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Student Voice and Choice Matter

One way instructors can build a positive environment and encourage students to take more responsibility for their learning is to give them greater control, such as seeking more input from them or allowing them to choose how they will be … Continue reading

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Crafting a Learner-Centered Syllabus

In self-report surveys, students indicate they consult syllabi fairly regularly (Calhoon & Becker, 2008)1.  Yet professors’ exasperated refrain “It’s on the syllabus!” has become so clichéd, it has been turned into a whole host of memes and paraphernalia. Why do … Continue reading

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Feedback Fast!

UPDATE 4/13/2016: Unfortunately, Feedback Fast is no longer available in the U.S. app store. Have you ever given a speech, perhaps a conference presentation or sales pitch, and desperately wished you knew what the audience was thinking? The FREE app … Continue reading

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Extinguishing Excuses with Empathy

I confess:  There are days when I want to thump my students with a shoe. Why, you might ask?  Excuses, that’s why. I can’t tell you how many times my students have blamed the library printers or the campus wireless … Continue reading

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Choose Your Own Adventure: Student-Directed Learning

“Wait, you mean we get to choose what we want to do?” “Yes.” “Like we have options?” “Yep.” “So we get to pick our projects?” “Uh huh.” “Cool.” I love students’ reactions when I announce they will be able to … Continue reading

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