Research Methods 'Beyond Google'

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

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

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

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

Space Constraints

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

'Teaching Nonmajors'

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

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.

'Teach Them to Challenge Authority'

Stanley Fish may be telling academics to keep their opinions to themselves, but Gregory S. Prince Jr. thinks it is time for colleges to stop trying to make their classrooms neutral. Prince, the former president of Hampshire College, argues for professors to take all kinds of positions -- as a tool for challenging their students.

Shifting Winds in Arabic Teaching

Breaking with the long-standing norm for Arabic instruction, Cornell program combines instruction in written and spoken language -- an approach catching on elsewhere.

The Politics of Election Day Classes

Civic-minded students advocate for canceling or excusing absences from classes; many colleges leave the matter up to individual professors.


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