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Fostering the Reciprocity of Learning | Faculty Focus

Fostering the Reciprocity of Learning | Faculty Focus | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
“ Rather than presenting myself to students as their peer in learning, I have come to emphasize the reciprocity of our learning and goals.”
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The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

Advantages of longhand over laptop note-taking in class -- recent research.

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Teaching & Learning - Helping Students More Accurately Assess Their Performance

Teaching & Learning - Helping Students More Accurately Assess Their Performance | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

"Learning, whether it’s learning content or learning about learning, is a student responsibility."

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Great essay by Maryellen Weimer on the importance of addressing student over-confidence about their performance and their grades.

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Video series aims to help instructors help first-generation students @insidehighered

Video series aims to help instructors help first-generation students @insidehighered | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

Faculty tips for teaching first generation students. Excellent summary and link to video resources.

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Sometimes 'Hand-Holding' Can Be a Good Thing

Sometimes 'Hand-Holding' Can Be a Good Thing | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

For first-generation and adult students, among others, a little extra help can make all the difference.

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Graphic Display of Student Learning Objectives – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Graphic Display of Student Learning Objectives – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
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Great ideas here: "Students can see—at a glance—that . . . none of [the] course assignments are random or arbitrary (an occasional student complaint), but that each assignment links directly to a course learning objective."

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A Caring Professor May Be Key in How a Graduate Thrives

A Caring Professor May Be Key in How a Graduate Thrives | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
The Gallup-Purdue Index seeks to measure graduates’ well-being and the college experiences that shape them. Its first report suggests that human factors matter most.
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Tips for Handling Student Excuses

Tips for Handling Student Excuses | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
As new teachers very quickly learn, students will come up with all kinds of excuses for missing assignments and other work. Students will never say, “I missed the exam because I was out late last night—it was one dollar taps at the Silver Horse, you know how it goes.” As a result, teachers must have with a policy for handling these situations, which invariably involves a decision on trust.
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What’s the Story on Learning Styles?

What’s the Story on Learning Styles? | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
We have this tendency in higher education to throw babies out with bath water. It derives from dualistic thinking. Either something is right or wrong, it’s in or out, up or down. As mature thinkers, we disavow these dichotomous perspectives, but then find their simplicity hard to resist. They make complicated things easy.

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Helpful clarification of this sometimes-murky concept.

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The Art of Asking Questions

The Art of Asking Questions | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

A useful blog post by Maryellen Weimer.

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UST faculty often report that they have difficulty getting students engaged in discussion. Half the battle is finding the right questions. I especially like Weimer's tip: keep track of those questions that work well and recycle them!

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Expanding the Definition of a Flipped Learning Environment - From Faculty Focus

Expanding the Definition of a Flipped Learning Environment - From Faculty Focus | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

"A flipped classroom allows instructors to introduce new ways of doing things. Yet adding something new generally requires letting go of something old. In the flipped classroom, instructors need to let go of their reliance on the lecture and focus on other ways to enhance learning by introducing active learning strategies that put students in the center of the learning experience."


- See more at: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/instructional-design/expanding-definition-flipped-learning-environment/#sthash.DP9FyIrq.dpuf

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In her own words: Understanding role, relevance, relationship

In her own words: Understanding role, relevance, relationship | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

From the Women in Higher Education newsletter -- an excellent first-person account of improving teaching through listening carefully to what students had to say. 

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I love this essay -- it speaks to the power of managing student expectations and establishing rapport. 

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What Components Make Group Work Successful?

What Components Make Group Work Successful? | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
There’s lots of research documenting the positive effects of group experiences on learning outcomes. Less is known about the specific aspects of group experiences that contribute to their overall positive impact.

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How Orwell and Twitter Revitalized My Course

How Orwell and Twitter Revitalized My Course | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
As of this writing we are five weeks into the semester, and I can echo Eyler's sentiment that this assignment has produced levels of connection and engagement among my students that I have never experienced before. We begin every class period by taking a quick look at the tweets that have been posted since the last meeting. That means every class begins with a brief discussion of connections they are seeing and forging.
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I love how this prof links literature, learning theory, and social media. "Only connect . . ."
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Playing with Teaching Words, Part 3: Active Learning

Playing with Teaching Words, Part 3: Active Learning | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
When I learned to teach… (Yeah, I know, insert eye rolling, if you must – but realizing I’ve wrapped 35 years of teaching, I should be able to use that phrasing at least once in a post, so…) When I...

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Putting to rest the active-passive dichotomy in describing effective teaching. A reasoned approach to balancing 'participation' and 'acquisition' in the classroom.

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Examining Knowledge Beliefs to Motivate Student Learning

Examining Knowledge Beliefs to Motivate Student Learning | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
“I just cram for the exam and then forget everything.”

