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The Struggle of the Luddite Professor

Many instructors claim they are “not good with technology.” Typically, a lack of confidence is to blame, not a lack of competence. But the fear of incorporating new technology can be overcome! Read on for your Monday Mantra about embracing the uncertain. Continue reading

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Why You Should Flip Your Classroom

Empirical and anecdotal evidence demonstrates that the flipped classroom model can improve learning, attendance, engagement, and overall enjoyment. So what are you waiting for? Give it a try! Continue reading

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You Are More Than Your Course Evaluations

Student course evaluations are problematic for a multitude of reasons. Rather than waiting until the end of the semester to gather student feedback, implement these informal assessment methods throughout the semester. Continue reading

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Strategies for Drama-Free Group Projects

My classroom is a “no drama” zone.  I work hard to establish and maintain a peaceful, professional, and cooperative environment in my classes.  But there’s one element that tests my classroom management style: group projects! Effective collaboration is a foundational … 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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Prepare for the Unexpected

On Tuesday February 10th, my institution, the College of Charleston, experienced a safety and communication crisis when a bomb threat was made.  Classes in six buildings were officially cancelled and many faculty, staff, and students were prohibited from accessing their … Continue reading

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Easy Brainstorming and Voting with Tricider

There have been many times during my teaching career that I’ve wanted to gather my students’ input to make decisions.  Would they be amenable to a due date change on their upcoming paper?  What resolution would they like to research … Continue reading

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Is Your First Day of Class “Syllabus Day”?

At college campuses across the country, a new semester has begun, allowing us to once again begin anew.  Few professionals have the opportunity to start fresh every couple of months but professors, if they’re so inclined, can modify their classes … Continue reading

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Gifts for the Tech-Savvy Teacher

It’s that time of year — “Best Gifts List” season (try saying that ten times fast!).  This week I’ve noticed a lot of creative lists for niche audiences such as “The Best Science Gifts for the Coolest Geeks You Know” … Continue reading

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Impostor Guilt

Tomorrow will mark month two of my post-academic adventure as an instructional technologist.  I’ve been adjusting to a new schedule, new colleagues, new responsibilities, and overall different lifestyle.  I thought I was mentally prepared for the transition.  I wasn’t. In … Continue reading

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