NACTA Journal Editor - Soliciting the submission of teaching tips, for publication in the NACTA Journal.

These are not peer-reviewed and can be submitted any time of the year by logging in to the regular NACTA journal submission site found here.

May 2023

Constructive Controversy: A Learner Centered Teaching Strategy


January 2023

Kahoot! for Game-Based Learning in Undergraduate Course Review Settings

Oral examinations for assessment in undergraduate course remote and in-person learning environments


December 2022

Multimedia Journals: An Innovative Assessment Approach Used in an Upper-level Laboratory Course


June 2022

Flipped Course Design Allows Flexibility in Meeting Student Needs During Covid-19

Students Perform Faster and Better When Working Together on a Two-Stage Exam


April 2022

Learning to Navigate the Professional World: Soft Skill Teaching Scenarios for Graduate Students

A Custom-built Digital Tool for Live Remote Teaching from the Field


January 2022

Using Learning Circles to Support Faculty Professional Development

December 2021

Engaging Students Through the Process of Self-grading


October 2021

Embedding Diverse Field Experiences in a Child Development and Family Studies Program


June 2021

Using concept map assignments to promote content integration


May 2021

Teaching Evaluation in Agricultural Literacy and Informal Education

Navigating Discord to Reduce Discordance during the Transition to Online Education


April 2021

TA Tip: Making the most out of the chat box

Recording Lessons: Your Personal Podcast


February 2021

Remote-teaching strategies that keep introductory animal sciences students engaged and actively learning

Integration of small stakes assignments in pivot to hybrid learning: A success story

TA Tip: Promoting student-student and student-instructor interactions virtually


December 2020

Perspectives of Switching to an Online Curbside Pickup Model for a Student-Ran Plant Sale


November 2020

Creating your course roadmap in uncertain territory

Pivoting to Remote Instruction: Engage Students with Asynchronous Learning Technologies


September 2020

Read – Watch – Complete: Adding Structure to a Very Unstructured Transition to Online Learning

Using paragraph puzzles to teach scientific writing

Science communication: Context-specific reusable learning modules for strengthening students’ communication skills


July 2020

Improving online student comprehension in a plant biology lab course through research literature quizzes

Teaching tips for the development of a virtual food microbiology laboratory for online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic

Redesigning a flipped classroom for 100% remote delivery

Rules of T.H.U.M.B for Best Practices in Teaching Online

Teaching Tips on Conducting a Virtual Judging Workshop Session During Covid-19 Remote Teaching

Break out the Breakout Rooms!

Identification of Technology for Enhancing Virtual Classroom Instruction of Hands-On Experiences in Animal SciencesIdentification of Technology for Enhancing Virtual Classroom Instruction of Hands-On Experiences in Animal Sciences

Requiring the asking of questions to improve engagement and understanding in online and blended courses.

Porous boundaries in online instruction

Structured Class Discussion within a Learning Management System to Facilitate Student Learning


May 2020

Importance of Student Engagement in Recorded Lectures

Peer review as a valuable tool in online instruction

Adapting class activities in quantitative wildlife ecology to online learning: lessons from the COVID19 sudden transition

Seeking opportunities in the remote learning environment

Operational Pause: A Teaching Tip for Administrators and Faculty in Times of Sudden and Unexpected Environmental Change Such as with COVID-19

Survival Teaching Tips for Remote Teaching Laboratories during COVID-19!

Teaching and Learning during COVID-19: Making It Work with Zoom


Pennsylvania State University Faculty Learning Community Five-Part Series 

Introduction - Getting Better Every Day: Developing a Faculty Learning Community as a Space for Enhancing Teaching and Learning

Teaching with Instagram

Using Check-ins to Cultivate Rich Learning Experiences (or, The Subtle Art of Giving a… Rip!)

Fulfilling on-campus teaching and off-campus extension responsibilities using co-teaching

The Landscape of Reflection

Student Adapted Board Games to Facilitate Teaching and Learning in an International Agriculture Course


April 2020

History of Agriculture Course for Colleges of Agriculture


October 2019

Diversity 101: Understanding Diversity by Experience


Summer 2019

Performance Task Activity for a Soil Fertility Course

Quick Tips to Improve Forum Post Quality

Green-Space for Healthy Living and Stormwater Management: A Study Abroad and Challenge Approach

Utilizing Industry Experts to Enhance Agricultural Mechanics Instruction

Extreme Agricultural Mechanics Makeover

Increasing Student Engagement Using the Jerry Springer Moment

Using RubiStar to Develop Agricultural Mechanics Rubrics

The Facebook Experience: Creating Small Engine Parts Profiles to Increase Higher Order Thinking Skills

Reducing School Liability by Incorporating Brake Activation Devices on Woodworking Equipment

The Sixth Sense...Developing an Agricultural Mechanics Laboratory Awareness

Big Brother is Watching...Utilizing Split-Screen Technology to Enhance Teacher Efficacy

Green Welding...Utilizing the VRTEX 360 to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

Graduate Student Entrepreneurship: Answering the Professional Development Needs of Secondary Agricultural Education Teachers

Integrating Virtual Reality to Reduce Anxiety of Beginning Welders

Can Dexterity Predict Future Performance of Novice Welders?

