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At the University of Minnesota, I serve as an Associate Professor in History & Higher Education and Manager of the Educational Opportunity Association (EOA) Best Education Practices Clearinghouse. My home academic department is Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Human Development. I teach an undergraduate global history course and conduct workshops for educators to embed best practices of student engagement, enrichment, and academic support. The EOA Clearinghouse identifies, validates, and disseminates best practices to increase persistence and academic achievement of historically underrepresented students.

My scholarly work is expressed through four research projects: (a) academic access, developmental education, and learning assistance; (b) learning technologies; (c) postsecondary peer cooperative learning groups; and (d) Universal Design for Learning. These are not mutually exclusive to each other since effective practices often are found at the crossroads of these four projects. A central theme is improving academic success of historically underrepresented students.

We do not need to "reinvent the wheel" regarding best education practices. Instead, we must effectively communicate what already exists to others. I welcome your thoughts and comments about my work and would enjoy the opportunity to collaborate. Take care, David Arendale (;

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Increasing the influence of your digital identity and scholarly contributions [Video, 19:51]

Arendale, David (2020-03)
Moving beyond the traditional publish and present model of sharing scholarship, I have expanded into sharing through online information depositories, websites, email listservs, and social media (podcasting, YouTube, Twitter, ...

Gaining more listeners for your podcast episode [Video, 16:27]

Arendale, David (2020-03)
Just as people consume their social media through a variety of sources (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and more), people also listen to their podcasts through a variety of apps. Podcasters that only focus on the iTunes app ...

Lessons Learned from Major Peer Learning Programs [Video, 12, 53]

Arendale, David; Arendale, David (2019)
This video provides best practices and common elements among the major peer learning programs operating at the college level. It identifies the best practices for improving program outcomes so students earn high grades and ...

Best Practices of Developmental Education for Advisors, Student Services, and Classroom Faculty [Video, 2:12:35]

Arendale, David (2012)
This talk takes best education practices from developmental education and makes application for academic advisors, student services personnel, and faculty members who teach college-credit first-year courses. A holistic ...

Learning Technology Use in an Introductory College History Course [Video, 9:44]

Unknown author (2019)
I share how I have incorporated learning technologies into my college introductory history course at the University of Minnesota. One of the technologies is a podcast the students and I develop together to review the course ...

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