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Study: Infrequent Teacher Evaluations Don’t Identify The Best (or Worst) Teachers

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by Staff Baylor University recently beefed up its evaluation and hiring practices for the school’s lecturers. Adjunct faculty are often re-hired and dismissed based on annual or twice yearly student evaluations. Certainly, poor reviews are often earned. However, it is the exceptional college or university which integrates the evaluation of temporary faculty into the same […]

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Students With Speech Impediments in Class: How To Best Help Them Succeed

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By Richard Perez-Pena As his history class at the County College of Morris discussed exploration of the New World, Philip Garber Jr. raised his hand, hoping to ask why China’s 15th-century explorers, who traveled as far as Africa, had not also reached North America. He kept his hand aloft for much of the 75-minute session, but […]

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How to Manage Classroom Conflict

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By Dr. Bruce Johnson Have you experienced conflict in your classroom? Are you aware of conditions that can disrupt a productive learning environment? Adjuncts often find that discussions can be a source of conflict because students may share diverse views, personal beliefs, or opinions, and that creates a potential for miscommunication, heated debate, and negative […]

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How Student Motivation Influences Learning

By Bruce A. Johnson   In my AdjunctNation.com blog, I tackled the issue of student engagement. Motivation directly impacts engagement. When instructors are evaluating students and their involvement in the class, they can assess the time and energy devoted through participation in class discussions and the level of thought put into the assignments submitted. In […]

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Turn Ordinary Class Discussions Into Meaningful Interactions

  By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA Do your students actively participate in the class discussions? Do you find that your students are engaged in the process of learning because of their interactions with you and the other students? Class discussions have the potential to enhance the learning process when the course materials and topics […]

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Teaching ESL Students in the Mainstream

by Dorit Sasson Over the past year I’ve received dozens of emails from instructors asking me for advice on teaching ESL students in their college reading courses. When I tell them that it is possible to give them opportunities to engage in the mainstream classroom they say, “But they aren’t “getting it.” Plus, they’re too […]

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Cell Phones Here. Cell Phone There. Cell Phones Everywhere.

by Rachel Murphy   Cellular phones have become much more available in the past 20 years, but some colleges have not made a clear decision on specific policies. Hampton University, located in Hampton, VA, conducted a study on cell phone use in college during the 2007 spring semester. Eighty-four undergraduate students were surveyed from HU’s […]

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Tweaking Your Textbook On the Fly

by Mokoto Rich Readers can modify content on the Web, so why not in books? In a kind of Wikipedia of textbooks, Macmillan, one of the five largest publishers of trade books and textbooks, is introducing software called DynamicBooks, which will allow college instructors to edit digital editions of textbooks and customize them for their […]

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Twitter in Higher Education: More than 30 Percent of Faculty Say They Tweet

Results are in from the Faculty Focus survey on Twitter usage and trends among college faculty. The survey of approximately 2,000 higher education professionals found that nearly one-third (30.7 percent) of the 1,958 respondents say they use Twitter in some capacity. More than half, (56.4 percent) say they’ve never used Twitter. The findings, available in […]

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Giving Students Feedback Effectively

Feedback should be: Timely Supportive Geared toward improvement Focused on the work, not on the person Selective What does the student most need to know in order to improve? What is the student capable of understanding/doing at this time?What will give the student the biggest “pay-off” in terms of improvement? Give more feedback earlier, less […]

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  • Resources for Finding Work Abroad

    by Jeannie Barry-Sanders LOOKING FOR INTERNATIONAL work, whether abroad or in the U.S., can be daunting–and downright frustrating without good resources. Fortunately, there are now many useful guides for job searches in almost any field or discipline in almost any country. However, you won’t find many of these published resources in your local bookstore. Some […]

  • Obama’s New Chief of Staff Forced FT Faculty at NYU To Cross Adjunct Union Picket Lines

    President Barack Obama may have crossed labor unions yet again this week when he named former budget director Jack Lew to be his fourth chief of staff in just three years. News broke last week that Obama had deployed the Coast Guard to protect grain ships from longshoremen union members and occupiers in Washington State, but now a […]

  • On-Line Degrees: How Employers View Them

    by Evelyn Beck HOW ARE EMPLOYERS judging the value of the courses we’re teaching on-line? What do they think of candidates whose entire degree was earned via the Internet? The results of a number of recent studies are mixed, with many business professionals uneasy about the quality of on-line learning but a majority of academics […]

  • Active Learning vs. Lecturing in the College Classroom

    by Paul T. Corrigan One often hears of active learning as a new approach. In contrast, lecturing is the traditional method. Those who support active learning consider it an innovation. Those who do not consider it “another in a long line of educational fads,” as Michael Prince notes. The sequence and chronology remain undisputed either way. Lecturing came first. It has […]

  • Scientists Share Adjunct Concerns

    by Peter Miller THEY CAN DEFINE pi to fourteen significant figures, easily. Sometimes, they smell like formaldehyde or a newer chemical used to preserve or disassemble life forms. They might greet you as “fellow carbon-based life form.” They’re typically male, and their dress code hasn’t changed since they proudly declared themselves geeks in junior high. Scientists. Academic scientists, in particular. […]

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