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Contents contributed and discussions participated by Joe Murphy

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Yes, We Should Teach Character - 0 views

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    Interesting claim that the qualities of a "critical thinker" can be enumerated, taught, and practiced as "intellectual virtues."
Joe Murphy

Don't Skip a Step! Own Your Role as Moderator - 0 views

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    Remarkable suggestions here about the real potential benefits of being an active "moderator" for your panel and not just a time-keeper. The "take 3 questions before giving any answers" approach sounds particularly interesting.
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A Memo to Students on Cheating - 0 views

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    One of the interesting findings in the literature on academic honesty is that specific policies or processes appear less important than having a visible campus conversation about the value and purpose of being honest. This memo might be an interesting starting point for having that conversation with your students.
Joe Murphy

A professor explains why she offers extra credit in her classes - 1 views

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    I am not a fan of "extra credit" in general, but this faculty member has a compelling structure for it. I see three strengths: extra credit is available throughout the semester, not just at the end; it's based on reflection and analysis, not just attendance; and it encourages students to participate in campus events while using the lessons of the course.
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The need for a theory of learning - 0 views

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    I'm not entirely sure that a single grand unified theory of learning will be as useful as the author thinks it is, but certainly more familiarity with existing theories of learning and the connections between them can be a powerful tool as we refine courses and curriculum.
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Three things to leave off of your syllabus - 1 views

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    The author says "information that is best determined collaboratively with students, should not be prescribed by the professor on day 1." What do you think of his examples?
Joe Murphy

The Importance of Academic Courage - 1 views

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    The concepts of "differential courage" and "courage is contagious" seem like valuable additions to discussions about mindset and "grit."
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Three Options for Hosting Snow Day Study Sessions - 2 views

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    Google Hangouts is part of our Google Apps suite, but you might want to investigate some of these other platforms as well in preparing for winter weather or other factors which might keep you from campus.
Joe Murphy

Colorized Math Equations - 2 views

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    Fascinating example of the creative use of typography to explain complex concepts. The example is about the use of color to connect an equation with its definition, but I can easily imagine the same principle working for maps or conceptual models. (And do read the comments about using appropriate color palettes for the colorblind.)
Joe Murphy

Impostor syndrome - 1 views

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    A worthy reminder for us and our students at the end of the semester. "Superman still lives on Krypton and the rest of us are just doing our best."
Joe Murphy

Journaling the Old-School Way - 1 views

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    I found two really interesting takes in this article - the idea of different formats (paper vs. electronic documents) for different forms of writing and audiences, and the idea that there's a benefit to not having a delete key on your paper journal.
Joe Murphy

Spreading First Aid for Teens' Mental Health by Training Adults to Help - 1 views

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    This article is about high school programs, but I hear college faculty expressing similar concerns about not having been trained to deal with student mental health issues. Should we look into Mental Health First Aid training?
Joe Murphy

The significant learning benefits of getting rid of grades - 1 views

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    It can't be an accident that this was published just as faculty start staring down big piles of Thanksgiving break grading. The arguments, however, are about how grades serve as limiters on student learning.
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Review: Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom - 1 views

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    A new book offers a strong introduction to digital humanities pedagogy, including both context and concrete potential assignments.
Joe Murphy

5 Tips for Reducing Public Speaking Nervousness - 1 views

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    End-of-semester student presentations coming up? Might be worthwhile to share this with your students to help them prepare.
Joe Murphy

Monks For A Month: College Kids Give Up Talking - And Technology - 0 views

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    A course at the University of Pennsylvania includes a one-month vow of online and offline silence, to give students a sense of what the monastic life is like.
Joe Murphy

Write Out Loud: Risk & Reward in Digital Publishing - 1 views

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    "It wasn't until a professor assigned a research project that required collective thinking - and actually showed us how much better our work could be with multiple minds put to a task - that I became convinced that collaboration is a fundamental and teachable humanities skill." Danica Savonic describes a project to have essays from her introductory college writing course published in a pedagogy journal.
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Instructional Design and Cognitive Load Theory - 0 views

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    On the GLCA/GLAA Consortium for Teaching and Learning website, Patrik Hultberg of Kalamazoo College discusses working memory, long-term memory, and cognitive load, as they relate to course design.
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'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

Civic Engagement: Connect the Gifts and Needs of Students and the Community - 0 views

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    A group of faculty at the 2017 GLCA Rubrics for Liberal Arts Learning provide a framework for designing and assessing civic engagement projects.
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