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How Colleges Are Turning Their Racist Pasts Into Teaching Opportunities  

In keeping John C. Calhoun’s name on a college, Yale University says it welcomes the chance to teach American history. Here’s how that has worked out on three other campuses.

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Dissecting One (Extremely Boring) College Lecture  

Three teaching experts offer color commentary on a classroom scene, and discuss the pros and cons of this enduring teaching format.

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What One Student Learned by Teaching His Peers  

Peer teaching is popular — and effective. A "learning assistant" in math at Florida International University says it even helped make him a better student.

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Why Do Colleges Still Use Grades?  

Pretty much everybody agrees that grades are not an effective measure of learning. So what are they good for, and what might be better?

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UNC Gives Professors a Way to Rate Classroom Technologies Across Campuses  

The new online-technologies commons will help faculty members find tools to use in their classrooms, and yield insights on which lead to positive student outcomes.

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Time to Take Off Your Disciplinary Blinders

Winter break is the perfect time to see what you can learn about teaching from other fields.

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Let It Breathe

How I stopped "over-efforting" in my teaching and learned to let both myself and my students breathe.

 

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When a 'Call to Action' Called My Classroom Out

As a professor at Claremont McKenna College, I was grateful when student activists sent faculty members a list of campus microaggressions and acts of bias. Then I learned that my course was on that list.

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Can the Student Course Evaluation Be Redeemed?  

Amid mounting critiques of the surveys’ reliability and validity, a nonprofit group in Kansas has crafted an alternative.

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For Students, Expectations About Academic Rigor Are Far From Universal

About half of all freshmen say their courses pushed them to do their best work, according to this year’s National Survey of Student Engagement.

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How 4 Missouri Professors Are Teaching About a Free-Speech Furor

A professor drew widespread scorn for trying to block reporters from covering the unrest that recently gripped the campus. Some faculty members are raising the incident in their classrooms.

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To Stop Exam Cheats, Economists Say, Try Assigning Seats

An algorithm to tease out evidence of copying among students uncovered a correlation between shared answers and chosen deskmates.

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As Campus Gun Violence Increases, So Do Professors' Fears

Gallows humor masks feelings of helplessness and anger as faculty members speculate on the grim probability of more classroom shootings.

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How a Law Seminar Inspired a Student to Bring a Case to Europe’s Top Court

A landmark privacy-rights decision resulted from a Facebook representative's visit to a law-school classroom at Santa Clara University. A professor there describes what happened.

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Should a Syllabus Ever Tell Students What Not to Say?  

A handful of instructors have recently drawn fire for issuing guidelines on the use of certain words. The debate is a critical one, scholars say.

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Faculty Members See Promise in Unified Way to Measure Student Learning  

The findings of a nine-state study will help policy makers and colleges compare academic quality across institutions, say researchers.

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The Unwritten Rules of College  

To help students learn, one university tries to make teaching transparent.

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U. of Georgia Bets $4.4 Million That Small Classes Can Bolster Learning  

The university will hire more teaching-focused faculty members and cut enrollments in hundreds of courses.

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These Videos Could Change How You Think About Teaching

Michael Wesch believes that college teaching should transform the learner. He’s sharing that philosophy through short videos on his new website, My Teaching Notebook.

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A Year of Racial Tumult Brings Potent Lessons — and Risks — to the Classroom

Scholars of race have seized on social movements like #BlackLivesMatter to enliven their courses. But their efforts have taken a personal toll.