By Faculty For Faculty

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.”

– William Arthur Ward

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What is TIPS?

Randolph College TIPS (Teaching Innovations, Practices, and Strategies) is a faculty-to-faculty professional development initiative.  TIPS is a response to current trends in higher education, to challenges facing liberal arts institutions, and to the changing needs of Randolph College students. TIPS is an effort to share pedagogical successes across divisions and disciplinary boundaries.  Most importantly, TIPS is an acknowledgement that we already hold the solutions to many of the problems we face as a faculty – we simply need time and space to share them.



TIPS workshops are informal, collegial gatherings where faculty share their successes in the classroom and beyond.  More >>


Web Archive

The TIPS web archive is a media rich catalog of workshop presentations and supplementary materials.  More >>

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TIPS Workshops

presenticon-cropTIPS workshops are informal, collegial gatherings where faculty share their successes in the classroom and beyond.  In short presentations, modeled after the now ubiquitous TED Talk, faculty give “how-tos” for everything from building better syllabi to improving classroom discussions.

TIPS workshops are broken into two presentations sessions.  A complimentary lunch is provided for all attendees and participants.  Learn more about TIPS presentations or RSVP for the upcoming TIPS Workshop below.

2018 Winter Workshop
Friday, January 12, 2017
Location TBA

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Share TIPS

“Share something that you do in the classroom that works.”

The perfect TIPS presentation is just that simple.  Presenters should focus on actionable teaching innovations, practices, and strategies that have proven to be successful in the classroom and beyond.

The Basics
  • Leave the theory behind. TIPS is about sharing tools, things your colleagues can do to improve student success.
  • Keep it short & sweet. Presentations should be 7-10 minutes in length.
  • This isn’t a lecture, it’s show-and-tell. Presentations should be informative and informal.
  • The cameras are running. Keep in mind that TIPS presentations will be video recorded and archived.  Remember to speak loudly and clearly.
  • Have your handouts ready.  TIPS is all about the “takeaway.”  Prepare a 1-page handout that your colleagues can easily reference when the workshop is over.
To Get you Started

Presentations on any actionable TIPS are welcome. But if you need inspiration, consider sharing TIPS that you use to successfully achieve any of the following:

Improving reading comprehension | Improving math fundamentals | Improving writing skills | Cultivating effective classroom climates | Crafting better evaluations and assessments | Having great classroom discussions | Getting students to prepare for class | Getting students to work effectively in groups | Teaching to diversity |  Overcoming apathy | Strategies for students with disabilities | High impact icebreakers | Designing grading rubrics | Better syllabus strategies | Integrating instructional technology

Propose a Workshop Presentation

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Coming soon!


Creating, maintaining, accessing, and compiling data from gradebooks can be tedious and time-consuming.  A growing number of digital gradebook tools look to streamline this process.

Moodle Gradebook –  The native Moodle gradebook offers a wide range of features that cover almost any instructional assessment situation.

iDoceo – a robust “teachers assistant” app that includes a dynamic digital gradebook application.

 Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed textbooks, documents, media and more that can be used in teaching, learning, assessment and research.  Higher educators all over the world are embracing OER as a means of lowering textbook costs and creating engaging, highly adaptable, “living” educational materials for students.

OER Commons -a dynamic digital library and network. Explore open education resources and join a network of educators dedicated to curriculum improvement.

TED –  TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).  Visit TED’s website to browse thousands of freely available talks on just about any topic you can think of.

Lecture and Screen Capture

Online instructional videos are becoming a popular supplement to classroom materials for those actively flipping their classrooms to those who are simply interested in creatively supplementing instructional materials.

Doceri – an interactive whiteboard app for iPad. With Doceri, instructors can create interactive, narrated presentations that can saved shared and reused.  For examples of Doceri in action, check out professor Amy Cohen’s series of Greek instructional videos.

Screencastomatic – a browser based tool for recording screen activity with audio narration.  Users can create short tutorials and visual presentations.  Editing abilities require premium subscription.

Quizzing Platforms 

Coming Soon!

Share your TechTIPS

Do you use instructional technology in the classroom and beyond? Use the form below to add them to the TechTIPS Repository.