Teaching

'Condescending Negativism' and Other Transgressions

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SEATTLE -- Defining "classroom incivility" may begin with which side of the lectern you sit (or stand) on. Professors commonly complain about students texting or e-mailing away on their laptops or phones or, worse, catching up on their zzzz's. To hear David Horowitz and others tell it, however, students are on the receiving end of more than their share of bullying or dismissive behavior, particularly if they disagree with the (usually liberal) views of their professors.

Sustainable Curriculums

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Faculty members describe different approaches to incorporating sustainability into their classes, in some very different disciplines.

Helping Community Colleges Raise the Bar

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New data from engagement survey suggest that two-year institutions need to have higher expectations of students -- especially outside of the classroom.

'Teaching Unprepared Students'

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Many experts say that the United States can only truly see gains in the percentages of adults who have a college degree if colleges and universities get better at teaching students who arrived on campus unprepared for college-level work. But many professors find themselves frustrated by teaching such students -- and many of the students drop out. Kathleen F. Gabriel's new book is designed to help such faculty members and, ultimately, their students.

Making Engagement Data Meaningful

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Gallaudet U. tries to use annual student survey to measure the effectiveness of significant revisions in its undergraduate curriculum and institutional mission.

Revising and Defending the Foreign Language Major

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At MLA, professors describe how departments are rethinking curriculums and the tenure-track/adjunct divide. Beyond pedagogy, programs want to protect themselves.

Do Econ Grad Students Need a Teaching Bailout?

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Relatively few doctoral programs require for-credit courses on how to lead a class, a study finds -- while another finds most new Ph.D.’s still feel prepared.

Proving the Benefits of Peer Instruction

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Students appear to learn when they share ideas in class -- but are they just taking cues from smart peers? A study suggests otherwise.

A Vision for History at Community Colleges

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Professors in Seattle find success in teaching information literacy and basic research skills -- as a means to engage students in a discipline many of them are disinclined to like.

Blackboard, 9.0

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Updated course management software offers increased flexibility and opportunities for social learning, company says.

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