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College teaching may be the only skilled profession for which no preparation or training is provided or required. You get a Ph.D., join a faculty, they show you your office, and then tell you "By the way, you're teaching 205 next semester. See you later." The result is the consistent use of teaching techniques that have repeatedly been shown to be ineffective at promoting learning. Many professors are surprised to learn that...
  • There are well-defined instructional techniques that make teaching more effective.
  • These techniques can be introduced slowly and methodically, without compromising coverage of the syllabus. They do not require large expenditures of money, time, and effort.
  • Most importantly, the techniques have been validated by careful, documented, repeatable research. Their effectiveness is not simply a matter of opinion. They work!
This Web site offers guidance on what those techniques are and tips and resources for using them. If you have a specific aspect of teaching in mind, click on the link to "Education-related papers" on the left and then click on your topic if it is listed. Otherwise, just enjoy browsing.

Dr. Richard M. Felder is the Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. He is coauthor of Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide (Jossey-Bass, 2016), and Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes (4th edition, Wiley, 2015). He has contributed over 300 publications to the fields of science and engineering education and chemical process engineering, and writes "Random Thoughts," a column on educational methods and issues for the quarterly journal Chemical Engineering Education. With his wife and colleague, Dr. Rebecca Brent, he regularly offers teaching effectiveness workshops on campuses and at conferences around the world. He has seven spectacular grandchildren.

What's new? As of March 6, 2016

Richard Felder and Rebecca Brent, Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide (Jossey-Bass, 2016).

"Happy Anniversary, CEE." Chem. Engr. Education, 50(1), 38-39 (Winter 2016). A highly selective review of the 50-year history of Chemical Engineering Education.

"Systems Thinking: An Experimental Course for College Freshmen." Innovative Higher Education, 12(2), 57-68 (1988). Description of a course taught in 1986 that made extensive use of active learning to help students develop critical thinking and communication skills.

"Identifying and Dealing with Exceptionally Gifted Children: The Half-Blind Leading the Sighted." Roeper Review, 8(3), 174-177 (1986). How our educational system routinely fails to meet the needs of the most intellectually gifted of our students.

Comments or questions? Send mail to Dr. Felder at rmfelder@mindspring.com