Teaching

Lecturer's email about not calling off classes provokes discussion

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Email from Berkeley lecturer to his students draws praise for his comments on the value of education -- and some criticism for his refusal to honor a picket line.

Researchers cast doubt about early warning systems' effect on retention

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In two separate analyses, researchers cast doubt about claims made by Purdue on the impact of its early-warning system on retention.

Despite new studies, flipping the classroom still enjoys widespread support

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Despite a seemingly critical new study, the debate about flipping the classroom still tends to favor those in support.

Online course providers increasingly using the term 'learning experience'

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Freed from the confines of classrooms, lectures and semesters, online education providers are increasingly using the term "learning experience."

 

Study documents how much students text during class

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More than 90 percent of students admit to using their digital devices for non-class activities during class, study finds.

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.

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