Faculty Focus

HIGHER ED TEACHING STRATEGIES FROM MAGNA PUBLICATIONS

Teaching and Learning

Students collaborate in library and read over one another's papers

What! No Textbook?

The approach to course reading described here is not the result of some altruistic action to save students money on textbooks. Nor was it a

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Students and teachers overlook computer and teach one another

Whose Classroom is It Anyway?

Most would agree the classroom is a place for discourse, reflection, and learning. But, whose class is it?  Who’s doing the learning—the teacher or the

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student with pile of books

Literacy Levels Among College Students

When I confront “problems of practice” in my teaching, I like to turn to my smart friends for advice. About a year ago, I was really confounded by my students’ trouble with reading for deep understanding. While I could see that the students were completing assigned readings, they weren’t always able to process the information deeply to analyze the concepts or apply the content to new situations. Since I don’t have much experience teaching reading, I turned to my colleague, Dr. Jennifer Shettel. Jen is a literacy professor and has run several tremendously successful close-reading workshops in our area. I figured she could give some advice. Our conversations prompted some pedagogical experimentation with different literacy-based strategies which Jen and I will be sharing in a preconference workshop at The Teaching Professor Conference this June.

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