Category: Teaching

Feb 24

In Case You Missed It… Gathering and Using Formative Feedback

In Case You Missed It… is a feature of the Center for Faculty Innovation blog providing resources from our programs for faculty who were not able to attend. Although no substitute for being able to attend, we hope that this follow up is useful to you. On 2/20 and 2/21, Patrice Ludwig engaged faculty in …

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Jan 28

In Case You Missed It… JMU Year One: Teaching First Year Students (1/24/2014)

In Case You Missed It… is a feature of the Center for Faculty Innovation blog providing resources from our programs for faculty who were not able to attend. Although no substitute for being able to attend, we hope that this follow up is useful to you.   Last Friday, Jim McConnel and Kristin Sowden engaged …

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Jan 22

In Case You Missed It… Teaching and Engaging Millennial Learners

In Case You Missed It… is a feature of the Center for Faculty Innovation blog providing resources from our programs for faculty who were not able to attend. Although no substitute for being able to attend, we hope that this follow up is useful to you.   Last week at the CFI, Dr. Cara Meixner …

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Sep 10

Making Peace with PowerPoint

by: Douglas R. Harrison It’s the Sunday afternoon before classes begin for the new academic year and, having reviewed and revised my lesson plans for the week, I realized that I’ve finally made my peace with PowerPoint. This has taken more than a little time. For nearly 15 years as a college teacher, I have …

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Mar 29

Is Any Of This Doing Any Good?

by: Elizabeth V. Berkeley A colleague (whom I respect) said to me, in response to my mention of an interest in assessment, “Americans are the only academics obsessed with assessment”. Well, as a relatively novice teacher, I want to know if what I’m doing is doing any good. Will my students be better scientists if …

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Feb 08

My Exam Academic Journey

by: Carol Hurney The other day my students took their first exam and as I watched them scratch out answers, some furiously, others tentatively, I was reminded of my academic exam journey.   As an undergraduate, exams were my thing.  I developed a rather extensive exam preparation process and it worked to perfection.  Well, most of …

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Dec 13

Riding the Academic Wave

by: Carol Hurney I had a wonderful opportunity the other day to spend time talking about teaching with a kindred soul. We began our conversation getting to know each other – mostly I was interested in hearing about his 38-year teaching career at JMU. In particular, I wanted to know how this professor had fed …

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Oct 30

Double Standards

by: Andreas Broscheid One of the fun things about being a political scientist is that … Okay, maybe I should say: One of the annoying things with political scientists is that they always (I’m exaggerating here) have to contradict what all other people think they know about politics. You think gerrymandering is to blame for …

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Oct 17

Communities and Collaboratives: Arboretum Collaborative Showcase

by: Carole Nash Mid-October has a way of piling it on. At the very moment the fall semester kicks into high gear, consuming us with all things academic, the trees of the mid-latitude deciduous forest peak with color, reminding us that we live in a most remarkable place of high biodiversity that provides inspiration and …

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