Instructors Revitalize Courses with Tips from ‘The EDvantage’

Arlington, Va. (Nov. 13, 2014) – In today’s fast-paced, high-tech world, students are looking for classes that keep them engaged and informed. The EDvantage, a free online resource hub for educators, brings instruction to life with the release of its new online video showcasing tips professors can use to ignite energy in their classrooms this year.

The free video offers five tips to encourage discussion and engage students including using memorable stories and kick starting critical thinking skills.

The tips, crowd-sourced from The EDvantage editorial board, recommends that educators use popular culture and visuals, such as infographics or comic strips, to emphasize key ideas. Curated educational resources featured on The EDvantage’s website are also highlighted in the video.

“Instructors often face the challenge of teaching the same content semester after semester, year after year,” said Josh Owens, director of The EDvantage. “The planning tips covered in this video help instructors revitalize their lesson plans with a variety of engaging resources, without the hassle of finding them through Google or YouTube.”

Launched in October 2013, The EDvantage curates high-quality content, including videos, articles, and supplemental learning guides, so instructors can spend less time searching and more time teaching. With more than a thousand digital resources available, The EDvantage helps make the lesson planning process more efficient and innovative.

View the full Fall Planning Tips video at

About The EDvantage
The EDvantage is a free online resource hub for educators. The online portal curates high-quality resources, including videos, articles and supplemental learning guides, so instructors can spend less time searching and more time teaching. Designed to provide educators with creative supplements, The EDvantage is a dynamic resource for professors and high school teachers looking to expand their lessons beyond the traditional textbook. Resources embrace views from across the ideological spectrum, encouraging the development of critical thinking skills. The EDvantage is a project of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. For more information, visit

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