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Why You Should Be Asking Your Students to Ditch Their Laptops During Class

In classes with no computer-based assignments, how about asking students to leave their laptops behind when they come to class? (Photo: Flickr)

When a laptop is being used to take notes or download class slides, it may become tempting to check email, catch up on homework for another class or see who won the game the night before.

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A Review of “The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy”

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The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy by Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber (University of Toronto Press, 2016; $26.95) Reviewed by Christina Turner Symbols of the neoliberal university in Canada are so common these days it’s hard not to feel inured to them sometimes. Stories of $1 million signs going up next […]

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New Study: Who’s NOT Reading Books in America? (The Answer May Surprise You)

Older Americans are a bit more likely than their younger counterparts not to have read a book. Some 29 percent of adults ages 50 and older have not read a book in the past year, compared with 23 percent of adults under 50.

The share of Americans who report not reading any books in the past 12 months is largely unchanged since 2012, but is slightly higher than in 2011, when the Center first began conducting surveys of book-reading habits. That year, 19 percent of adults reported not reading any books.

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Documentary Film About Higher Ed “Starving the Beast” Has Many Villains (and Few Heroes)

Are we willing to pay higher taxes for better higher education? How do we make educational choices for ourselves and for our families? Should university leaders rely on contingent professors while investing in football stadiums and gyms?

If, like me, you are anxious about the condition of public universities, “Starving the Beast” will only heighten your concerns. The film is a compelling account of how special interests collude to weaken public universities.

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Print vs. Digital Books? The Majority of Americans Still Favor Print

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by Andrew Perrin A growing share of Americans are reading e-books on tablets and smartphones rather than dedicated e-readers, but print books remain much more popular than books in digital formats. Americans today have an enormous variety of content available to them at any time of day, and this material is available in a number […]

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Adjunct Writes Guidebook on Thriving in the Online Classroom

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by Cindy O’Dell Taking a completely online class can be a case of sink or swim, says Jeffrey M. Welch, an adjunct professor in the School of Education. After more than nine years of teaching at Brandman in both blended and online classes, as well as seeing how online learning is moving into K-12 classrooms […]

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Great Apps to Create Meaningful Connections Inside (and Outside) the Classroom

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by Shawn Orr I love technology! I guess if I’m being completely honest, what I really love is the engagement, excitement, and interactivity that technology brings to my college classroom. I’m not talking about the bells and whistles (although that’s fun, too), but the true engagement that happens when I use technology that really resonates […]

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How Bloom’s Toxonomy Can Make You a Better Teacher

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Used with permission from A Handbook for Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty and Teacher’s of Adults, 7th ed. by Dr. Donald Grieve, Ed.D. Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives If there is a single paradigm that has stood the test of time in education it is Benjamin Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives (Bloom et al., 1956). Published more than half […]

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For Faculty: A Closer Look at the Yik Yak App

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by Virginia Postrel Yik Yak is a social-media app that in just two years has become an everyday part of the American college experience. If you’ve heard of it, chances are you think it’s awful. It has a terrible reputation as adangerous source of vitriol, threats and ethnic slurs — a reputation only strengthened by recent […]

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A Round-up of the Best Books on College Teaching

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by Linda B. Nilson We can’t keep up with our own discipline’s research, so how are we supposed to stay abreast of the college teaching literature? Let me make it a little easier for you. Here are six recently published books that capture what I think are the latest and most important developments and trends […]

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  • A Review of: Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson

    reviewed by Jay Mathews STONES INTO SCHOOLS Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan By Greg Mortenson Viking. 420 pp. $26.95 Greg Mortenson’s first book, Three Cups of Tea, was a gravity-defying, wide-screen, wilderness adventure. It began with the author’s failed attempt to climb the world’s second-highest mountain. It included a daring […]

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

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • A Review Teaching Tips (10th Edition)

    by Janice Albert EVERYTHING ABOUT “Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research and Theory for College and University Teachers” (Houghton Mifflin, 10th edition), by Dr. Wilbert McKeachie, suggests that it was originally intended for the beginning college-level teacher or teaching assistant. Now in its tenth edition, “Teaching Tips” is not so much one book as an anthology written by seven authors. The overall plan […]

  • 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 […]

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