Friday, February 10, 2017

Teaching & Learning Links of the Week: February 10, 2017

A roundup of four intriguing posts and articles from around the Internet.

Lowering the Stakes With Online Writing

Engaging students in introductory composition courses can be challenging. This post details one instructor's success in increasing students' engagement (and performance) through the use of low-stakes writing assignments on Tumblr.

Assessment Strategies for the Flipped Classroom

Successfully teaching a flipped class requires regular use of assessment to gauge the degree to which students are prepared to engage in in-class learning experiences. This article provides four strategies for conducting assessment in the flipped classroom.

Designing a Humanities Lab

Who says scientific disciplines are the only ones that can or should have laboratories? This post discusses the formation of a lab in the humanities and the positive impact the lab has had on students' learning and engagement.

Two Myths About Teaching and Learning

This brief blog post discusses two elements of "common knowledge" about teaching and learning that, while commonly believed, are not supported by empirical evidence. It includes links to additional information for those interested.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Teaching & Learning Links of the Week Jan. 27, 2017

A roundup of four intriguing or informative posts and articles from around the internet:

“The Benefits of Peer Learning”


Peer teaching (where students learn from and with each other) is one approach among many available to teachers to promote learning. Students generally feel safer asking other students and they speak each other’s language. When this approach is selected purposefully, and planned and evaluated carefully, it leads to improved learning experience.

“3 Ways You Can Use Name Tags to Engage Students”

Many faculty have students use name tags or table tents on the first day of class to reduce anonymity and establish rapport. In this post, the author shares three ways to improve engagement and collaboration among students using name tags. For example. Use different name tag colors to instantly form groups or pick students with different name tag color to answer questions.


“Bridging the Gap between Pre-Work and In-Class Sessions in the Flipped Classroom”


In flipped classroom, students do pre-class preparation and come to class to apply content or solve problems related to what they have prepared. In this article, the author shares four different low-tech strategies that can help your students connect with your classroom pre-work; 1) class discussion points, 2) case studies, 3) students as teachers and 4) birds of a feather.

“How to Undermine Your Own Authority
The author argues that we need to convince students that they should learn for themselves and not just for the grade. He suggests giving students some ownership and control over the course, which means we have to give up some of our control. Some interesting tips to undermine your own authority and give students control are offered.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Teaching & Learning Links of the Week: January 20, 2017

A roundup of four intriguing or informative posts and articles from around the internet:

“Five Ways to Make Your Online Classrooms More Interactive”
Online courses can feel impersonal for students and teachers. Here are some tips to provide community and create meaningful interactions.

 “A Dozen Things You Need to Know about Adult Learning”
Twelve characteristics of adult learners and their implications for the classroom.   

“Active Engagement: The New Currency for 21st Century Learners”
Tips and examples of how to include active engagement activities in your class.

“President Trump”
Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated today as the 45th president of the United States. This article features background on the new president and higher education. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Teaching & Learning Links of the Week: January 13, 2017

Teaching & Learning Links to See This Week
A roundup of four intriguing or informative posts and articles from the around the internet:

"Stealth Gifted? Bringing Out Hidden Abilities in Your College Classes"
Have you ever sensed that some of your students may be capable of more than it appears? The author provides strategies for fostering the abilities of these students.

"Collaboration or Cheating: What are the Distinctions?"
When does working together towards a goal shift into sharing answers? A thought-provoking discussion about identifying the differences.

"The Spark of Learning"
Sarah Rose Cavanagh shares about The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion* on episode #135 of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast.

"If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Grading Contract Advice"
Disclaimers and words of wisdom for employing a grading contract with your students.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Teaching & Learning Links of the Week: Nov. 28, 2016

A roundup of four intriguing posts and articles from around the Internet.

Enhancing Learning through Zest, Grit, and Sweat

Lolita Paff identified three overlooked aspects of teaching that need to be promoted; (1) encouraging student intellectual curiosity, interest, and enthusiasm (zest), (2) an understanding that true long-lasting learning takes effort, hard and smart work (sweat), and (3) an academic growth mindset, perseverance and persistence (grit). Author gives tips on how to implement each of these three aspects in class.

Ugly Consequences of Complaining about ‘Students These Days’

Frequent venting about students who come unprepared to class or who are willing to cheat can turn into complaining and that may change our mindset about our students over time. Consequently, this mindset may change the instructional design environment, the way we teach in class or the number of preventative policies we apply.

All Learning is an Active Process: Rethinking Active/Passive Learning Debate- How Faculty Can Create Learning Opportunities in Overtly Passive Environments

Todd Zakrajsek proposes that it is time to differentiate passive learning from being in passive environment and suggests how to maximize learning in both active and passive environments. For learning to happen, several factors are involved regardless of how information is experienced. When you attend to the information, when presented information has value to you, easy to understand, you are allowed time to practice recalling/ reflecting, and you are physically and emotionally ready to process the information (e.g. not too tired), then the probability learning will take place increases greatly.

Contingent Faculty Positions

Who are "contingent faculty"? Depending on the institution, they can be known as adjuncts, postdocs, TAs, non-tenure-track faculty, clinical faculty, part-timers, lecturers, instructors, or nonsenate faculty. What they all have in common: they serve in insecure, unsupported positions with little job security and few protections for academic freedom. And they are the vast majority of US faculty today. Something needs to change.