Category Archives: CTE

Anyone up for playing a game in the classroom?

What’s wrong (and right) with having some scholastic fun? What do students gain, both cognitively and affectively, from role-playing simulations? Do games and related activities stimulate student motivation to learn? Those are some the questions a small group of faculty … Continue reading

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Embracing the 4th “R” in the Classroom – Rubrics Rule for a Reason

It seems the rubrics have been all the rage over the past few years, and here at SMU it is no different. While many instructors have found success for their students and themselves using rubrics in their courses, others are … Continue reading

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SMU Professor Publishes on Teaching with Technology

Last year, CTE launched its first Faculty Learning Communities, including one whose members spent 2012-13 investigating effective ways to use technology in and out of the classroom.  Professor Paul Krueger, from Lyle’s department of mechanical engineering, was one of the … Continue reading

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Tech Tapas: A Dozen Ways to Teach with Technology

It’s a longstanding tradition at SMU to start the school year with the Teaching Effectiveness Symposium. TES offers both returning colleagues and new faculty a forum to celebrate good teaching, share ways to improve it, and greet colleagues from other … Continue reading

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Faculty Play Dates

Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of learning and work occurring in Faculty Learning Communities. But, like preschool play groups, FLCs also provide a safe and structured environment focused on a shared interest, for learning, interaction, and enjoyment among … Continue reading

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Why the University is Still Relevant in the Age of Wikipedia

Last Friday’s excellent symposium, “Higher-Ed in the Crosshairs,” examined some of the most relevant issues facing our community.  What is the value of a university education?  How does the university confront changes in technology and the demands of an evolving … Continue reading

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Cheaper! Faster! Better?

In the wake of the nation’s financial hard times, calls for accountability and affordability permeated most industries, including higher education. The buzz hit academia on several fronts, especially in the area of bang-for-the-buck. Political and societal trends toward viewing university … Continue reading

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Follow CTE on Twitter

CTE has a blog, so could tweeting be far behind?  We think of it as one more way to help you keep up with the latest news in higher education, research on teaching & learning, and CTE’s programs and services.  … Continue reading

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Better Research Assignments

While planning our spring semester courses, many of us may be looking for new ways to teach students both content knowledge and research skills. Get a good start with the resources on CTE’s Designing Research Assignments page.  In addition, personal help is … Continue reading

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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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