The Toolbox is a professional development electronic newsletter that offers innovative, learner-centered
strategies for improving teaching and learning for college students. It is published
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Volume 20, Issue 5 Breaking Through the "Fourth Wall": Implications for Teaching and Learning There is a rich history of thought and research around how faculty can and should engage
with their students in higher education (Chickering and Gamson, 1987; Guzzardo et
al., 2020; Kuh, 2008; Trolian, Archibald & Jach, 2020). There should be no doubt that
this element of the college experience can dramatically impact student learning and
their probabilities of success. In this issue of The Toolbox, we will examine the “Fourth Wall” as a metaphor for how faculty can envision approaches
to interacting and engaging with students.
The Toolbox Collection is a five-volume series that gives vital topics from previous
issues of The Toolbox an added focus, while providing context for 2019 and beyond.
The Toolbox Collection, Vol. 4: Digital Learning With the global COVID-19 pandemic forcing educators to transition to online instruction, this
compendium of past issues focuses on connecting and communicating with students, assignments
and assessment, and resources for the online classroom.