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Oct 29, 2014

Why not the R-Course?

In Academically Adrift (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011), Arum and Roksa utilize surveys, the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), and transcript data from college students to argue that during their time in higher ed courses students make little if any gain in such skills as writing and critical thinking. Previously, in an attempt to combat writing problems, colleges have created W/Writing-Intensive courses, and to deal with students’ need for training in service, S/Service Learning courses came about. We propose answering the dilemma posed by Arum and Roksa’s work with the R/Research Course. In order to graduate, students would have to… More

Author: francine_glazer

Oct 22, 2014

Managing Your Course: Mid-Semester Feedback

Effective classroom management is about developing proactive ways to prevent problems from occurring in the first place while creating a positive learning environment. Strategies that might have worked for years suddenly become ineffective in the face of some of the challenges today’s students bring with them to the classroom. Are you noticing that students are not preparing for class or their energy level is low? Perhaps your students are not doing homework and aren’t doing well on weekly quizzes? How can you manage classroom dynamics, foster active and interactive learning, deal with problem students and situations, and create activities conducive… More

Author: francine_glazer

Oct 15, 2014

Teaching with Technology

The pace of change in education software and hardware makes figuring out how to best incorporate technology into a course a daunting task for both technophobes and the technosavvy. It seems that as soon as you are comfortable using a particular tool, a new version is released or you find out about another tool that is supposedly better. Since there are only so many hours most instructors have to devote to this task, it is wise to be strategic when making technology choices. Technology should help students achieve the learning goals of your course. Even if you are happy with… More

Author: francine_glazer

Oct 08, 2014

To Text or Not to Text (with a book, not a phone!): That is the question.

When I was a college student (a significant number of years ago), every course I took came with a list of textbooks that was to be purchased prior to the first day of class. I didn’t pay attention to the content of the book or its cost. I didn’t even look to see if the instructor had marked it “required” or just “recommended.” It was officially part of the course material and I anticipated needing all of those resources to be successful. I was an eager and academically-minded (i.e., nerdy) 18-year old freshman, who was fully funded by Mom and… More

Author: francine_glazer

Oct 06, 2014

How To Manage Your Time When You Don’t Have Any

   Figuring out how to complete a seemingly endless list of to-dos can be a challenge. With so much going on during the Fall semester - you can feel overwhelmed when it comes to classes, work and extra-curricular activities. How can you balance your time when there never seems to be enough of it?   Here are a few things to consider: 1.    Get – and use – a calendar. This sounds like a simple solution and it is.   It can be a paper calendar. It can be your cell phone. It can be on your IPAD.   No matter what kind it is,… More

Author: susan_hershkowitz

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