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1st Edition

Teaching Complex Ideas
How to Translate Your Expertise into Great Instruction

ISBN 9781138482371
Published April 9, 2019 by Routledge
250 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Integrating insights from learning science with practical guidelines and stepwise approaches, Teaching Complex Ideas helps educators masterfully translate their expertise into easy-to-understand, interesting, and memorable instruction. Covering areas such as identifying the critical ideas within a complex topic, designing clear explanations, and making lectures useful and engaging, this resource brings together subjects and skills never before adequately addressed in a single book. Using real world examples and full of practical tips, this book guides college instructors to improve their understanding of their subjects, select the most valuable ideas to teach, and integrate those concepts with other aspects of teaching such as presentation design, technology, and assessment of understanding. This practical book helps professors at any stage in their career convert even the most complex ideas into great teaching.

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Chapter 1: Know what not to teach

Chapter 2: What makes an explanation great?

Chapter 3: A step-by-step approach to explain complex ideas clearly

Chapter 4: Help students to remember creatively and forget as much as possible

Chapter 5: How to make boring and complex ideas interesting

Chapter 6: If you want students to reason like experts, don’t teach them how to reason

Chapter 7: Transform assessments into learning experiences and eliminate cheating

Chapter 8: Create valid conventional assessments but consider alternatives

Chapter 9: Rethink educational technology by noticing what everyone else misses

Chapter 10: Design presentations that make your lectures much more useful

Chapter 11: The future of professor-experts

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Arnold Wentzel is Professor of Innovation Methodology, Management, and Research Writing in the Faculty of Industrial Engineering at the Universidad Antonio Nariño, Colombia.