Author: hammonsa

A Memo to My Students Re: College and the Real World

Posted by on August 17, 2016

What happens in college and what you’ll be doing in your career aren’t the same, but they aren’t as different as many of you seem to think.

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A Learner-Centered Syllabus Helps Set the Tone for Learning

Posted by on August 17, 2016

A learner-centered syllabus can take many forms, but often includes shared decision-making, a rationale for course objectives and tips for staying on track.

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Trying Something New? Seven Things that Boost Success Rates

Posted by on August 16, 2016

Trying a new quizzing strategy, assignment, or group activity? There are things you can do to boost the chance of success when you roll out something new.

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Teaching Quantitative Problem-Solving Skills

Posted by on August 16, 2016

Teach problem-solving by guiding STEM students through complete or partially worked-out problems and derivations using the TAPPS active-learning structure.

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The Last Class Session: How to Make It Count | Faculty Focus

Posted by on April 18, 2016

First and last classes are the bookends that hold a semester together. How can we finish the semester with the same energy we had at the start? A few ideas: Source: www.facultyfocus.com At the beginning of the academic year we talked about how to make the first class have meaning. Here is an article  that […]

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You’re Going to Want to Write This Down – Faculty Focus

Posted by on March 24, 2016

Am I alone in this kind of mental ritual? Or do all of us regularly forget what we’ve heard, read, or learned … in this case, about teaching and learning? Source: www.facultyfocus.com I fall into the trap that Dr. Weimer mentions. I take notes at conference sessions, loving the ideas that I have heard. I […]

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Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class

Posted by on January 29, 2016

Four quick ways to shift students’ attention from life’s distractions to your course content. Source: chronicle.com One of the more challenging aspects to teaching is to start each class in the right way. This means getting students to put aside the conversations that they might be having with friends in the class, or through texting, […]

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A Lecture From the Lectured

Posted by on January 29, 2016

We’re tired of sitting silently in the dark, listening to you read the PowerPoint aloud. Source: chroniclevitae.com Note: This essay was written by a group of students taught by Catherine Prendergast, a professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Too often we speak of what we think students want. This article reminds […]

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What is Authentic Assessment? (Authentic Assessment Toolbox)

Posted by on January 28, 2016

Let me clarify the attributes by elaborating on each in the context of traditional and authentic assessments: Selecting a Response to Performing a Task: On traditional assessments, students are typically given several choices (e.g., a,b,c or d;… Source: jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu With the start of a new semester, it seems like we really focus on how are […]

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Using Someone Else’s Ideas and Thoughts Without Citation…Isn’t Right

Posted by on December 2, 2015

Currently, one of the hot topics on our campus is Academic Integrity.  If you look at the Office of Undergraduate Studies website you will find many resources telling students what constitutes Academic Integrity, and what the consequences are when students cross the line.  51% of the issues reported last year appear to be about a […]

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