Monthly Archives: November 2012

An Example of Teaching with Technology

I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the new Teaching with Technology Faculty Learning Community (FLC).  The nine members of the group bring different perspectives to the application of technology in teaching.  Even from reading the various entries in … Continue reading

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Chaucer Doth Tweet, and so can you!

I’ve really enjoyed the recent posts on using blogs in the classroom, so I thought I’d share how some of my colleagues in the English department have been using Twitter to interact with their students and the course material. First, … Continue reading

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Helpful or Just Creepy?

My students have reading assignments for every class, and the quality of class discussion depends very much on whether they have read (and even thought about) those pages.  Sometimes, especially at this busy time of year, I suspect that not … Continue reading

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Reflections of a First-Time Classroom Blogger

This semester, for the first time, I experimented with blogging in one of my seminar courses. I asked the students to post at least one blog entry every other week and to feel free to post additional entries and/or comment … Continue reading

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Teaching Toolkit

Toward the end of the semester, many of us could use an energizing new teaching idea.  Or we may be working on planning a spring course.  In either case, here’s a resource full of quick and useful strategies that may … Continue reading

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Training Independent, and Diverse, Thinkers

Last month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin—the big affirmative action case. The Supreme Court last tackled the issue nine years ago. Basically, the plaintiff in Fisher is arguing that UT should … Continue reading

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What Do You Think About Algebra?

There was an interesting article in the New York Times this summer called “Is Algebra Necessary?“.  The author is Andrew Hacker, an emeritus political science professor of political science at CUNY, who has co-authored a book entitled Higher Education? How … Continue reading

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Command Attention–Your Way

Let me begin with an admission: Although I have been teaching for about 30 years, and am on the CTE’s Advisory Board, I have never taken a course on how to teach. Yes, I’ve read a few books on the … Continue reading

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Blended Learning and Liberal Arts Colleges

The current buzz about “blended learning” heralds the combination of face-to-face and online education as a great way to teach effectively and economically, especially for underprepared students. While SMU and other universities that take pride in offering small classes and … Continue reading

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