Utilizing Authentic Assessment Strategies in a Methods of Teaching Agricultural Mechanics Course to Develop Preservice Agricultural Education Teachers’ Laboratory Management Competencies

Utilizing Torchmate EDU Student Software to Introduce Computer-Aided Drafting Technology to Preservice Agricultural Education Teachers

Utilizing the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC) Website to Increase the Critical Thinking Skills of Secondary Agricultural Education Students

Incorporating Experiential Learning Principles into a Methods of Teaching Agricultural Mechanics Course to Develop Pre-service Agriculture Teachers’ Classroom Management Competencies

Public Service Announcement: Spreading Farm Safety Awareness through the Mobile Application Glide

Enhancing Career Development Event Preparation Using Snapchat: A Snapshot of Identification Components of Various Career Development Events

Case Studies for Student Engagement in Undergraduate Extension Education Courses 

Decentering Whiteness in the Pedagogy of Agriculture


March 2019

Utilizing Formative Assessment Technology Tools as a Cooperative Learning Strategy

Best Practices in Teaching Nutrition: Using Online Journals to Enhance Lesson Instruction and Student Engagement

Engaging Students in Active Experiential Learning through Designing a Crop Rotation Project

Linking Classroom to the Real-World through Engaging Students with Producers and Extension Faculty


December 2018

Client Based Projects

Developing Effective Rubrics

Using Interactive Gaming to Introduce Students to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)

Reading a Book Proactively


September 2018 

Using a 30-Day Challenge to Apply Planned Change Concepts

Using Internet-based Guest Interviews as a Classroom Activity

Steps to Develop a Flipped Apparel Construction Course

Case Studies: A Teaching Strategy for Promoting Critical Thinking in the 21st Century Agriculture Student


June 2018

Improving Student Writing Through Modeling

A Snapshot of Agricultural Mechanics Safety Concerns

Pin It! Using Pinterest in the Agricultural Mechanics Laboratory

Team-Based Learning_A Professional Development Model for Training the Trainer


March 2018

Straightforward Active Learning Modalities for the Higher Education Classroom

Integrating Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, and Team-Building Activities Into Lessons

Forest Certification as a Framework for Teaching Forest and Natural Resource Sustainability

Using Connectivism Theory in the Classroom


December 2017

Hive Mind - Using a Social Media Metaphor to Create Cognitive Presence

Two Answers and a ?

Finishing Strong - Scaffolding Metacognitive Reflection in Course Closure

Using the RAFT as a Collaborative Teaching Technique


September 2017

Teaching tips based on Cognitive Load Theory

Using Social Learning Theory to Engage Adults through Extension Education

Student Portfolios - Authentic Assessment at Its Best

Teaching Plant Morphology in an Active Learning Setting with Digital Microscopes


June 2017

Exploring Animal Science Applications to Extension in a Capstone Course

Thinking of Epistasis as Playing in a Restricted Playground

Creating New Opportunities for Inter-Institution Communication, Collaboration and Competition in the Classroom

An Op-Ed Grading Rubric: Improving Student Output and Professor Happiness


March 2017

Adopting Teaching Strategies to Accommodate Different Learning Styles

Using Jeopardy Game in a Forages Course

The Scavenger Hunt as an Active Learning Technique

Increasing Student Engagement with Technology and a TA: Connecting On-Campus and Distance Learners


December 2016

Building Capacity for Cooperation

Lessons Learned from Teaching Large Classes

The Need for A Critical Pedagogy of Agriculture

Use of Movies to Teach a Leadership Lesson


September 2016

Crumpled Rounds - A Technique for Anonymous Participation in Class Discussions

Grounded Application of Connectivism in the Classroom

Assessing Learning Objectives with Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy

Ten Steps for Creating a Great Environment for Positive Group Work Experience


June 2016

Anonymous Grading: A Win-Win for Faculty and Students

Pump in a Bucket : A Method for Teaching Teachers and Students Solar Energy Concepts

Bringing the World to Your Classroom: Using WebEx™ Conferencing to Bring Experts to Your Course

The Student-Developed Quiz (or Exam):  Scaffolding Higher-Order Thinking


March 2016

Student - Conducted Farmer Video Interviews

Working with the Agricultural Diversity of College Students

Connecting Undergraduates to Dairy, Farm to Fork


December 2015

A Novel Approach to Learning Base Knowledge

Using a Video Response Tool for Course Assignments

Connecting Undergraduates to Dairy Farm to Fork

Peer Pressure to Encourage Attendance in a Non-Majors Science Class


September 2015

Designing Quality Student Reports in an Agroecosystems Analysis Course

Preparing Job Operation Sheets (JOS) for Laboratory Instruction

Lead with Your History, be Balanced, and Stamp out Ignorance


June 2015

Transforming Conference Presentations into Involved Conversations: An Agroecology Model

