Free eBook: Resources for Teaching In Higher Education

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Routledge publishing is giving away a free ebook called Resources for Teaching in Higher Education.  It contains a collection of chapter from some of their leading books in this field.  The chapters included are:

  • Erika Falk, Putting Together the Syllabus from Becoming a New Instructor: A Guide for College Adjuncts and Graduate Students
  • Susan Fiksdal, Moving from Lectures to Seminars from A Guide to Teaching Effective Seminars: Conversation, Identity, and Power
  • Kimberly M. Williams, Using Assessment Data As Research Evidence to Improve Teaching and Learning from Doing Research to Improve Teaching and Learning: A Guide for College and University Faculty
  • Brian Van Brunt and W. Scott Lewis, How to Handle An Emergency from A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior
  • Marybeth Gasman, Using Social Media to Promote Scholarship: Amplify, Magnify, Clarify from Academics Going Public: How to Write and Speak Beyond Academe
  • Susan Ko and Steve Rossen, Building An Online Classroom from Teaching Online: A Practical Guide
  • Darla J. Twale, Conferencing and Publishing, from A Faculty Guide for Succeeding In Academe.

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Webinar: Flipping the Classroom and Other Techniques to Improve Teaching

Inside Higher Ed has a new webinar coming on December 7, 2017.

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“Flipping the classroom” is an idea that has arrived in full force in higher education, and is part of broader movements as well. The basic idea is to move away from using class time for lecturing, and to instead provide that information in video form so students can review it ahead of time. This makes it possible to use class time engaged in truly active learning.

And of course there are many other ways to promote active learning in the classroom. These days even research universities not historically known to focus on teaching are pushing new efforts to promote active learning – and these efforts appear to be working.

This webcast will explore some of the many ways colleges are promoting flipped classrooms and other innovations in teaching.

​Join Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman for a lively discussion on these topics Thursday, December 7 at 2:00 PM ET.


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Inclusion By Design: A Tool for Faculty

After the 2013 Professional and Organizational Development Network (POD Network) Conference, three professors got together to create a tool to assist faculty with addressing inclusion in their courses.   They “were driven by a lack of available resources that provide a practical approach to digging deep into the nuances of one’s course.”   Inclusion By Design is the outcome of this collaborative effort.

In looking back at their work they authors said:

We spent a few years of designing and wrestling with what to call our creation (tool, audit, survey?) and eventually decided that it simply was a ‘tool’ to explore inclusion in one’s syllabus and course design. In our ongoing research, deliberations, and presentations of this tool at national conferences, three areas of intentional exploration emerged: inclusion and course context; text; and subtext. The complete tool is rather lengthy and exhaustive, rooted in theory and research on inclusion, multicultural education, universal design, implicit/unconscious bias, and the hidden curriculum

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Seven Things to Do to Promote Academic Integrity

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Here are six things you can do to promote academic integrity in you classroom (online or face-to-face).

  1. You should be clear about your expectations and rules for all assignments and tests.
  2. You should model integrity for your students by citing your sources, starting and ending class on time, etc.
  3. You should change your exams and assignments regularly.
  4. You should leverage your institutions policies and procedures to reduce cheating.
  5. You should limit the temptations to cheat on exams and quizzes  by lowering the stakes.
  6. You should reconsider take-home assignments to assure they are measuring what you expect them to measure.
  7. You should incorporating academic integrity into your courses and consider it one of your most important subject matters.

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Drone Equipment I am Using

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I have been getting a number of questions about the equipment I am using for my video podcasts.  I am using a 3DR Solo Drone with a GoPro 3+ camera.  I also use a Canon 50D with a 17-70 or 70 to 200 lens.

3DR Solo Drone:
3DR Solo Bag:
GoProHero 3+:
Canon 50D:
Lens Hood:
JOBY Action Clamp & Gorilla Pod Arm:
Amazon Basics Carrying Case for GoPro:
Amazon Basics Universal Travel Small Electronics:
BESTEK Power Inverter:



NYT: The Biggest Misconception About Today’s College Students

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The New York Times had an opinion piece by Gail O. Mellow, President of LaGuardia Community College, on Monday that dealt with the reality of higher education and misconceptions about typical college students.

The overall focus of the piece is the need for more funding in higher education, especially for community colleges.  Mellow begins, “You might think the typical college student lives in a state of bliss, spending each day moving among classes, parties and extracurricular activities. But the reality is that an increasingly small population of undergraduates enjoys that kind of life.” Continue reading “NYT: The Biggest Misconception About Today’s College Students”

Webinar – Back to School: Putting Lessons Learned From ISTE Into Practice

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Tech & Learning is offering a free webinar – Back to School: Putting Lessons Learned from ISTE Into Practice.  While this is focused on K-12 classrooms, the discussion will be similar to what is going on in many higher education classrooms.  The webinar is free and will be held on Tuesday, August 29th @ 2:00 PM EST. Continue reading “Webinar – Back to School: Putting Lessons Learned From ISTE Into Practice”