Category: Improving Teaching and Learning

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Designing Pedagogical Approaches for Today’s Student

December 14, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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“As educators, we need to lead the way and design our pedagogical approaches for the students we have, not the students we wish we had,” writes Sara Goldrick-Rab, founder of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice and professor of higher-education policy and sociology at Temple University, and Jesse Stommel, executive director of the […]

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How Teachers Can Recharge Over Winter Break

December 13, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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Many academics could be experiencing “outrage fatigue” at this time of year, writes Anthony Ocampo, associate professor at California State Polytechnic University and director of campus workshops at the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, and Kerry Ann Rockquemore, founder of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. In a recent Inside Higher Ed op-ed, […]

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False Perceptions About the Humanities

December 12, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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Many people have false perceptions about the humanities, writes Aaron Hanlon, assistant professor of English at Colby College. In a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Hanlon highlights the four main misperceptions that individuals have regarding scholarship and teaching in humanistic fields. The list of misinformed opinions includes: “The humanities are noncognitive,” or […]

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Moments that Define Teaching for Professors

December 6, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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It’s difficult to boil teaching down to a defining moment, but for many instructors, one experience or class has shaped how they instruct students. Professors at various higher ed institutions shared these experiences in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. For example, Cathy N. Davidson, distinguished professor and founder and director of […]

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Encouraging Student Learning in the Classroom

December 5, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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Good teachers prioritize student learning but some students may not prioritize their own learning experience. A new article in Faculty Focus gives instructors tips for coauthoring classroom experiences with students. Author Dr. Carl S. Moore, Director of the Research Academy for Integrated Learning at the University of the District of Columbia and Certificate Faculty for […]

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Helpful Hints for Creating Finals or ‘Finales’

November 29, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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Finals are quickly approaching at many universities and instructors are figuring out the best ways to gauge students’ learning. For some teachers this could take the form of a standard pen-and-paper exam, but there are other ways to assess learning, writes Kevin Gannon, a professor of history at Grand View University and director of its […]

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Addressing Mental Health in Higher Education

November 27, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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Mental health is a pervasive issue on college campuses that needs to be addressed by faculty members. One in four college students have a diagnosable illness, 40 percent do not seek help, 80 percent feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities, and 50 percent have become so anxious that they struggle in school, according to research conducted […]

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Creating Positive Work Environments in Academia

November 20, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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There’s a difference between a challenging and a traumatic work environment in academia, Kathryn R. Wedemeyer-Strombel, a Ph.D. candidate in environmental science at the University of Texas at El Paso, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, writes in a recent post on the Chronicle Vitae blog. In the post, Wedemeyer-Strombel details the characteristics that […]

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Chronicle of Higher Education

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Finding Compassion in the Classroom

November 16, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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It’s common for teachers to feel irritated by students’ questions now and again. But what if teachers let compassion, rather than annoyance, guide their actions in the classroom? That’s the premise set forth in a new article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. In the article, James M. Lang, professor of English and head of […]

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Metacognition and Transparency in Teaching

November 13, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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Thinking about thinking, or metacognition, is important as one tries to achieve more transparency in teaching. In a recent Faculty Focus article, Amy B. Mulnix, Ph.D., director of the Faculty Center at Franklin and Marshall College, shares a story about how metacognition and transparency improved her performance in the classroom. Mulnix asked first-year students in a […]

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