Using a Flipped Classroom Design in Biology
Using Applied Learning in Translation and Interpretation Studies
Using Case Studies for Engagement
Using Fairytales for In-Depth Analysis Project
Using Google Analytics to Inform Teaching
Using Google Docs for Peer Review
Using Humor and Whimsy to Practice Persuasive Writing
Using Online Discussions for Assessment
Using Pipe Cleaners to Teach DNA Structures
Using Portfolium to Track Student Accomplishments and Milestones
Using Primary Source Materials to Facilitate Guided Discussions
Using Simulation to Prepare Students for the Future
What's in the News?
Whiteboard Exercises Allow for Accountability and Prompt Feedback
Word Cloud Creation: Conceptualizing Public Speaking
Working With Industry on Course Development
Zombies Across the Disciplines