Teaching

Professor pulls syllabus letting students set own grades as 'stress-reduction policy'

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Professor’s “stress-reduction policy,” mocked by conservative websites, found to violate university policy.

Research suggests that students may make more academic progress by focusing on task-oriented goals than on grades

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Setting goals can help students do better academically, and shorter-term, tangible goals are most effective, paper finds.

New book seeks to round out trigger warning debate with competing histories, case studies from the classroom

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New book seeks to round out the trigger warning debate with competing histories of the trend and case studies from the classroom.

Communication professor establishes rules with his students on talking about Trump in class

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Communication professor establishes ground rules for political conversations with his students in class. Could they be useful to other academics struggling with how to encourage productive conversations about the president, while not losing control of the syllabus?

Academics consider how to rebuild public trust in higher education

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Educators deliberate how to promote liberal education and push back on attacks on academe -- in part by being more open about areas in which higher education has been weak.

Study suggests grading leniency is result rather than cause of low grading reliability

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Study finds variation in the way students are evaluated -- and tougher grades appear to be closer to what they should be. But not necessary due to grade inflation alone.

Arizona lawmakers' failed ban on 'divisive' college courses highlights new criticism of white studies

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Arizona lawmakers' failed proposed ban on “divisive” college courses signals new criticism of white studies. Similar courses -- though common -- have become controversial elsewhere. Those who teach them say the classes are being distorted.

Northwestern professors urged to put information about mental health services on syllabi

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Northwestern U Faculty Senate passes resolution encouraging professors to put information about mental health services on their syllabi.

Latina student's story about how professor reacted to word "hence" sets off debate on stereotypes

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Blog post called “Academia, Love Me Back” raises concerns about stereotypes and inclusivity.

Consultants' advice, including to limit courses with high failure rates, perturbs professors at Illinois State

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Advice from consultant, including that to limit courses with high failure rates, is unwelcome to Illinois State professors. But the university and the consultant say their focus is student success, not student smooth sailing.

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