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Strategies for Building an Inclusive Classroom

This fall, the DePaul Teaching Commons is hosting a workshop mini-series on creating inclusive classrooms. Inclusive teaching is a timely topic, particularly in the context of the controversial article on trigger warnings and microaggressions published in The Atlantic in September, the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, and the recent protests at the University of Missouri. […]

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Facilitating Situational Interest in Class

As lifelong learners, we are learning continuously. Along the way, there have always been some things that interested us, while other things didn’t. At the same time, there also have been some things that we didn’t find interesting at first, but later they appear intriguing because of the way they are presented. In higher education, students have the autonomy to choose […]

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The Higher Education Act: What Is It and Why Should We Care?

The Higher Education Opportunity Act is an amended version of the Higher Education Act, first passed by Congress, and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, in 1965. This act needs to be reauthorized by Congress approximately every six years. In the 2008 reauthorization, this act was renamed the Higher Education Opportunity Act. Reauthorization […]

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Being an Effective Teacher (Part I)

I have played the role of a learner all my life.  I remember vividly many of my learning experiences typically involving a great deal of frustration and even pain but also an unmeasurable amount of ultimate joy and satisfaction. In first grade, for example, learning (or better, memorizing) the 10x multiplication tables was frustrating as […]

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A New Way to Grade

Looking for a grading system that better reflects learning outcomes, motivates students to excel, and cuts down on your grading time? You might try the approach that Linda Nilson promotes in her new book, Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time, published earlier this year by Stylus. Specifications—or specs—grading is an alternative […]

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The Think-Pair-Scare

As educators, we are encouraged to structure group break-outs and discussions into our lessons and lectures.  From a pedagogical standpoint, group discussions and projects assist students in deepening understanding of the topic at hand while fostering teamwork, a valued skill that proves beneficial throughout innumerable facets of life.  So why, when I am asked to […]

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Britain’s Bet on a “Teaching Excellence Framework”

An experiment in higher education is set to begin—or really continue—as Britain moves forward with reforms to its higher education sector, begun in 2012 under Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s coalition government. Earlier this month, the English minister for universities and science, Jo Johnson, announced a national project for assessing teaching in higher education, called the […]

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