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Using “Mulligans” to Enhance Student Participation and Reduce Text Anxiety

Using “Mulligans” to Enhance Student Participation and Reduce Text Anxiety | Teaching in higher ed | Scoop.it
When I speak with other professors who work extensively in the classroom, we often find that we share many of the same challenges. Students’ lack of classroom participation in discussion and test anxiety are two of the most common. Many professors try to mitigate these issues through two time-honored pedagogical tactics: a participation grade and extra credit questions on tests. While both tactics can be effective, by applying concepts from gamification research I found a way to both enhance classroom participation and reduce test anxiety with one simple technique.

Via Faculty Focus
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Using "mulligans" aligns well with the ways that James Lang describes we can reduce cheating in his book: Cheating Lessons http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0674724631/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0674724631&linkCode=as2&tag=innovatelearn-20&linkId=OKOSNWS6EUEX5IR5 ;

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PKM in 34 pieces

PKM in 34 pieces | Teaching in higher ed | Scoop.it
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I was reminded recently about the importance of adding value to content when we curate it. This post has a description of five ways we can do just that. Ross Dawson's five ways remind me of Bloom's taxonomy, in that the curation act becomes magnified the higher up we go in the list. 

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Motivating Students: Should Effort Count?

Motivating Students: Should Effort Count? | Teaching in higher ed | Scoop.it
I’ve always said no, effort shouldn’t count. When students pleaded, “but I worked so hard,” or “I studied so long,” I would respond with the clichéd quip about people with brain tumors not wanting surgeons who try hard. Besides if students try hard, if they do their assignments, come to class, take notes, ask questions, and study on more nights than the one before the exam, that effort will pay off. They will learn the material, and their grades will reflect that learning.
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My initial thought was that effort should never count. However, as I read Maryellen's words, I realized that my attendance/participation points are just that... This really gets me thinking, though I am still a bit skeptical, because then there are those students who participate in athletics or other extracurricular activities and wind up missing classes, but still wanting their full points, since they "had" to be at the concert/game/performance/etc. 

 

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Three Lessons Higher Education Can Learn from the Technology Industry

Three Lessons Higher Education Can Learn from the Technology Industry | Teaching in higher ed | Scoop.it
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We could even serve our students well by thinking about shorter life cycles with our semester-long courses. How can we continually be innovating throughout the term and adapting to what the students are or are not learning...

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