Putting the Focus on Student Engagement in Blended Learning Courses

Putting the Focus on Student Engagement in Blended Learning Courses

by Meg Gorzycki, Ed.D. Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, San Francisco State University Hybrid teaching and blended learning are fundamentally concerned with providing an environment in which students assume responsibility for seeing information and completing tasks necessary to understand the material. As students assume such responsibility, the instructor becomes less of a “sage on the stage” […]

10th Circuit Rules Profs. Decide Free-Speech Limits in College Papers

10th Circuit Rules Profs. Decide Free-Speech Limits in College Papers

by Victoria Prieskop The 10th Circuit ruled March 28, 2017 that the University of New Mexico had the right to reject an academic paper which called a lesbian-themed film “entirely perverse in its desire and attempt to reverse the natural roles of man and woman.” In 2012, Monica Pompeo, a part-time student, took a class titled […]

I’m Finished Playing Favorites in the Classroom

I’m Finished Playing Favorites in the Classroom

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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.

Syllabus-writing as Storytelling

Syllabus-writing as Storytelling

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 […]

Ban PowerPoint in Lectures? Yes! Here’s Why

Ban PowerPoint in Lectures? Yes! Here’s Why

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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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