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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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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Class Size Matters

Ideas vary as to what constitutes large classes. Some people say it’s the 200-person chemistry class or the 400-person nutrition class at a major research university. At a smaller liberal arts college, a 35- to 40-person psychology class may seem big, whereas at many higher education institutions, that is just an average size. When a…

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Research Project Explores Impact of Higher Ed Podcasts

A growing number of higher education faculty and students are actively listening to and learning from podcasts, according to a group of researchers behind the Higher Ed Podcast Project. The project is openly curating a list of audio and video podcasts, calling on the higher education community to add to their list (in Google Docs). Podcast titles include Higher…

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