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News Archive for 2014


September 17, 2014

By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog

There’s an excellent article on grading in a recent issue of Cell Biology Education-Life Sciences Education. It offers a brief history of grading (it hasn’t been around for all that long), and then looks to the literature for answers...

September 10, 2014

By Oliver Dreon, PhD

A few weeks ago, a colleague emailed me about some trouble she was having with her first attempt at blended instruction. She had created some videos to pre-teach a concept, incorporated some active learning strategies into her face-to-face class to build on the video, and assigned...

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
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
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...

January 23, 2014
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