Category Archives: Teaching Methods

Team Work

“Team work. Team work. Team work.”  “Students need to know how to work in teams.”  “Working with other people of a diverse background is as important as knowing your discipline.” “I’ve never fired an engineer for incompetence; I’ve only fired … Continue reading

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I Will Read One Book This Year

In one survey, only 8% of higher ed faculty reported taking “any account of research on teaching and learning” in preparing their classes.  So one blogger has decided to try to do something about it.  He’s launching a campaign:  “I … Continue reading

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Low Tech Ways to Make Students Reflective Learners

Studies show that students learn more, and are more likely to become self-motivated learners, if they are made explicitly aware of their learning.  A recent post in Faculty Focus reports on a study of a set of four prompts designed … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Teaching: Interact with the World

One of the things we at CTE like to do in our blog is spotlight great examples of teaching at SMU.  Today’s Dallas Morning News features Cox’s Judy Foxman and her BBA Honors Marketing Practicum class.  Students in this class … Continue reading

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Of Smooth Delivery, Teaching to the Test, and Student Evaluations

This month brought news of two studies that question the correlation between student evaluations of their teachers and student learning. One tested whether the “fluency” of a teacher’s delivery would impact student perceptions or student learning.  The Chronicle describes these … Continue reading

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Wikipedia Correction as Class Project

A significant body of research shows that students are more motivated, and do a better job researching and writing, if they do it for an “authentic audience.” As Derek Bruff, the  Director of Vanderbilt Center for Teaching explains: Sharing student … Continue reading

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Motivation and Meaning

The Maguire Center has for many years sponsored the Conference on the Professions: an event bringing together legal, theological, and medical professionals to discuss important issues of the day.  Their keynote speaker this year was behavioral economist/psychologist Dan Ariely, known … Continue reading

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Teaching and Tenure

As the high cost of university education has come under scrutiny in our fragile economic climate, significant attention has been devoted to the value of tenure. In my small corner of academia, the American Bar Association—the accrediting body for law … Continue reading

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Do I need to make classroom attendance more important?

In a previous blog posting, I outlined my use of a tablet PC in the classroom. One of the ways I use the tablet is to screencast my lecture, recording both the visual output (my notes and PowerPoint) and my … Continue reading

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Moving Beyond Text

One of my friends on the national teaching-center scene is Chris Clark, the Assistant Director and Learning Technology Lab Coordinator for the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at Notre Dame.  Chris is also the author of the really helpful … Continue reading

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