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Joe Murphy

'What Works' in the Messy Landscape of Teaching and Learning - 0 views

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    Good context for examining the ways that simplistic claims can hinder, rather than foster, evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning.
Joe Murphy

A Welcoming Classroom - 1 views

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    Universal design for learning ultimately saves labor, and benefits all learners in the class.

    "So if I take a little more time and effort to make my writing large, legible, and organized on the white board, I am going to help the student with visual impairments - but I'm also going to help everyone in the room take better notes on our discussion. If I take the time to create slides with a minimal amount of text or images - and then encourage students to take their own notes by filling in the examples and ideas from the lecture or discussion - I'm helping everyone push beyond simply copying down lecture notes and regurgitating the course content."
Joe Murphy

How to effectively co-teach with another academic - 1 views

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    4 great questions to ask when you consider team-teaching a course, with 4 great lessons drawn from the authors' experience.
Joe Murphy

Finding Inspiration Somewhere Besides in Best Practices - Teaching in Higher Ed - 0 views

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    I think dismissing "best practices" entirely is a bit extreme, but there are some good points about reflecting and adapting if a "best practice" isn't producing the outcome you want. What's really great in this article, though, is the way Bonnie Stachowiak talks about drawing inspiration from high profile exemplars for practices when can be authentic to her style.
Joe Murphy

How Do You Know When A Teaching Strategy Is Most Effective? John Hattie Has An Idea - 1 views

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    Terrific example of how research-based teaching practices can be given useful context with a theory of learning.
Joe Murphy

Simulations - bringing real world contexts into the classroom - 0 views

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    What happens when you move a simulated class activity into a more detailed simulation of a real-world situation? The linked guide to good practices for running simulations looks very useful for navigating that change.
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Eight Actions to Reduce Racism in College Classrooms - 0 views

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    A challenging list, but worth deep consideration. The reading list at the end might be good sources for future CIP book clubs.
Joe Murphy

Making Disability Part of the Conversation - 0 views

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    Provocative questions from Rick Godden and Anne-Marie Womack regarding recent studies about the benefits of paper-and-pen notetaking and resulting calls for screen bans in classrooms. "Are people with disabilities, then, doomed to substandard learning?"
Joe Murphy

Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class - 0 views

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    "In writing, as in learning, openings matter. Don't fritter them away." 4 ways you can use the opening of class to help students transition their attention into your course, from James Lang.
Joe Murphy

Study finds extent of key practices adopted at colleges and universities - 0 views

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    Interesting context as we look at expanding students' participation in the high-impact practices as part of the Kenyon 2020 plan.
Joe Murphy

Why You Should Add Self-Explanation Questions to Multiple-Choice Questions - 0 views

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    An interesting design suggestion for multiple-choice tests - after the student gives an answer, ask them to identify the core principle which makes it right.
Joe Murphy

Grading exams with integrity - 0 views

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    Lots of interesting ideas in this podcast episode for removing potential sources of unconscious bias from your grading.
Joe Murphy

Four behaviors I had to overcome to move forward in my career - 0 views

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    Good tips, not just for new faculty (though that's who the author is preparing to address), but really for anyone in a new job or life stage or just ready for a prompt to reflect on their teaching.
Joe Murphy

writing and routine - 0 views

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    Should you write early? Late? In short blocks or long ones? Maybe the most important thing is just that you have a routine. (But if you don't have one yet, might we suggest writing circles at the CIP?)
Joe Murphy

What the best college teachers do - Podcast with Ken Bain - 1 views

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    We're having a series of book club meetings (and a book club blog) on Ken Bain's book this summer. This interview is particularly interesting for the way Bain expands on his thinking since the book was published.
Joe Murphy

Giving a great presentation: some tips and advice - 0 views

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    Bryan Alexander has an excellent, extensive list of terrific tips for public speaking. I particularly like the way he breaks down the stages of preparation and giving a talk. Might be a useful tip sheet for students - or as we enter summer conference season!
Joe Murphy

11 Essentials for Excellent ePortfolios - 1 views

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    What are the benefits of having students compile a portfolio of their work, and what are the critical choices you make as a teacher in creating a portfolio requirement? This list of 11 key issues is a good place to start.
Joe Murphy

Five Effective Strategies for Mentoring Undergraduates: Students' Perspectives - 0 views

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    Much of the information about undergraduate research is written by professors for professors. This article gives the students a voice, as 5 students from the University of Central Florida give their insights on what practices made their research experiences worthwhile.
Joe Murphy

Mentoring Undergraduates: A Guide For Mentors - 1 views

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    A guide to mentoring undergraduate research from the University of Miami, including many concrete suggestions for habits and activities to develop. Also includes a lot of information specific to undergraduate research opportunities at Miami, which might spark conversations about scaffolding research experiences at Kenyon.
Joe Murphy

Responding to Student Writing/Writers - 2 views

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    Interesting review of a new book on writing pedagogy. The central message of the book appears to be one which I've heard many Kenyon faculty members discuss - deliver only a few critical messages to a student per writing exercise, based on their current stage of writing development. There's a much better chance that the student will take those one or two lessons to heart than if they're hidden in feedback which bleeds red ink.
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