Teaching

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.

Blinding Them With Science

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New study finds American students know fewer facts about science than do their Chinese counterparts, but neither group is particularly strong at scientific reasoning.

It's Culture, Not Morality

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What if everything you learned about fighting plagiarism was doomed to failure? Computer software, threats on the syllabus, pledges of zero tolerance, honor codes -- what if all the popular strategies don't much matter? And what if all of that anger you feel -- as you catch students clearly submitting work they didn't write -- is clouding your judgment and making it more difficult to promote academic integrity?

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