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The Before, During & After of a Great Lecture

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The lecture can be an immensely effective tool in the classroom, allowing an instructor to provide an overarching theme that organizes material in an illuminating and interesting way. The instructor must take care, however, to shape the lecture for the specific audience of students who will hear it and to encourage those students to take […]

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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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