“If I can just get this last paper done I am in the clear.”

Comments like these make us cringe, but we all know the external factors that motivate students: grades, grades, grades. I spend a great amount of time providing students with concrete, detailed feedback on papers only to hear someone say, “Oh, I didn’t look at the feedback, just the grade.” From a faculty perspective, the grade is the least important. The joy of student engagement and learning drives our work. We ended up in higher education for a reason—most of us see great value in the learning process.
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Good reminder of the need to assess student beliefs/assumptions as you shape their learning experiences.

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Six Questions That Will Bring Your Teaching Philosophy into Focus

Six Questions That Will Bring Your Teaching Philosophy into Focus | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

Earlier this year, a couple of contributions to The Teaching Professor (Haave 2014) and Faculty Focus (Weimer 2014) discussed the place of learning philosophies in our teaching. The online comments to Weimer’s blog post (2014) made me think more about how we as instructors need to be careful to bridge instructivist and constructivist teaching approaches for students not yet familiar with taking responsibility for their own learning (Venkatesh et al 2013).

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Thinking toward your Third Year Review portfolio (or tenure file)? Here are some good ideas for crafting your teaching philosophy statement.

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Make sure your syllabus is well designed and accessible | Syllabus Ideas from Emory U website

Make sure your syllabus is well designed and accessible | Syllabus Ideas from Emory U website | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
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A  helpful guide for strong syllabus design.

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Mentoring Is a Business. Don’t Fear It.

Mentoring Is a Business. Don’t Fear It. | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
Paying for mentorship, coaching, or editing might seem hard to stomach. But there’s a lot to be said for getting professional help from someone who used to be on the inside.
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20 Simple Assessment Strategies You Can Use Every Day

20 Simple Assessment Strategies You Can Use Every Day | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
20 Simple Assessment Strategies You Can Use Every Day
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"19. Use variety

20. Make it useful"

 

Great, simple strategies here. No clickers required.

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Eight Tips on Writing Efficiently while Overloaded with Teaching, Service and Kids

Eight Tips on Writing Efficiently while Overloaded with Teaching, Service and Kids | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

From a great blogging source on everything having to do with academic life:  "The Professor Is In."

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Excellent, concise, pragmatic tips.

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Excellent, concise, pragmatic tips.

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Class Discussion Challenge: Getting Students to Listen and Respond to Each Other's Comments

Class Discussion Challenge: Getting Students to Listen and Respond to Each Other's Comments | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
Issue 1: The classroom discussion is going pretty well. Students are offering some good comments and more than one hand is in the air. Then a student makes a really excellent observation that opens up a whole avenue of relevant possibilities. You follow-up by calling on a student whose hand has been in the air for some time. Her comment is fine, but it’s totally unrelated to the previous comment. How do you get students to respond to each other’s comments? How do you get student comments to build on a key topic so that it becomes more like a real discussion?
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Great tips here, and even more below in the reader comments.

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Experts explore plagiarism -- beyond the traditional definition

Experts explore plagiarism -- beyond the traditional definition | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

From Inside Higher Ed:  Smart ideas here on the need to work with students to help them understand and avoid unintentional plagiarism. Don't assume they already know what it is or how to find and use best resources.

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7 Steps for Choosing the Best Technology Tools for Your Teaching from Jason Rhode

7 Steps for Choosing the Best Technology Tools for Your Teaching from Jason Rhode | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
With the seemingly endless selection of technology tools available, how do you choose the right technology tools to incorporate into their teaching? If you are in the situation of considering a new technology tool in your teaching, here are 7 steps to take as you choose which tool may be best for you.
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Great advice from Jason Rhode -- he led a very popular workshop on this topic recently at UST -- how to ensure that your tech choices actually support your teaching goals.

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Four Student Misconceptions about Learning

Four Student Misconceptions about Learning | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
“Efficient and effective learning starts with a proper mindset,” Stephen Chew writes in his short, readable, and very useful chapter, “Helping Students to Get the Most Out of Studying.” Chew continues, pointing out what most of us know firsthand, students harbor some fairly serious misconceptions that undermine their efforts to learn. He identifies four of them.
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See link at the end to free e-book, Applying Science to Education. An excellent resource!

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Being Clear and Organized May Be Simple Ways to Improve Teaching

Being Clear and Organized May Be Simple Ways to Improve Teaching | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

Basic but important insights confirming links between teacher clarity and student learning. The IDEA papers and reports mentioned here can be downloaded easily from their website (see our Faculty Development home page for a link to the IDEA center site). 

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The POD-IDEA notes documents (available on the IDEA website) are a treasure trove of practical teaching tips. To improve clarity and organization see #6 and #10. 

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