4 ways to fine-tune academic innovation in higher ed

Getting faculty to try out new technologies can be a challenge. And while many universities have established programs to foster digital innovation campuswide, their efforts are constantly evolving with new developments in teaching and learning and changing mindsets around learning analytics, learning design and more. From internal grant programs to forming communities of practice, here…

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What happens in the classroom no longer stays in the classroom. What does that mean for teaching?

Professors have long complained about RateMyProfessors.com. The website — on which anyone can review an instructor for the entire internet to see — seems to take all the problems of colleges’ official student course evaluations and combine them with all the problems of sites like Yelp. In particular: Its chili-pepper rating, which commenters could use to indicate that a professor was…

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3 strategies for overcoming faculty resistance to active learning techniques

Getting faculty on board with active learning is key to improving student outcomes; as such, incorporating these learning strategies requires buy-in from both instructors and students. Although active learning is any instructional method that engages students, it actually goes beyond engagement and requires students to perform meaningful learning activities and think about what they are…

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Setting the table: Responsible use of student data in higher education

Virtually all college and university instructors now share their teaching duties with providers of digital services. Learning management systems convey assignments, online forums scaffold discussions, AI-based tutors customize lessons, and myriad calling and conference platforms simulate face-to-face interaction across great distances. All of these services leave digital traces of instructional effectiveness, learning, and user preferences—information…

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