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Cruel Student Comments: Seven Ways to Soothe the Sting

Cruel Student Comments: Seven Ways to Soothe the Sting | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Reading students’ comments on official end-of-term evaluations—or worse, online at sites like RateMyProfessors.com—can be depressing, often even demoralizing. So it’s understandable that some faculty look only at the quantitative ratings; others skim the written section; and many others have vowed to never again read the public online comments. It’s simply too painful.

How else might you respond? Here are seven suggestions for soothing the sting from even the most hurtful student comments:

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Articles and resources to help college faculty improve their teaching and stay current on the latest pedagogical challenges and trends for the face-to-face, online, blended, and flipped classroom.
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How professors can use online student learning evaluations to improve their teaching (opinion)

How professors can use online student learning evaluations to improve their teaching (opinion) | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
When Steven Bell returned to the online classroom after a long hiatus, a training course persuaded him that student evaluations could actually be useful. He shares his tips for how professors can use the evaluations to make themselves better.
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Cell Phone Policies: A Review of Where Faculty Stand

Cell Phone Policies: A Review of Where Faculty Stand | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
We asked readers to share their policies on the use of cell phones and other electronic devices in class. About 50 readers did so, and the polices run the gamut--from banning to embracing to ignoring--and everything in between.
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Centers for teaching and learning serve as hub for improving teaching practices

Centers for teaching and learning serve as hub for improving teaching practices | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Centers for teaching and learning are shifting away from introducing faculty members to technology and instead focusing on helping instructors improve their courses in a variety of ways.
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Instruction By Design / Season 02 - Episode 11: Discussing Discussion Boards - TeachOnline

Instruction By Design / Season 02 - Episode 11: Discussing Discussion Boards - TeachOnline | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

In this episode, the panel reflects on the purpose and role of asynchronous online discussion activities, discuss how to develop an effective discussion prompt/question in alignment with course objectives, and describe at least one strategy for maximizing the administrative efficiency of online discussion. 

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Laptops And Phones In The Classroom: Yea, Nay Or A Third Way?

Laptops And Phones In The Classroom: Yea, Nay Or A Third Way? | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
We asked teachers, professors, a psychiatrist and a technologist for their thoughts, and we heard a range of opinions on one of the most "weirdly divisive" issues in education.
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Student Feedback on Quality Matters Standards for Online Course Design

In reviewing online course quality, student success indicators must also be considered. Online learning has developed a reputation as an environment that is sometimes detrimental to this success as students tend to "disappear" within and never complete the course. For higher education institutions dealing with increased demands for online learning and low student retention rates, it is a frustrating situation.

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Developing a Learning Culture: A Framework for the Growth of Teaching Expertise

Developing a Learning Culture: A Framework for the Growth of Teaching Expertise | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
The framework introduces five interwoven and non-hierarchical facets of how we develop teaching expertise across continuum of one's career.
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As You’re Preparing the Syllabus . . .

As You’re Preparing the Syllabus . . . | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Maryellen Weimer shares some thoughts on how we might reenergize our thinking about the syllabus and what it can accomplish in the course, for students and for the teacher.

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Carrot Versus Stick Teaching

Carrot Versus Stick Teaching | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Students try harder, and learn more, when your grading includes rewards, rather than just punishments.
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Priceless Gift Exchanges between Faculty and Students

Priceless Gift Exchanges between Faculty and Students | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
A student and a teacher connect for a short time, yet through that window can blow a gust strong enough to change the direction of a student's life.
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Reflecting Forward on Your Semester

Reflecting Forward on Your Semester | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

In the push to end the semester, it’s tempting to completely disconnect from all that happened in your classes as soon as you submit grades. But it's always a good idea to set aside some time to assess your teaching before next semester begins. 

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Call for Proposals | Magna Teaching with Technology Conference

Call for Proposals | Magna Teaching with Technology Conference | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

The Magna Teaching with Technology Conference is seeking interactive sessions that engage and inform attendees. Experience-Based Proposals reflect a technology-as-tool approach to pedagogy with immediate take-away applications for the conference attendee. Evidence-Based Proposals reflect data-driven approaches to the interactions of technology with learning, giving the conference attendee guidance to make future pedagogic decisions or engage in similar research.

