Articles: Teaching & Learning

06/2014
Richard Baraniuk talked about how free, digital textbooks are created in his open keynote at UBTech. (Photo: David Bergeland)

UBTech open keynote speaker Richard Baraniuk, of Rice University, talked to a full house about an initiative to create a library of free, high-quality textbooks for college courses and how that can impact the debt crisis facing students.

06/2014

English: 399-101: Trauma Narratives

Shenandoah University (Va.)

Taught by Michelle Brown, assistant professor of English in world literatures

06/2014
Several universities, spurred by student groups, are considering adding trigger warnings to course material that some students may find disturbing.

We’ve all seen the familiar warning preceding TV shows: “The following program contains material that may be disturbing.Viewer discretion is advised.” Online, the term “trigger warning” is a common notation on women’s blogs and forums to alert readers, particularly victims of sexual abuse, of con

05/2014

A Beginner’s Guide to World Domination

Alfred University (N.Y.)

05/2014
Small schools led in SIS purchases, but mid-tier schools were more active in 2013.

A potentially positive higher ed economic indicator is that more institutions purchased student information systems in 2013 than had done so in any year since 2008, according to a recent market analysis by The Tambellini Group.

04/2014

In March, Excelsior College launched its new Online Writing Lab or OWL , a comprehensive, media-rich, open-source resource designed for students making the transition to college-level writing.

04/2014
Online labs require fewer instructors, and can even be taught by teacher assistants. (Photo: eScience Labs)

Budget crunches and crowded courses are two reasons online science labs are becoming more popular in higher ed. Some online labs require little or no equipment, and take up no space on campus.

04/2014
Online labs, such as this one designed by Late Nite Labs, are allowing remote students across higher ed to perform experiments with virtual equipment, materials and chemicals.

Students learning to investigate aircraft accidents can sift through the debris of simulated crashes on eight acres of land at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s campus in Prescott, Ariz.

04/2014
Brad Marcum, the Director of Academic Data Services at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

The healthcare industry is in flux. As more Americans acquire insurance, providers are moving towards an integrated care model with doctors, nurses and social workers, working in coordinated teams. “Traditionally, all the different professionals in healthcare have been stuck in their own silos.

04/2014
Rob Peregoodoff, director of learning services at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business

The blended classroom is no longer the exception, with the majority of universities integrating online learning into nearly every department. Despite the whirlwind innovations in online pedagogy, there has been a much slower race to online assessment.

03/2014
A bookstore renovation gave officials the chance to reimagine how  technical support is provided to students and make changes for the better.

Tech support is rarely fun—even, apparently, if it’s a lot closer than an overseas call center.

03/2014

REL 397D: From Revelation to “The Walking Dead”: Apocalypse Then and Now

Central Michigan University

Taught by Kelly Murphy, a philosophy and religion faculty member

03/2014
Alison Bechdel's graphic novel, "Fun Home," was assigned at The College of Charleston.

Two South Carolina public institutions are at risk of losing nearly $70,000 in state funding after books with LGBT themes were assigned to freshmen last fall.

03/2014
Ed Rock, Senior Advisor to the President and Provost, and Director of Open Course Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania Law School

University of Pennsylvania was one of Coursera’s first four partners, having started its open course initiative in April 2012. Today, it offers 25 courses from 10 of its 12 schools, and has logged 1.9 million enrollments.

03/2014
Brian Klaas, senior web systems designer at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Brian Klaas, senior web systems designer at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, knows successfully flipping a classroom requires a custom process for each instructor.

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