Teaching

For higher ed 'reformers,' Obama speech was welcome attention

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For colleges and other organizations promoting alternative paths to degrees, the president's speech was validation they have wanted.

Study finds choice of major most influenced by quality of intro professor

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Students select or reject majors based in large part on the quality of the first college instructor they have in the discipline, new research finds.

Court rejects suit over 'Hot for Teacher' essay

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Federal judge rejects First Amendment challenge from student who was suspended after he wrote about his affections and physical feelings for his instructor.

Study challenges data and ideas behind grade inflation in higher education

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Study challenges assumption that professors have become more lenient in evaluating students, or that their grades have less "signaling" power. Another researcher challenges paper as inaccurate.

Interview with professor at center of 'Jesus' debate at Florida Atlantic

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Deandre Poole, the instructor whose Florida Atlantic U. class exercise involving the word "Jesus" led to death threats and demands that he be fired, offers his first interview on what happened that day, on his faith and on academic freedom.

Florida International University attempts to infuse global learning across the curriculum

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Florida International University has embarked on an ambitious effort to internationalize the curriculum and assess students' global learning.

Students boycott final to challenge professor's grading policy (and get As)

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To test limits of Johns Hopkins professor's scaled grading policy, all of his students boycott the final -- and all get As as a result.

Arizona St. and Knewton's grand experiment with adaptive learning

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Knewton says its data-rich system can read students' minds. The company has landed Arizona State and Pearson as partners -- will the rest of higher education follow?

New book challenges the idea that professors don't care about teaching

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Research from University of Washington shows professors to be self-critical about and constantly struggling to improve their teaching.

Liberal arts college explore uses of 'blended' online learning

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Bryn Mawr experiments with artificially intelligent teaching software, says "blended" online learning might reinforce, rather than undermine, mission of small, residential colleges.

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