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What Do Students Do When They Study?

What Do Students Do When They Study? | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Are faculty too focused on the fact students don’t study or don’t study enough? Should we be more concerned about what students are doing when they study?
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How to think about active learning and its benefits (opinion)

How to think about active learning and its benefits (opinion) | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

I’m constantly learning, always trying new things when it comes to active learning, which I define as a theory and method of teaching that engages students in the process of thinking meaningfully and deliberately about and then co-creating their learning experiences, in the classroom and beyond.

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Designing Better Quizzes: Ideas for Rethinking Your Quiz Practices

Designing Better Quizzes: Ideas for Rethinking Your Quiz Practices | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
If your quiz strategies are becoming stale, this free report is loaded with fresh ideas that will help you better understand why you are using quizzes, what you hope they will accomplish, and how they can best be used to facilitate student learning.
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“Everybody with Me?” and Other Not-so-useful Questions

“Everybody with Me?” and Other Not-so-useful Questions | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
One of the problems with vague prompts like "Any questions?" is that students often suffer from overconfidence bias. They don’t realize the limits of their understanding until faced with a specific problem or question that requires them to apply their learning.
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Can Anything be Done about Students Multitasking?

Can Anything be Done about Students Multitasking? | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
The amount of multitasking students do during class and while studying is alarming. Surely, if students knew how these devices were lowering their grades and diminishing their learning they would change their behavior, right? Here's what the research has to say about that.
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Six Ways to Promote a Positive Learning Environment

Six Ways to Promote a Positive Learning Environment | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Lamenting our students’ deficiencies doesn’t solve the problems of incivility and entitlement. A positive learning environment requires a proactive approach to move students from consumerism to citizenship.
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Myths and Facts About Flipped Learning

Myths and Facts About Flipped Learning | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Misconceptions about flipped learning can introduce error or persuade potential practitioners to avoid it entirely. This article looks at some of the myths about flipped learning and provides contradictory facts about this pedagogical approach.

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Question Strategies | Centre for Teaching Excellence

Question Strategies | Centre for Teaching Excellence | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Effective question strategies capture students' attention, foster student involvement, and facilitate a positive, active learning environment. The following strategies for asking questions, responding to questions, and listening can help instructors get students answering the questions asked in class in ways that promote learning.
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Overcoming the Challenges to Effective Faculty Development

Overcoming the Challenges to Effective Faculty Development | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it

Faculty development now more than ever is necessary to an institution’s viability. A number of factors such as campus size, funding, and available technology all can vary widely and impact how programs are executed.

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EDUCAUSE: 10 trends in student use of campus technology - eCampus News

EDUCAUSE: 10 trends in student use of campus technology - eCampus News | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Students said they would generally rate their campus technology experiences favorably and are more likely to DIY their tech support.
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The need for a theory of learning (opinion)

The need for a theory of learning (opinion) | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Having a theory of how people learn would allow teachers to plan pedagogy more effectively and examine all factors relevant to learning, argue Stephen L. Chew and William J. Cerbin.
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Teaching Tip: Ending a Course

The last few days of a course are often hectic for both teachers and students, and it is easy to miss out on a final few chances to wrap up the learning that has occurred throughout the semester. As Maier and Panitz (1996) note, ending a course with only a final exam often leaves students with a feeling of dread or inadequacy, rather than with a sense of accomplishment. A better goal for teachers is to help our students leave the course with a solid idea of what they have learned and how they can carry that new knowledge and skill base into future experiences. Here are a few ideas of how you can end your semester in a meaningful way.
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Why Blended Learning, Why Now? | Tomorrow's Professor 

Why Blended Learning, Why Now? | Tomorrow's Professor  | Teaching strategies for the college classroom | Scoop.it
Definitions of blended teaching and learning can vary, so it is important to establish what blended environments mean for the purpose of this workbook. Allen and Seaman (2007) offer helpful and concrete definitions for face-to-face versus online components in traditional, web-facilitated, blended, and online courses (see Table 1.1).
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