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7 Characteristics of Good Learners

Over at the Teaching Professor blog, Maryellen Weimer has come up with a list of seven characteristics of good learners.  We might all salivate at the idea of students like this: Good learners are curious Good learners pursue understanding diligently … 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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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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Death to the Credit Hour?

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching created the credit hour in the early 1900s as part of a pension system for university faculty.  It has evolved into a universal measurement of the credit students receive for the classes … 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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