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Joe Murphy

An elephant in the room: how we set ourselves up to be bad at mentoring - 0 views

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    Powerful stuff about negotiating the power dynamics inherent in mentoring relationships. Primarily about students, but there's a lot here which would apply to mentoring relationships with colleagues as well.
Joe Murphy

Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies - 1 views

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    Fascinating, challenging episode of this podcast looking at the way writing assessment can replicate systems of white supremacy. The "labor-based grading" process sounds like an interesting way to get students to be reflective about their work.
Joe Murphy

The Benefits of Longhand Notetaking Versus Slide Annotations - 1 views

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    Good review of a study, and a strong theoretical explanation for the benefits of longhand notetaking. Do check out the caveat at the end about the need to teach notetaking skills.
Joe Murphy

How One Teaching Expert Activates Students' Curiosity - 1 views

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    Kimberly Van Orman uses "naïve tasks" to get students to make predictions based without advanced subject knowledge, creating a chance to reflect on their reasoning and spark curiosity.
Joe Murphy

What to Do About Those Negative Comments on Course Evaluations - 1 views

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    Smart tips, including some in the comments.
Joe Murphy

Grit 2.0: A Review with Strategies to Deal with Disappointment, Rejection, and Failure - 1 views

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    Good review of the literature around the concept of "grit." Most of this literature focuses on students and I'm intrigued to see the call that we have to look closer at grit in the faculty life cycle too, with its ongoing opportunities for negative feedback.
Joe Murphy

Addressing STEM Culture and Climate to Increase Diversity in STEM Disciplines - Higher ... - 1 views

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    This article is very consonant with the work being done to support inclusive excellence in Kenyon's natural sciences division.
Joe Murphy

A New Research Center for the Study of Failure - 1 views

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    "Students who didn't learn about the scientists' struggles were more likely to say that those scientists had innate talent and aptitude which separated them from everyone else." Do you draw attention to the processes of discovery and creativity in your course content, including setbacks?
Joe Murphy

Activities that Promote Awareness of What Constitutes Cheating - 1 views

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    Now is the right time to engage students in discussion about what is and isn't cheating. Stress and bad scheduling can lead some students to make wrong choices at the end of the semester; a reminder about some of these "grey area" issues might save a lot of heartache later.
Joe Murphy

Diversity in the Heartland - 1 views

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    Ric Sheffield discusses past and future projects to engage students in learning about racial and ethnic diversity in Knox County, Ohio on the GLCA/GLAA Consortium for Teaching and Learning website.
Joe Murphy

Student Preparedness Incorporated into the Course Design - 1 views

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    Lynn Gillette uses a definitional grading system to prioritize meaningful preparation for class. His Class Preparation Assignments (don't call them homework!) help students learn to read disciplinary material, serve as a structure for better note taking, and allow for more discussion and active learning in his classes.
Joe Murphy

Representing Your Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Recommendations for Helping Col... - 1 views

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    Tips on effectively framing your scholarly work on teaching and learning as scholarship and not just "extra-good" teaching.
Joe Murphy

10 Key Points About Active Learning - 1 views

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    Cathy N. Davidson lists the things she wishes she'd known when she started over a decade of commitment to active learning methods.
Joe Murphy

Helping Quiet Students Find Their Voices - 2 views

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    This professor uses an online forum to give students who are uncomfortable speaking in class a space where they can contribute their thoughts. Students report that it's useful and the professor reports that all students who used the forum did eventually speak in class. (It occurs to me that Moodle's "anonymous" and group-based forum options might help mitigate some of the social pressures.)
Joe Murphy

Positive Reinforcement - 1 views

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    "When the same source always sends bad news, or phrases messages only in the imperative case, it becomes tempting to tune it out." How do your course or departmental emails measure against that standard?
Joe Murphy

'What Is Your Position on Citation?' - 1 views

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    Good thoughts on how we teach students to think about writing rules, beyond just following them. "What begins as a technicality can end up going pretty deep into the very nature of the writer's task."
Joe Murphy

"Everybody with Me?" and Other Not-so-useful Questions - 1 views

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    I've noticed this as a weak spot in my own workshops. Small assessment exercises can give a lot more clarity than a roomful of blank stares (or worse, one right answer).
Joe Murphy

Creating Work-Life Balance: Using Personal Reflection to Guide Personal and Professiona... - 1 views

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    If you're feeling a little burned out as we head into spring break, maybe take some of that time for self-reflection and goal-setting.
Joe Murphy

What You Need to Know About Digital Age Eye Care and Why - 1 views

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    Is your grading literally giving you a headache? Pay attention to these basic tips for eye health (and remember them for computer-intense classes as well).
Joe Murphy

Bloom's Taxonomy Periodic Table - 0 views

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    This is an amusing visualization of the connection between Bloom's taxonomy and cognitive and classroom activities. I like the way it addresses complexity without the strict hierarchy of the more common pyramid visualization.
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