Study links student cheating to whether a course is popular or disliked

Professors can employ plenty of best practices to reduce academic dishonesty among students. But those efforts might be doomed if students don’t like the course in the first place. According to new research by Eric Anderman, a professor of educational psychology at Ohio State University, whether a student likes or dislikes a class can disrupt…

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Using digital archives to teach data set creation and visualization design

Useful as digital archives have become for academics and historians, integrating these projects into college classrooms still poses significant challenges. Because electronic scholarship often concerns niche areas of study, its usefulness is usually reserved for those possessing a broad and not inconsiderable base of knowledge. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students alone tend to benefit from…

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Breaking Out of the M-W-F Routine

Despite the increased chatter about evidence-based teaching practices, traditional academic structures don’t really support them: the average lecture hall screams for, well, lectures. It’s also hard to start and finish a dynamic learning activity within a typical 50-minute class block. Seeking better ways to engage students and integrate its liberal arts and preprofessional missions, Coker…

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A Welcoming Classroom

In 1945 a disabled World War II veteran named Jack Fisher petitioned the city of Kalamazoo, Mich., to make cuts in the street curbs in order to allow him and other wheelchair users to navigate the city more easily. Fortunately for Fisher, the son of Kalamazoo’s city manager also used a wheelchair, and so Fisher’s…

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