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Thinking Beyond the ‘Two Cultures’

At a recent conference on student learning outcomes and assessment, I sat at a table with some professors of natural science who were lamenting the lack of appreciation for scientific knowledge in higher education and society at large.  As an example, one observed that at a cocktail party consisting of scholars, no one would be […]

Universal Design in College Instruction

At some point during one’s teaching experience an instructor has most likely come across a situation where a student needed a level of support not normally planned for within  the syllabus and curriculum development.  This student may have had a physical limitation such as needing wheelchair access to the classroom, or a student may have […]

Tenure and Teaching

Should the nationwide discussion about potential changes to the tenure system focus on faculty positions or student education?  Recently, The Chronicle of Higher Education published Tenure, RIP: What the Vanishing Status Means for the Future of Education describing the trends of decreasing tenure positions and increasing adjunct […]

What is a general education?

Recently, The  Chronicle of Higher Ed has been addressing the issue of general education. It’s a term we often use to describe the “balanced-diet”  of coursework— a little math, a little literature, some science, and a healthy dose of multicultural studies. And the purpose of this diet is to provide students with all the intellectual […]

What We Learn From Online Education

Inside Higher Ed had an interesting article yesterday.  The Department of Education has released a meta-analysis of studies that compare  online, hybrid and traditional “face to face” learning environments. The results were surprising: Students perform better in online courses than in face-to-face courses, and they perform best of all in hybrid courses. The results certainly […]

Bad Science, Great Opportunity

What if every terribly mistaken pop-culture  representation of our discipline  was actually a terrific learning opportunity? Lots of folks I know who are locked in the ivory tower bemoan the glamorous and adventurous portrayal of their  work in popular culture. What archaeologist carries a whip? What theoretical physicist wears a lab coat? How do you […]

Students See, Students Do

Lately, we have been thinking about how instructors at the university communicate to students what professionals in their disciplines do. That is, how does what we do in the classroom reflect what happens outside, in our professional lives. I remember when I was an undergraduate English Major, I thought that being a professor meant knowing […]

Bad teaching

Recently I was asked to list the top 10 things I’ve learned about teaching during my career. So I have been trying to create my list. This comment came to mind immediately. “Bad teaching is answering questions that nobody asked.” Dr. Franklin Nelick, a professor I had for several English Literature courses during my freshman year […]