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Students’ and Instructors’ Views of Effective Teaching…..

Research and articles on Students’ and Instructors’ Views of Effective Teaching in the most recent issue of the Journal of Excellence in College Teaching (Volume 24, Number 4 at  (utcID login required, if off campus).

Structuring group work

Most students (and many faculty) do not like group work. I have maintained for a while that one of the reasons is that faculty assume that by putting students into groups, they learn how to do group work.  To think that students learn how to be a contributing group member when we never teach them how to may be a bit naive. Here is a link to a good

Great ideas for the first day of classes

Several activities for the first days of classes.  Great ideas! Ask students what faculty do to help/hinder their learning.  Ask students to discuss syllabus in small groups, etc.

permission to fail?

I love the concept expressed here……  That we can help students learn from failure.  Trying to figure out how to incorporate this concept into my classes.

Difference between MOOC and online courses?

…”MOOCs and online courses may share a delivery platform (web based learning), but they differ in fundamental ways. How is a traditional online course different from a MOOC? The critical difference is that a well-designed online course is built around the co-construction of knowledge amongst the students and the instructor. This knowledge construction requires active and personal engagement between students and faculty.  Conversation.  Dialogue. Collaboration.  Give and take.  Back

What Do Students Want in a Teacher?

Interesting article on what students see as the most important characteristics of faculty….  See  The full paper is online at (Student Perceptions of Effective Teaching in Higher Education).  Number one on the list?  Respect! And read the full report to see what students mean by that term…..

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Professors of the year announced….

Professors of the year are announced and I am intrigued by the videos made by one professor to help students understand how to be successful learners. (How to get the most out of studying….)

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The First Day of Classes: The Easiest Day of the Semester (? – NOT!)

What should you do as faculty on the first day of classes?  Does it matter?  Research says that it does.  Here are some hints on what to do… Introduce yourself to the students.  Be sure to let the students know what you want them to call you – Dr.?  Professor?  First name?  Tell the students a little about yourself, in particular how your passion for your discipline was started. 

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Getting ready for fall semester….

In the frenzy of preparing for a new fall semester, I came across this article/blog about the idea that students feel entitled.  While I don’t actually agree with all of this guy’s statements (read the comments!), I do think that we are missing the mark.  We need to figure out how to help students see the student-faculty relationship as more akin to a doctor/patient relationship.  A relationship that has

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Teaching Teaching Understanding Understanding

insightful video on teaching…

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