Teaching

Small Group Learning for 14,000 Undergrads

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Clemson program tries to involve students in the research process and link them with the same professor for several semesters.

Why Students Read Textbooks (or Don't)

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The adage that a picture is worth a thousand words may hold true for textbooks.

Research presented Saturday in San Francisco at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association explored how students evaluate textbooks and the factors that make them more or less likely to read textbooks. The research was designed to build on studies that have previously found many students who skip buying textbooks and many others who buy and don't read -- despite evidence showing that careful readers of textbooks earn higher grades.

How This Year's Frosh Will Make You Feel Older

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The class of 2011 is arriving at campuses all over -- and inspiring plenty of professors to wonder why the new students seem younger every year. For a decade, Beloit College has been helping out with its annual Mindset List of gentle reminders of what new students grew up with and what they never experienced.

Jon Stewart, Oral Exams and More

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Political scientists consider how they can shake up their teaching techniques, and report success with some unconventional approaches.

'New York Times' Enters Distance Learning Market

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The New York Times on Thursday announced a major push into higher education -- with new efforts to provide distance education, course content and social networking. A number of colleges are already either committed to using the new technologies or are in negotiations to start doing so, evidence of the strong power of the Times brand in academe.

Elevating the Great Books Anew

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Author of Education's End explains his critique of the standard college curriculum and what he would do about it.

The State of Alternative Teacher Certification

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Group dubious of education schools’ quality and motives says they have hijacked an important reform movement, but a research group's president disagrees.

Office Hours: Coming to a Computer Near You

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The days of coming in to see the professor aren't over, but some courses at traditional colleges are experimenting with virtual office hours and help in real time.

Docking a Grade for Skirting the Rules?

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Responding to student pressure, the College of Business at Illinois State keeps its business-casual requirement but lessens consequences for violations.

The Platonic Ideal of Perfection

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A philosophy professor at McGill University requires a perfect score to continue class on Plato -- and students complain. Prisoners chained in a cave?

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