Teaching

More Than Shock Value

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Yale controversy reflects tensions faced by art professors in encouraging risk-taking while also offering guidance and (sometimes) caution.

'On Course': New Guide to First Semester of Teaching

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A frequent refrain of new faculty members, fresh from graduate school, is that earning a Ph.D. didn't train them to lead a course. A new book -- On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard University Press) -- aims to help such professors. The author is James M.

Stanford Law Drops Letter Grades

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Citing benefits to learning environment, faculty vote to adopt a system similar to those at Yale and Berkeley law schools. Is Harvard next?

Research Methods 'Beyond Google'

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When "Google" has become a synonym for "research," how should faculty respond? And if the answer doesn't lie in musty books and stacks of journals, are libraries still part of the answer?

Fish to Profs: Stick to Teaching

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Should we be worried about politics creeping into the classroom? Professor and columnist Stanley Fish enters the fray with a new book.

Evaluating Faculty Quality, Randomly

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A new study uses one institution's unusual method of assigning students to courses to test the link between teacher quality and student evaluations.

Mapping Student Learning With Precision

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In ambitious, long-term effort, West Point maps and measures a multi-layered set of outcomes across the curriculum.

Space Constraints

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In a discussion of growing enrollments within existing facilities, experts focus on identifying and alleviating bottlenecks.

'Teaching Nonmajors'

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Many professors dream of inspiring students to share the excitement that attracted their instructors to a discipline. The reality is that this isn't always going to happen. Many times, of course, professors teach students whose interests are elsewhere and who are enrolled just to fulfill a requirement. A new book offers advice on teaching these students. Teaching Nonmajors: Advice for Liberal Arts Professors (State University of New York Press) is by P.

Spatial Change

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To facilitate more interactive teaching, one college considers a different type of classroom. The barriers to building it are instructive of sometimes conflicting trends in college planning.

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