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Joe Murphy

Multiple Choice Makes a Comeback - 0 views

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    Using the AP History exams as an example, Rick Warner from Wabash College shows how carefully-designed multiple choice questions can assess cognitive skills beyond "factoid recall."
Joe Murphy

Want Good Grades? Ditch that Highlighter - 0 views

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    James Lang wrote an essay for his college's newspaper encouraging students to use more effective study strategies.
Joe Murphy

Resources for Supporting Our Campuses in Politically Fraught Times - 1 views

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    A collection of guides, articles, web pages, and videos with strategies for teaching during difficult local, national, and international events.
Joe Murphy

Yes, We Should Teach Character - 1 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 - 1 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.
Joe Murphy

A Memo to Students on Cheating - 1 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 - 2 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.
Joe Murphy

The need for a theory of learning - 1 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.
Joe Murphy

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."
Joe Murphy

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.)
Alex Alderman

What Professors Can Learn About Teaching From Their Students - 1 views

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    Along with small group sessions such as the CIP's own GIFT program, faculty are exploring new models of course evaluation and assessment that make use of trained student observers.
Alex Alderman

Should Laptops Be Banned in Class? An Op-Ed Fires Up the Debate - 1 views

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    Professors and students respond to a New York Times editorial laying out the case for bans on laptops. Among the responses, Justin Martin '19.
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.
Joe Murphy

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.
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