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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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  • Are You Disciplined?

    by Andi O’Conor DISCIPLINED MINDS is a radical, disturbing, and provocative look at professional life. It offers a profound analysis of the personal struggles for identity and meaning in the lives of today’s 21 million professionals. The book will shake up readers, particularly faculty members, graduate students, and others who participate in academic life. This […]

  • Readers Ask. The Adjunct Advisor Answers.

    by the Adjunct Advisor Students Failing to Cite Sources As part of the course requirements for a Ceramics I class, the students had to complete a brief (approx. 500 words) research paper on a historic ceramic time/culture, such as Ancient Greece, Africa, Italian Renaissance, etc. On the first day of class in January they were […]

  • American University Adjuncts Vote to Unionize With SEIU

    Adjunct faculty at American University voted to unionize Thursday, following the lead of their peers at George Washington University and Montgomery College. Adjuncts are the temps of higher education. They make up more than half of all college faculty nationwide, but most work part-time “for very low wages with no benefits, job security, administrative support or […]

  • On-Line Plagiarism: Fighting the Good Fight

    by Evelyn Beck AS INTERNET RESEARCH becomes the norm and as the number of on-line courses proliferates, more and more faculty and administrators worry about plagiarism. “We have had several cases of cheating involving on-line aspects of courses, including group sharing of quiz questions and answers and students copying others’ homework submitted on-line,” says Jeanne […]

  • Asking Adjunct to Change Football Player’s Grade Costs Rutgers Coach $50K & Suspension

    Read the full Rutgers Report on Kyle Flood here. Kyle Flood, who earns $2.5 million as the head coach of the Rutgers University football team has been suspended for three games as Rutgers football coach and fined $50,000 following a university-led investigation into rules violations and amid a recent string of off-field transgressions involving players on his […]

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