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News Archive for 2014


April 21, 2014

By Maryellen Weimer, PhD

The March 12, 2014 post raised issues about those students who really don't want to work with others in groups ... "lone wolves" as they're called in the literature. Your responses raised a number of issues. I thought it might be worth exploring some of them...

April 21, 2014

By: Rocky Dailey, EdD in Teaching and Learning

As a college student, I was rarely the first to raise my hand or respond to a question posed during class. I was shy by nature and always felt like I had little to offer. There were times, however,...

April 7, 2014

By: Heather Jones in Teaching and Learning

Most students in my developmental writing classes claim they “hate” writing. It’s a familiar refrain. But, it is less about “hate” and more about a lack of preparation in the subject area. They do not have sufficient experience with the...

March 24, 2014

By Maryellen Weimer, PhD

Chemistry professor Steven M. Wright has written a one-page essay about his niece, Julia, learning how to downhill ski. She was ready for her first ride on the chairlift and Wright was helping her. He's a professor so he covered the topic in a well-organized, easy-to-understand...

March 24, 2014

Daydreaming or Deep in Thought? Using Formative Assessment to Evaluate Student Participation

By: Carolyn Ives in Effective Teaching Strategies

Many instructors will argue that student participation in class is important. But what’s the difference between participation and engagement? What does good participation or engagement look like?...

March 18, 2014

By Steven A. Meyers, PhD

Do you ever wonder whether your students care about your course material? Do you question whether your students appreciate how the information you address in class is relevant to them? Do you feel like there is often a mismatch between your intentions for your class...

March 18, 2014

By: Patty H. Phelps, EdD in Faculty Development

The longer I teach, the more I see teaching as a highly creative endeavor. Initially, a more mechanical view prevailed for me. In my earlier years as a teacher, I undertook a more formula-like approach by following a behaviorist...

March 4, 2014
Discussion Made a Difference in Student Learning

By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching and Learning

The evidence that students benefit when they talk about course content keeps mounting. In the study highlighted below, students in two sections of an introductory zoology course were learning about the physiological mechanisms of RU-486...

March 4, 2014

Seven Characteristics of Good Learners

By Maryellen Weimer, PhD

I've seen lots of lists that identify the characteristics of good teachers. They're great reminders of what we should aspire to be as teachers. I haven't seen many corresponding lists that identify the characteristics of good learners. I decided to put...

February 27, 2014

There are many ways to provide feedback to students in an online course.  When selecting the type and frequency of feedback, consider what the students want and how they will benefit from it without creating an unreasonable amount of work for yourself.  In an interview with Online Classroom, Rosemary Cleveland,...

February 27, 2014
Four Student Misconceptions about Learning

By Maryellen Weimer, PhD

"Efficient and effective learning starts with a proper mindset," Stephen Chew writes in his short, readable, and very useful chapter, "Helping Students to Get the Most Out of Studying." Chew continues, pointing out what most of us know firsthand, students harbor...

February 25, 2014

Three Strategies for Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences

As an experienced online educator, I am confident that my students are not only learning but also excelling. Through our classroom activities and interactions, they are simultaneously mastering content and developing higher-order thinking strategies. Yet I am plagued with concerns that this...

February 25, 2014
10 Assessment Design Tips for Increasing Online Student Retention, Satisfaction, and Learning

How much time do we put into the design of the assessment plans in our online courses? Is most of that time focused upon summative graded assignments that factor into the course grade? Or, do they also include...

February 10, 2014

 The APU Director of the Los Angeles Regional Center, Dr. Donald Brown, spoke at a recent Office of Diversity Intercultural Speaker Series luncheon. His presentation was entitled, Reflections on Strategies Aimed at Assisting AHANA students (African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) to Persist and Graduate from Predominately White Colleges...

January 29, 2014

 Alvin Sanders, Ph.D. (Thursday, March 27, 2014)

 Dr. Sanders has a passion for developing Christian organizational leaders to serve a non-white majority, multi-ethnic, America. Author of Bridging the Diversity Gap, he speaks on and consults with Christian organizations concerning issues of community impact and strategic diversity planning. ...

January 23, 2014

Damon A. Williams, Ph.D. (Wednesday, March 26, 2014)

 

Dr. Williams has authored or co-authored numerous books, monographs, and articles. He is widely considered one of the nation’s most dynamic and innovative leaders earning him the 2013 National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) Inclusive Excellence Award...

January 23, 2014

Mary Poplin, Ph.D. (Thursday, March 27, 2014)

Dr. Mary Poplin is a professor at Claremont Graduate University in the field of Education.  She developed the CGU Teacher Education program from 1985-1995 increasing the candidates from 25 to 100 and the percentage of students of color from 6% to...

January 23, 2014