NISOD’s flagship teaching and learning publication, Innovation Abstracts, is written by and for community and technical college educators. Issues are distributed electronically each week during the academic year to NISOD-member colleges. The specific purpose of Innovation Abstracts is the dissemination of information useful for improving instruction at community and technical colleges.
In any year, a full academic year’s collection of Abstracts features a wide array of teaching and learning topics. Although individual issues are written from the perspective of a specific discipline or program, authors often include some flavor of the versatility of the strategies they describe.
Why Author an Innovation Abstracts?
- Share your best ideas about strategies that improve students’ higher education experiences;
- Heighten your visibility among your peers;
- Become a part of NISOD’s stellar reputation and 40-year history;
- Enhance your own professional development;
- Supplement your resources during promotion and tenure processes; and
- Receive a $50 discount to NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence.
“It is an honor to have authored, as well as benefited from, the information many others have provided in your esteemed publication.”
Kentina Smith, Assistant Professor, Anne Arundel Community College
What’s Included in Innovation Abstracts?
- Descriptions of successful and practical classroom teaching and learning programs, projects, or strategies that improve student learning; or
- Research that leads to successful and practical classroom teaching and learning programs, projects, or strategies that improve student learning.
Who Reads Innovation Abstracts?
Although the specific purpose of Innovation Abstracts is the dissemination of information useful for improving instruction at community and technical colleges, readers include faculty members, administrators, and staff at community and technical colleges from around the world. Our circulation list also includes subscribers who represent university, corporate, and government entities.
- Innovation Abstracts are original thought pieces and do not have to include citations in the text nor a reference or bibliographic section at their conclusion.
- Have a concise introduction that informs readers about your paper’s topic and purpose. Paragraphs should build upon each other and help readers understand why the topic is important, including why and how you came up with your idea, strategy, program, or project.
- Think about how each sentence is functioning in your paragraphs, and whether your paragraphs have sufficient informational sentences to make their points.
- Transition sentences guide readers smoothly from the topic of the preceding paragraph into the topic of the new paragraph. Writers sometimes begin with a transition sentence before introducing the topic of the new paragraph.
- A topic sentence states the main idea of a paragraph. Beginning a paragraph with a topic sentence ensures that readers recognize early in the paragraph what larger idea the paragraph is going to discuss.
- Body sentences develop the topic of the paragraph. These sentences are descriptive and enumerate points for readers to give them a sense of your paper’s bigger picture.
- Linking sentences relate back to your paper’s main purpose by showing how the idea of that paragraph matches the overall goal of your paper.
- Concluding sentences bring a section to its end before you move on to a new section.
Consider the conclusion from the reader’s perspective. At the end of a paper, summarize your key points to remind readers about what you’ve discussed. In addition, readers want to know how they and/or their students will benefit from what you described in your paper. Remind readers about the implications or importance of your topic.
- Innovation Abstracts are written for faculty, counselors, and academic administrators.
- Innovation Abstracts should be clear, jargon-free, and include definitions of special terms.
- Innovation Abstracts should have the potential for easy and inexpensive application in a a wide variety of disciplines.
- NISOD reserves the right to make final editing decisions.
- Innovation Abstracts authors retain the rights to their articles. However, since Innovation Abstracts are a members-only benefit, NISOD discourages the posting of published articles (either the pdf file provided by NISOD or HTML files) on open/public websites. Anyone may quote from a published Innovation Abstracts in written work as long as it is properly cited.
Examples of Innovation Abstracts
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