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Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators

E-Learning continues to be a growing trend, and many of us are grappling with effective implementation. If you would like to know more about accessibility and online education, an upcoming MOOC may be helpful. Here’s how the sponsor explains it: … Continue reading

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Welcome Back!

A message from CTE Director, Michael Harris: Whether this is your first year or your twentieth, the start of the fall semester is always an exciting time on campus.  I’ve always felt that a university campus is an ecosystem that … Continue reading

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Can We Increase Intrinsic Motivation in Our Students?

I don’t think anyone would argue with the assertion that as instructors, we want our students to be successful.  This doesn’t mean that we’re going to make our classes easy or pass folks who haven’t earned it.  However, one thing … Continue reading

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Just a great story about a teacher and a student

I guess this is the time of year when I am looking for a little inspiration. Writing exams is fun; grading them is not. This is when, as a former colleague once said, you want to call the Provost and … Continue reading

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Humor in Teaching

We’ve recently added a lot of seriousness to the offices of teaching, from the too-high cost of a degree to the desire to produce specific results (jobs, right?) that are not really promise-able in any environment. But humor is an … Continue reading

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Simple Classroom Cues to Help With Student Motivation

Within the SMU CTE, we have been discussing a number of issues relating to motivating the students that we all have the privilege to teach. Although many of us assume that the subject matter itself should be interesting to and … Continue reading

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Documenting Kindness

Here’s a happy thought for the start of a new semester:  academic life can be characterized by kindness rather than snarkiness.  Thanks to Mark Chancey‘s Facebook post, I read a recent article that highlights a project created by a professor … 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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Going Text-less on Power Point

As a professor of Latin American literature and culture, the use of audio-visual material has been a very effective tool in my classes. So far, I have preferred a low-tech approach to teaching, occasionally playing a short scene from a … Continue reading

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“Something honorable to do with the rest of the day . . . “

From a blogpost over at The New York Review of Books: Seamus Heaney used to say that the poetry-writing hours of a poet’s day were the easy part; it was what to do with the rest of the day that … Continue reading

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