Tag Archives: Faculty Focus

Rethinking Assessment Practices

With the new semester beginning, many of us are thinking about how we will assess our students’ progress over the next 14 weeks. What information will we include on our midterms and final exams? What types of assignments and projects … Continue reading

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Group Work Activities to Engage Students

Collaboration helps to develop many of the key “soft skills” that students require for their future success. As Lynne N. Kennette and Wes Hanzuk note in this Faculty Focus article, these skills can be developed by students engaging in group … Continue reading

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How Do Students Learn from Participation in Class Discussion?

An interesting article from Faculty Focus on what students learn from class discussions.  Read to the end for specific strategies  to help students get the most out of class discussions. “Class Discussion” by Earlham College is licensed under CC BY 2.0 … Continue reading

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Teaching Critical Thinking: Some Practical Points

In a recent Faculty Focus article, Linda B. Nilson discusses strategies to help students develop critical thinking skills. She lists a number of open-ended questions and teaching methods that instructors can use to encourage students to question, analyze and assess course content and their … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Teach Students to Be Learning Centered, Too

As instructors, we put a lot of time and effort into ensuring our courses, lessons and assignments are learning-centred. But what about our students? How much do they think about and take charge of their own learning? Do they even … Continue reading

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Six Ways to Improve Your Department’s Teaching Climate

As instructors, teaching is our priority. When instructors want to contribute to the “good teaching” climate within a department, we may not know just how to go about it. Maryellen Weimer offers some actions that can advance the teaching and … Continue reading

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Quick Links to Keep Current

Information overload exists now more than ever. Below are a selection of quick links for the times when you want to get to your favourite read with that morning coffee or a colleague mentioned an article from … Academica Top … Continue reading

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Advice for New Instructors

Overcoming the Impostor Syndrome: Advice for New Faculty An online article that most instructors can relate to, even if some have to think back some years. Worth a read. http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-careers/overcoming-imposter-syndrome-advice-new-faculty/ How to Survive Your First Year of Teaching A free … Continue reading

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