Collaboration between University Faculty, State Education Staff, and High School Teachers to Create Instructional Material: The Creation of Secondary Agricultural Communications Curriculum

Personal Biographies Used to Build a Learning Community


March 2015

Student-Designed Course in Land Ownership Changes

Using C-SPAN as a Teaching Tool in Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy Courses

Enhancing Student Experience in Plant Sciences through Inquiry Based Learning

Achieving Engagement through Real-World Examples

Crafting the Exam


December 2014

Coaching Student Teams: Guiding Students Through Team-Based Learning Experiences

Git 'er Done: Publish Those Dusty Papers

Communicating Expectations

The Golden Ticket: A Strategy for Time Management and Decision-Making

A Resourceful and Interactive Method to Teach Students about Cell Division


September 2014

Collaborative Book Reviews: Mentoring Students in Agroecology Courses

Farm Safety Day Camp Programs for Youth

Exploring Agricultural Values: A Workshop on Different Agricultural Values for College Students who are Conducting Agricultural Literacy Activities

Cultivating Student Relationships in the Classroom


June 2014

Guiding Principles for Teaching with Technology

Multi-Language Challenges in International Agroecology Courses

Teaching Sustainable Crop Production through Collaborative Learning

Addressing Students’ Financial Constraints in my Teaching and Advising


March 2014

Office Hours: Bringing Them to Where Your Students Are

Participatory Learning Experiences: What These Mean to Me as an Agroecology Instructor

Using Guided Discovery as an Active Learning Strategy

Engaging Students in Large Lecture Classes


December 2013

Teachers Remind101 and Students Do 2- Using Remind101 as a Classroom Communication Tool

The Frustrations of Learning How to Write a Scientific Paper

Peer Groups and Pairs:  Many benefits for the Online Setting!

Blending the Three-Part Mission of the Land Grant University


September 2013

It Is Only about the Science

Faculty Prerequisites for Dialogue

Flipping the Classroom and Furthering Our Careers

A Hint of Things to Come


June 2013

Sarcomere in the Classroom

Teaching Undergraduate Researchers

Student-centered Teaching through Experiential Learning and its Assessment

Undergraduate Teaching Philosophy


March 2013

What Are We Doing Right

What Does the Public Think of Agriculture

Practicing and Preparing for Stakeholder Interviews


December 2012

Farmer Interview Role Play Exercise

Statement of Graduate Teaching Philosophy

Motivation for Class Team Projects in Agroecology: Potentials for Super Teams


September 2012

Metaphors in Agroecology Education: One Personal Method of Learning

Changing Lives in a Semester: A Teaching Approach to Help with Tenure and Promotion While Providing an Experience They’ll Never Forget

TPS (Think, Pair and Share) as an Active Learning Strategy


June 2012

Expectations and Realities of My First Undergraduate Research Experience

Interviews with Farming and Food Systems Experts

Empowering Volunteers to Find Viable Solutions to Problems


March 2012

Mind Mapping to Explore Farming and Food Systems Interactions

Tips for Teaching Adult Students

Transect Walks across Farms and Landscapes


December 2011

Time Management Time Cards

Using Prezi in the Classroom

Adding Value to Graduate Education: The Comprehensive Examination

A Teaching Module on Ozone as an Air Pollutant and its Effects on Plants

Visioning Future Scenarios


September 2011

Combining Study Case and Learning Group Approaches to Teaching Agricultural Environmental Management Systems

The Syllabus Contract

Learning by Doing

Outside of class reading of scientific journal articles is invaluable, and helps the instructor just as much as the student

Building a Social Learning Community

Use of Structured Debate to Analyze Agricultural Issues: Large Scale Dairy Operation Simulation Exercise

Is Our Next Generation of Scholars Going to be Capable of Affording Us?


June 2011

Preparing Effective Demonstrations for the Classroom and Laboratory

Analyzing Quantitative Data: Doing the Right Thing and Doing it Right


March 2011

Teaching a Specialty Course at Three Land-Grant Universities Through Distance Education


December 2010

What Is Critical Thinking?


September 2010

Publishing and Citation Analysis: Needed Academic Partners

Asking Questions


June 2010

A Taste of Teaching

From Business to Government to Schools, Wind Power is Creating New Opportunity

Structured Feedback: A Tool for Teaching and Learning


March 2010

Writing across the Disciplines


December 2009

RECAP – A Reinforcement Strategy for Student Learning

Engaging Net Generation Learners by Incorporating Their “Hot Topics” into the Classroom


September 2009

Online Message or Discussion Boards

Enhancing Higher-Order Learning and Critical Thinking: A Strategy for Large Undergraduate Classes


June 2009

Motivating Students – Factors to Consider

A Laboratory Exercise to Demonstrate the Effect of Container Size on Substrate Water & Air Content

Globalizing Agricultural Curriculum by Creating International Exchange


March 2009

Creating Effective PowerPoint Presentations