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I’m Finished Playing Favorites in the Classroom

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by Laura Yeager In a previous essay entitled “The Academic Circle of Life & Excellent Usage of Commas,” I wrote about my time in graduate school at Iowa State, where I studied writing on a full fellowship. At this university, I knew what it was like to be thought of as one of the best (most […]

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Trigger Warnings: Are We Asking Too Much of Faculty and Too Little of Students?

“More importantly, and where the big divide comes from is, some students think they’re [being] perfectly reasonable, whereas professors are worried because they feel [the warnings create] a large number of reasons you can punish provocative professors.”

Professors say college students need to keep an open mind about disturbing or unfamiliar academic material. by Joseph Williams Proponents say they’re creating safe spaces for sexual assault victims, combat veterans, or other college students who have experienced trauma or violence. Experts say they’re well intentioned but doing more harm than good, working against the very […]

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Are Students Now Entitled to Freedom FROM Free Speech in the Classroom?

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In the current climate, the pressure to “balance free speech and diversity” has invariably led to the notion that the former must give way to the latter. And the way free speech has been made less important than diversity can be clearly seen in the way universities frame their mission statements.

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Syllabus-writing as Storytelling

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Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega Earlier this week, I realized that we had passed the mid-semester mark (our semester is uncharacteristically long, 16 weeks of class instead of the traditional 13 that I used to teach in Canada). I thus added a couple of extra slides to my PowerPoint presentation recapping our progress to date and how […]

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Ban PowerPoint in Lectures? Yes! Here’s Why

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by Bent Meier Sørensen Any university teacher who does not harbor a painful recollection of a failed lecture is a liar. On one such occasion, I felt early on that I had lost the students entirely: those who hadn’t sunk into comatose oblivion were listless and anxious. Ungracefully, I threw myself even deeper into my PowerPoint […]

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New Study: College Students Taught by Good-looking Lecturers Learn More

Students found the attractive instructors more motivating, easier to follow and possessed of greater health, intelligence and competence.

A new study finds that college students learn more from good-looking lecturers.

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Paradigm Shift: More than 40 Percent of College Students Now Adult Learners

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By Joseph Dussault Each year, legions of adult learners – that is, students who are 25 years old or older – take a first or second chance at higher education. This growing demographic tends to be ambitious, capable, and eager to learn. But until now, there was no large-scale ranking of colleges that cater to […]

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From Koala to Kangaroo—Getting Your Students Hopping With Active Learning

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by Shawn Orr, Digital Educator  You’ve probably seen this chart or another many times over the course of your teaching. Basically, it’s saying that we remember very little of what somebody talks to us about. We remember more if we can see it. We remember much more if we can actually practice it and experience […]

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10 Dreaded Mistakes College Teachers Make

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by Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D. Confused about how to teach? The best thing you can do is avoid mistakes. There are 10 Terrible Mistakes College Teachers Make. Learn how to avoid teaching mistakes. Most of the college instructors I have known don’t make these 10 terrible mistakes. The ones who do don’t last long. Here are […]

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Tips for Designing and Using Rubrics

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by Andrew Miller Rubrics are a beast. Grrrrrrr! They are time-consuming to construct, challenging to write and sometimes hard to use effectively. They are everywhere. There are rubrics all over the web, plus tools to create them, and as educators, it can overwhelm us. Rubrics are driven by reforms, from standards-based grading to assessment for learning. […]

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  • Laptop-itis Hits College Campuses

      A new medical condition is lurking on campus, in coffee shops and even in your own bedroom. Chances are, you’re not immune either. “Laptop-itis” is a term coined by Kevin Carneiro, assistant professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Laptop-itis stems from poor […]

  • Scientists in Film: Musing Over the Messages

    by Diane Calabrese Scientists in Film: Musing Over the Messages IN HOLLYWOOD, it’s generally about getting the woman. Yet even the sane male scientists portrayed in films seldom find a date. They lose out to secret agents, pilots, cops, and CEOs. The few women scientists in films have a tough time too. Ingrid Bergman, playing a gifted […]

  • FOIAed Police Reports Show Washington Union Leader Impeded Police Investigation of Theft of Union Funds

    by P.D. Lesko At Green River Community College, located in a suburb of Seattle, Washington, adjuncts (303) make up the majority of the 443 faculty who teach at the two-year college. Between 2004-2010, an adjunct faculty member headed the Green River Community College United Faculty, a joint AFT-NEA local—the only joint AFT-NEA local in the […]

  • Journal of Excellence in College Teaching

    by Mark J. Drozdowski As a recently appointed adjunct faculty member, I’ll consider any teaching tips or tricks I can find. Naturally, I eagerly picked up the Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, hoping to learn how to become a more effective instructor. Does it help? First, a brief background on the Journal is in order. Founded […]

  • Tax Credits For EVs and Hybrid EVs

    by P.D. Lesko THE 1990 CENSUS estimated that 3.90 percent of American workers over the age of 16 walked to work. A decade later, the 2000 United States Census estimates that only 2.68 percent of American workers over the age of 16 walk to work. In the last decade, slightly more than a million people […]

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