Online students don’t have to work solo

Group work has long been a source of friction between students and instructors. At their worst, team projects force high-achieving students to compensate for those less willing to put in effort. At their best, they foster productive collaboration and idea sharing among future professionals. Online courses add another layer of considerations for instructors. Students might…

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It matters a lot who teaches introductory courses. Here’s why.

Introductory courses can open doors for students, helping them not only discover a love for a subject area that can blossom into their major but also feel more connected to their campus. But on many campuses, teaching introductory courses typically falls to less-experienced instructors. Sometimes the task is assigned to instructors whose very connection to…

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Why aren’t tech-enhanced learning strategies more widely used?

Higher education institutions continue to invest a considerable amount of time and money in technology-enhanced learning strategies. Yet, despite multimillion-dollar commitments to edtech implementations, many of these resources remain underutilized (or, in some cases, not used at all). New research findings from Lauren Herckis and Joel Smith of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) may shed some…

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