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Dec 01, 2010

Winter Storm Warnings

The fall semester is winding down; believe it or not finals are just a few weeks away. As an alternative to stressing out, downing cans of Red Bull or making multiple runs to Starbucks I’d like to talk about planning! Right now is a good time to start planning on how you’re going to study for finals. A few helpful tips I’d like to highlight… Start Early. Now is a good time to gather all the material you’ve received during the semester such as handouts, notes, old tests. Start reading through your class notes at least twice. Study Group or Partner. Schedule… More

Author: anna_ye

Nov 30, 2010

Encouraging Student Attendance

As the semester progresses, faculty members often see a noticeable decline in attendance. In fact, estimates in large classes suggest that over 60% of students deliberately cut them. Empty seats (and sadly, empty minds) are an issue, but there are some things you can do. Some Things to Try: Make the class informative, interesting, and relevant. Add variety and entertainment to lectures, such as animations, slide shows, demos, video clips, music, and guest speakers. Post outlines—not the complete notes—on your course web page or in Blackboard, so that students know what to expect. They can use them as a guide for taking notes… More

Author: francine_glazer

Nov 17, 2010

Surfing the Web in Advanced Mode

Many people are surprised to learn that you can customize your Web browser.  Whether you are performing advanced research, or casually browsing the Internet, there are a number of Firefox add-ons and Google Chrome extensions that will take your surfing to a whole new level. It's always a good idea to develop a personal knowledge management (PKM) system, and set of learning tools. Below I have outlined a few that I am currently using to get things done in both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.   Mozilla Firefox (Tools > Add-ons) Morning Coffee – One click on the Morning Coffee icon loads… More

Author: sebastien_marion

Nov 16, 2010

Do No Harm: A Dose of SoTL

  Primum non nocere (“First, do no harm.”) The medical and medical ethics dictum of “do no harm” is based on the concern that sometimes an action or intervention may be more likely to cause harm than good, in which case it would be better to do nothing at all. This caution is not usually connected with teaching, but could it be?  Teaching students has been called a great act of optimism and is a pivot and catalyst for the continuation of human culture and society. College professors are part of that great chain of learning that begins in the womb and… More

Author: francine_glazer

Nov 10, 2010

Tips for Group Work

When you assign several students to produce a major assignment together you will have to consider not only the quality of the task they complete but also the effectiveness of their interaction. If one of your course objectives is that students will learn to work together with colleagues, then teach them how. The steps are the same as for teaching and grading discussion: Provide criteria and instructions. Provide opportunities for practice and feedback.  Here are some suggestions for guiding group processes: Begin with instructions and guidelines for group work. Address the ways in which groups could go astray. Construct a… More

Author: francine_glazer

Nov 05, 2010

Search Triangle

Every search interface that you encounter on the WWW offers a scenario.  Each has a learning curve that must be climbed, but would it surprise you to know that almost every system operates on a standard set of principles and infrastructure?  Most often we are defaulted into a basic search mode (think of Google's search box), but believe it or not whether you are in basic Google mode, or in the advanced mode of a powerful vertical search engine all interfaces are similar. The search triangle is a 5 minute interactive learning module.  After completing it you will better understand… More

Author: sebastien_marion

Nov 02, 2010

Balancing Flexibility and Fairness Through Course Design

  “Prof. Smith, I won’t be able to make it to class tonight because unfortunately my flight back from vacation has been delayed by an hour and now I won't make it back to New York in time for class.  Is there supposed to be a quiz today and if so is there any way I can make it up?” “Hey Professor, I am terribly sorry, but I am unable to attend class this evening due to familial issues. I am writing in an attempt to ascertain what precisely we went over tonight, and what I need to review in… More

Author: francine_glazer

Nov 01, 2010

SMART Goal Setting

For the month of October, SSC has been meeting with new freshman to discuss SMART Goal Setting. Why do we need to make goals you ask? That’s a very good question. Setting goals can be a double edged sword. For one thing, goals will motivate change in your current situation. Second, goals will help you evaluate your current situation. I think Goal Setting should be visited every year, and not just freshman year. I’m not just talking about making it a goal to graduate or get a job. Goal setting needs to be SMART! Specific – identifies a specific action or event  Measurable – should be quantifiable… More

Author: anna_ye

Oct 26, 2010

Team Teach with a Student

Consider team teaching with a student. Team teaching is sometimes touted as something that “every instructor should try” (Harte 1995:3). Research suggests that professor-student teaching teams offer several benefits to students, student teachers, and professors. For a review of both the benefits and the challenges, as well as ways to avoid the challenges, see Gray and Harrison (2003).  For greatest effectiveness, team teaching pairs should plan to work together in the professor’s office during the class period before and after each class you teach together. Before each class period, make sure you are both clear about the order of class… More

Author: francine_glazer

Oct 19, 2010

Using Quotations to Prime Class Discussions

You can use a “Quote of the Day” to a) introduce a concept, b) inject some humor, or c) complete a class by asking "how does this quotation relate to what we did today?" Here's a suggestion of how you can use them to help students organize their thoughts in preparation for a class discussion. You might, for example, have a quotation on the board when students arrive in class. Ask students to read and consider the quotation and prepare to share their ideas. THINK: Students write down their thoughts on how the quotation connects to the day’s topic (2 minutes).… More

Author: francine_glazer

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