Category Archives: Learning Communities

Does sex matter?

From the Journal of Higher Education (Nov./Dec. 2013), here’s the abstract: We conducted an observational study to examine the effect of student and professor gender on college classroom participation and faculty-student interactions. A main effect for professor gender emerged, with … Continue reading

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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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Reading Fiction

There is a piece in the Dec. 9 Chronicle (“Why Fiction Does It Better”) that argues that fiction develops readers’ capacity for “sociocognitive complexity”: Cognitive scientists and literary theorists have plenty to say on this subject. Cognitive science connects the … 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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Teaching critical thinking: how, when, where.

Interesting post from the Scientific American‘s blog. Here’s an excerpt: A democracy relies on an electorate of critical thinkers. Yet formal education, which is driven by test taking, is increasingly failing to require students to ask the kind of questions that … 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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Faculty Learning Communities Off to a Great Start

This year SMU introduced a new kind of support for teaching excellence, the Faculty Learning Community.  These small interdisciplinary groups focus on a topic, study it together, and use their findings to enhance their own  classes.  In addition, the group … Continue reading

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