Humor as an Instructional Defibrillator
Evidence-Based Techniques in Teaching and Assessment

Paper: 978 1 57922 063 1 / $29.95
Published: September 2002  

Lib E-Book: 978 1 62036 033 0 / $95.00  
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Published: December 2011  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
320 pp., 6" x 9"
Grab those paddles. Charge 300. Clear! "Ouch!" Now how do you feel? "Great!"

Humor can be used as a systematic teaching or assessment tool in your classroom and course Web site. It can shock students to attention and bring deadly, boring course content to life. Since some students have the attention span of goat cheese, we need to find creative online and offline techniques to hook them, engage their emotions, and focus their minds and eyeballs on learning.

This book offers numerous techniques on how to effectively use humor in lectures and in-class activities, printed materials, course Web sites and course tests and exams.

These techniques can convert any course into an adult version of Sesame Street.

"If Dr. Hannibal Lecter ate books, this one would make a tasty hors d' oeuvre." -- Clarice Starling

"A non-page-turning marvel...I could stop reading at any point and know I 'm not missing anything." -- Forrest Gump

"Not as much fun as Quidditch, but would be required reading for faculty at the Hogwarts School." -- Harry Potter

"How did you get this book published? Read my letters: YOUR KNOT FUNY!" -- Bart Simpson

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Reviews & Endorsements:
"The presentation of background support for humor as an educational tool is also impressive...In fact, in this era of PowerPoint presentations his suggestions of music and graphics as arousing stimuli (complete with internet sources) could be a helpful addition to the right material."
- HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research
"This book could be required reading for any teacher who wants to pick up powerful, evidence-based humor techniques for in-class delivery, course hand-out materials, web sites, distance learning, and even course exams ( to minimize test anxiety and maximize retention). We love Ron's sense of humor that pervades the practical ideas thoughout the book - he truly practices what he teaches. You will learn terrific techniques that are applicable to any instructional level ( even.. and most especially the most "serious" of subjects)."
- Humor Project, Inc.