Category Archives: Teaching and Learning Topics

CTL Newsletter: January 16, 2018

What’s the Big IDEA? On January 8, we held our first annual student ratings of instruction party. What a nice way to spend a snowy day! Drew Dunham shared some great IDEA tricks for tracking numbers and interpreting student feedback. We learned … Continue reading

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CTL Newsletter: December 4, 2017

Teaching Reflection: Expert Eyes and Outside Ears “I’ve been a surgeon for eight years,” writes Atul Gawande. “For the past couple of them, my performance in the operating room has reached a plateau. I’d like to think it’s a good thing–I’ve … Continue reading

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CTL Newsletter: February 9, 2016

Teaching Reflections: Chaotic College Not that kind of chaos. There’s a reflection in that, I’m sure–but it’ll have to wait, perhaps until my in-progress teaching autobiography is inflicted on the world. We talk a lot, in this line of work, about … Continue reading

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Andy Boyan uses student blogs as reflective learning tool

Communication Studies professor Andy Boyan requires all students in his media courses to maintain regular blogs, posting at least ten times per semester. Students can choose any topic related to the course content that interests them. For example, in his Environmental Communication class some students … Continue reading

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Nicolle Zellner replaces reports with video projects in astronomy

When physics professor Nicolle Zellner got tired of reading astronomy reports, she began to assign video projects instead. Video turns out to be a great medium for students to convey what they are learning about Galileo, Kepler, or the life cycle of … Continue reading

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