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Best Practices in Classroom Management for Today’s University Environment

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Tricks of the Trade

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New Engineering Educators

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24.226.1 - 24.226.10



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Jumoke Oluwakemi Ladeji-Osias Morgan State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. J. 'Kemi Ladeji-Osias is Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Morgan State University in Baltimore. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in computer engineering. Dr. Ladeji-Osias earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University.

Dr. Ladeji-Osias' involvement in engineering curricular innovations includes outcomes-based articulation and online delivery of undergraduate engineering degrees. In addition to conducting research on color image fusion and real-time implementation of algorithms, she is the immediate past chair of the Middle Atlantic Section of the American Society for Engineering Education and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. She enjoys observing the intellectual and professional growth in students as they prepare for engineering careers.

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Anita M. Wells Morgan State University

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Best Practices in Classroom Management for Today’s University EnvironmentToday’s classroom environment provides faculty and students with a flexible education deliveryand learning environment, ranging from face-to-face to online, with many ways to administerassessments. However, cheating and disruptive behavior in the classroom have increased overthe last 20 years. Studies over the last decade have shown that more than 20% of college studentsadmit to demonstrating incivility in their college years. Additionally, many students feeloverwhelmed, at times, and signs of distress can include academic challenges and disruptivebehavior in the classroom. In addition to developing the curriculum for their courses, new facultymust be proactive in establishing effective classroom management practices.Academic issues and disruptive behavior that faculty may encounter include cheating,plagiarism, frequent absences, unprepared students, inappropriate use of electronics anddisrespectful behavior. Strategies to address these issues include defining expectations early,decreasing anonymity, seeking feedback from students, encouraging active learning, and reactingto issues in private and immediately. The use of a syllabus, the first day of class, and studentinteractions as tools to make students aware of your classroom policies will be emphasized. Thispaper will discuss common academic issues and disruptive behavior which students exhibit inthe classroom and provide recommendations on how to address them. Since health, emotionaland mental issues can impact a student’s classroom performance, topics such as disabilities,depression, anxiety and anger will be also discussed with a focus on how they can affectclassroom activities.

Ladeji-Osias, J. O., & Wells, A. M. (2014, June), Best Practices in Classroom Management for Today’s University Environment Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20117

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